Whew–we both received our first injection of the zoster (shingles) vaccine in September before leaving Montana. I felt crummy for about 24 hours post injection, the Cowboy had no side effects. We went to Tucson Monday and among other things–received the last dose of our shingles vaccine. By evening I was feeling crummy and I’ve spent most of today in bed, sleeping. The Cowboy has tried to tough it out but he’s also feeling crummy. I still am a firm believer in these shingles vaccines–I would rather have 24 hours of feeling crummy than shingles!
Sunday was a very low key day–we didn’t do much of anything most of the day but in the evening we joined Janice, Dan and Louanne at Linda’s for a light supper. Great friends and good times. Linda passed along some sad news while we were there–the first person we met after moving to Pearce has died–Reid.
While our temps in Arizona have risen to more normal levels for this time of year, the folks in Montana have been in the deep freeze with minus 39 degrees! Way, way too cold! In the 24 years of living with the Montana Cowboy, I experienced minus 32 one winter day and it was awful! We were in Billings and in spite of having the correct fuel mix and some type of additive on board our diesel truck gelled. We were headed to the airport–I had a business trip and had stopped at a copy center to make copies for a presentation I was giving. The owner of the copy center took me to the airport while the Cowboy tried to get the truck home. Every wrecker service he called told him they wouldn’t be able to get to our truck for hours–they were all out on the freeways helping the semi drivers with their gelled trucks. The people who were just visiting us in Arizona, Bob and Judy owned the Chevrolet dealership in Big Timber. Bob came all the way to Billings (80 miles) with a wrecker, loaded our truck onto the rig and hauled it to Big Timber putting the truck in the heated garage. While the truck warmed, Bob took the Cowboy home with him to watch the Super Bowl that year. Small town living!
In Tucson on Monday we found a Walmart which was slightly convenient and offered grocery pickup. I placed my order online Saturday and drove into the Walmart parking lot just as the lady was coming out of the building with our groceries. We made a Home Depot run buying a pallet of floor tile for the main house and our last stop was Costco–groceries, shingles vaccine, etc.
As I said above, today we’ve been couch/bed potatoes–hopefully we will both feel better tomorrow! More Whitewater Draw photos.
On our way to Tucson yesterday on I-10 we saw a message on the overhead electronic billboard–“accident ahead, prepare to exit.” Ugh! We crept along at 5-10 mph for over 30 minutes before reaching the scene of the accident and exiting the freeway to go around the blocked westbound lanes. It was a sunny, bright morning with dry roads. Three vehicles were horribly mangled and we saw a life flight helicopter leaving the scene. Tonight I was cruising Facebook and came across this post from the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, “Did you know distracted driving is the leading cause of all traffic crashes? Drivers who use their cell phones while driving are four times more likely to be in a crash than those who don’t use their phones while driving.” We have no idea what caused this horrific accident but would be willing to guess it was a distracted driver.