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Rog and Liz in Alconbury, England

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Monday, 05 April 2010

Location: Alconbury, England, UK

Well, had a pretty good weekend. Went and played racquetball on Saturday, bought a new pair of running shoes and then came home and took a nap.
Sunday, went to church in the a.m., had a good meal and then took a nap. Last night I watched The Blind Side and went to bed early. I am ready for whatever the week brings me. It will be a short one since we have Friday off for our spring break.
Wed. I pick Liz up from the airport, so that will give me another day off work. I am happy she is coming out here after being in SC for about two months. Her puppy misses her.
This morning will dictate how the rest of the week is going to go. I may be getting moved back to the original department I started at back in Nov. They are not sure what they are doing around here. Have to follow certain protocol before they can move people and they did not do that. Oh well, we'll see this morning.

Cheers for now,

Rog

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Location: Alconbury, UK

Well, not much is happening around here since Liz left. She is in the states trying to get a visa. Just heard today that she should have it in 5-10 business days. I am needed her here to take care of this crazy dog. I don't have the patience for a young pup anymore. I like having her around, but don't have the time to treat her like a puppy.
Been running alot lately getting ready for our fitness test in May. We took a practice run last week. I did not do as well on the run as I wanted to, but did quite well on the sit ups and push ups. I have decided to use the bicycle which will be easier.
The doctor put me on blood pressure medicine. My pressure has been up and down over the last year, so she said instead of constantly trying to change my diet and lifestyle, she would give me a low dose. So far, I have had stomach aches and muscle aches which they say are a side effect. Suppose to let the doctor know, but will wait until Monday and see if it is any better.
Well, dinner has been served, dishes done and the dog has been played with. Guess it is time for me to relax.

Cheers,

Roger

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Location: Alconbury, UK

Sure is kinda boring without Liz around these days. I go to work, come home, let the dog out, make something to eat, watch a little T.V. and go to bed. That is if I don't bowl.
I have been the head facilitator for a 2nd Class Leadership Course this week. I taught one module and organized the rest of the week to have different instructor come in and teach several topics pertaining to being a better leader. All is going well so far and it is getting out of the office for a week. We will only be in the class room a half day today and tomorrow. Tried to combine the two days, but it did not work out.
The weather is trying to get warmer around here. Have to scrap frost about once a week, but warms up to around 40 during the day. Not as much rain as we have been seeing, and no snow. The daffodils are starting to push their way up through the ground and should be blooming in a few weeks.
Liz is still in the SC trying to get here visa. She goes to get finger printed next week and then just waits for the next appointment. Sure do miss her.
Well, off to start another day and then to Lakenheath to look for a new laptop, this one is slowly dying.

Cheers,

Rog and Little Bit

Tuesday, 02 March 2010

Location: Alconbury, UK

Well, since Liz has been gone, nothing much goes on around here. For that much, nothing happens around here when she is here. I do miss her and can't wait for her to return. She is in SC with the boys trying to get her visa so she can stay here legally for up to two years.
I have been moved to another office. This makes the third time they have assigned a different job. They really have a problem with management and where they need people the most. They did tell me that if things work out I could make this a civilian contractor job. That is not going to be any time soon, I want to finish my navy career and then we will see what happens after that.
PT has been pretty rough lately. We have a new guy leading us that likes to work on abs. My abs are hidden by a chunk of fat that does not want to reveal anything. We also run between 2.5 and 3 miles after doing all the exercises. After working and the PT, I come home to an energetic dog and then bowl three nights a week.
I am preparing for a 5 day class on leadership next week. I am running the class, but only teaching one day. It is going to take most of my time between now and Monday to get everything in place. About 13 students all together. Oh yeah, did I tell you that I am helping high school students with their homework on Tuesday? I have been doing that for about two months now. Usually it is helping with Literature and writing papers. NO math work.
Well, off to work and then the school.

