Ron & Elena's 2015 Travels travel blog

Elena and her pals at the Sizzler luncheon.

Farewell cake for Irene at our fellowship group - she's moving to...

Carolina's minestrone soup ...

… all the bread you want with your meal ...

…meat calzone and ...

eggplant parmesan - all so delicious!

Sticky buns after second rise and ready to bake ...

…and shortly thereafter ready to eat - love them.

Cookies, cookies - several dozen of 3 types.

The following sequence of lunar eclipse photos are in the order taken...

and are not edited or "photo shopped" in any way.









Here's what the moon looks like if you accidentally move the camera...






This was about the peak of the eclipse.

(Ron Writing) After two moves and two weeks since the last post, it’s time to update this journal once again. We spent several more days in California enjoying more good times with friends and sharing meals with Barbara. It was unusually hot and humid in Kauai while we were there, except for the last two days, and when we got back to CA it was more of the same. It was unusually hot in Garden Grove for most of the rest of our stay.

On Sept. 19th Sharon, one of our friends from our fellowship group invited us to attend a musical performance at Vanguard University. I wasn’t feeling up to it so it but Elena and Barbara joined Sharon and had a great time.

On Sept. 21st Elena made a dinner to take over to another couple going through a rough time with many health challenges. Our fellowship group members are taking turns bringing them some home cooked meals. On our way home from delivering the meal we drove past a restaurant we used to enjoy when we lived in this area and we decided it would be nice to stop there for a dinner. We discovered that we still enjoy the food at Carolina’s Italian Restaurant.

On Sept 23ed Elena had another luncheon at Sizzlers with several ladies she used to work with. She had not seen some of these gals since she retired. They had a great time that it was 3-1/2 hours later when they left.

On Sept 24th we enjoyed another great breakfast at Katella Deli with our friends Norm and Wendy. Then Elena spent most of the afternoon baking three types of cookies and also pecan sticky buns. Barbara and I both really appreciated her efforts – especially with the sticky buns!

On Saturday Sept. 26 Barbara cooked dinner and we enjoyed our last dinner and game of Skip-Bo together. We left early Sunday morning and drove back to Scottsdale for some upcoming appointments.

Soon after we arrived at our RV site at WestWorld in Scottsdale our neighbor lady knocked on the door and told us the lunar eclipse was just beginning. We sat outside and watched it with two other couples we just met there that evening. We had a nice visit and the eclipse was spectacular – by far the most beautiful and dramatic eclipse any of us had ever seen.

Last Monday I went to Mayo for a blood draw and then on Wednesday I had an appointment with my multiple myeloma (MM) doctor. The blood tests showed further improvement in the key MM markers. I had been a little apprehensive about this test since this test followed my first cycle of a reduced dosage of the oral chemo I’m taking. Needless to say, we were very happy with these results and once again just feel very blessed. The doctor was also very happy with the results and he has now cut back my tests and visits to once every 2 months rather than monthly. This will give us a little more flexibility to travel and is certainly welcome news.

On Wednesday afternoon Elena tried out her new Instant Pot. This seems like an ideal kitchen appliance for full time RVer’s. It is a pressure cooker to speed-up the cooking many foods plus it has six other functions so it doubles as a slow cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, steamer, sauté/browning, yogurt maker, and warmer. For the first trial Elena made kalua pork and also brown rice. Both came out great and were done far faster than cooking the traditional way.

On Thursday morning we attended our monthly MM support group meeting in Phoenix and then drove back to the same area on the Mogollon Rim northeast of Payson, AZ. It’s been very hot in Scottsdale since we got back and we just wanted to enjoy some cool weather for awhile. We found a campsite at about 6 PM and it was starting to get dark so we just parked the rig and went to bed early after a long and busy day. Yesterday morning we got the rig situated and set-up in the site. It was very windy so it wasn’t real pleasant to be outdoors but we did go for a long walk early in the afternoon. It only got up to about 70° and the wind made it feel even cooler. We also spent some time re-organizing some of our storage space to accommodate the new Instant Pot. We found a few things we can get along without – those things will be going into storage or be donated.

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