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Once again I’m starting over on my blog. There was some difficulty with the previous hosting and none of the 475 posts would show up when RVingFulltimeWithTomAndElla.com was searched for.

So I’ve switched to a different hosting platform and am trying to rebuild.

Keep in mind that some of these posts go back to 2011.  That is a lot of posts to copy and paste.

Please keep checking back.

Thanks for your interest and your patience.

 

2017 August part 1

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August 01 Tuesday was a normal day with nothing special going on.

August 02 Wednesday morning while haveing coffee with friends at the Cutty’s Cafe, we made arrangements to gather at Village Inn at noon for “Pie Rush Wednesday”. Then we went to the Grimes Senior Center for lunch. We asked to be served first because we had somewhere to be at noon. After lunch and pie, we hurried home so that Tom could get ready for work (2-9). While Tom worked, Ella played Train Dominoes at Cutty’s Adult Center.

August 03 Thursday  Our niece Kara came to visit so we stayed home from the Senior Center. We introduced her to the game “Fast Track” and I think she quickly became addicted to it. She stayed until it was time for us to go to the Cafe for supper. Once a week, they have a special dinner on Thursday evenings. This day it was meatloaf. It is very good (not as good as Tom’s) and very large slices. Served with a vegitable and a big baked potato, it is enough for two. Yes we have become that ‘old couple’ who go to a resturant and split a meal.

August 04 Friday Tom worked 3-10 while Ella played Card Jackpot.

August 05 Saturday The Nye family gathered at Cutty’s for a family reunion. It was held at the Adult Center. In the process of cleaning up and carrying things to the truck, we misplaced the keys to the storage cabinet in the Adult Center. This is where we keep all of our supplies for our worship service. It even had the laptop which has Sunday’s sermon on it. Not good … not good at all.

August 06 Sunday Because we had no key to the storage cabinet, our worship was interesting. No bulletins meant no hymn lyrics and no responsive readings. Tom was able to receive his copy of the bulletin and sermon on his tablet. We did the expanded Lord ’s Prayer by having the congregation recite one line at a time. Tom then read a scripture passage relating to that line of the prayer. That worked well without having a bulletin. We sang the first line of Amazing Grace from memory. We had people look up the scripture verses (Colossians 1:13-23 and Luke 9:28-36) in their bibles or on their devices. The sermon title was “The Visible Image of the Invisible God”. Again, didn’t need the bulletin.

Tom then went to work at the fee booth from 2 to 9.

August 07 Monday We did our usual Tuesday stuff at the Senior Center.

The full moon rose orange with layers of clouds. All that was missing from this view was the image of a witch on a broom.

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August 08 Tuesday Lunch and games at the Senior Center and then Tom had a Doctor’s appointment. His knee (the one he had surgery on in April) has been causing a lot of pain. He said the other day, “If the only way to get rid of this pain is to take the leg off … I’d consider it very strongly.” The pain had lessened by the time of the appointment but was still painful. He was told to take Tylenol every six hours, keep it iced, and elevated. If it doesn’t get better in a week, he is to make another appointment. It is a little difficult to keep it iced and elevated when he has a job (even if it is part time) as well as a lot of things to do at home (which is what caused the pain to flareup in the first place).

August 09 Wedn0810172001_HDR.jpgesday Tom had the day off and spent the afternoon installing “rafters” to our awning. One of our friends at Cutty’s made these for us about six or seven years ago for a different trailer.  Since they were made for a different size awning it took a little adjusting of the lengths to make them fit snuggly.  It was also nessasary to drill some holes in the awning roller tube. By the use of the rafters along with deflappers and multible tie-downs, we have had that previous awning withstand sustained 50 mph winds with gusts to around 60. When I know a high wind is coming, I still take them down.

Because Wednesday is when we get together to play dominoes, and because we still haven’t located the missing key to the cabinet in the Adult Center, we took two of our sets, a double 9 and a double 12. The set at the Adult Center has numbers instead of dots. Ours has dots. So it required people to actually count dots but we got through without too much grumbling.

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August 10 Thursday Tom is on blood thinners and needs to check his INR (International Normalized Ratio) which is a check of blood coagul tion. He normally does this at home on Thursdays so that he call in his results in time for the doctor’s to get back to him before the weekend (if they need to make a change in his meds). This also when he checks his blood sugar level. One finger stick … two tests.

