A lot of water has flowed under the bridge in the last four months, so to speak. It is now settling down to a level where our plans might make sense.
Things past: Wolf died in April, but we have Teddy who is stepping up to be first dog. It was sad to lose a dear friend of nearly fifteen years, but his body just gave out on him. In March Kelly convinced me to help him market and sell his new sewLITE. We made plans to show these wares at the SKP WARE meeting in Lodi, but Alice was diagnosed with wet macular degeneration a month ago, and we put the brakes on leaving the area until mid-May. Yesterday I told Kelly I was withdrawing from the active business world; I am no longer the world's best entrepreneur. I will display product on my website and help people with LED problems, but active selling time is now past.
Alice's health is pretty good, but her eyes are a concern. She see's a retanologist tomorrow, and gets another shot of Avastin that is supposed to arrest the further development of the condition. She can get shots every 4 weeks on the road so we will be able to travel.
My health is actually pretty good, though I still abuse myself with bad behavior like too much wine. The Afib has mostly gone away, and I am walking more and keeping my weight under better control. Not trying to sell will also help.
Things future: on Friday we head further north to Soledad TTN, the second leg of a 3,000 mile loop up into WA and back down the coast then to Sedonna. Plans are to return to Jojoba Hills in time for Thanksgiving with the girls. It will be a liesurely trip, not a rush from point to point as in the past. I am now working on preparing Dad's Story for publication, and it should go pretty fast with not much else to do. Dad did most of the work.
A potentially exciting phase in our life is beginning in Oklahoma. Continental Resources Oil Co. has started drilling an oil/gas well on the old farm where I grew up. Janet, Rosemary, and I each have 4.4 acres of mineral rights in that section that might pay us some royalties in the next few years. There are still a number of details to be worked out.
So, keep in touch. We like to hear from you.
sam & alice & teddy