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Changes Are a Coming

So 2 years ago we made the choice to stay here in Puyallup, Washington while our son attended Culinary School. Well, school is over and our Gypsy Souls are ready for a change. If all goes as planned, we are looking to go back East late this fall. We love the weather here and the friends we have made. And I am sure travel nursing will bring us back this way. But our families are on the East Coast and we want to spend some time being near them.

Speaking of family, my parents celebrated their 51st wedding Anniversary a few days ago. What an example they are in a fast food, quickie divorce for stupid stuff society. Marriage is a LIFE LONG commitment and my parents exemplify that. Congrats to you both and love ya lots!!!

My granddaughter Willow in Alabama celebrated her 3rd Birthday a few days ago as well. She is getting so big. My daughter Malia and her husband Steven are raising her right. So proud of them.

Not much else happened this last week. Getting ready for the Woodinville Basset Bash and the Basset Rescue of Puget Sound Howl-a-ween party. Both events are a blast for the hounds and hoomans!!! Planning a quick trip to South Dakota. SD is a VERY FRIENDLY RVer state. We will be getting our SD Drivers License and tags for our vehicles. And since we will be about 15 miles from Mount Rushmore a stop there will be in the works as well!!

Until next time…..

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4th in the Salt Lake Valley

So the wife and I took off to the Salt Lake Valley to meet our newest grandchild July 4th. The boys could not get off work so they babysat Monty and Mahana and we took Morgana with us. The trip over was uneventful for the most part. But what a view coming into the Salt Lake Valley. We hit the valley about 9PM. And there was fireworks everywhere. Between multiple neighborhoods and various cities in the valley, there were hundreds of clusters going off. It was a site.

The fireworks still did not compare to meeting our second grandson Jack Dee Widener. He is perfect in every way. This picture was taken just minutes after our arrival. Grandma was smitten!

We got to meet up with some old friends from Georgia, The Mabry’s. Rick and Alannah were both soldiers at Ft. Gordon when we lived in Augusta. We were in the Jeep clubs together. Rick is now a police officer near Ogden and Alannah is going to school for nursing. We got to meet their newest edition, who incidentally was born on the same day as Jack. We also met up with Beverly Foulger, Dianne’s friend. When we did the 6 month travel assignment in Ogden, Utah Beverly worked at the same hospital as Dianne. Beverly loves Basset Hounds and misses hers. So she spoiled ours!!! Side note, we met at Farrs Ice Cream. If you are ever in Utah either go by their ice cream parlor in Ogden or pick some up in the grocery store, you will not be disappointed.

The Mabry’s, Myeslf with Morgana and our Granddaughter Macee

Macee enjoying some fries on the way to Farr’s Ice Cream

My son Steven with his son Jack.

Grand dog Buddy getting some R&R from kiddie protection duty.

The trip home was awesome. Sad to leave, but we were excited to get back to Monty and Mahana

Morgana wondering when she is going to get her cheeseburger!!!
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2018 Is Here!

Well today I am bummed. I watched the Georgia ‘Dawgs’ lose the National Championship to Alabama. A great game played by both teams hungry for the title. Hopefully my true love O H I O State Buckeyes will be the team winning the Championship next year. 😉

Not much has happened thus far this year. We had the usual fun filled New Years Eve of protecting Morgana from the evil firework demons! The two pups did not even notice, but poor Morgana did. We also had our Southern Traditional New Years Day Meal of ham, collard greens and black eyed peas. Dianne also made a ‘mountain’ of cornbread. No, really it was a mountain!!!!

uppies are growing like weeds. Monty is 8 months now and Mahana is 3 months. She got her first vet visit with us. She did well. No whimpers or whines getting her shots. And, this is unusual for a Basset Hound, had no problem with the vet clipping her nails. She is one tough little girl!

ley starts back to school this week. He is on track to finish in the Fall. He is excited about one of his classes this semester, Asian Cuisine. If you know Brad you know he has a HUGE love of the Asian culture and food. I was disappointed that they are only spending one week on Korean Cuisine, but I guess Japanese and Chinese Cuisine is mor popular.

Chris seems to like his new job at Ashley Furniture. He is hoping to transfer to an Atlanta area store in the coming months and pursue some acting opportunities in Atlanta. Georgia has become a second Hollywood, The Walking Dead and MacGyver are filmed there to name a few. We are hoping the best for him. His true love has been acting.

Dianne got another extension at Good Sam Hospital in Puyallup. So she will be there until mid March. It looks like this may be here last extension there. They are starting there own Float Pool to cut back on the number of traveling nurses they use. It has been nice for the last year though. The hospital is only about 8 to 10 minutes from the RV!!

