Cataract Surgery

Hey, a few weeks ago we began the process of having my cataracts removed. All the eyedrops were fatiguing. The surgery was easy as I was under sedation and didn’t know or feel anything. After completion my vision was about 20/40, not the 20/20 that was indicated prior to surgery. After an additional visit to my optometrist and getting glasses I can see the bumps on a pumpkin at two hundred yards. Fortunately my vision is good enough that I will not need to wear the glasses to get my new drivers license in a year two. Below is a photo of my new glasses. I did opt for bi-focal lens and so far I really like them.

Now we have a few more doctor appointments to get out-of-the-way and then we hope to hit the road in November and begin bringing you some more entertaining blog posts. It has been a long hot summer in Missouri and we will be very happy to get back on the road in Geraldine III.

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In preparation

We took Geraldine III for a short road trip today. Checking to make sure all is operational prior to our departure in November. We will be heading south at that time, hopefully to be in warmer weather.

We made our annual trip to Round Grove to pick up our supply of apple butter at the church there. They were starting their annual production in preparation for Apple Butter Days in Mt. Vernon. Really great apple butter!

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Discovered, a handy App

Since we have not been doing our usual summer traveling I have been spending more time with my computers. While exploring the Web I ran across an interesting post leading me to discover iWatermark, an easy to use App for watermarking Photos, by It requires a png watermark file, I had some made by PhotoLogo that worked great. In addition to ones logo file the app allows display of additional information, i.e.: date photo was taken and additional data. Below is an example.

We are hoping to resume traveling by November,


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I would like to apologize to my readers for the long delay since our last post. We headed out from home to go to a Roadtrek gathering in Montana. We got as far as Rockport, the first day. We checked into the rivers edge campground for the night. Then I started not feeling well. So we spent the whole day there the next day and again that night. The next morning I was really ill so we decided to return home. As we drove down interstate 29 toward Saint Joseph I got even sicker and had to pull to the side of the interstate twice. At the second stop while I was indisposed due to my illness a very nice Missouri State patrolman stopped to ask if we needed any help. My wife said yes and he offered to lead us to a emergency room. He led her to the Mosaic Hospital emergency room where they got me right in. I was diagnosed with a severe case of diverticulitis and they started treatment immediately. Should you ever need an emergency room in the St. Joseph, Missouri area I can highly recommend them, they were excellent!

After an x-ray and a CAT scan they pumped me full of fluids and two different antibiotics. They wrote a prescription for 10 days worth of two different anabiotic’s and told me to do for the next three days to triple my intake of my prednisone. They then released me and we came on home. We have now been home three weeks and a few days. I am still recovering and we have decided to remain home for the summer even though it gets way too hot here. I will miss the cool mountains of Colorado and being able to join the Roadtrek group that gathered in Montana on the east side of Glacier National Park earlier this month.

We are well enough to drink a Starbucks and if any readers are passing through this area we would be pleased to meet you. Just drop me a comment.

RIP: Our traveling companion of the last 17 years, Mittens, our cat fell fatally ill after our return home. He is missed.

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Images of the District of Columbia…….

Our visit to our nations capital and the Museum of the Bible ( is approaching the end. We will leave tomorrow morning to head back to Missouri. We have had a great time and seen a lot of the District of Columbia. Below are some of the images from our trip.

The first images below are from the Museum of the Bible. A great learning experience and well worth your time to visit.

The images below are of some night scenes of some of the monuments in Washington, DC.

And of course we must add the obligatory images of spring in Washington, DC, cherry blossoms.

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Just a quick update……

We just recently left Springfield on a whirlwind trip to Washington, District of Columbia. Marilyn has been wanting to go to the Museum of the Bible there and we felt like this might be our best opportunity to do so prior to our summer travels.

We just arrived yesterday so we have not had an opportunity take very many photos but we will attach a few.

Below is an image of the entry to Chinatown District of the District of Columbia.

Below is the traditional image of the tidal basin and the Washington Monument.

Hopefully over the next couple of days we will have some additional images to add along with more information about our trip.

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We are Home…. for a few days

While we spent most of the winter in El Paso we were able to take a few trips. One which we will be a long time forgetting was one up to Silver City, NM. The highway from there over to I-25 is one we will remember. Beautiful vistas and one of the crookedest roads we have been on in a long time. The Road to Hana may be slighlty crookeder but it is not nearly as long.  LOL

Below is a short video show just one of the views which made the trip worthwhile. It is from the top of the pass on the highway.


After recovering from this drive we did stop by our favorite New Mexico destination, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near San Antonio, NM. While most of the Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese had left in mid February a few still ingered and we were able to get a few videos.

The video below is of the Snow Geese gathering at the pond near the refuge in the morning. They may be landing there to wake up the sleeping Sandhill Cranes.

The video below is on the sleeping Sandhill Cranes as the Snow Geese are gathering.

The video below is of a portion of the Sandhill Cranes at the refuge. It may be they are on dry land to get something to eat.


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