August 11 Friday We gather to play Ca  rd Jackpot (think bingo with cards) at the Adult Center on Fridays. However, because of that missing key (all of the cards are stored in the locked locker), we gathered all of our decks of cards (and purchased a few more) so that we could still play. As we were getting ready to go, Tom went out to the truck and searched once more for the key. He moved the passenger as far forward as possible and then back as far as possible and guess what … that’s right … found the missing key next to Ella’s seat. Now the argument is, “Who lost it in the first place.”

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August 12 Saturday  While Tom was at work and Ella was somewhere (sorry I don’t remember what she was doing) John (son) capencil_sketch_1503057633851.jpgme out and took the Excel from storage. He took it home to make sure it was ready for the trip to Texas. While he was here, he also put the small storage shed together. What a great guy he is.

 

August 13 Sunday Tom’s sermon was And How Are They to Hear?” based on Romans 10:5-15.  It was nice to have the bulletins and laptop back in service again. Tom worked 2-9.

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August 14 Monday Coffee at the cafe and lunch at the center then Tom worked 2-9.

August 15 Tuesday We had a Williams Family reunion planned for 4 p.m. However because there were isolated rains in the area, many of the family decided to postpone it to a later date. I even booked the Lodge at Cutty’s so that we could be out of the weather. But some said they had to have a grill. And since the Lodge is on Main Street there was no place to put a grill.  The new date is September 9th at our place. When I talked to Kara, I said to come on over to our place and we could have a mini reunion of our own. She had a couple of her granddaughters with her. They wanted to go to a movie. They came over later and we had a nice visit.

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August 16 Wednesday Our niece, Kara came to visit with two more of her grandkids in tow. The kids swam at the indoor pool at the Clubhouse while Ella and Kara played Fast Track. Tom stayed home and made pizzas for them to eat once the swimming was over. After lunch, we just sat and visited. Somehow the topic centered on ghosts and dreams. This was one of the few Wednesdays that we have not gone to Village Inn for Pie Rush Wednesday. Later in the evening, John brought the Excel back to Cutty’s and back into storage. He had checked the wheel bearings and brakes and found them to be ready for travel.

August 17 Thursday On the way into the Grimes Senior Center, we stopped at our storage space to retrieve some trunks and storage bins that will now go into our shed that is on our seasonal site. We found that we couldn’t get the key to turn in the paddle lock. It had rusted too badly. We left it for the time being and went on to the center for games and lunch. After lunch we stopped at Ace Hardware to purchase a paddle lock. Instead, Tom found a pack of four locks that are keyed alike. We went back to our storage spaces and had the manager cut off the rusted lock. After the trunks and storage boxes were loaded into the truck, we replaced that lock with one of the new locks. Then we went to our second storage space and changed our lock there also. Arriving home, we unloaded the trunks etc and put them in the shed and then locked it with the third lock. The fourth lock went on the tool box in the truck.

August 18 Friday Tom worked 8-3:30

August 01 Tuesday

August 02 Wednesday

August 03 Thursday Kara came to visit and we introduced her to the game “Fast Track”.

August 04 Friday

August 05 Saturday The Nye family gathered at Cutty’s for a family reunion. It was held at the Adult Center. In the process of cleaning up and carry things to the truck, we misplaced the keys to the storage cabinet in the Adult Center. This is where we keep all of our supplies for our worship service. It even had the laptop which has Sunday’s sermon on it.

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August 06 Sunday Because we had no key to the storage cabinet, our worship was interesting. No bulletins meant no hymn lyrics and no responsive readings. Tom was able to receive his copy of the bulletin and sermon on his tablet. We did the expanded Lord ’s Prayer by having the congregation recite one line at a time. Tom then read a scripture passage relating to that line of the prayer. That worked well without having a bulletin. We sang the first line of Amazing Grace from memory. We had people look up the scripture verses (Colossians 1:13-23 and Luke 9:28-36) in their bibles or on their devices. The sermon title was “The Visible Image of the Invisible God”. Again, didn’t need the bulletin.

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August 07 Monday

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August 08 Tuesday

August 09 Wednesday Because Wednesday is when we get together to play dominoes, and because we still haven’t located the missing key to the cabinet in the Adult Center, we took two of our sets, a double 9 and a double 12. The set at the Adult Center has numbers instead of dots. Ours has dots. So it required people to actually count dots but we got through without too much grumbling.

