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I heard from my brother and his wife through an email that I received last night, I have cut and pasted the main part of the email below:
In an effort to get our house a bit more handicapped accessible, Luvie and I have been looking around at numerous stair lifts. Luvie has now found a company on-line by the name of AmeriGlide.com that has a very large selection of Ameriglide stair lifts, Vertical Lifts, Wheelchair Lifts, dumb-waiter and Elevators, which are things that we may have to consider at some point as well.
Luvie’s parents are still alive but aging quickly and their health has been deteriorating each year. We have decided that when they need to leave their home, which will most definitely happen at some point in the near future, that they will come and live with us. None of the other family members are set up or capable of such a drastic lifestyle change, what with different career demands and most still have little ones running around the house and attending schools. So that leaves Luvie and I to come to the aid of these lovely and gentle senior citizens. The weather here in California is best suited for them anyway, our climate doesn’t change as drastically as most of the other states do and the sun is usually around to make people feel better, I have found.
So AmeriGlide seems to have the best variety of stair lifts and has a good general warranty of ten years for the drive-train, and five years for the parts, which is very reasonable for any stair lift, we are finding out. A stair lift is our main concern now because it would be very unsafe for these folks to be attempting to go up and down the several flights of stairs that our house currently has, and both of them are going to be needing something like this, a fall could be disaster when you are of their age group. These folks don’t mend as easy as they use to and a broken hip usually means that things will go down hill from there, and we don’t want to take any risks.
I thought I had myself some comfortable slippers. I bought them new last fall, and I’ve been wearing them around the house almost every day since then. They have well padded soles, and are the “scuff” style that you just slide your feet into. I couldn’t wait to get home and take off my shoes and put on my new styling slippers.
Well about a week ago I bought some of those orthopedic insoles that you can purchase just about everywhere, that you put into your shoes to make your shoes more comfortable, and now I have to tell you that I just hate taking off my shoes and putting on my slippers! And the past three nights I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night with cramps in my feet; I think it was because I was wearing my slippers all the time and my feet wanted the extra support of my shoes. So I think I need to buy new slippers, and maybe put the orthopedic insoles in the slippers. Go figure!
If I have the chance to travel to the DC area next week for an interview I hope to have a couple extra days to drive around the area and do some spring sightseeing. One thing I’ve always wanted to do is book a “boat and breakfast” package to sleep aboard one of the sailboats in the Annapolis Harbor. The Windward is a 74 foot sailing schooner that takes people on 2 hour tours during the day. On Saturday nights they allow up to four couples to book their special “boat and breakfast” package which includes a 2 hour sunset sail on the Chesapeake, docking in Annapolis for you to have dinner downtown, and then return to the ship around 11pm to sleep aboard the schooner in one of the 4 staterooms. In the morning you are served breakfast on deck and you have until 11:00 am to re pack your duffel bag and head out. It sounds like great fun, and with the right mix of other couples could be a magical evening for everyone.
There are three areas in Maryland that I love and would certainly consider living there if I had a good employment offer. Frederick, Baltimore, and Annapolis. To be honest, I love Annapolis, the state capital, and have spent dozens of weekends there on sailboats and in bed and breakfasts for summer weekends. I’m sure that UMT Marine, with their website of http://www.umtmarine.com does a lot of work for people and plenty of businesses in that area.They would expect nothing less than the best and UMT Marine is knows for their commitment to old world, custom crafted marine technology. You really should check out their website, it’s pretty impressive and full of interesting information in the manufacturing of Custom Marine equipment.
If I get the job offer I’m expecting, I won’t hesitate to call a broker to get started looking for a house. Spending some time tonight on various websites to get a feel for prime real estate in the Baltimore area and also checked out the Annapolis area so that when I have my job interview next week I’ll know what I can handle for housing and relocation expenses.
This year might be the year for me to focus on camping trips and fly fishing. With the bad economy still making life harder and harder, a lot of people are not going to be able to travel as extensively as they had been five years ago. I’m sure that a lot of the more exotic locations, like Las Vegas and Orlando, will once again have a huge drop in tourism this year. But people are accustomed to getting away while having fun and recreation on their weekends and their vacations. So I suspect there will be a lot more camping and day trips for American families again this summer.
Some of my summer plans include at least a one week-long fly fishing trip out west. I have enough frequent flier miles saved up that flying is not an issue for me which saves me a huge chunk of money. I can still fly to Washington State, Oregon and Northern California on free flights until this coming September. In fact, I’m planning a long weekend trip to Oregon next month. I’ll miss the Klamath Falls Spring Trout Derby, but the area is great for fly fishing well beyond that time.
I am going to head out to Home Depot and Lowe’s this morning and try to beat the crowds. I’m sure the place will be packed with people who just realized that Spring is really close at hand and their yards and gardens need some work to get ready for the spring, summer, and fall growing season. I’m sure the danger of frost is not gone yet, it is only the middle of February. I wouldn’t even think of planing anything as of yet, but there is a lot of work that needs to get done before even thinking of putting anything in the ground yet.
I have to buy some weed and seed, plus a spreader as mine has left my garage for some reason. I want to buy some bags of topsoil and spread it around the yard to fill in a few holes and trenches created by moles, digging dogs and water runoff. I need a new rake and some leather work gloves.I might splurge and buy a new chainsaw if they have something for a good price. And, of course, the seed packets are all out on the shelves that I will take a gander at. I think I will try to do some green beans and pumpkins this year, in addition to the green peppers and jalapeno that grew well last year.