Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Auction...

They had the Auction for Ted today. We learned a lot more of his really sucks what he has gone through. His insurance doesn't cover ANY chemo! Some of his treatments were costing over $30k a month. He was able to get grants a couple of times for some relief, but that only goes so far. Right now his prostate is sitting on one of his ribs below his heart. They've already removed part of his bladder, part of a kidney and part of something else...I think part of his stomach...I'm not sure on that. They made some pretty good money today. The auction lasted 3 hours there was so much stuff. I got a toaster oven for the RV. Erik got a long island ice tea set that was probably worth about $150 all told and he got it for $100. He then handed it to Ted who was flabbergasted to say the least. He invited us over for drinks later. :-) My basket went for $45 and the girl that got it (I think she was slightly disabled) was absolutely jumping for joy. (It was a rainy day camping basket filled with games and puzzles, books and such). It made me feel good that someone was going to enjoy it and the money went to a good cause. Erik donated a Slate computer thing (I have no idea...I just know it was a computer) went for $145. Lower than Erik expected, but that's okay. It wasn't being used and again, it was for a good cause. :-)
A couple of Blackhawk jerseys went for $250 each and they raffled off a nice grill and a Bears Tillman jersey. All in all, it was a great auction and will hopefully help Ted out. (We just found out that with all the stuff the campground did this summer...they raised $10,600.00! That is awesome!!)

I think we are going to go through the house and start putting things up for sale on e-bay and Craigslist. We have thousands of dollars worth of stuff that we had bought when we first got married that is just sitting in bins in mint condition. We really need to start downsizing and while doing so, hopefully put some money in the bank.

Tuesday is our 14th wedding anniversary. I think we're going to go to a movie and out for dinner. It'll be nice. :-)

We have halloween coming up that's gonna be fun! We had a blast here last year. Went on the halloween walk and decorated it up very cool! We had our niece and nephew here for it last year...not sure if we'll do the same this year. We'll see.

Take care and God bless! :-)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Shiloh and vacation hubby calls Shiloh a devil dog. Why? He has taken several pics of her and they always come out with her eyes white...see below:

Personally, I think it's his phone. Why? Because this is what I come up with when I take a pic of her from my phone:

Is that the sweetest face? Devil dog...really? How can anyone say that about that sweet little face?!? My little bubby! ;-) Erik is just a dork! :-D

Our vacation is coming up soon and we can't wait! We're both putting in a lot of hours at work and we definitely need a vacation. Looking forward to two weeks of relaxation. Will be at the RV and going antiquing and hanging with family. Hopefully will have some decent weather and not too hot. We're also hoping to maybe go to Geneseo for the Halloween party. We can't take the rig but are considering renting a cabin for 4 days. Either that or renting an RV just so we can be there. We have to go to Geneseo at least once and it has to be during Halloween. We always have such a good time. When we finally get a truck, we'll be spending a lot more time up there. Maybe take our bikes. They have a wonderful bike path that goes along the canal. We also have our anniversary coming up and for the last few years we've gone to a very nice restaurant in Geneseo to celebrate. We're considering taking a drive up there just for dinner that night...haven't made a final decision yet.

This is the's called 'The Cellar'...great food!!

We just recently found out that one of the gentleman here at Blackhawk has stage 4 prostate cancer and it's metastasized. Unfortunately the treatment that he is on is experimental so insurance will only pay a small portion. So the campground has been holding several things like bake sales and poker walks...stuff like that to help pay for his treatment. They'll be auctioning off baskets at the end of the month. So, I'm going to make a couple of baskets. I'm actually pretty good at it. Have made a few as gifts before. Just trying to decide on a theme. We have our Motorhome GPS that we really don't need anymore so I was thinking of making a 'travel basket' of some sort. I'm torn between a football theme or maybe a dog theme. (Everyone has dogs here!). He's such a nice guy. Has a smile on his face all the time. He's been in remission three times and has stayed strong through it all. It's turned aggressive and all we can do is pray that the treatment will work. It will be so sad not to see his smiling face here.

We got a letter from my nephew Jared. He's in boot camp right now (Marines). He said it's hard but nothing he didn't expect. He hurt his shoulder and is hoping he doesn't get held back because of it. He would be so disappointed. I sent him back a letter with a lot of positive feedback and some jokes to help keep his spirit up. He's such a good kid and I'm so proud of him!

Well, we're getting ready to pack up and head home in a few. End of another beautiful weekend! Back to the grindstone tomorrow! :-)

Take care and God bless!! :-D