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August 10 Thursday

August 11 Friday We gather to play Card Jackpot (think bingo with cards) at the Adult Center on Fridays. However, because of that missing key (all of the cards are stored in the locked locker), we gathered all of our decks of cards (and purchased a few more) so that we could still play. As we were getting ready to go, Tom went out to the truck and searched once more for the key. He moved the passenger as far forward as possible and then back as far as possible and guess what … that’s right … found the missing key next to Ella’s seat. Now the argument is, “Who lost it in the first place.”

August 12 Saturday

August 13 Sunday Tom’s sermon was And How Are They to Hear?” based on Romans 10:5-15. Tom worked 2-9.

August 14 Monday

August 15 Tuesday

August 16 Wednesday Our niece, Kara came to visit with two more of her grandkids in tow. The kids swam at the indoor pool at the Clubhouse while Ella and Kara played Fast Track. Tom stayed home and made pizzas for them to eat once the swimming was over. After lunch, we just sat and visited. Somehow the topic centered on ghosts and dreams. This was one of the few Wednesdays that we have not gone to Village Inn for Pie Rush Wednesday. Later in the evening, John brought the Excel back to Cutty’s and back into storage. He had checked the wheel brearings and brakes and found them to be ready for travel.

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August 17 Thursday On the way into the Grimes Senior Center, we stopped at our storage space to retrieve some trunks and storage bins that will now go into our shed that is on our seasonal site. We found that we couldn’t get the key to turn in the paddle lock. It had rusted too badly. We left it for the time being and went on to the center for games and lunch. After lunch we stopped at Ace Hardware to purchase a paddle lock. Instead, Tom found a pack of four locks that are keyed alike. We went back to our storage spaces and had the manager cut off the rusted lock. After the trunks and storage boxes were loaded into the truck, we replaced that lock with one of the new locks. Then we went to our second storage space and changed our lock there also. Arriving home, we unloaded the trunks etc and put them in the shed and then locked it with the third lock. The fourth lock went on the tool box in the truck.

August 18 Friday Tom worked 8-3:30

 

August 01 Tuesday

August 02 Wednesday

August 03 Thursday Kara came to visit and we introduced her to the game “Fast Track”.

August 04 Friday

August 05 Saturday The Nye family gathered at Cutty’s for a family reunion. It was held at the Adult Center. In the process of cleaning up and carry things to the truck, we misplaced the keys to the storage cabinet in the Adult Center. This is where we keep all of our supplies for our worship service. It even had the laptop which has Sunday’s sermon on it.

August 06 Sunday Because we had no key to the storage cabinet, our worship was interesting. No bulletins meant no hymn lyrics and no responsive readings. Tom was able to receive his copy of the bulletin and sermon on his tablet. We did the expanded Lord ’s Prayer by having the congregation recite one line at a time. Tom then read a scripture passage relating to that line of the prayer. That worked well without having a bulletin. We sang the first line of Amazing Grace from memory. We had people look up the scripture verses (Colossians 1:13-23 and Luke 9:28-36) in their bibles or on their devices. The sermon title was “The Visible Image of the Invisible God”. Again, didn’t need the bulletin. ,

August 07 Monday

August 08 Tuesday

August 09 Wednesday Because Wednesday is when we get together to play dominoes, and because we still haven’t located the missing key to the cabinet in the Adult Center, we took two of our sets, a double 9 and a double 12. The set at the Adult Center has numbers instead of dots. Ours has dots. So it required people to actually count dots but we got through without too much grumbling.

August 10 Thursday

August 11 Friday We gather to play Card Jackpot (think bingo with cards) at the Adult Center on Fridays. However, because of that missing key (all of the cards are stored in the locked locker), we gathered all of our decks of cards (and purchased a few more) so that we could still play. As we were getting ready to go, Tom went out to the truck and searched once more for the key. He moved the passenger as far forward as possible and then back as far as possible and guess what … that’s right … found the missing key next to Ella’s seat. Now the argument is, “Who lost it in the first place.”

August 12 Saturday

August 13 Sunday Tom’s sermon was And How Are They to Hear?” based on Romans 10:5-15. Tom worked 2-9.

