Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Good Month for Me….Bad Month for the Blog

Prior to this entry, the blog has only had 2 entries for this month of October 2011. That is because the first week of the month was pretty much involved with preparations for our vacation(s).

Then from October 7 through October 14, we were traveling to, driving around and traveling from the Canon City/Colorado Springs area. Mixed in with all of that, we visited a lot with Jo’s sister and her husband there in Canon City.

On our return from Colorado to Oklahoma City, we basically had Saturday and Sunday to catch up with getting groceries, doing laundry, and preparing the Mobile Suites for the trip to the SOITC Central Region rally at Grove, Oklahoma. That was held at the Cedar Oaks RV Park on the north edges of Grove.

Along with the visiting and other social events of the rally, I was coming down with something. While I’ve had issues in the past with Upper Respiratory Infections, I didn’t really think that my health issues were URI. All week, I dealt with a raspy throat, sore throat, cough, and sniffles.

In addition to that, I stopped in the Walmart at Grove and used their blood pressure tester because I hadn’t checked my blood pressure for several months. Normally, my pressure is never high. On one other occasion, when the doctor’s visit showed a higher than normal pressure, he had me monitor it at least once weekly and write down the date and the results of the blood pressure test.

However, on Saturday when I checked it, it was quite a bit higher than normal. Roughly 150/92 was what it read. Jo wondered whether that machine might be malfunctioning. After coming back home with our Mobile Suites and setting back up at home, we went to Walmart for some groceries and I checked it again. It was still in roughly the same area.

Since I had already booked an appointment with the doctor for the ailing throat and coughing, I knew they would check it as well. Sure enough, it was 152/84 in his office. However, since I don’t have a history of high blood pressure, he advised me to monitor it again at least once a week and write down the results. Then, after two months, he wants to check with me again to see if I need to go on blood pressure medicine.

Needless to say, for someone who doesn’t like taking prescription medicines, I really don’t want to start a regimen of those medicines. It was bad enough that he found some congestion in my lungs and prescribed a shot and a round of antibiotics for my ailment.

For all those reasons, this month will not see a lot of activity here. In fact, I only felt like writing this one to explain as to why there are a very limited number of posts this month. Shoot, I’ve still go to download all my Colorado and rally pictures onto my computer. Then, I need to send a lot of those photos to the SOITC folks so they can put some on their Facebook page. Plus, there is a document explaining the re-stringing process for RV shades that they want me to post on the forums for SOITC.

So, sickly I may be, but I still wanted to explain things.

I will thus bid you all good night and try to go to bed early tonight.  At least you all know that for the most part, this month was good, all except for a little blip on the health chart.

Funny Fuzzy

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