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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Marti's Musings: "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore!"

Wow, the winds here in Astoria are surely rocking the boat - er, RV.  Tonight the prediction is 60+ MPH winds.  Sooooo, the slides are still in... 

Today, we took a trip to Portland, so I could have a follow up eye appointment.  All is well, on that front.  By the way, I am going to put a shameless plug here.  The doc who did my vitrectomy back in November is quite impressive.  He is a retina specialist, and my recovery has been remarkable.  I highly recommend anyone needing any kind of retina treatment, and if you are in the DC/VA area - he is worth the trip!  He has a website for his patients and those interested in learning about eye diseases/disorders.  It is  He firmly believes that medicine and docs should be accessible, and that docs shouldn't be afraid to get to know their patients and build relationships.  *gasp* *shock*   LOL  He is an awesome guy, and I can't say enough about him.  Ok, enough of the advertising, ha ha.

Anyway, the 2 hour trip from Astoria to Portland, despite the wind and rain, was still a beautiful trip.  Going to Portland, we took the more direct route, via route 5 and into Washington state, and back into Portland.  We did a quick trip, after the appointment looking for the Voodoo Doughnut shop in Portland.  We found it, and I will let Paul post about that.  Nope, we didn't get a donut - wind, rain, and long lines...  you get the picture.

Our GPS took us a different way home, down route 26 - through mountains and windy roads with HUGE trees - we half expected Big Foot to jump out...  but boy, was it amazing scenery.  One of our earlier posts was "you can't take a bad picture in Oregon" - well, I have to contest that, as rain certainly puts a damper on great photo taking... I got a few, that we will (hopefully) post later.

So, the wind and rain are supposed to continue for the next couple of days.....  we are staying cozy and dry in the RV...  close to the grandtreasures for our last days here....  we aren't sure how long the base will allow us to stay here, so we will stay flexible on that... there are lots of choices nearby, if we have to move...

Hard to believe that we have been retired now for 3 weeks, and have been here for 2 already...  life is good; God is great.

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.   ~Marti


  1. I'm glad your checkup went so well. Eye problems are scary.

  2. So happy that your eye surgery and recovery have been so successful!!

    Keep having fun with those Grand-girls :o))

  3. Glad to hear your recovery has been going smoothly and the check-up went well.

  4. Glad to hear about your eye recovery, AND that you could find someone to check it out. Wow, time has gone by! Almost 2012..and planning your next great adventure :)

  5. Glad your eye is healing well. We lived with the slides in for a few days here in NM. We did not like it but its good to know we can do it.

  6. Great news about the eye. And surviving wind and rain is something we all have to do sometime. Don't like it though. Be safe and watch that weather.

  7. Glad to hear about your eye follow up. I'm making note of your doctor. Great to have such a glowing recommendation for something so serious.

    I think high winds are the worst weather in a motorhome.

  8. glad to hear that your recovery and followup treatment has gone so well!!!..
    enjoy the wind and the rain on the 'wet coast'!! least you don't have to shovel it!..
    have a great day today!..maybe the sun will come out?

  9. Sounds like a typical Oregon winter. And isn't it great that you are 'seeing' it so well. :)

  10. With all that stormy weather you are getting, I think we must have just gotten out in time. Stay warm and stay dry. The sun will come out eventually!

  11. So glad the eye continues to heal well. That's scary stuff.
    Enjoy the rest of your time with the grandtreasures. It won't matter what the weather is outside. They'll brighten your day anyhow :)

  12. I love Oregon come rain or shine... Glad you are having a great time.
    Happy New Year to you & the family!!!

  13. Glad your eye is clearing up and your retirement is starting off with a GOOD VIEW!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  14. Glad your eyes are doing well and that you had a great doctor. My rheumatologist was that kind of doctor...always had a joke and a personal anecdote to tell and was always easy to talk to. He retired at the end of November (boo-hoo). I've never had a voodoo donut but my son and granddaughter swear by the bacon maple bars!!