"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Home, Again.


We awoke Thursday morning to a light rain pattering on the roof.  The first daytime rain in our eight days there.  As we were only traveling about sixty miles to my niece’s home in Crestview, we waited it out, and it had stopped by ten or so.  We headed East on Hwy 98 until the first sign pointing us Northward to I-10.  I did see a sign that said toll road, but as we had been paying a dollar to cross the bay all week, I didn’t give it much thought.  After crossing a part of the bay on a beautiful bridge, there was the sign for a toll booth ahead.  Talk about sticker shock.  $3.75 for the truck, and $3.75 for each additional axle.  $7.50 to get up to I-10.  The most aggravating thing is that I could have traveled a few more miles on 98E and had a free road.  I was thankful that we didn’t have a dual axle trailer.

My brother had asked if we could stop by his daughters for a day or so and help him do some light repair work on their home.  We arrived there around lunch and after a burger, we got to it.  We replaced a double gate into their back yard, along with some trim around their fireplace and back porch.  Also hung a new door and some other small things.  Thursday and Friday evenings, they took us out to dinner at some of their favorite restaurants.  I could get used to that kind of payment really quick. 

Thank goodness we got most everything done by Friday evening.  Sometime in the wee hours of Saturday morning, I started coughing and aching.  We both have taken our flu shots so I don’t think it’s the flu, but it could run it a close second.  By the time we got home yesterday afternoon, I was having chills and running fever.  Tanked up on liquids and started an antibiotic which we had on hand. A bad night, but better today.  Hope it runs it course in just a couple more days.

Overall, a great week with lots of good people.  The weather could have been better, but we made the best of it.  A couple of movies, museums, and eating out on the coldest days. 

Already thinking about out next journey, but as we both went on Medicare in November, ATT has all my benefits screwed up and we aren’t sure what, if any, secondary insurance we have at present.  We haven’t received any cards for our health or pharmacy plans, which ATT farms out to Blue Cross and CVS.  And, of course a call to the benefits administration offices leads only to more frustration.  Hopefully, we will get all that worked out within the next week…….jc



  1. Glad (well not that you got sick) you managed to get the work done by Fri night. Sometimes it is frustrating not knowing what it is, especially if it should linger and linger.
    Know what it's like about your medical/Medicare.
    About 4 or 5 months after I retired, I learned that my employer had not notified Medicare that they were no longer the primary insurer; boy did that make a mess with my bills - needless to say they got paid late, by Medicare.

  2. Jerry, I sure enjoyed following along with you on this trip. Those tolls are highway robbery, I think! :)

    Hope you are feeling better soon and that you get your benefits straightened out soon.

  3. Hope you are feeling better soon--nasty bugs going around this year. And we certainly understand those Medicare frustrations--we switched secondary insurance plans shortly after Michael went on Medicare and oh, boy--what a hassle!

  4. Sure hope you are feeling better by now...the news about the flu epidemic is scary...makes us want to avoid all crowds.

    And good luck with the Medicare!

  5. Sure that Alabama win made you feel better :O) Sure hope so because it sent me to bed 3rd quarter as figure a Mail Mary pass wasn't going to cut it this time. Darn those bama boys are good!

  6. That toll road is way over priced. we have only taken in once and now avoid it like the plague.

  7. Glad you got home safe and sound....hopefully the storms haven't affected you guys too much...we're getting some flooding here...another great sunset photo....BTW, saw your comment on the ND vs. 'Bama game to "cozygirl"...you do know the REAL National Championship game was the Aggies vs Oklahoma(haha) with the one and only "Johnny Football"...Mr. Heisman ....as a Freshman...heha.....have a GREAT week...Horst

    1. I think the REAL championship game should have been the Aggies against Alabama, again. Like LSU/Alabama last year. Whatever, it's over now. Lots of rain here, also. Take care..jc


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