Cheers, Rog and Little Bit

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Location: Alconbury, England, UK

Not much going on around here. Got Liz and Adam off to the airport on Wednesday. On the way down, we were riding along when the passengers side wide blew up. Glass landed all over Adam and scared us half to death. Mechanic and other Brits said it was probably a rock thrown by a truck that just went by. Had a cold ride to the airport and then home again (1 1/2hr drive). Got it fixed on Thursday with no problem and not that expensive.
Thought maybe I could sleep in a little this weekend, but the puppy had other ideas. Woke me up at 6am yesterday and today. She is now sleeping on my lap. Frustrating, but she is all I have right now with Liz being gone. Weep, Weep.
Well, off to get something to eat for breakfast.

Cheers,

Rog and Little Bit

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Location: Alconbury, England, UK

Happy Valentines Day everyone.
We have been busy traveling around the country side with Adam. We went to an old church yesterday and walked around the cemetery looking at the dates and was amazed at when some of the people were born. I think the oldest one buried there was born in 1860. These churches have been around for a very long time. Cool to just walk around and look at the tomb stones. Adam wanted to see a body, but they were buried too deep.
Today we are going to church and then out to eat at one of our favorite places around the corner from where we live.
Tomorrow we will probably go to the American WWII cemetery here in Madingly. It is the largest one here in England and I think the only one, which would make it the largest. DUH!
Well, Liz and Adam will be heading back to the states on Wed. I will be stuck here again with the dog. Liz has to go home and get her visa so she can come back and stay longer this time. I will have to make dinner for myself again. T.V. dinners, here I come.

Take Care and Love the one your with,

Rog, Liz, Adam and Little Bit

Monday, 08 February 2010

Location: Alconbury, Cambridgeshire, UK

Not alot going on here. Just got home from work after working out for an hour. We played football against the army and got totally whooped.
Bowled in my first bowling tournament over the weekend. Did not do too bad, 200 average with my handy cap. Will not know until sometime this week whether I made the cut and will bowl again on Sat.
Adam will be here on Friday morning. He will only be here for about a week. Has to get back to work ya know. He is thinking about joining the navy and is coming over here to talk to some of the guys already in.
Liz is going to the gym tonight and I am bowling on one of my leagues. I hope I do better than I feel. Tired out from working and then a late night last night. We were up until about 1:30am watching the Super Bowl. I did not care who won.
Well, not much else is happening, so will just chill until leaving for bowling.

Cheers,

Rog and Liz

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Location: Alconbury, England, UK

Sorry, not much to write about today. I went to the doctor again yesterday for the pain in my foot. He had already sent me to have xrays done and the results came back with some kind of tendinitis. I now have to go to a foot doctor on Monday. Foot (heel) does hurt, but it is more a bother than painful. Hurts sometimes when I run, and we ran 2.7 miles yesterday. Saturday I could barely walk on the stupid thing.
Like I said, we ran 2.7 miles yesterday, I came home took a shower, ate and then went bowling. I finally got to sleep around 11pm last night and then back up at 6:30am and am ready for another day of work.
The days are getting longer which means it is not dark when I come home anymore. Wish the temps would go up a bit.
Our puppy is driving me crazy with too much energy. I usually let her out in the morning and then put her on the bed with Liz who gets puppy licks in the face.
Well, off to work to save the world.

Cheers,
Rog, Liz and Little Bit

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Location: Alconbury, England

Just got back from work and running another 2 miles. That makes a total of 5 for the week. We then played ultimate football for a 1/2 hour. I am quite the tired, but my tummy is full after eating a wonderful meal made by my wonderful wife.
I think we are just going to chill out this weekend and relax. We may take another trip to Wales or possibly Belgium over yet another long weekend in February.
All else is going great here. I gave a power point presentation to a group of people today. This was the best I have felt about a topic I have briefed on since coming back into the navy. Not sure the whole audience was impressed, but it was an informational brief. Can't really talk about what the topic was on, unless you want to go through a bunch of background checks and have a reason for knowing what it was.
Little Bit is doing great and spent the weekend with a girl from work that just got a puppy. She said they had a great time and said she would bring her puppy over for the day so they can play. Love this new puppy.

Well that is all for now.

