And kicking… I have had about a half a dozen followers comment that I have not been doing my job of keeping up the blog. Well… no I haven’t. Been busy, but that’s a lousy excuse. The big reason is I don’t have much in the way of photos, just don’t think about taking a photo when I’m out doing things. So will try again for this winter to keep it up.
For starters, I had a wonderful time in September with the Lazy Daze group, got entertained everyday by the ukulele folks, that now play at most of the gatherings. Mighty fine entertainment. Good to see old friends and make some new ones. The buck seen thru the railing…was begging for apples, but I was sad to see several feed the wildlife. Not a good thing to do. I had to walk away, even tho I tried to stop them. Just cause they eat your apples off of your trees at home, does not mean you should give them apples. Too frustrating to witness. PLEASE DON’T FEED THE WILDLIFE!!!
Back on the Chimacum front… I was so darn busy getting the VA claim paperwork in, that not much else was being done. Got it all turned in on October 1st and truly thought I could just sit back and wait for the results. NOT! Spent all of October, trying to get one more evaluation that the American Legion team wanted me to pursue. No results. So on the 8th of November, I headed south. Somewhere between Reno and Hwy 58 on Highway 395, the calls started coming in. I do not answer the phone when I’m driving, I pull over when I can to see what’s up. Well, the non-VA examiners that started this process in 2015 was calling to tell me I had an appointment in Bremerton within 2 days. There was no way in hell I could make that appointment, find a place to park my rig, get some cat sitters, fly back up in that timeline. Absolutely nuts. Well…their little threat, if I did not show up for that appointment, I would lose my rights to file a claim with the VA. Stress factor climbed quickly. Disregard I was trying to stay ahead of a winter storm, nothing was open on Hwy 395 after November 1st (I forgot that). Egads!
So what’s this girl to do… I had to contact my team at American Legion in Seattle, to help on this. Dozens of phone calls, tons of time sitting on hold, frustrated, I just wanted to keep moving down the road. Finally some results. Guess what, they have a place in Phoenix (Scottsdale actually) for me to do the examine. They told me I had to do this in less than 2 weeks. Now I knew this was workable, just give me a date! That was more phone calls…As it turns out, its not until the 5th of December. Egads! So all my plans got shuffled around, some delayed, some canceled, other goodies added…typical, isn’t it?
By the time I got close to my destination, I knew I could not go on. I was one exhausted puppy… a complete zombie the first day, semi human the next and I realized I just couldn’t wrap my brain going anyway for awhile. So I parked.
It has been nice, if not downright refreshing to have all this alone time. Nothing I had to do, no responsibilities, just kick back and enjoy my boys, listen to good music. Life is good, really good.