In January of 2016 we met with our realtor to discuss the possibility of selling our house and down sizing our monthly payment. I’m less than five years from retirement and our original plan of Beth returning to work has changed several times over the last decade. The latest version making the most sense to us is her staying home to support all three of our kids, so we needed a financial adjustment. We liked the house but it always lacked a little; a corner lot so more than twice the sidewalk shoveling, a side yard instead of a backyard, a smallish yard resulting in a compromise garden and kids play area, and a busier road than we preferred.
Prior to house considerations Gabriel was admitted to St. Luke's Hospital in Boise for cardiac catheterization to clearly determine his heart's condition. The procedure consists of inserting a catheter (long hollow tube) into the groin via the femoral artery and the femoral vein and into the neck via the jugular vein. The Cardiologist can then use the catheter to inject dye and assess circulation, measure pressures within different areas of the heart, and insert platinum coils into deviant colateral veins which the body apparently forms because of the previous surgeries. The body is trying to correct itself and send out veins to the lungs which the cardiologist must occlude with the coils so the body does not undermine the surgical procedure and harm itself as it attempts to fix itself. This is another one of those things that the cardiac surgeons and cardiologists have figured out during the history of this procedure- Norwood/Gelnn/Fontan.
|Sleepy Cousin Amaya came by to see sleepy Gabriel off at 6am and take care of the other two kids for us.|
|At the bottom of the photo it is evident his diaper is not secured and a cotton ball is tape over the femoral artery catheter insertion site, the opposite leg is similar for the femoral vein insertion site as well as the jugular vein in his neck.|
|Band-aid over the jugalar site.|
|Apres-cath breakfast (the next day) hotcakes and bacon, maybe not the most Cardiologist approved breakfast but well deserved.|
The motor home needed exhaust manifolds and ball joints and new tires which I had intended to address prior to the house sale but if I'm writing about it I didn't quite get there in time. The new owners also wanted the house prior to the end of school so everything converged in a most untimely mess.
We moved into the RV but only for the weekend. Monday the RV went to the tire shop and Beth moved into a hotel for 4 days and 3 nights in Boise so the kids could finish school without a daily Nampa commute(I joined them on the 3rd night as I was on duty the previous 2). I had hoped the mechanic could get the RV in while we hoteled but unfortunately it was after we checked out of the hotel so we moved into Mom and Dad’s fifth wheel trailer. The kids and Beth had slept in 5 beds in 11 days: our house, The motor home, the hotel, the fifth wheel trailer, back into the motor home…unsettling.
So we took a day trip to Silver City the day after school got out while waiting on the motorhome to be finished. We needed a diversion and poking around a living ghost town with an active restaurant was a day well spent.
|The Most Boldest Picture Title Ever Printed|
Of course I had to ogle the old fire hydrant. Gabriel liked hanging out on the porch of their general store/gift shop. The old hotel still serves lunch and rents out a few rooms but no ice is available as they only get 110v power so can't run an ice machine.
The town also has two cemeteries, the first, larger and fancier is for fraternal organizations: Masons, Odd Fellows, and the like, the other cemetery is for normal folk.
|Beth and the kids watching Zootopia in 3D, you would think they were at a dairy with that much cheesiness!|
The next four day, we wanted hot temperatures and cool water. We opted for closer proximity and drove 30 miles out of Boise to Arrowrock Reservoir. We blew up the raft, played in the water, had fun, and could somewhat tolerate a group of foul mouthed waiters camped beside us, but we had to leave when a foursome of whiskey tango skin heads arrived.
Driveway living is an experience; dumping the holding tank once a week, doing dishes and taking showers, and going potty in the house to conserve the holding tank and extend trips to the dump station, thanks Mom and Dad for giving us a place to stay and graciously tolerating us. Space is a limiting factor.
|the lone single cup coffee maker that does it all (and was a nice Christmas gift from my compadre, Rich Brown.|
So my coffee repertoire moved from a french press, coffee grinder, teapot, carafe, and mini espresso maker, to...
In early July we headed for Atlanta (Idaho) the road beat up the motorhome but the kids had fun catching garter snakes, playing on a rope swing, chatting with the Fire Chief, and checking out the school.
The kids had blast playing in the old Atlanta school house.
Gabriel loves firetrucks.
A week or so later and the view desert-ed us at CJ Strike Reservoir. Bella contemplated or...
and I thought what a stupid comment as it depends completely on perspective as an equally relevant bumper sticker could state, “jet noise- the sound of oppression” or another could read, “jet noise- the sound of dependence on foreign fuel to support the world's most massive war machine and therefore the necessitation of foreign policy compromises resulting in the undermining of freedom for the majority of all of the citizens of those affected countries” but that is some real fine print to fit on a bumper sticker and thus negates the point of a super simplified declarative opinionated statement which is a bumper sticker or as we say in America, a political platform. Boil it down to it’s simplest most basic ingredients and feed it to the people, distillation is something America is awesome at.
In late July we headed to the Seattle area for our best trip of the summer. Bella played in a High School Lacrosse Tournament in Snohomish (one of only two middle schoolers on the team!) but first we visited our friends Jill and Nathan and their three kids in Olympia.
|Bella farthest from camera|
|I bested their neighbor, the female arm wrestling champion of Olympia (officially- she does hold the title)!|
On returning home we took another look at houses and the one we had liked earlier was down 20k so I offered another 10k less and they said yes!!!