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Monday, June 3, 2013

Heels and surprise

Heiskell,    TN

The heels part:

One thing that Leonard always wears is his boots.   He had worn cowboy boots since age 12 he says.   He tends to wear the heels down.

This causes back pain, etc.    Do you know how few shoe repair places there are?    There is one back in NJ and the old Italian man who has it keeps talking of retiring.   Hope not!  We depend on him.    When we were in Louisiana we looked around to have his boots re-heeled.  (Is that a word?).    Cottons in Lake Charles was recommended.  Thus new heels:

 $20.00 for new heels is SOOOOOO much cheaper than new boots.

We spent this past weekend in Cullman, AL visiting with son Lenny and family.   Nice visit as always.   They always make sure to have some good Louisiana style food prepared.  This time is was sausage and chicken gumbo.    As our daughter-in-law eats no seafood we can be sure her gumbo will not contain shrimp.   Just as well.    Len has been warned that shrimp can give him a gout flare up.  

He had shrimp gumbo at a friends last week.  Then while on Saturday we went to the local Logans Roadhouse.   The special was 6 oz fillet and all the shrimp you could eat.    Three orders later and we could be sure a flare up was on the way.  Oh yea, by yesterday even new heels on the boots could not make him walk right.    After taking some meds for flare-ups, he is much better today.  Will he ever learn?

We left Cullman this morning at 8:30 (Central time) and landed at Raccoon Valley, an Escapees park, in Heiskell, TN at 3:30 (Eastern Time) this afternoon.    Our route from the south up to NJ takes us within miles of this park.  

The surprise part:

Back in 2010 we spent a month here shortly after first starting to full time.  We met a delightful lady named Judy Hughes and immediately hit it off.  Perhaps because she is from Baton Rouge.

We've caught up with each other several times in the last four years during our travels.   I had talked to Judy a few weeks ago and she told me she was back here again.  So the other night Len suggested we drop by.   We decided to surprise her.   And that we did.  How fortunate we got a site right next to her.   Tonight the three of us went to Ruby Tuesday for dinner.   Leonard only ate one shrimp.  

Let's see what tomorrow brings.   Another gout flare up?  


Donna K said...

I guess shoe repair places are going the way of the TV repairman. It's usually cheaper to throw things out than to get them repaired - and that's a shame. Glad you got heeled!! Too bad about the shrimp - hope just the one doesn't cause a flare.

Laurie and George said...

We were just talking about that the other day..the lack of shoe repair shops. We always used to just get our shoes re-soled. Now shoes are so cheap it's just as easy to get a new pair. Of course, Len's boots are probably nicer than that!

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

How can you eat just one shrimp??

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

When you figure out how to convince Len about the shrimp let me know and I will use that technique on Sam when it comes to his butterscotch crimpets. not exactly diabetic food

Anonymous said...

Eating one shrimp is like eating one potato chip. If doc told me shrimp would cause problems, I would take more meds.
Travel safe.

Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

We stay in that park all the time. They have made some nice improvements.

What fun to meet up with an old friend. Enjoy your visit.

Judy and Emma said...

Hard to pass up tasty shrimp!

Peggy n David said...

Phyllis - what does Len take for meds for gout? David is having bouts of it and has anti-inflammatories that he takes, but they are sure not fast acting!

Rick Doyle said...

Sometimes the resulting pain is just worth it!

New heels for $20 is an amazingly good deal.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

I cannot remember the last time I saw a shoe repair place.

Karol said...

Shoemakers are hard to find and they want their money in advance. There was one in Vineland and he was near or past retirement age. The dry cleaners in Elkton does shoe repair. I think they send them out somewhere. They even want the dry cleaning paid for in advance. Too many people are leaving their clothes and not picking them up.