August 14 Monday

August 15 Tuesday

August 16 Wednesday Our niece, Kara came to visit with two more of her grandkids in tow. The kids swam at the indoor pool at the Clubhouse while Ella and Kara played Fast Track. Tom stayed home and made pizzas for them to eat once the swimming was over. After lunch, we just sat and visited. Somehow the topic centered on ghosts and dreams. This was one of the few Wednesdays that we have not gone to Village Inn for Pie Rush Wednesday. Later in the evening, John brought the Excel back to Cutty’s and back into storage. He had checked the wheel brearings and brakes and found them to be ready for travel.

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August 17 Thursday On the way into the Grimes Senior Center, we stopped at our storage space to retrieve some trunks and storage bins that will now go into our shed that is on our seasonal site. We found that we couldn’t get the key to turn in the paddle lock. It had rusted too badly. We left it for the time being and went on to the center for games and lunch. After lunch we stopped at Ace Hardware to purchase a paddle lock. Instead, Tom found a pack of four locks that are keyed alike. We went back to our storage spaces and had the manager cut off the rusted lock. After the trunks and storage boxes were loaded into the truck, we replaced that lock with one of the new locks. Then we went to our second storage space and changed our lock there also. Arriving home, we unloaded the trunks etc and put them in the shed and then locked it with the third lock. The fourth lock went on the tool box in the truck.

August 18 Friday Tom worked 8-3:30

August 01 Tuesday

August 02 Wednesday

August 03 Thursday Kara came to visit and we introduced her to the game “Fast Track”.

August 04 Friday

August 05 Saturday The Nye family gathered at Cutty’s for a family reunion. It was held at the Adult Center. In the process of cleaning up and carry things to the truck, we misplaced the keys to the storage cabinet in the Adult Center. This is where we keep all of our supplies for our worship service. It even had the laptop which has Sunday’s sermon on it.

August 06 Sunday Because we had no key to the storage cabinet, our worship was interesting. No bulletins meant no hymn lyrics and no responsive readings. Tom was able to receive his copy of the bulletin and sermon on his tablet. We did the expanded Lord ’s Prayer by having the congregation recite one line at a time. Tom then read a scripture passage relating to that line of the prayer. That worked well without having a bulletin. We sang the first line of Amazing Grace from memory. We had people look up the scripture verses (Colossians 1:13-23 and Luke 9:28-36) in their bibles or on their devices. The sermon title was “The Visible Image of the Invisible God”. Again, didn’t need the bulletin. ,

August 07 Monday

August 08 Tuesday

August 09 Wednesday Because Wednesday is when we get together to play dominoes, and because we still haven’t located the missing key to the cabinet in the Adult Center, we took two of our sets, a double 9 and a double 12. The set at the Adult Center has numbers instead of dots. Ours has dots. So it required people to actually count dots but we got through without too much grumbling.

August 10 Thursday

August 11 Friday We gather to play Card Jackpot (think bingo with cards) at the Adult Center on Fridays. However, because of that missing key (all of the cards are stored in the locked locker), we gathered all of our decks of cards (and purchased a few more) so that we could still play. As we were getting ready to go, Tom went out to the truck and searched once more for the key. He moved the passenger as far forward as possible and then back as far as possible and guess what … that’s right … found the missing key next to Ella’s seat. Now the argument is, “Who lost it in the first place.”

August 12 Saturday

August 13 Sunday Tom’s sermon was And How Are They to Hear?” based on Romans 10:5-15. Tom worked 2-9.

August 14 Monday

August 15 Tuesday

August 16 Wednesday Our niece, Kara came to visit with two more of her grandkids in tow. The kids swam at the indoor pool at the Clubhouse while Ella and Kara played Fast Track. Tom stayed home and made pizzas for them to eat once the swimming was over. After lunch, we just sat and visited. Somehow the topic centered on ghosts and dreams. This was one of the few Wednesdays that we have not gone to Village Inn for Pie Rush Wednesday. Later in the evening, John brought the Excel back to Cutty’s and back into storage. He had checked the wheel brearings and brakes and found them to be ready for travel.

August 17 Thursday On the way into the Grimes Senior Center, we stopped at our storage space to retrieve some trunks and storage bins that will now go into our shed that is on our seasonal site. We found that we couldn’t get the key to turn in the paddle lock. It had rusted too badly. We left it for the time being and went on to the center for games and lunch. After lunch we stopped at Ace Hardware to purchase a paddle lock. Instead, Tom found a pack of four locks that are keyed alike. We went back to our storage spaces and had the manager cut off the rusted lock. After the trunks and storage boxes were loaded into the truck, we replaced that lock with one of the new locks. Then we went to our second storage space and changed our lock there also. Arriving home, we unloaded the trunks etc and put them in the shed and then locked it with the third lock. The fourth lock went on the tool box in the truck.