Cheers,

Rog, Liz and Little Bit

Monday, 18 January 2010

Location: Lorraine, France, France

Liz and I had the unique opportunity to travel to Lorraine, France over the weekend. It is here that I saw the grave of my father's brother who was killed during WWII. Not sure how old he was, but we figure he was around 25 or 26. Obviously I never met him, nor did we hear much about him. All of my uncles have passed away including my father some 22yrs ago. I wish I would have been able to give these pictures and information to one of them.
This was a very humbling and sobering experience and there is no way anyone will ever know what these men went through.
We did see the lack of appreciation from the French. The lady at the cemetery, when we asked why there were no signs for the cemetery, stated that someone kept stealing the signs. Not sure if the people taking them were Americans or French.
The Americans did not want to get into the war, but were basically forced. There are 10,489 men and a few women buried here. They were moved to this permanent cemetery in 1946 to a site given to the U.S. by the French.
We are eternally grateful to the men and women who lost their lives so that we might live in freedom.

Cheers, Rog and Liz

Friday, 08 January 2010

Location: Alconbury, England, UK

Sorry there is not much to write about, but things are going pretty good. We had Monday off work, worked Tues. went home at 4pm on Wed., Thurs. a water main broke and the sent us home around 10am. Today, I had an appointment to have my foot x rayed and then had an appointment at 2pm. I was not very productive this week.
I have quarter size lump on my right heel that hurts a little when I walk. I had it checked just to make sure it was nothing serious. He gave me some ibuprofen and sent me 50 miles away to have xrays done.
Tonight Liz and I are bowling in a tournament. I don't expect to win anything, but should be fun none the less.
I have signed up to be a mentor/big brother/tutor at the school on base. I will be matched up with a student that has needs in such subjects as history, some english and social studies. First time I have had to do something like this since my sons were in school.
Liz is doing great and enjoying the puppy. She, the puppy just had her second vaccination and micro chip put in. Should be set to go out in the public in about a week or so.
Well, off to the bowling alley.

Cheers, Rog, Liz and Little Bit

Sunday, 03 January 2010

Location: York, England, England

Liz and I went to York, England yesterday and walked through the largest Cathedral in England. I think that West Minster Abbey in London was bigger, but who am I to argue?
Believe it or not, if you've seen one cathedral, you've seen them all. Each look about the same on the inside. Lots of dead people and statues of dead people. Lots of stain glass windows and of course a huge pipe organ.
On the way to York, we stopped at Nottingham where the legendary Robin Hood once lived. They had a huge forest, Sherwood Forest that we walked through. A nice walk with the dog and will be nice to go back in the summer.
I have an extended weekend. Tomorrow is a "training" day. Just another way of giving us a four day weekend. Not complaining.
We are planning on going to Cambridge and visit the cemetery (American) and then go on to Peterborough to the mall. Not much else is happening around here. Been bowling a lot, but may have to slow down a bit until the doctor can look at my right heel. I have a huge lump that has been bothering me for a few weeks. Will make an appointment tomorrow.

Cheers, Rog, Liz and Little Bit

Monday, 28 December 2009

Location: Alconbury, England, UK

New pictures placed on here. Nothing new going on here. Liz and I are going to visit York, England this weekend. Wednesday we are going to an Italian market we heard about. It will be nice to find fresh fruit again.


Cheers,

Rog and Liz

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Location: Alconbury, UK

Liz and I went to the pastor's house of the church we are attending. Ate way too much food and then came home real quick and talked to all of the boys via skype. Was great to see and talk to them. They were enjoying their presents from us and each other.
Last night I invited three single guys over for a home cooked meal. These are the guys we have been bowling with when we have time. Liz made lazagna and then we sat around playing Wii.
Liz and I then watched The Last Legion, a movie about Rome.
Today is Liz's birthday and after church this morning I am taking her out to eat at a famous pub here in our village. They put a black slate/rock on your table and then give you either steak, chicken or lamb and then you can cooked it however you want. I have been there four times and am looking forward to going again.
Well, you all enjoy the rest of the holidays and have a happy and prosperous New Year.

