November 26, 2012 by almostakiss
I’m squeezing in a quick post before anymore time passes. We got home from our incredible Thanksgiving vacation in Tunica, MS on Friday night at 7 pm. We’ve been on the go ever since trying to do all of the things left undone before we left and trying to catch up with everything else we missed while gone. It’s exhausting. Enough to make us need another vacation! Luckily that will be happening soon enough. 😉
We’ve been going to the gambling mecca of the Mid-South since Nov. 1998 and have always had a wonderful time. We have to pay gas roundtrip for 600+ miles for the RV and whatever money we decide to gamble with. All of our nights in the RV park are comped (free) and so are our meals! It’s a wonder we go anywhere else. There are so many buffets to be had and we limit ourselves to one a day. OINK! They aren’t just buffets but a veritable food lovers paradise with gourmet foods, seafood, ethnic delicacies, etc. Something for every taste and palate. Unlike my mom and husband, I am not a huge meat eater. I might try a small portion but I founder myself at the salad bar and am thrilled to try soups of every possible type. This trip was the first time I tried egg drop soup and I loved it. I had it 3 times and it was delicious. My plate ends up looking white when I load it up. I told my hubby, I only seem to eat potatoes, bread and pasta. He reminded me I also love “anything covered in cheese”. I was carb loading like I was going to run several marathons. I’m also not a dessert person when I go out. I love homemade goodies but most of the buffets have nothing that rivals my own dessert creations so I’d rather pass. There was one place (Hollywood casino) that had peanut butter pie to die for! They also had cheese grits, bowtie pasta with chicken, bacon and blue cheese sauce. Gah! I could go on but I don’t want to torture anybody.
It was a very relaxing time. I packed a bookbag with 5 books that my friend Karen had sent me and some magazines. I love reading in bed but don’t usually do it except on vacation. I was really looking forward to it so I promptly forgot the bag at home. Boo! I had a couple free books on hubby’s ipad2 that I read but it wasn’t the same. I would’ve killed to have a couple magazines but can’t justify buying any (or any books) when I have plenty at home to read.
I had to buy my first package of adult diapers. (Not for me.) This was the first trip that Mom’s noticeably been worse. I had to pack for her and lay her clothes out. She’s not able to do things that she was just able to do a few months ago. She can’t sign her name well or cut her meat well. It is sad to me plus she’s not nearly as engaged or verbal as she used to be. We are going to keep travelling with her as long as we can. I hate when she can’t remember places we’ve been or things she’s done before. It’s taking a toll on me but I’m doing the best I can. When that movie “50 First Dates” came out, everyone loved it. I hated it immediately and will never watch it again. It was so sad, not a comedy to me in any way. To lose your memories has to be one of the most awful things in life. Hubby & I joke about us having Alzheimers’ since we can’t remember if we’ve seen a certain movie before or not. That all you need is one movie and every time you watch it, it’s like you’ve never seen it before. I think the worst part is I’m afraid I’m looking at my own future. There’s a good chance I’ll be the same way as she is, possibly even sooner than she was. I don’t have a daughter or anyone else to look after me….
Since we got home so late Friday, stupid cars were parked in front of our house. We couldn’t park the RV there, even for a few hours. We had to go around the corner and hubby had to disconnect the Jeep from the Blue Ox towing device and drive our stuff we had packed into the truck home. It went fairly smoothly otherwise. This is the first year Illinois has had a 65 mph speed limit on I-57 for trucks and recreational vehicles. For years, cars had a 65 mph speed limit and the others were restricted to 55 mph. I’m not much of a speed demon since I’m too afraid of getting tickets so I’d go 62 at most. Now with the 65 mph speed limit, I go 69-70. Just that 5 extra miles per hour adds up.
Anyway, I got on here specifically to talk about my town going downhill just since we left. Hubby ordered a pizza (with coupon) from Nancy’s Pizza on the south side of Park Ridge Friday night. He went to pick up a gallon of milk on the way to pick up the pizza. When he left Dominick’s parking lot, a couple (man & woman in mid-40’s) approached him. The man said he lived in an apt. in Des Plaines, IL and his roommate was drunk and hitting on his girlfriend. He wanted Greg to help them get a motel room down the street. Hubby was being funny and said he would call the cops to have them arrest his roommate. The guy said no, he didn’t want that. He just wanted Greg to get him a room. Greg said no and left.
On Sat. we were at Jewel getting a few odds and ends. It’s 9 blocks away so we go there often. A sketchy looking guy in his 20’s came up to us and asked for $2 to get his medication. He had a whole story memorized about how he’s not a bum, just is short of money for his meds. Hubby said no. Then we saw him approach at least 5 other people!! It totally skeeved me out. We joked that if we went around getting $2 from each person, we could get such and such in our cart for free. We should have taken him over to the pharmacy and found out if the story was true and what meds he was on (or off). All I can think of is that Park Ridge used to be one of the nicer suburbs in the Chicago area. It was somewhat affluent but not where the richest live like Lake Forest or Glencoe or even Winnetka. But it is a huge step up to me from even the neighboring towns of Niles and Des Plaines. At least it used to be. Now panhandling has come to nicer establishments and even inside. I give to charities when and where I can and don’t like to be solicited in any way, shape or form. But to have someone opening trying to scam us, makes me wonder what the world is coming to.
At Jewel, since Thanksgiving had passed, they had turkeys for 39 cents/ lb.!! To me, it tastes good anytime, not just on that day. So we got an 18.5 lb. turkey (that was the smallest) for $7.23 and I’m fixing it tonight. We’ll be freezing some and eating on the rest for awhile. I’d only ever made around 12-13 lb. turkeys before and this one barely fit in the pan! It’s ginormous! So I’ve got to get back to making mashed potatoes and everything else that goes with it. Such a busy time. I started the laundry but there’s so much, there really is no end in sight. Tomorrow I take Mom to the ENT doctor to have the wax removed from her ears. Hopefully, I’ll get back online to write a blog post soon. So much to say, so little time!