August 18 Friday Tom worked 8-3:30.  There were sever thundrstorm warnings for the Screenshot_2017-08-18-18-24-10.pngarea so Tom took down the awning rafters down and undid the tie-downs.

 

When they were predicting wind gusts up to  70 mph, it seemed like a good time to put the awning away. After climbing up and down on the step ladder, Tom’s knee started aching again. So while Ella went to play Card Jackpot, he stayed home and iced his knee.

 

 

 

 

 

Good night and God bless.

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2017 July part 4

25th Tuesday  Tom worked 8-2:30.  After work we went to Walmart for

groceries. Afterwards we went to shopping for a garden shed. The rules at Cutty’s Resort state that all sheds on Seasonal Sites must be no larger than 7’x7’, be resin (plastic), and removable. Home Depot and Lowes didn’t have much selection. We found a 4’x6 shed at Menards for around $300.

 

26th  Wednesday  The day started with coffee with friends at Cutty’s Café.  In the midst of discussing and solving all the world’s problems, we made plans to meet at Village Inn for “Pie Rush Wednesday” at 3:00. We played Fast Track and ate lunch at the Grimes Senior Center.  After lunch we went back to Menards and bought the shed. In hindsight, I wish we’d paid a little more and gotten a better quality shed.  We had a few more items to purchase at Walmart. Ella bought a watch on which she can actually read the time. What a concept!

With the Hitchhiker finally completely empty, we had it moved into storage.

In the evening we played Train Dominoes at Cutty’s

 

27th  Thursday coffee at the Café and more games and lunch at the senior center. Then Tom worked 2-9. While Tom was at work, Cutty’s staff moved the Excel to storage and the Sierra onto our Seasonal Site. Ella was unable to get the 3 slides out. When Tom got home, he couldn’t get them out either.

28th  Friday Tom went out early (still dark) in the morning and pulled the pickup close enough to the Sierra’s batteries to give them a “jump”. With that assist, they were strong enough to get the slideouts out.

We went for coffee as usual but also ordered breakfast at the café.

While Ella worked on organizing in the trailer, Tom worked an odd shift from11-7.

After Tom was off work, we went to Cutty’s Adult Center to play Card Jackpot. We arrived shortly after they had played the first round. Normally there are 4 to a table. When we got there all the tables were full so we started a new table with just the two of us. There was so much “table talk” going on that the Caller was repeatedly asked to repeat what they had said. Several people asked to keep the talk down so that they could hear what cards were being called. After two rounds, Tom gave up and went to the café. Ella followed. We ordered a pizza. When we finished eating we saw that the Card Jackpot had finished. Several people were still complaining about the noise. However, we were the only ones who gave up and left.

29th  Saturday  There was a Block Party in our area and we had planned to attend. However, a friend’s grandson, who had been born premature, died after 17 days. Tom was asked to read the scripture verses at the funeral on Saturday.

We created a screen between our “yard” and the neighbor’s RV.  We hope to plant some climbing plants here next spring

30th  Sunday Tom preached in the morning. His title was “I Can Not be Severely Shaken” which was taken from Psalm 62. We took the truck to the car wash to remove the bird droppings. As they begin migrating, the birds stop at the trees in the campground and leave unwelcome “calling cards” on vehicles, RVs, patios and furniture. For lunch we stopped at Subway. Then Tom worked at the fee booth from  2-9.

31st  Monday would have been Tom’s mother’s 110th birthday if she hadn’t died in 1994. We did our normal routine of coffee, games and lunch. We also took more items to Union Park United Methodist for the rummage sale.

 

2017 JULY part 3

Grimes Senior Center

Thursday 20th  We had a white elephant gift exchange at Grimes Senior Center today. Ella got an Easter egg themed candle holder and I got a bottle of foot spray with most of the information in some Aramaic language.In the evening John, Brandon, and Nathan came out and moved the hide-a-bed from the Hitchhiker to the Sierra. Then manually pushed the slideout out so that we could empty the food stuffs and cleaning supplies that were stored in a cupboard that had been inaccessible with the slideout in. Once that was done, they pushed it back in so that it could be moved back into storage.