Cheers,

Rog and Liz

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Location: Alconbury, UK


Liz and I spent the day going shopping for a rug for the hallway and then went bowling. We came home and talked on Skype to my brother. We then went to a girl's house for a Christmas Eve party. We played pictionary, ate frozen pizza and laughed and had a good time meeting new people.
I am sick and tired of hearing about how the government for the people by the people is taking over and putting us and our grandchildren in so much debt they will never get out. Our taxes are high enough now. We WILL become a socialized nation right before our eyes and we are doing nothing to prevent it.

Enough said, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Rog and Liz

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Location: Alconbury, UK

The end of another week has come. We have tomorrow and Friday off unless mission essential. I am definetly going to sleep in to at least 7:30 tomorrow.
Up until 11:45pm last night and then up at 0630 this morning.
Bowled last night, three games, 198, 201 and 139. Not sure what happened the last game.
Liz and I are going to enjoy the day off tomorrow and then possibly go over to some friends house for a little get together. Friday we have been invited over to our pastor's house for lunch. Should be fun and am looking forward to relaxing.
Took our puppy, Little Bit, to the vet. for the first time today. She got a shot and de-worm medicine and has to go back in two weeks for the second set of shots and worming. She is quite the cutie and keeps us on our toes and entertained.
Snow is still hanging around. If you have been watching the news, most of Scotland came to a screeching halt the last few days due to the snow. The police told people to abandon their vehicles stuck on the freeways, and then tried to charge them $200 to have them removed. I guess the whole world is messed up.
Sick of hearing about health care bills.
Well, you all have a safe and Merry Christmas and remember Jesus is the reason for the season.

Cheers, Rog and Liz

Friday, 18 December 2009

Location: Alconbury, UK

Woke up this moring to 4 inches of snow everywhere. Checked a website that gives us updates of the base news, delays and whatever. They put out that we had did not have to report to work until 10am because of the snow. Here in England they do not have the snow remolval equipment like MI. They just wait for it to melt. I got up and cleared the snow off the car and headed out the door. I got there about 9am and started reading emails when someone said they thought they were going to send people home and call those that had not arrived yet not to come in. I put my coat on and headed back out the door and home again. I posted some pictures on facebook and back to a warm house. Liz and I went and did some shopping and are now home and will be until we get dressed to go out to a fancy Christmas party tonight and listen to a string quartet. Hope everything is going to be as nice as they are advertising.
Enjoy the pics of our snow and new puppy now named Little Bit (said with an English accent)

Cheers,

Rog and Liz


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From Pastor Wagner
Hey Roger,
We think of you guys often. It will be nice when you are back.
Hope your time goes by quickly. Take care, Pastor
Response: Thanks pastor, I am enjoying myself so far. I do miss home and our church and friends. They are talking about offering me a civilian job when my orders end. Not sure what I want to do yet. Liz is in SC getting her visa and spending time with the boys. Tell everyone I said hello.
From
Where is Liz now? Is she coming back up to Michigan?
The Phantom
Response: Liz is in SC helping the boys with a few things and applying for a visa. She will be coming back in May if she gets her visa.
From Dawn
haven't thought to check this lately. Have you tried a chiropractor for your foot? I had something like that when working fast food. Tried the foot doc who couldn't help. Got my back adjusted and the foot cleared up. Just a thought. Must be nice to have sons who fly all over the place :0)...but I prefer kids who are married and give me grandkids! Love ya
Response: Doc said it was a calcium build up that is perfectly normal. I have had great results from wearing a lift in my shoe and taking an anti inflammatory pill.
From Phantom
So what's your handicap? 190 LOL. I could have told you what the outcome of the Army/Navy game would be. We got ourselves a new puppy. He is a year old and is a Great Pyrenees Anatolian. I'll send pics when I take some and load them onto the computer. We had to go down to Indianapolis to pick him up this weekend. It was a long weekend and I was sad to see his hometown lost the football game although we did not watch it (too tired and had to spend time getting aquainted with our new friend and guardian).
Response: Congrats on the new puppy. Now one of you will have two pets to take care of. LOL Send pictures when you can.
Oh, and by the way, I bowled a 203-154-214 tonight.
From Keith
Those pics sent chills through me. I wish Dad could have seen the pic of Uncle Clyde's gravesite. Thanks for sharing them with all of us.
I had a phone interview with a hospital in Liberal, Kansas on Friday and they want to have a face to face interview, I have another phone interview with a hospital in Austin, TX. not sure what will come of them. I like the small town idea of Kansas, but I like the warm weather idea of TX. I will let you know what happens.

