Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter, HE is Risen

Good afternoon Everyone,

I'm sorry it has been so long since I have written, but there never seems to be enough hours in the day for all I plan to do each day.  

First I would like to ask everyone to send prayers to the victims and families of the terror attacks in Brussels last week.  It just seems to get worse and worse.  I pray that someone will put an end to all of these awful deeds.

We didn't get to go to the Annenberg Retreat while we were in Palm Desert because it is only open on Thursdays through Sundays, and we just couldn't rearrange our schedule to allow us time to go on those days.  

Thursday was, of course St. Patrick's day, and we had invited Judy and Frank over for a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, with all the fixin's.  Jim made his wonderful Irish soda bread, and it was awesome!!!!  Judy is, if I didn't already say so, a vegetarian, so I planned on making extra side dishes to allow for her not eating the beef, but she said not to bother because the bread smelled so good she'd just have an extra slice.  I made the dinner of corned beef, cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes and celery in our Ninja 3:1 cooker.  I cooked her some cabbage by itself, and she enjoyed that too.  I also made salad, and a lovely green cake with chocolate frosting.  We had a wonderful evening together.  
This is Judy & Frank's Roadtrek van camper.  They have it fixed up really nice inside.

 The next day, being Friday, the park has an arts and crafts sale at which campers can sell goods.  We had a table and tried, without much success, to sell our magnetic jewelry.  Unfortunately there were two other campers who were also selling magnetic jewelry.  Better luck next time!

Saturday, we had to do some shopping, and on the way home we saw a warning image on the dash of the car that indicated low pressure in one of the car's tires.  Jim discovered that one tire had a leaking valve stem, and he spent a while trying to find someplace we could take it for the repair.  We ended up having to take it into a shop on Sunday morning.  Despite it being beastly hot, Jim unloaded the back of the car and got out the stupid little "donut" spare tire and put it on the car, so we could drive to the repair shop.  When we got home, Jim wanted to go out and put everything back in place, but I asked him to wait until it cooled off more.  By the time it cooled down enough, the shop had closed, and Jim discovered that when they repaired and put the regular tire on the car, they did NOT put our spare back into the car!  Monday morning I had to call to make sure it had not been thrown out, and then we went and picked it up.  More running around! 
 This is one of the cute campers we saw while at Palm Desert.  Not big enough for us, but still cute.

 This was the set up of an elderly couple we met while we were there.  She was wheel chair bound, and he did everything for here.  What amazing people they were!
Not all the people who come here leave after two weeks, like we do.  These people must be staying for the whole season, until the park closes on May 15th.

Here's another beautiful Palm Desert sunset!  The windstorms and the blowing sand can be awful at times, but I can still appreciate the beauty of the desert!

We spent much of Monday getting packed up to travel on Tuesday, and left by 9:15 am to come back to Wilderness Lakes.  Jim did an amazing job driving the RV through terribly high winds coming back on I-10.  We got into a nice big 50 amp site, and got hooked up, and set everything else up..................and then we tried to set up the satellite TV.  It went all wrong for the longest time.  Finally Jim took the portable dish out behind the RV and voila!  we had great reception.  This was the ONLY 50 amp site open that day, so we were really grateful when we finally were able to get a signal.

Later that day, my very dear friend Joan called from Orange county and wanted to know if we would like a visit the next day.  We were delighted and said we would love to see her.
We got up early and set to work putting up the screen room.  OMG what a nightmare that turned out to be.  It had been well over a year since we had attempted this, and things did not go well!  Eventually we did get it up, but the entire front panel needs to be replaced.  I can't go into all the details, but the part that goes through the slot in the awning rail is badly frayed, and when we tried to tape it, then it didn't want to fit inside the track.  Also one of the door zippers is no longer any good.  We have colored clips holding that side shut and the zipper on the outer edge of the screen door.  Once it is all up, we are very happy with it, but OMG it was rough getting it up!   

Thursday morning Jim went to see if he is eligible to use the VA for his medical care, and, YAY he is, so that will save us a lot of money from now on.  While we were there, one of the employees was admiring my magnetic necklace, and she placed an order for one.  YAY again.  After that, we shopped for our Easter groceries and then came back home.    

Friday we ended up doing laundry, and I made a nice pork roast for dinner.  Yesterday we tried again to sell the magnetic jewelry here at this park.  We had a LOT of people come over and ask about them, but sales were still really poor.  I don't know how I'll ever pay Mary back for all these supplies if the sales don't improve, but we'll keep trying.  

Today we drove out to Garden Grove for Easter church service with our wonderful church family.  It was great seeing everyone again, as we haven't been there since the Sunday before Christmas.  We took the dogs with us, and we had them both in harnesses and seat belted for safety.  About half way there, Millie came walking up front, without her harness on!!!  We have NO idea how she got out of it, since it was still fastened, but not on her.  We parked under the shade of a nice big tree, and left the windows down enough to keep them nice and cool.  The drive out was nice, but traffic was awfully bad on the way back.  Soooooo glad to be home again!!!  

That's all for now.  Happy Easter, and have a wonderful week everyone!  Keep the shiny side up, and enjoy life.



  1. Welcome back to Wilderness Lakes! Yes, daily prayers are needed for the victims in Brussels and for peace in our world. Not the one we grew up in!

    Well, I think Ninja should pay you to be one of their spokespersons. You've mentioned the 3-in-1 at least twice here in your blogs so I had to look it up. I read everything about it and even watched some YouTube videos demonstrating all it can do. Wow! Just what I need because it's such a step up from my crock pot. So I've ordered the latest version, the 4-in-on and it will be delivered right here to Wilderness Lakes. Can't wait to get it and thanks for bringing it to my attention ... and your other blog readers too, I'm sure. :-)

    Sorry your magnetic jewelry sales haven't been going to well. I hope it picks up soon.

    Oh, that I-10 freeway! I've seldom been on it that it's not terribly windy. Like Jim, Rueben navigates it well when he's driving our RV but some of those times have been white-knuckle experiences for me. Rueben takes it all in stride, which is great since he's the one behind the wheel!

    It's always something, isn't it? You sure had your fair share in just two weeks time with the tire problem, screen room problem, and frustrating time getting your TV squared away. Hope it's a long time before the next thing crops up.

    Hooray! What great news that Jim can use the VA for his medical care. I know it was a big question mark whether he'd be able to or not.

    How nice to have spent Easter Sunday with your friends at your family church out in Garden Grove. I'm sure it was a happy time all around.

    Rueben and I will get over to see you at our first opportunity.


  2. Oops! Must correct two typos in the above.
    I meant to write, referring to the Ninja, "4-in-1", not "4-in-on". :-(
    And I meant to write "Sorry your magnetic jewelry sales haven't been going too well" ... not "to well". :-( This is what happens when my thoughts run ahead of my typing!