Thursday, February 21, 2013


This has been a very challenging time for Doug and I.

On Valentine's Day our generator decided to bypass the voltage regulator and push 200+ volts into the rig.  The lights got really bright, the tv went off and we smelled smoke.  Doug dashed outside and turned the generator off.  

The damage: the converter burned out and the television is done for.  It was obvious that the problem was the voltage regulator.  We ordered the part but it took five days to come. Five long cold days and very dark nights.

The generator is fixed.  We thought that a fuse would fix the tv but no, it's done. Chucked it in a dumpster in Lake Havasu City.  We will have to buy another soon.  The converter has been replaced by a battery charger which works about the same.  Our son is an electrician and thinks that he can rebuild the converter when we get back to B. C.

While all this was going on, my father had what he suspected was a stroke.  Turned out to be a heart attack and he has had a pacemaker inserted.  He is feeling better but we have to keep in pretty much constant contact.  

Parker is not well.  Last night we didn't expect him to make it through the night.  If things don't improve even a little, we will have to put him down.

Today we left Lake Havasu City and moved on to one of our favourite places, Overton, Nevada.

My gramma used to say "new bricks, new sticks".  Let's hope so.

We are feeling so much better already.  



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

So sorry to hear all this bad news. Praying for your father and that he is feeling much better today. Hugs and Love sent your way.

Jim and Sandie said...

I feel so bad all this happened to you guys. And my heart is breaking over Parker. But there does come a time when we have to say good bye to them. Sure do hope everything gets better for you from here on out. Hugs to all of you.

Wanderin' said...

It seems when it rains it pours. This time it's done more than snow on you. It's snowed! This has been a tough year with issues all around. I certainly don't like hearing about all the troubles that have gone your way. Kiss and hug Parker for us. That's the hardest one of all. xoxoxoxo

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

Hugs to you all...our good thoughts are coming your way and hope for all bad things to pass to make room for all the good things that are yet to come.

Linda Sand said...

Sounds like Murphy has moved in with you. So sorry to hear all that. Things have to start looking up sometime soon, don't they?

I'm thawing the last of my leftovers today so you can picture me eating the last of the roast beef and know that I am being grateful to you.

Sue and Doug said...

Sending you hugs..hope that things get better soon.

hobbea said...

That is so sorry to hear! I hope your dad will regain his health soon.
We know from experience how hard it is to see a dog suffer. There is a hard time coming up.
Our thoughts are with you!

John and Nan said...

So sorry you are having to endure such stress. Our prayers go out to you and your fur child. Parker is one terrific pooch.