 

Friday 21st Tom worked at the fee booth from 8 to 3:30. We called Jim (the man who had expressed interest in buying the Hitchhiker) and told him that it was empty and available. He said he needed to check with his partner. In the evening we played card jackpot. Tom won one and a half nickel jackpots. (Split one because there were two winners)

Saturday 22nd was an unusual day for us. Cutty’s theme for the weekend was Christmas in July. Santa Tom wore the red suit and sat with kids while their family took photos. I was amazed at how many said they wanted Hatchimal for Christmas. I thought that FB_IMG_1500740584069-1.jpgFB_IMG_1500739214266-1.jpgphase was past. Also had requests for fidget spinners which didn’t surprise me because that seems to be the current craze in toys. Santa had one little toddler (not yet talking) who came coming back to just sit on my lap for a while. Then he would get down and run around and then come back to be picked up again. Santa also got lots of hugs. In the evening Santa changed into red jogging pants and a Hawaiian print shirt to ride around the campground with three loads of kids and adults on the hay rack while we sang a few Christmas songs. The same toddler who had sat on my lap in the morning rode most of one trip sitting on my lap again. Santa has a real fan in that one.

Sunday 23rd Tom preached a Christmas themed sermon and then worked at the fee booth from 2-9. Ella spent a good part of her day sorting through more “stuff”. When Tom came home she had things boxed to move from the Excel to the Sierra, and several bags of things to take for the church rummage sale. Ella and Tom may not have lost weight this summer, but the RVs sure have. It is still hard to believe that we had accumulated so much extraneous stuff.

 

 

2017 July part 2

Photo: Monday morning (17th) while I (Tom) was working the Fee Booth, the club receptionist called to say that there was a message on the voice mailbox for me. On Friday (after business hours) Mark from Methodist Hospital had called and said that a patient requested a visit from me. That and the phone number was all that was said. I immediately called and went to Mark’s voice mail. I left my name, the reason I was calling and my personal phone number. I tried several times during the day but always went straight to the mail. I was very curious as to who from Methodist Hospital was trying to reach me.

Tuesday morning I was once more at work in the Fee Booth and during a lull in activity, I called the number again. It was picked up by Mark (that I discovered was the hospital chaplain) and he explained that one of my church members had been admitted to the hospital. You need to understand that every Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day I preach at Cutty’s Resort. When he told me for whom he was calling, I thanked him and let him know that this person had been moved to hospice. After my shift was over, Ella and I went to visit with Marion and his wife at the hospice. He was very weak and tired so we didn’t stay long. We held hands and prayed together and then gave Jan a hug and let them know that if there was anything we could do to help, we would.

Wednesday was my day off and I had plans to finish unloading the Hitchhiker and get the Sierra and Excel ready to be moved. However with the actual temperature around 98 and the “feels like” temperature at 110, we didn’t accomplish as much as I’d hoped. I did

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6:00 p.m. after we’d finished for the day it “cooled down” to only 103.

manage to get everything (that I can by myself) out of the Hitchhiker. We also made a lot of progress in getting things sorted into categories: keep in Sierra, keep in Excel, donate to church rummage sale, and throw away. We stowed a lot away in the Sierra, carried things to the Excel (not put away) and some things in the pickup to go to church. And we also took some time to go to Village Inn with friends for Pie Rush Wednesday.

2017 July

Independence Day celebrations at Cutty’s Des Moines Camping Resort were hectic. I should explain a little about Cutty’s. It is a member owned club which means that only Cutty’s members and their guests plus Coast to Coast members are allowed in. It has around 500 sites located on over 80 acres at the northwest corner of Des Moines. It is a true resort with a huge number of activates such as swimming (3 pools), fishing (11 acre lake), miniature golf, horseshoes, shuffle board, tennis, basketball, hot tub, sauna, exercise equipment and more, plus themed events every weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Since you can remain on a site for a maximum of 14 days, people started arriving as early as June 20th, to begin jockeying for the prime spots. And as it got closer to the holiday, people started having more guests coming to their sites. The traffic in and out of the fee booth/gatehouse was amazing.

We have an annual fireworks display that is a rival of any I have seen outside a major city. This year the display was on the Sunday preceding the 4th. For that day, guests were required to park in designated areas rather than being allowed to drive to their host’s camping site. There were literally (and I know what literal means) hundreds of cars in the park that day. And, of course, after the fireworks, there was a mass exodus of all the “day guests”. It went amazingly smooth as we had two exit gates open; one for left turn only and one for right turn only. Over the next several days campers began to leave, go to storage (on the club grounds), or move to a different site. This kept us at the fee booth/gatehouse very busy. We were all glad to see it slow down to the normal busy of summer camping.