Keith
Response: Good luck on both of them. I am off to the airport to pick a reservist up coming in from Atlanta.
From Richard & Yvonne
Just got done showing Yvonne your lates pics. Looks like the long lost relative is still lost and the one with the two guys who have no body is where they got the song "I ain't got no body to call my own" It's still pretty cold here in the twenties but is supposed to get into the thirties by next week. Yvonne really misses Liz. She will write her a note soon. She is just getrting over the flu. Take care till later. Love you guys.
Response: Will post more pics from France next weekend. Hope Yvonne feels better.
From
Take her to one of the castles she looked at in the books I lent her before she joined you. It would be nice to stay in one overnight (better than tenting it).
Response: Been to a couple of different castles already. Going to visit York tomorrow and maybe see a castle or abbey (church). Will post pics later.
From
glad to hear you finally got her out of the kitchen and broke down and took her to some place other than mickey d's lol. Happy Birthday again Liz!
Response: I hate mickey dees and would never take her there. We may plan a trip to someplace exotic, like Norway. Got another long weekend coming up in Feb. Any ideas?
From Richard
Don't know if you're aware but Dick Swanson passed away Friday am. The funeral is Wednesday. Sounds like you're giving Liz a lot of work to do. Keep it up and she just might come home early LOL. Aren't you glad she is not a blond (re: your e-mail) HA Ha!
Response: She is a blond, but not quite that bad. Looking forward to a couple of days off work. What will I do? Be bored I guess.
From
You didn't take her out to a fancy restaurant when she got there?? Shame shame on you.
The Phantom!
Response: We are going to the Hinchinbrook House this Friday. A formal attire is required with a string quartet and fancy hourdovers. Quite expensive for our taste, but it is the base Christmas party.
From richard
Glad to hear Liz made it there safely. I bet you had a lot of hugs stored up for her arrival. Yvonne says she misses Liz already and she loves her puppy. He's sooooo cute! She's happy that you are both together. Miss both of you.
Response: I am glad Liz is here also. She has made supper twice and did dishes once and cleaned up the house. Good to have her here.
From
We got about a foot of snow at our house. Church was called off because of it. More to come. You have to be nice to me as I will be carrying precious cargo Saturday on the way to you so no more negative comments about my fishing bait. You know the ones with the short fuse work best. See if there are any loose claymores around that we can use next fishing trip. LOL I have to put my snow blower back on my tractor so I can get rid of some of the white stuff in the drive unless you have a better solution????
The Phantom!
Response: Thanks for driving Liz to Flint, I know she appreciates it. If it were me, I would wait until spring and then all the snow would be gone.
From Dawn
Hey! looks nice. Where did the keyboard come from? did you rent it? Is that a baby stroller in the kitchen? is there something you are hiding? can't get grandkids so you're having more kids? LOL
Love ya
Response: That is a full blown organ in the corner. The baby stroller is full of dishes I borrowed from base until ours got here.
From Valorie :)
Hi Secret Agent :)
Nice house!! Hope all is well :)
Response: All is going well here, waitng for my beautiful wife to arrive.
From Keith
The house looks nice. Is that a washer and dryer in the kitchen? Is the accent really that hard to understand, mate? No deer this rifle season, still have muzzleloading yet though.

