Monday, November 28, 2011

Pedaling accident may cause delay in LV departure!

I told him bicycling in the city at night was a bad idea!  But he convinced me we would be fine.  Actually, my concern had been drivers not seeing us.  I hadn't thought about the fact that it's dark, and we may not see things clearly.  I was riding on the sidewalk and Jeff was in the bicycle lane, but the bicycle lane was ending, so Jeff veered over to the sidewalk, but he came at it at an angle and there wasnt a smooth transition from road to sidewalk... so it threw him down.  I've never heard him holler like that... I wasn't sure what was hurt.  It turned out to be his ankle. 

We don't have medical insurance, so we dont make trips to see a doctor unless there is nothing we can do on our own.  We have internet, so we did some self-diagnosis.  The fact that he was able to make it home, although in excruciating pain, told us it was not broken.  The fact that it is so extremely painful and very very swollen tells us it is a severe sprain.
So I am caring for my hubby with ice treatments, elevating his leg, wrapping his ankle, and ibuprofen. 

We are scheduled to leave here Wednesday morning, but if his ankle does not improve significantly today and tomorrow, we will most likely need to extend our stay again.

We received a call offering us a job selling Christmas trees in Tucson, AZ.  We were considering it, but I had to call him this morning and decline.  They need us now... and we cant leave now.  That's okay.  We will have to accept work or hosting jobs late next year, but for now we will stick with our plan for an extended vacation to see areas we havent been... including the East Coast next Spring/Summer.

We had a great Thanksgiving here at the park.  There was a wonderful variety of dishes brought by other "campers" and the park provided both turkey and ham. 

They arranged the food tables in the library/game room...

and tables were set up in the TV gathering room, for eating...

Tables were set up outside as well... so this is where we wanted to be!
These pictures were taken early... the place filled up soon after.

The day before Thanksgiving, we visited one of Vegas' Harley shops.  We didnt find anything we needed or could afford to buy... but it was enjoyable.  They had old bikes and old cars displayed.

Well, that's all I've got to say for now... Hopefully we will be out of Vegas on our way to the Palm Springs area soon.


  1. Yup, Definitely stay where you are until that ankle heals. Don't want it causing trouble down the road.

  2. OOUCH!!! Should hsve been on the Sorry to hear about the ankle. Hope it gets better in a hurry. We have talked to several people that had done the Christmas tree sales. They all said it's a lot of work and not much money. They all did it on commission and had slow sales. Be sure and check those kind of jobs out real close.

  3. So sorry to hear about Jeff's ankle...very much no fun! We're headed back home to Eugene today, so you guys take care of yourselves, and enjoy as much sun as you can stand. We'll go back to Oregon and handle the rain for you while you're gone!:))

  4. sorry to hear about the ankle injury!!..take care of Jeff!!! least it is sunny where you are if that is any consellation!!

  5. I'm so sorry to hear about Jeff's sprained ankle. It sounds like you are taking good care of him!

  6. Oh my Jeff. We are so sorry to hear about your ankle. We hope it heals very quickly...but you MUST listen to your nurse! Glad you can change your plans and take it slowly.

  7. Oh, darn! Hope all heals well and fast!

  8. Sorry to hear about the ankle,hope it heals fast.

  9. You rock Sheryl....Way to take care of the man!

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    ½ cup quinoa

    1 cup water

    1 teaspoon ghee or butter

    4 dried dates, pits removed and chopped

    4 teaspoons golden raisins

    1 teaspoon pistachios, unshelled and chopped (I used unsalted raw pistachios)

    1 teaspoon slivered almonds

    ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom seeds

    3 cups skim milk

    a pinch of saffron (I used Spanish saffron)

    3 tablespoons sugar (add more sugar if you prefer it sweeter)

    2 teaspoons rose water

    a little extra toasted and chopped pistachios for garnishing


    Rinse the quinoa
    Bring the quinoa and water to a boil on a medium flame, cook until the seeds become translucent. Drain and discard the liquid from the cooked quinoa and keep aside.
    In a thick-bottomed stock pot, melt the ghee or butter on a medium high flame. Add the dates, raisins, pistachios, almonds, and cardamom to the melted ghee and sauté them for a minute.
    Add the cooked quinoa to the nut and fruit mixture in the pot. Fold in the milk, saffron, and sugar. Bring the entire contents of the pot to a boil on a medium flame, then reduce to a simmer and cook till the liquid volume reduces by one-third. Stir frequently to make sure the milk does not burn.
    Cool the kheer to room temperature. Then fold in the rose water and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve chilled and garnish with the extra pistachios.

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