Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Arrey, NM and Beyond!

Hi Friends and readers,
I'm sorry it has taken me a week to write another
post, but it has been a very busy week for us.  As
noted, we spent a wonderful week in Arrey, NM
and visited some very dear friends.  We got to go
to church with retired Pastor Ric Miller and his
marvelous wife Wendy.  We went to their house
for dinner one night, and they came to dinner at
our wheel estate.  I realized I have not posted a
picture of our " traveling mansion" so I would
like to do that now.

Another day we went to lunch in T or C with a
couple of friends named Elizabeth & Mike.  Last,
but not least, on Friday Annalee & Wayne Long
came over for dinner.  We got to go to church
with Ric and Wendy twice while we were there. 
On Palm Sunday we went to the Pentecostal
Church in Garfield and on Good Friday we went
to the 1st Baptist Church in T or C.   I really
appreciated a sermon that made me realize we
often gripe when things don't go the way WE think
they should and forget that God has a plan for
our lives, and we should be always grateful that
He loves us, and know He is watching over us. 
After leaving Arrey, we went to Alamogordo,
and spent a night outside the "Heart of the Desert"
at Eagle Ranch.  We bought pistachio nuts, some
tasty Pistachio Rose wine, Malvasia Blanco wine
(a big favorite of mine) pistachio caramel corn,
and green chili popcorn.  The weather could not
have been nicer, and we had a lovely evening
there.  The next morning we made our way to
Van Horn, Texas for one night at the KOA.  When
we unhooked the tow car, the battery was totally
DEAD.  Jim put a charger on it, but in the morning,
it did not respond at all, even when our friend
Mary tried to jump start it off her camper.  The
nice people at Napa auto parts delivered us a
new battery, and a neighboring camper had a
small socket Jim needed to remove the old
battery and put in the new one, so we got back
on the road, albeit a few hours later than we
planned.  Later the same day (yesterday, by the
way) our RV surprised us with the "change oil"
light coming on while we were driving on I-20 across Texas.  First we stopped at a rest area
and Jim added some oil, but the little bugger was
 not satisfied with that.  As we continued east
we were treated to the very annoying sound of
an urgent alarm going off.  It was telling us we
had lost oil pressure and we needed to change
the oil NOW!  We stopped in Pecos, TX, but we
found out there would simply be NO place to get
the oil changed until we got to Odessa, about 60
miles away.  We called ahead and set out for
that location.  We got about 20 miles down the
road when the alarm became much more
insistent, and we knew we could not make it
there under our own power.  We exited in an
unfortunately very remote area, and it took the
Auto Club three hours to get someone to come out
to tow the RV to Odessa.  We ended up getting
there after 11 pm.  We set up the RV for the night
and set our alarm to wake us up at 6 am.  We had
to get up early as we had a 7 am appointment for
the oil change.  Since they were so efficient and
reasonable in price, we got the oil changed on the
tow car too.  Let me tell you that the people at
B-Line Lube on 2nd St in Odessa, Texas provided
excellent service at a very reasonable cost!  We
were back on the road by 9 am!  We stopped at a
rest area to walk our dogs and have lunch, (since
we didn't take time for breakfast) around 11 am,
and got to our camping location before 3 pm
today.  After the long day we had yesterday, we
were glad to get here and rest!  The lesson that
we learned from these events is this.  One could
gripe and moan and say "why did all this have to
happen to me?", or look at it as we did.  Thank God
we had a dead battery while we were in a park
where we could get someone to deliver us a new
one, and there was someone there to help us when
we didn't have the right size socket to change it.
Again, we thank God for sending us a tow truck
driver who could safely transport our "home" to
where it needed to be for service, and we got the
service we needed.  All that did not happen by
chance.  The outcome could have been terrible if
we had blown our engine.  We feel very Blessed
that our Heavenly Father God watched over us
and provided for us, as He always does.
Take care and enjoy the road!

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