Our winter home, the Hitchhiker (which fell apart before leaving Texas in the spring) wasn’t worth the cost of repairing. So, we purchased a used 38 foot Sierra travel trailer. The plan is to leave the Sierra on our seasonal site at Cutty’s. Then we will take the Excel (which has been our summer home at Cutty’s) south to Texas. With a little imagination you can understand what we’ve been going through in moving stuff from the Hitchhiker into the Sierra. Now also understand that the Hitchhiker held our winter stuff and the Sierra is going eventually hold our summer stuff. So after the Hitchhiker is empty and gone, we can begin shifting things between the Excel and the Sierra.

The temperatures have been in the upper 90’s with high humidity which means that a 93 degree day feels like a 107 degree day. So, we have been working a moving in short bursts and drinking plenty of water.

One evening, while we were working on moving and finding places for our stuff, there was a knock on the door. A Cutty’s member stopped to ask what we were going to do with the Hitchhiker once it was empty. I told him that it was damaged and not worth our repairing so the plan was to sell it for salvage. He said that he has a hobby/business of rebuilding RVs and would be interested in buying it. Things like this, I call “God Things”. Unexpectedly, we may receive more compensation for the Hitchhiker than we had planned. With the expenses involved in purchasing the Sierra, paying for the storage of both the Hitchhiker and the Sierra it has stressed our bank account. A major part of our coming back to Iowa and Cutty’s is to earn and bank a little money. We have not been able to keep the money in the bank this year.

We have still managed to work in some time to play games with friends. When my work schedule allows, I play dominoes on Wednesday evenings and card jackpot (think Bingo with playing cards) on Friday evenings. Also as work allows I go to the Grimes senior center for games and lunch. Ella, unrestricted by a job, attends all of these.

2017 June 13

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It was still about 45 minutes to dawn when I got up and started working on various things on the computer.

I’ve check the schedule for today … there is nothing on it … no place we HAVE to be. Nice!

It is now 6:30 a.m. and 72 degrees. The high today is predicted to be 93 again. I’ll have to set the a/c so that it doesn’t run much (as I was typing that, the a/c kicked on. who knew it had a sense of irony?).

2017 June 12

Tom was up at 5:30 and spent some time working on sermons and bulletins. After Ella got up and was showered, we went to the cafe for breakfast pizza (scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and several types of cheeses).

We then went to the Grimes senior center for games and lunches.

I think it was nearly 2:00 when we finished our last game of Fast Track.

Tom’s prescription was ready for pickup at Walmart so we also purchase a few non perishable groceries.

From there Ella wanted to go to Home Makers (furniture store) to look for recliner love seats. I was surprised that they are all electrically adjustable and if you prefer they be manually adjustable, they have to be special ordered. This seems like a sad statement on modern life. When it becomes too much work to pull the lever on the side of your Lazy Boy recliner, you really are a lazy boy.

It was hot (93 degrees) in the afternoon and the air conditioning was running constantly.

Around six o’clock I started to grill some steaks when the power went out. Since we live in an RV, the ceiling lights are on a separate power supply (house batterys) and they stayed on. I first checked the RV’s breaker box and toggled all the switches off and on.  But, nope, nothing happened. So then went outside and checked the power pedestal. I toggled those switches off and on. Still nothing. That’s when I put in a call for the campground maintenance to come and help. It was maybe fifteen to twenty minutes when he arrived. He went to the pedestal and toggled the switches and the power came back on. Evidently, the breakers had to cool a while before they would reengage.

At this point we turned the air conditioning off and just ran it on the fan setting. We finished our supper of steak, baked potato, and beans. By then it was becoming overly warm so I turned the a/c on again. Instead of waiting for the Excel to cool off again, we went to Home Depot to pick up two sixteen-cent spikes. I want them to hold our awning support more securely to the ground.

After this major purchase, we returned to Cutty’s and went to the cafe for ice cream. We stayed at the cafe for about a half hour. By the time we returned home, it had cooled off considerably.

The rest of the evening was spent watching television and working on the blogs.2017-06-12_19.08.44.jpg

Sky at sunset was full of clouds. We sure could have used a few of those during the heat of the day.