Today began as many for these past days have, with the girls getting up and getting ready for school. I even made some hot oatmeal for breakfast (Jackie likes to call it porridge and pretend she is baby bear). Lunches were made and Linda and I walked the girls to school (Just for the record - Jason had oatmeal, too). Once we got back to the house we all had things to work on and take care of, and Jason and I were headed for the hospital at Balboa. I guess that's about where the similarities stop.
Jason and I drove separate vehicles to his appointments, as I had to come back and pick up Linda before Jason was finished with his appointments. Trying to get on to the base was a little bit of a challenge, and as a result I spoke with Jennifer Townsend (ret. Navy Capt) about what happened and she said she would work with the security folks on coming up with a solution. Apparently this is something that has been going on for several weeks now and there really is no easy answer, at least none that they can see right now. Bottom line is that it looks like Linda and I will be challenged each time we come on to the base, until they figure out an answer to the puzzle.
Jason and I went through the first part of his appointments and then I headed back to the house to pick up Linda. I had gotten an appointment schedule with one of the doctor's information, including her phone number, and that seemed to be enough to satisfy the guard, so when we got back to the base we got on rather easily. I hope they can come up with a relatively simple solution, so that there isn't a big cost to get this resolved.
When we got back to the house is when it really seemed like it was a "different" day for us. The girls weren't here, and wouldn't be back for a couple of days. This is the first time in about three weeks we didn't have the girls with us. The house felt so odd and quiet. It did allow me to take the car over to the auto repair place and get some work done on it. Since we're headed back up to Livermore we want to be sure the car will in as good a working order as it can be. The only challenge was that the car needs more work than I was expecting, and our total bill went from about $40.00 to almost $900.00. I talked with the manager and he brought it down to $800.00 even, but still that is more than I was hoping to have to pay right now. It isn't going to prevent us from going, but it will cause us to be a bit more "thrifty" than first planned.
That was the end of the activities for the day - Linda prepared a nice pork chop and baked potato dinner. We ended up watching Princess Bride tonight, just to relax and enjoy a movie. We both like the Princess Bride, so that made the choice pretty easy. Tomorrow I will be picking up the car after I go for a bike ride, and we'll see what the rest of the day has in store for us. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.