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February 19, 2024

Not the month we expected ...

This will be a short post, a lot going on, but not much of it bloggable. 

The calm before the storm.  De Anza Cove the day before the rain began.

At least the rain allowed us to visit Bobby daily at UC Medical.  He spent 12 days there, half of which were in the ICU.  

While Bobby was at  UC Medical Fran’s sister, Susan, fell and dislodged the rod placed in her broken femur.  She had her repair surgery at Kaiser Zion.  Another place to visit.

While she was at Kaiser Zion, Bobby was transferred to Kearny Convalescent.  Convenient for us to visit daily.  After a week of physical therapy a friend flew out to drive him and Aleida back to Denver.

During this same time Susan was transferred to Stanford Convalescent n Santee. Not real convenient to us, but a visit is always good.  She’s in great spirits and will be there for a couple weeks to ensure she’ll be safe and not fall again.

Be fore we had an opportunity to visit Susan, Fran had a MOHS surgery at Scripps Mercy in Hillcrest.  That's 5 hospitals in 2 weeks!

Check out the size of that biopsy crater!

We were out of there in time for a late lunch.  Not sure where to go as Hillcrest has such limited parking.  We enjoyed Jimmy Carter’s with Gay and Joe a few weeks ago and decided to return there.

At a nice booth by the window I enjoyed a Taco Salad with a Margarita while Fran chose a tostada.

Fran will have her stitches out in a couple more weeks.  Her doctor said not to go swimming or wash dishes before then.  She's milking that!, my fingernails are spotlessly clean :)

After another visit with Susan we were ready for lunch.  There’s good Mexican places in Santee.  But Aleida has been cooking for 2 weeks and we chose Jimmy Carter’s Cantina just a couple days earlier.  So we headed into ocean Beach for burgers.  Hodads of course!

I typically order the mini-bacon-cheese burger with grilled onions with fries.  Fran a hamburger.  We split the fries and still take some home.

If you go to Hodads pay attention to the menu.  It offers an all you can eat option $99.95 and an extensive wine list “Red, White, or Pink”.

February is a great time to be a resident senior in San Diego.  All the museums in Balboa Park offer at least 50% admission discounts.  Some are even FREE!  Although the zoo is not free, their Wild Animal Park is.  We’re looking forward for an opportunity to take advantage of some of the senior offerings … once it stops raining!


  1. I hope hospital visits are behind you now! We like Hodads burgers too, but I think $99.95's worth would sink me even with red, white or pink wine to wash them down!

    1. We do think our hospital visits are behind us. We'll certainly check in on Susan, with her family here it's not going to be daily!

  2. What a month to put in the rear view mirror! Hoping things are settling down! Joe has not had a MOHs on his hand before…I’m thinking that might be sore and you should do the dishes at least another few weeks after those stitches are out! We sure have nice memories of Jimmy Carters. Next visit…Hodads is a must! I bet it was a sight to see you and Fran take a bite out of those burgers…they are huge!

    1. We wanted to take advantage of February For Seniors, before the phone rang and we had to cancel lunch with you, but sure did not expect the chaos that followed!
      I suspect that Jimmy Carter's will be our Go-To when in the area, it is fun, good food and better memories.
      Hodad's burgers are generous. I'd suggest to order the mini with grilled onions. It's more than enough and squishes better for that first bite ;)

  3. We use coupon as much as we can, when eating out. I don't think we'll use that all you can eat option.
    Wishing all the patients a speedy recovery.
    More Rain heading your way.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. Fran is looking at new Pickleball paddles! All will be fine here, but what a bunch of timing ...
      Thanks for stopping by All the best to you and Kathy!

  4. $99 all you can eat!?! Hopefully everyone is on the mend and lives will get back to normal soon!

    1. I suspect nobody has accepted that $99 challenge. Fran is back to paying Pickleball, but since the stiches are still in I'm still doing the dishes :) Susan has another couple weeks of PT before she will be home but doing vey well.

  5. I suppose having adequate hospitals and rehabs nearby is a blessing. They're an unhappy fact of life as we age. Sounds like all are moving in the right direction so that's good news! Been awhile since I had a burger that could inspire me to try that challenge :-)

    1. Hi Jodee - you make a good point we do have options, and the family certainly took advantage of some of them.
      When you're ready for a burger, it's hard to beat Hodad's ... but the mini-burger is certainly filling enough.


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