Weather here has been pleasant this year. Last winter by this time we had several days that started below freezing. This year, thus far, we may have had 2 or 3. (Insert me knocking on wood here). We have also had a lot less rain this year as well.

Well that about sums up what is happening here in the Pacific Northwest. Until next time…..

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Christmas 2017 Is In The Books

So Christmas wa spent with the Hounds and the boys. Dianne, Brad and myself loaded up Morgana, Monty and Mahana (Dianne’s Christmas Puppy) and we set out for Utah. Had a smooth ride both ways. A little snowy road conditions on the way there in the Boise Idaho area, but otherwise not a bad trip. The dogs did great. They seemed to enjoy the couple of days in a big house playing with Steven and Kayla’s Siberian Husky. We had a great meal on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Christmas Eve was awesome lasagna, salad, and French bread – a Carrigan Tradition (Kayla’s family). Then Dianne introduced the Carrigan’s to some Christmas games. Everybody had a super great time. Christmas morning was fun watching Macee open her presents.

Everybody enjoyed their gifts and fun was had by all.

Dinner was ham, southern green beans, sweet potato casserole, potato salad, deviled eggs, rolls and desert. Everyone made something, many hands make light work!! Pretty much wore everybody out having so much fun. Especially the Hounds!!!

2018 is just around the corner. Brad will be starting back to school and Chris is starting a new job with Ashley Furniture. I am planning on blogging more often in 2018. Steven and Kayla will be having their second child, grand baby number 4 for us, in July. Brad should be finishing Culinary Art School. And I am sure their will be some other big events that inquiring minds will want to know about.

Until next time, Make the most out of the time you have. Happy New Year!!!!!

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2017 – The Year In Review

So, 2017 was a year of ups and downs for the Leiter Clan. But we survived and look forward to a great year in 2018. Some of the highlights of 2017 included the birth of my first Grandson Wyatt Smith!! Malia and Steven added Wyatt to their already beautiful family. Willow is a super great big sister to Wyatt and is a huge help to mommy.

We also lost an awesome Basset Hound, Flash. We rescued Flash last year. He was about 5 to 6 years old. He had some security issues. He was not fond of you putting your face in his. We all have scars from a Flash bite for just that. After 7 months of adjusting, feeling more secure, and just becoming a great dog, to mention he would bey on demand, I discovered a large mass on his chest. Further examination revealed all his lymph nodes were swollen. A trip to the vet and praying it wasn’t the worst case scenario left us all dreading the call with the lab results. The results were not what we wanted, aggressive Lymphoma. 30 Days, maybe up to 60. The diagnoses leveled us, especially me. Over the 7 months leading up to this diagnosis Flash and I had built a mutual respect and trust for each other. He got comfortable enough that if I approached from the rear of his head I could give him kisses. Wherever I went in the house or outside he was right there. He loved to ride in the truck. I spoiled him as much as I could over his final days. We got just shy of 60 more with him. He had burgers, fries, chocolate, steak, anything he wanted. I promised ol’ Flash that when he started showing signs of pain or discomfort I would not let him suffer or dope him up on pain meds. I have never put down a dog. All my previous dogs have just died. This process was so peaceful and loving. I miss this boy dearly.

Just before Flash passed away we were blessed to add a new puppy to the hound clan. We drove all the way to Idaho to obtain Monty. He is a spunky puppy. He is at 7 months now and is the most energetic Basset Hound we have ever had. Monty has been great for Morgana. She finally has a brother that plays with her. And play with her he does. She wears her out nightly!!!! He definitely keeps us on out toes!!!!

My parents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in July. Unfortunately, I had to miss it. After one pay period on the job as a Fire Marshall with the Renton Regional Fire Authority, I was let go. It was a budget issue with a new agency. It was a blow to me as i have never been let go from a job. It financially hurt us as we had done some financial planning, including flying home for the celebration. It crushed me that I could not attend. But, my parents had a wonderful event filled with family and friends. My sisters did well planning an awesome celebration. I did take employment with a local security company. Because of my background and experience I was brought in at a supervisor level, got licensed for armed security, and became a part of their urgent response team. Good family owned company that has been around for over 50 years.

Dianne is still doing the travel nursing thing. Plenty of opportunities here to work as a travel and not have to move. This is a good thing as we will be here another year or so while Brad finishes school. She also enjoys working in the Nursery at church. I end up helping her on most days. I have as much fun as the kids do!!! Dianne has lost some weight. We started eating low carbs and we both are dropping pounds. Of course this time of year is REALLY hard to stay on a low carb diet. Overall she is doing great.

Brad took the semester off and will continue his quest toward his Culinary Art Degree in January. He stays pretty busy with his friends and girlfriend Payge. He worked at the State Fair this year for a vendor that sold Wombats (foam swords, axes, shields, etc) and light up wear (glasses, ties, masks). He made some good money and had a fun time doing it.

