May 082018
 

I moved to Southwest Missouri about 6 months ago and it’s been a little bit crazy. I am working as a field adjuster and I love it! I was fortunate to be able to stay with the same employer and not have to start over vesting in my benefits.

What do I like so much? It’s nice to be out in the field meeting with people and talking with them face-to-face. I like to drive and I take my camera along so I can grab some images during my breaks on the road.

The area reminds me of upstate New York. I frequently drive through the Mark Twain National Forest. The beautiful trees, hills, and lakes are so much like home, but it’s warmer and I haven’t had to shovel snow. Don’t talk to me about mowing, though. I got spoiled having my yard mowed for me in Grinnell and doing it myself seems like a bit of a chore. On the plus side, mowing the whole yard probably takes about an hour and burns about 1000 calories.

I’ve had a few on-the-road adventures since I came out here. A few weeks ago, I was driving past an old school that was being used as a staging area to fight a forest fire. I’ve seen a medical helicopter land on a black top road in the middle of nowhere, and waited for a turtle to cross the road.

Daffy and Daisy love their new home and the fenced in back yard. Of course, they would rather be with me than anything, so they don’t use it as much as they could. Perhaps that means I should use it more!

I’ve got my dentist in place and I am working on finding a doctor and an oncologist. The dog’s veterinarian, of course, was chosen before we ever moved out here.

I am still teaching and working on my photography business. I’ve passed the most high risk time for a recurrence of cancer, and I am loving life!

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