Friday, August 18, 2017

Another Day, Another Lesson Learned

This has NOT been a great day today.  It started out as good as it usually does, then my computer, my brand new in February, Dell Windows 10 computer CRASHED!  I got a message that locked up my computer, saying that multiple viruses and/or infected files had required it to stop working, or else my files, bank accounts, etc would be left vulnerable to hackers.  It offered a toll-free number that it said I should call at once to prevent further compromise of my data.  I called and it was the Microsoft IT Support people.  After going through a lot of information, Neil told me how to give them access to my computer to check for problems.  To make a very long story short-ER, he told me that the antivirus program that the folks at Staples in Sedona, AZ installed for a significant cost, was NOT compatible with Windows 10...which this computer has.  He found almost 3000 infected files and viruses, dating back to when I first got this computer.  They would remove all that for free, but said they would recommend that I install, or have them install a protection plan that is compatible with Windows 10.  I, of course, asked them what they would suggest I should have.  They advised I get the Microsoft protection plan.  It would cost me $149.99 for one year, or $199.99 for three years, or $239.99 for five years.  I really did NOT want to spend that much, however, I also didn't want to go through this again in a year.  The extra good news is that for the price, they also cover both of our computers, and both of our tablets.......................and if we get new Smart phones (not too likely, but still good to know) they will cover up to 10 devices on this same coverage.  It took over 3 hours to scan everything, and remove all the crap on my computer, and set up all the protection it now has.  Once a month, I call them and give them my customer ID number, and they will scan everything, and if anything IS wrong, fix it on the spot.  That's what I call peace of mind for me!  And it's for a full five years.  WOW.  They also fixed a couple little problems that were making my computer life less than perfect.  It's easy to be suspicious,as Jim was, about things like this.  I tried to call my computer guy in Orange County to advise me before I called the support guy, but I couldn't reach him.  I really didn't dare leave my computer unprotected either, so I took a leap of faith and got it taken care of.  Of course I could have been taken advantage of, but my computer is working great now.  I had complained to Jim for the last couple weeks that it seemed slower than molasses in January, and now it it humming along beautifully.   

Two days ago we got our monthly mail sent to us from Arrey.  I don't know if I have told you before, but a man in our home church mails us copies of Pastor Paul's sermons each month.  It is wonderful to read his thoughts, and sometimes it is amusing too.  I would like to share some humor we got this week from Pastor Paul.
"I don't do windows, because I love birds, and don't want one to run into a clean one and get hurt.
I don't wax floors, because I am afraid a guest will slip and get hurt, then I'll feel terrible, plus they might sue me.
I don't disturb cobwebs, because I want every creature to have a home of its own.
I don't do spring cleaning, because I love all seasons and don't want the others to get jealous.
I don't put things away, because my husband will never be able to find them again.  
I don't do gourmet meals when we entertain, because I don't want my guests to stress out over what to make when they invite us over for dinner at their place.
I don't iron, because I choose to believe them when they say Permanent Press.
Finally, I don't pull weeds in the garden, because I don't want to get into God's way."  
He went on with a parable that Jesus told his disciples about "the one who sowed the good seeds was the Son of Man and the weeds are the sons of the evil one."  The harvesters are angels who will throw everything that causes sin and all who do evil into the fiery furnace.  Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.  Pastor Paul went on to quote Paul who said in Romans 3:23 "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  Pastor Paul went on to say that God is our Savior.  "God has no desire to destroy us.  God is our Savior.  He offers us forgiveness and the opportunity to start over.  God's only desire is to free us from the mess we've made of our lives."  I won't copy his whole sermon for you here, but I think the message offers us great hope.  Remember, our heavenly Father does NOT lie, and He has promised us eternity in heaven.  That can take away any pain life here on earth can throw at me, any day of the week.   

Have a great weekend, and praise God for all He has given us now and for the future.  Life IS good, and the next life will be so much better.  Happy Trails everyone.  :o) 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Another Day, Another Toy

This will be brief, but I wanted to add some updates to what I posted yesterday.  
First is the picture I promised I would try to take.  It's not perfect, but better than what I posted before.
Today we had to go down the hill to send out some mail, and to get a few things at Wal-Mart.  I was looking at the "As Seen on TV" section of the store, and you'll never guess what I found.  If any of you watch some of the Informercials on TV with Cathy Mitchell, you would have seen her Red Copper 5 Minute Chef.  It has intrigued me since I saw it, so today we bought one.  

