Apr 14, 2017
Last Tuesday was our final day in Las Vegas and we caught up on a variety of things including purchasing some things from Trader Joe’s for our pantry. Sure wish we had one in Canada.
There are a few things I wanted to include in my post if only for my personal reference. My new Canon SX600HS which I only got in November on our way south decided that the lens shutter would no longer close. This happened just before we left Mexico and suddenly is rectified itself in Vegas. Maybe something to do with dust and humidity and now the dry dry desert air. Gosh our noses have been bleeding since we arrived. With the long days we drove leaving Mexico, we were thrust from humidity to dryness quickly. The day that Colin left to see Mommio I had a cold sore start on my lip. This happens to me about every 2 years and I did have meds for it but it would not go away and I ran out. The trigger is stress and of course my stress was not going away.
Last Sunday, the morning after Colin returned I had an appointment at Walgreens to see a nurse practitioner. That was the only way I could get another prescription. That cost me $99.00 and then I had to purchase the medication. Ten days supply came to $222.64 which the girl at the pharmacy thought was was outrageous. I, of course agreed. She told to hang on as she was going to see what she could do. Once the script was filled and I went to pay, the bill was only $61.72. She saved me $160.97 by putting it through on some type of insurance plan that I do not have. My travel medical insurance had a $500.00 deductible by choice so I was most happy with the outcome. That saved $160.97 paid for all our meals and entertainment in Las Vegas.
Because we stayed a few days in Las Vegas to relax and regroup as I like to say, we have to make tracks each day to get back home. We were already delayed in returning and we have some appointments to deal with and Colin has two jobs lined up for next week. Needless to say both the personal and company taxes are calling my name. The plan was to leave Las Vegas this past Wednesday and head north.
So we arrived early in the afternoon, but I spent a frustrating few hours trying to get the internet working. I do have my own ATT hot spot device but somehow I used up 4.1 GB of my 5GB’s while Colin was in Winnipeg with Mommio. Grr!!! By the way Mommio is doing better. The park internet had stopped or rebooted and instead of putting me back onto the free park internet I ended up using my ATT travel internet. Long story short I did not do a blog post Wednesday evening. It was a very cool 45F that evening plus a very strong wind. We didn’t even go for a walk.
Last night, after a long 433 mile drive we stopped at the Ontario, Oregon Visitor Center. The big plus was that it had free high speed internet, wonderful. Of course the downside was that we were boondocking with our slides in and it was cool out. We were going to watch Amazing Race live but found out that on our digital antenna it was only on at 11PM, way too late for us.
This morning we were on the road just before 7AM, stopped for fuel and proceeded with our journey north. The rain had started about 3AM and it was a cool 39F. We had no idea what was ahead of us.
We completed our day today about 4PM when we pulled into the Walmart in Omak, Washington, yet another long drive at 424 miles. We had to put these two long days in, in order for us to have had those few fun days in Las Vegas which were a great boost to our emotional well being. However with each mile today I got sadder and sadder and cried more than I teared up. I had no idea it would be so hurtful to be going home without our girls. We started this journey back on October 29th as a family and now we are alone and lonely. We both miss the girls so very much and we talked about that a great deal today, even more than we have each day since they were put to rest. We are both grieving and in different ways and for a variety of reasons, not always the same. So Colin says something which makes me sad and vice versa. I had no idea that it could be so painful. We are only 125 miles from home. Tomorrow is going to be extremely challenging. I have no concept of how we are going to deal with walking into our home.