In August, I was diagnosed with diabetes and have been on medication after failing to get my numbers right with diet alone. It's a constant battle but I'm getting smarter about the disease and better at picking the right foods to keep my numbers down. I've had a couple of bad spikes where I thought I would have to call for help but I'm learning how to tell when I'm plummeting into hypoglycemia and eat to bring me up out of it.
It's kind of a scary thing, this disease. Constant monitoring of my blood and constant planning what to eat is a challenge. However, the instant bio-feedback that the test strips provide is a great help to me. I test before and after every meal and have learned what foods to avoid. Have even lost a little weight in the process which makes me very happy.
During all of this medical drama, I have been crafting and getting an inventory ready for a showing in May. My artwork can be seen on my other blog titled "YaYa's Back Porch Studio."
I'm enjoying this new endeavor and excited about seeing the fruits of my labor every time I complete a piece of art. I built the website and may put a shopping cart on it eventually. However, I plan on selling my work at the Island Wide Garage Sale on Grand Isle in May. I have sold items every year with much success and hope to find a market for the work I am now doing.
Experienced another hurricane... this one named Issac. Had some roof damage and water in my house. Everything is fixed now and hope we don't have another one for a long time. My outside house generator was not working so I slept in the motorhome with the generator running all night. I had never done that before and worried all night long if I would run out of gas. I didn't. The house generator is now getting fixed by Lowe's and should be delivered sometime this week. Then I'll be able to remain in my home for the next storm.
Rescued two kitty cats and placed one in a loving home and kept the other one for me. I named her Ali Cat. So I'll now be traveling with 3 cats and a dog.
I've been homebound for 6 months and am ready for some traveling. Now that it's cooler, I 've come back to the beach at Grand Isle for awhile. Also want to visit the Paragon Casino in Marksville, LA as they have an RV Park. Have heard a lot of good about their accomodations. Then in December will be going back to Port Aransas on the Texas Gulf Coast. Hope to stay a month or two and might go down to South Padre Island. Don't have any further plans for January or February but will probably return to the beach here at home for a few weeks.
Have been thinking about trading in my Coachmen Freedom Express on a Class B Pleasure Way Van. Did some negotiating with a dealer in Gainesville, Florida during the last few months and may drive down there in January. When I first started looking at motorhomes I really wanted a Class B and now I think it's time to trade in the Class C and my conversion van and have only one vehicle in the diveway. This is the unit I am looking at.
2005 Pleasure-Way Excel
So that's what I've been up to all these months. Xi Shi and I can't wait to get back on the road again.
Me and Xi at my 65th surprise birthday party.
I arrived at my friend Pat's house on Grand Isle today after lunch and he fixed a few things that needed attention on the RV. Then he let me drive his 4 wheeler around the island and said I can use it anytime I want.
Xi and I stopped at the Marina on our way in and took a walk on the beach. She went for a swim and put on her happy face. She loves the beach. The weather is still pretty warm so I may go for a swim tomorrow.
It was so good to see the Gulf again.
Xi made friends with one of Pat's cats who wasn't too sure what to make of her friendliness.
Tomorrow we may go to a different RV park that we've never been to.
Had a great day and spent the evening with a dear friend who cooked me a steak and let me hook up to his electricity. Life is good.