I had a roll of refrigerated pizza dough, so for lunch today we made a pepperoni pizza in the 5 Minute Chef.  It turned out VERY well!  Later we tried the Stuffed Lava Cake.  We did a yellow cake and stuffed it with half of a Three Musketeers bar.  We put some whipped cream on top.  Jim lifted the cake out of the pan onto a paper plate.  The directions didn't say if you should let it cool in the pan first, which we did not do, so maybe that's why it stuck to the paper plate.  The cake was done, and tasted OK, but we will have to experiment with that recipe some more.  Tomorrow, omelets for breakfast!  And maybe another try at making a cake.......maybe with miniature peanut butter cups in it.  I will let you know in a few days how we are doing with it.  The question will be do we need a second one since it only does a single serving at a time.  On the other hand, it only takes about 5 minutes, so it isn't a long wait for the second serving.  

Bye for now.  Remember to begin each day with gratitude.  Today we were grateful that the holding tanks were still "holding".  Seriously, God is awesome, and His mercies are unlimited, so enjoy each day secure in the knowledge that God loves you and sent this day just for you.  :o)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Silent Valley is Beautiful this Time of Year

As we had planned, we began packing up on Thursday, and came up here on Friday.  This first picture is what our bed looks like when everything is on it for travel.  Yikes!
Here are the furry kids, seat belted for safe travel to our next location.  They settle in and travel very nicely.
 I tried to make sure Jim didn't do too much, but he still was pretty tired by the time we found a site and got all set up.  The sites we like best were not available, as usual, so we ended up taking the site right next to where we were last month.  Not a bad site, just pretty far from everything!  That can be good or bad sometimes. 
We have an interesting unit parked next to us.  The wife is a glass artist and they live up in Idyllwild.  She also hand paints silk scarves that she sells, starting at $90 each!  I have never had a knack for wearing a scarf, and I can't afford that kind of money for something that will look like I'm trying to hide under it, so of course I did not buy one.  They left a few days ago and so far their site is still empty, but this is Friday, and campers are arriving for the weekend.
On our left side, in the site we had last month is another interesting rig.
We know from seeing RVs like this at shows, that the back slide has the head of the bed in it.  Usually that means there is no room to walk around up there, and that makes it hard to make or change the bed.  This guy arrived and stayed a few hours, then left on Saturday.  I don't know how long his RV has been here, but he's been gone all week.  The park rules now allow a rig to be left, unoccupied, for up to 30 days on a site.  We don't like that rule, but that's how it is.  Anyway, he told Jim he is having a screen room put on, so we expect he'll be back this weekend for that to be done.  

Monday, and again Tuesday we had to drive over to the VA Hospital in Loma Linda.  Jim had X-rays and lab work and saw a Nurse Practitioner on Monday, and had a repeat CT scan on Tuesday.  We got a call from the doctor yesterday, and the earliest he could be scheduled for his surgery will be September 15th, so we are asking for prayers that he doesn't experience any really bad pain before they can get him in to pulverize the stone so he can pass it.  Thanks all.

A few days ago we got around to putting up our new awning lights.  I wish we could have gotten more of these cute chili pepper lights, but they only had the one string of them at Richardson's, so we added the blue rope lights to "go the distance".

I took this shot using the flash so the lights didn't show up as well as I had hoped.  Then I tried again, using the night landscape 
setting, but it's still not a great shot.  

I'm going to try again tonight with the porch light on and see if that will give me a better picture.  Anyway, you can get an idea of how it looks. 

Our patio side gets too much sun to sit out there in the morning, but once it cools down in the early evening it is very pleasant to sit out there.  Most days we get a delightful breeze and we really enjoy being out there.  Millie loves to be outside, but Willie thinks he must be on guard duty so he never really relaxes outdoors.  

 Today I took Millie in the shower with me.  I used to try to bathe her in the kitchen sink, but that doesn't work too well.  It is much easier in the shower, but after she is all dried off, this is how she she has been tortured.  She really doesn't seem to mind while she's in there, and it's funny when Willie sticks his nose in through the curtain to see what I'm doing to her!  