Talk to you latter,

Keith
Response: It is only a washer, no dryer. Sometimes the accent makes it hard to understand. They talk fast and have different words for certain things like torch instead of flashlight.
From
thanx for the pics. i'm sure Liz will like it. try to keep it looking this neat for when she arrives. lol
the phantom
Response: Not, I just got 6 boxes of clothes, food and pots and pans in that she can put anywhere she wants. She will be here on the 13th. Yippee!
From
now that you're moved in take more pics of the inside of the house and post them. it looks pretty nice from what we can see. been rainy here and some snow overnight. Liz and Yvonne were making baked goodies for the kids in the after school program. we celebrated 3 birthdays Sunday. Geraldine turned 90, Karl D. turned 58 and Kim turned 50. I took a walker in for Kim and after Sunday School, I told her she would have to stay in the pew as I had to go get something to get her through the rest of the day. she got a big kick out of it.
The phantom!!
Response: I will try to get pics loaded/sent today. I am waiting all day for the rest of my stuff to be delivered.
From
Can't get into msn so I thought if I could get on here I would wish you a Happy Thanksgiving again. Have a great day.
The Phantom!
Response: Thanks, I spent most of the day helping set up and feed about 30-40 military members who had to work today. All in all it was a good day, now to start my Christmas shopping.
From
From the looks of the field, your not in the flooding area I hear about here. The T.V. says England has the worst flooding in centuries. I hope you took your inflatable boat with you. You may need it. The Phantom says what their looking for in your pics is you. Your always hiding especially from K.P. Hope you have a good turkey day. Happy Thanksgiving.
The Phantom!
Response: They do this little huddle (called a scrum) weird. No floods here, just rain and sun everyday. Raining one minute and then sunny the next, but still around 40 degrees.
From
Yvonne and Liz are going on the cookie walk with Francis. They should have a good time together. Do you have a cd player in the car? If so, I will send some cd's with Liz when she comes up.
Response: No, this car does not have a cd player, bummer, only one good station in all of England and it is classical.
From Pastor Wagner
Hey Roger, We are missing you back here in Grayling. Actually, it seems like you weren't ever here (more like a tourist). Maybe we can do the couple's retreat in England this year. That would be fun.
Let us know if there is anything we can do for you while you are gone. (Maybe lose another cat for you?) You aren't interested in selling your snowblower are you? We'll talk to you later.
Response: Not interested in selling the snowblower, but if you want to borrow it, you are more than welcome. They had the worst winter in over 20yrs here last year. Very seldom snows.
From
I'm still reading your updates daily. Rainy here today. We just got back from T.C. with Doc. appmts. and grocery shoping. What a dreary day, hope yours was better.
The Phantom!!!
Response: Weather is chilly, but partly cloudy today. It gets daylight around 7:30 and is dark by 4pm. Only gets worse as winter approaches. Liz will be here in three weeks. YIPEE
From
What'd they do, run out of one color of brick in the back??/ Just kidding. It is Sat. the 14th at 2:48 and it is 62 bright sunny degrees here. What a gorgious day. I cut and sucked up pine needles and oak and maple leafs from most of my yard and the new neighbo behind us. Took it to the landfill and still have at least 2 or 3 more but will wait till springtime. Don't like rushing things you know! You don't have a U.S.O. Club anywhere near you or on base do you? I sent them a small donation and they sent me a calendar and I called in to thank them. They are going to send me 2 more, 1 for you and the other for Karl. More later!!!
The Phantom...
Response: No U.S.O. clubs around here. About 45 mins from here is R.A.F. Mildenhaul or Lakenheath. Not sure which they go by. It is a huge airforce base three times the size of this base. Went there yesterday for a change of scenery. 70 mph wind gusts today.
From
Nice pics of the house, include some more when you get the chance. Looks like you or Liz will have to be cutting some grass or are you planning on getting a goat? Yvonne said she is really enjoying Liz's company and she's sorry you have to eat T.V. dinners. Maybe you can get the military to spring for an home economics class? That way you can have a clean house and a nice meal waiting for your wife when she gets there. If they won't spring for the class you can always volunteer for kp duty in the mess hall lol.
The phantom!!!
Response: T.V. dinners are getting old. I think I will make sloppy joes tonight, they will last me about three days. The gardening is included in the rent.
From
sounds like you should load up on gas cans, a trailer and trailer hitch and get all your gas on base. Then you can sell the extra for a dollar less at the pumps at the petrol stations and make a little extra like you did with the Italian wine bottles.....
The Phantom
P.S. Change your header to England from Italy LOL.
Response: Will do sir Phantom