Monday, October 16, 2017

Eventful Week

I've had to think a few times about what to write over the last few days, as it's been an eventful week. We're back home though- for now.

My dad ended up in the local hospital last week with Sepsis, which possibly led to kidney issues, which led to him having to be flown out of town and to the city, where he awaits a kidney biopsy on Monday. While all this was happening and while he was still in our hometown, we were getting ready to go on our trip south, which we did. But we returned. We hadn't at the time heard he was flown out, but while we were away we had mechanical problems with our SUV about 6 hours out of here. Problems that came out of nowhere. We decided we would come back home and look after them here.

Once home we had furnace issues, which were kind of there possibly before we left, but we noticed more so when we returned home and it took 6 hours to warm the house. We called in someone and found out that we need a new chimney, as our old one was rusted away and causing the pilot light to go out in our propane furnace. New one getting installed Monday- $800+

The problem with the SUV turned out to be a rock that popped out of the fan once we got home. But to be on the safe side- we are having a diagnostic test done here on Tuesday.

While home, Gerry will be helping my mom with things around their place and winterizing there, while my dad is away. We are hoping things will improve for my dad and still hope to go away next week, but will see what time brings us.

*** UPDATE: 10/16/17 - 
Dad is doing better ..
SUV - all good- we had a neighbor with scanner look at it- and saved the cost there.
New chimney cost with labor- $550- so less than we thought

Romano’s Macaroni Grill Thanks America’s First Responders with Free Meals at all U.S. Restaurants Through October

To express gratitude to all the tireless first responders, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, a national restaurant chain that creates authentic, inventive Italian dishes, will offer a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti entrĂ©e to those who have helped so many of America’s communities recently. First Responders are invited to visit and enjoy their complimentary Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti starting today, Tuesday, Oct. 10 through Tuesday, Oct. 31, at any of its 93 locations in the United States. 

 “Recently, many of our communities have suffered from devastating natural disasters and tragedy. Our nation’s brave first responders are always the first to arrive, putting their lives at risk in order to generously help others,” said Randy Sharpe, Senior Vice President of Operations for Macaroni Grill. “At Macaroni Grill, we want to show our deep appreciation for all first responders and the least we can do is provide them with a delicious meal, on us, as a small token of our thanks.”
First responders including police officers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and all hospital medical staff members need only to show their credentials when dining-in during normal restaurant hours to receive a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti per person, for either lunch or dinner, as part of Macaroni Grill’s #MacGrillGratitude.
Mom's Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti includes house-made beef, veal, pork and ricotta meatballs sprinkled with romano cheese and crushed red chile, topped with imported Pomodorina sauce and served over imported, bronze-cut spaghetti. Macaroni Grill has used bronze-cut pasta since the very beginning as it creates imperfections in the pasta’s surface allowing each noodle to hold more cheese, meat, and sauce than a perfectly smooth pasta would – making every bite delicious.

About Romano’s Macaroni Grill®
Romano’s Macaroni Grill is an Italian restaurant brand founded in 1988. Inspired by Italian country cuisine, Macaroni Grill believes in an open kitchen that allows guests to see its ingredients and preparation techniques that blend Italian traditions with progressive culinary inspiration in a polished casual atmosphere. Previously named the No. 1 Italian Restaurant Chain in America by a Nation's Restaurant News consumer survey, Macaroni Grill has 93 company-owned locations in 25 states.
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