I tried to call Bennett RV Repair yesterday, as there are a couple things I wanted him to take care of...........but he has moved to Lake Havasu, Arizona.  We are sorry to see him leave, but it was what he wanted to do.  I can't imagine living in a place as hot as Arizona.  Oh well.

Yesterday we sent in our registration form and check for the FMCA International Rally that will be held in Tucson, AZ next February.  They are offering a limited number  FULL hookup sites, and we wanted to make sure we got one of them.  Someone asked me how we can plan that far in advance for an event like this.  In the first place, we have faith in God that we will still be here, and be well next year, and if we aren't, that money won't matter anyway.  In the second place, it is taking place from February 5--9th, and that's right after we will be in Quartzsite and before we head east to go to Arrey for a few months.  In the third and final place, the reason we RV is so we CAN go to events like we are going!
God watches over us, and we know He loves us.  Even when things don't happen the way we had planned, we know things will happen according to His plan, so it will always be good.  We trust our Heavenly Father in all of His infinite wisdom, and then enjoy whatever He sends our way.  As I've said before, Life is a Journey and we intend to enjoy each day of it.  I hope you will too.  

A friend of ours wrote recently to ask us a few questions about RVing.  He is thinking about getting an RV to place in a park not far from his home.  That is a great way to begin, but I hope maybe he might consider a rental unit at first.  That way, he can see what features he likes, and what ones he may not need before he buys one.  I also told him that once he buys one and puts it in an RV park, he just might get the itch to travel a little in it.  People in RV parks and campgrounds are usually very friendly and helpful, especially to first timers.  Once you get settled in, take a walk around and meet your neighbors.  They all have stories they love to share.  Some stories will amuse you when you hear about the mistakes they have made.  Some have lessons you can learn from.  Others may inspire you to travel and see some of the wonderful places of beauty and grandeur only God could create.  And just maybe, we will meet up at a campground somewhere and swap stories with you too.  If we can help you in any way, don't hesitate to write or call us for advice or information.  If any of you readers are thinking about dipping your toes in the water of RV adventures, I hope you won't waste any more time and will begin your adventure soon.  Happy trails to you, and keep the rubber side down, as Walt Wille likes to say.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Another Day, Another Adventure

Hello everyone,
I hope things have been going well for all of you this week.  My friend Gail sent me her blog last week, with a quote I would like to share with all of you.  It said "I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list."  I liked that because there ARE many places we would still like to see.  For us, they are here in America.  I don't doubt there are many wonderful places to see in other countries, but we just want to see America FIRST.  Another friend of ours, who is also a full time RVer, has a sticker on the back of his motorhome that says "Not all who wander are lost."  That amuses us.  Sometimes, as we wander, we are lost, but as long as we have gas in the RV, we can wander without worrying about where we are.  We feel it is important to remember that it's NOT only about the destination, it's also about the journey.  So even if you get lost along the way, or have to take a detour, look for the adventure in it.

The week before our birthday party, our RV house door lock broke yet again.  With MUCH effort Greg got the door to open, and we used a bungee cord to hold it closed until we could replace it.  Oh joy!  

This past Wednesday Greg began ripping out most of our carpet.  OMG, I couldn't believe how dirty the floor was under it.  We had selected a vinyl plank flooring that looks like oak, but is much lighter in weight.  We only have carpet in the dining room, in front of the couch, and in the bedroom.  It was a lot of work for him, and a lot of misery for me, to get the new floor installed!  But the job is finally done and we are delighted with the results. 

This is a look at the entryway.  You can see the nice silver edging that he finished it off with.  The next picture shows the flooring and the beautiful area rug we ordered for the area where Jim sits in his recliner chair.  The wood edging in the living room, kitchen and hallway Jim did the golden oak stain on, and it turned out great!  The area rug has sea shells, anchors, sailboats and lighthouses on it, and we just love it.  Millie still loves Jim's recliner chair!  And Willie likes the small striped rug in front of the couch.

 This last picture shows the nice job Greg did putting the flooring in the bathroom.  It also shows the hall runner we bought, which also matches the small rug we put under the dog food dishes.  The upgrades are finished, and the mess has been cleaned up, and we are very happy with the end result! 
 It's been a very long time since we stayed in a site along the canals here, and I am really enjoying seeing the ducks, geese, and egrets that visit us most days.

I took the picture on the right because it amused me! 