We will be ending the year with Dianne picking up her Christmas present December 15 and then traveling to Utah to spend Christmas with Chris, Steven, Kayla and Macee. Dianne’s Christmas present you ask?

Yup, another hound is joining the clan. We will be a three Basset Hound family, with two of them puppies. It should be a really exciting and fun filled holiday!!!

Until next time!!!!!

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Ok, Ok, It’s Been A Year….

So it has been over a year since we last posted to the blog. Many things have taken place. Over the next few days I will catch you up on all the details. We have had some changes in our lives, both good and bad.

So where are we and what are we doing now? We are currently residing in Puyallup Washington. We have been here a year. Dianne is still doing the travel nursing gig and I am working as well. We really miss our friends and family back East, we hope to be able to make some visits back there soon.

Brad decided to attend school here. He started his journey towards getting his AA in Culinary Arts. Chef Boy-R-Brad is doing well in school and is enjoying learning all the different cultures of cooking. He has been dating a very nice young lady, Payge. She puts up with him, so this is a plus!!!



Chris is still in the Salt Lake Valley. He is a store manager for a cell phone accessory store chain called Tricked Out Accessories. He bought his first car, a Prius and is enjoying the joys of car ownership.


Malia finished the first step toward her Nursing Degree. She and Steven also gave birth to Wyatt – my first Grandson. I am still glowing from that. This is her second youngin’. Willow is growing like a weed and is a super proud big sister.




Steven is still in the Salt Lake Valley. He is doing fiber installs and conducting training for his company. Kayla is doing hair part-time and enjoying every minute of it. Macee is getting big.


Well there you have it, the quick up to date on the Gypsies. I will start posting some specifics since my last post back in September 2016. We have done some pretty amazing things and had some pretty sad events.

Until next time………

LDS, Travel Nursing

The Edge Of The Nation

Greeting from the Oregon Coast!!! The weather has been just spectacular here. We have been enjoying being outside, especially at the dog park, as much as possible. The dogs are loving the weather and the new scents that come with fall. Flash is fitting right in with the family. Already ‘ruined’ to say the least.

Here is flash and Morgana coming back from the market on the pier in FlorenceAnd here is Brad Washington crossing the mighty yard at the pier!!!

We spent Labor Day at the beach. It was very relaxing to say the least. Although the water is cold the dogs and humans enjoyed the Beach Life for a few hours. The tide was coming in during our time there. We enjoyed seeing how much land got covered back up by the rising tide. It was quite mind blowing.

Bradley, Dianne, Flash, and Morgana enjoying the surf.

“Enough fun in the surf. Let’s go back and get sand all over dad” Flash and Morgana stated.

Back safely at the blankets…

Here is a little something you don’t see back East!!!

Bradley flew to Missouri last Thursday. He seems to be having a really great time. Michaela and him seem to be enjoying each other’s company and are seeing the sights in Springfield. Of course he has to give us daily reports so we know he is still alive. Yes we know he is almost 19, but he still mommy’s baby boy!!!
We also found out what our new destination will be. Dianne will have a 13 week contract in Tacoma Washington. We will be going back to Puyallup, WA to the Majestic Mobile Manor. The RV park is only 8 miles from the hospital and we know the park well. We were really hoping to stay here for possibly another contract, but that was just not in the cards for us. But being in Puyallup means Happy Donuts, which means happy Bob, which also means happy Dianne!!! Brad has several friends there as well from church and from working at Target last Christmas. This also means we will be there through the entire rainy season. Dianne wants to buy the dogs rain slickers, me not so much!

Friday evening found Dianne and I taking a road trip to Newport, Oregon. This section of Highway 101 takes you to the Edge of the Nation, literally. There are places where this town lane road has rock wall on one side and a straight drop down to the ocean on the other side. It also a curvy section of 101 so it makes driving very interesting. There are several places to pull off on the ocean side and observe the ocean. One such place is at Devils Churn. It is amazing what the forces of nature can do.

Dianne with her new hairdo at Devils Churn

Saturday we found ourselves back on Bay Street in Downtown Florence. They were having a big car show. Lots of classic cars. You very rarely see a Chevy Bel Air Nomad wagon, Saturday I saw three beautiful ones. Dianne and I, with Flash and Morgana in tow, decided to eat on the deck of the International C-Food Restaurant. We both enjoyed the fish and chips and crab cakes. It was quite good. The view of the Suislaw River and the ocean breeze made it absolutely perfect. Flash and Morgana enjoyed all the attention they got from the patrons!!! They also enjoyed the break from all the walking.

The rest of the family is doing well. We are staying busy with Dianne’s work and then building our business.

Until next time, do some good in the world!