 Yesterday we went to Kohl's, and we saw these two suits.  I just had to take pictures.  Each had a jacket, pants AND tie to match.  I just couldn't decide who I should buy one for.  OMG.  Anybody want to wear flamingos from head to toe?  LOL.

Today we went to WalMart to pick up something and I had another "must take" this picture moment.  I asked permission to take this one since I couldn't get it without him seeing me take it.  As I said, each day is an adventure.

Now I know everybody's taste is different, but here are a few pix of a motorhome down the row from us.  I do like the color purple, but not quite THIS much.
Even their outdoor refrigerator is purple!  I really enjoyed seeing how much they enjoy this color.  They had two dining canopies with purple table cloths and seat covers.  WOW.  Is this amazing or what?  

Today was also a special day because we had some close up visitors around noon. 
It's amazing how trusting the birds are around here. But I'm sure they would take off really fast if you tried to approach them, unless you had food to offer them.  It's so neat to sit quietly and watch the birds swim and walk around the canals.  

Mostly for us, life is good.  There has been one bump in the road this past week.  Early Friday morning Jim woke up with terrible pain.  To make a long story short, he has a nasty kidney stone, that he has not been able to pass.  On Saturday I took him to the nearby ER where they diagnosed it by a CT scan, gave him pain medication, and told him to follow up with his doctor.  So far, his doctor has not gotten back to us, and he is still dealing with pain.  Hopefully this will be resolved before I write again.  We are hoping to go up to Silent Valley on Friday, but that will depend on how he feels.  That's all for now, and I will keep you informed when there is any news.

Monday, July 24, 2017

News and Pictures

Our last post was almost two weeks ago, so I'll try to bring you up-to-date without this being tooooo long.  On July 12th Pastor Paul & Aiko came over to visit us at the Elks for lunch, and we had a wonderful visit.  As usual, I forgot to get a picture of them, but they both looked wonderful!  That night I went in the lodge for the Emblem club meeting, not much has changed in the eight years since I was there!  
On Thursday night Sherrie & Ron came over for dinner and another game of Mexican Train.........I still won, but it was a much closer game.

The same night we got this picture of a neat looking woodie that a guy drove to the lodge in.  He said he also had a tiny house log cabin too.  Would have loved to see that too, but we didn't.
On Friday we drove down to Wilderness Lakes, and were lucky to find a 50 amp site open for us!  It is next to one of the canals, so we have ducks and geese visiting us.
It's really cool to see them this close, but I learned NOT to feed them.  When you run out of food, they chase after you to try to get more.....right up to your door!  We have had a couple "issues" since we got here.  One day our entry door lockset broke again, and we had to use the front door until Greg could get here to get the main door open.  We had to go to Hemet for parts at Bob's Trailer Supply.  He apparently is now selling tiny houses.  
We didn't take the time to see if we could tour one, but of course we got a picture.
Here's a surprising fact.  Despite all the years we have been coming here, and shopping at the local Wal-Mart in Hemet, we didn't know that on the 3rd Saturday of each month they host an antique car show in the parking lot.  
That day we stopped to see the cars, so here are a few pix from it.

Jim said the last one, on the right is just about my size!  There were many more, but this is just a sampling of what we saw.
There were also some interesting sites here in the RV Park.  This boat above was down the row from us.  I loved the inflated swan on the back of the boat.  He also had a kayak on top of his truck.  Does he know something we don't?

 Our next door neighbors have this family of ants in front of their RV.  Cute.  Everyday they change the position of the ants, as if they have been moving around by themselves!

Our site isn't quite large enough to set out our screen room, but Jim did put up the EZ Up to shade the car, and that is very nice as it has been hot many days since we arrived.
These lovely birds have been in or near our site from time to time for our viewing pleasure.

Another day Jim got this shot

I can't begin to tell you how much we enjoy their visits.

On Thursday we went to Wal-Mart to pick up the chair I had ordered for Jim.  Little did I know it came UNASSEMBLED.  Lucky for us, Greg stopped by just as we were trying to put it together and gave us a much needed hand with it.

Guess who was the first one to check it out!
Once he got to use it later that night, Jim fell asleep in it.  I guess that means it was nice and comfortable.
Tony came on Friday, to visit and celebrate our birthdays this weekend.  It was a busy and delightful visit.  

First our dogs had to check Tony out.  Then Willie and Woody got together to chat.
 Here's Woody playing with Millie's squeeky toy.  She's not very good at sharing, but things went fairly well.

On Saturday we went to play Candy Bar Bingo.  Jim won two candy bars, and got one for it being his birthday.  I got my birthday candy bar.............but this is the first time EVER that I didn't WIN a single one!!!!  That night we invited Diane & Greg, and Almita & Rueben over for dinner, as well as Tony.  Diane brought delicious home made barbecued baked beans, and Almita brought potato salad.  Jim grilled hamburgers with all the fixins, and I had baked a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.  We had four different kids of ice cream and toppings, so nobody went away hungry.  I had told everybody that we didn't want gifts, but nobody listened to me!  Tony, and my sister Judy (she lives in Minnesota) gave us a beautiful bouquet of 7 red roses, for the 7 decades we have lived.
  This picture also shows my new owl curtains, and the small lighthouse kitchen timer (on the left side) that Jim got me after my last one fell in the sink and died a watery death!
This picture show the lovely owl  earrings Almita & Rueben gave me, and of course they are blue, my favorite color!  I wore them to church on Sunday and got several compliments on them.
Jim was easy for Almita to shop for....he's a choco-holic, so she got him lots of chocolate candy and Oreo cookies, and he was delighted! 
Greg & Diane brought us a gift card to Kohl's so now I can look forward to spending that soon.  Thanks to all of you for your kindness and generosity.  
Last night I set up the coffee maker for this morning, but it had decided it would no longer work as a programmable maker.  With pushing a bunch of buttons, we were able to have coffee this morning, but since it was trying to quit on us, we decided we HAD to get a new one before it died on us.  We drove over to Wal-Mart and got a nice new Black & Decker coffeemaker.  It was not expensive, but it is programmable, and much easier to use than that blasted Cuisinart one was.  It's also easier to read the time and settings on this one.  YAY!!!!!  Tomorrow we'll know if it was a good purchase.  Coming back into the park I took a scenic drive around the west side of the park, since we had not had a chance to do this yet. 
We saw this on the back of a truck but we aren't sure just what it is.  If any of you know, please share the information with us because we are curious.
These are the two sides of a custom painted RV we saw today.  Isn't that an amazing paint job? 
I thought this was just too cute not to take a photo of.  They've even brought along plants outside, and have that cute striped awning over the window.  We couldn't live in anything that small, but I do love seeing these tiny vintage trailers when they are here where we are. 
We asked this man if we could take a picture for our blog.  He was delighted, and closed the door so we could get both views.  He said it is a 1962 Woodpecker Woodie.  He told us there were only 17 made, and now there are only 7 left today.  His wife hunted for years to find this, and just finished restoring it herself!  That's what I just love about our life style.  You just never know what great things you will see or the interesting people you will meet along this wonderful journey that is life.  
Yesterday Pastor Bob gave a very interesting sermon on the promises in Revelations, and it was a wonderful message.  If you haven't read it yet, or lately, it is a very good read.  I am always glad to be reminded that the end of times will come when we least expect it.  It makes me stop to think about what I am doing with my life.  Are we doing all we can to make this a better place for the people around us?  Are we taking advantage of all the blessings God has given us to enjoy now?  Or are we feeling sorry for ourselves for what we don't have (and really don't need anyway)?  Bob reassured us that the end is most likely, not coming in our life time because the signs that are explained in the Bible have not happened yet, but it is clear that it will be soon.  What are you doing to get ready for the end of times and the rapture?  If you don't know what the signs are, maybe it's time for you to go back and read about it in your Bible.  
Last, but not least, I took a picture today of Greg & Diane's travel trailer.  This is where they live full time.  They spend 3 weeks here, then have to go out for a week.  They have a nice RV Park in Hemet that they stay in on their week out of here.  Poor Greg cut his hand last week cutting vinyl flooring, and he should have gone to a doctor to have it sutured up, but he didn't.  I have been bandaging it for him and making sure he keeps it clean so it won't get infected.  Surprising enough, it is healing pretty well, but he will have a doozie of a scar there.  I wonder what kind of story he will tell later about that!
That's all for today, so take care, stay well, and love one another.  Be kinder than you think you need to be.  Everybody has their own burdens they are living with.  Please don't add to someone's burdens by  being unkind to them.  Enjoy this day and all the ones ahead.