Monday, October 8, 2018

Autumn in the Mountains

I'm sorry it has been so long since I wrote an entry, but it has been so great being up here at Silent Valley and we have been very busy.
Before we left Wilderness Lakes, we went to Camping World intending to replace our poor old microwave with a new Convection microwave.  We bought and took home a box that we thought contained the above oven.  Our friend Greg came over to install it.  He had built a shelf and installed it, but it turned out to NOT be a convection microwave.  It was only a microwave.  I called Camping World back and they agreed to exchange it for what we had paid for.  Once we got here, and got all set up in a wonderful site in Silent Valley, we took the first one back and got the right one.  We came up on Monday, two weeks ago, and on Wednesday Tony came up for a visit.  It had been several weeks since we had seen my brother, so that was great.  He and Diane's husband Jim helped us to put in the new unit.......but it was slightly bigger than the old one had been, so they had to take it out yet again, and move the shelf forward to accommodate the bigger oven. 

 The original microwave had a light under it to provide light to the stove below.  We replaced it with a light bar we saw on TV in an As Seen on TV.  It works great, and provides an amazing amount of light.  I love that we can keep it plugged in to charge it up, and if we have a power outage, it is all charged up to provide hours of great light!

I also decided to replace the owl case I was using on my cell phone since it was pretty grungy, and dirty looking.  So I ordered this one.
 Jim picked it out and I do love it.  Too cute!
Diane & Jim have been over often, which has been wonderful.  It has been so much fun being with them.  
 I don't know if I posted this picture before or not, so here are Diane & Jim.
They have two adorable dogs that our dogs have gotten used to, so they get along very well.
 Here's my Jim holding Diane & Jim's two little loves.  On the left is Lucy and on the right is Daisy.  It's so nice that our dogs like these two and get along nicely.

Diane shares my fondness for owls, so I have made her some owl jewelry, and she finds owls for me when she goes places. 
This is one of the adorable owls Diane found for me.  Can you see the golden brown glitter along the edges?  I just love it!

On the right is an owl paper towel holder that I found online to hold toilet paper in the bathroom.  Again, too cute, I think.

Diane & Jim shop at the Aldi market here and she found a bottle of wine she just had to buy for us.

Not only is the bottle adorable, but the white Zinfandel wine inside was very, very nice.  We drank it while we played Mexican Train.  I may try to make a decorative bottle lamp out of it.  Maybe.


This past week my very dear friend (of over 35 years) Joan Minor came up here and stayed overnight with us.  It had been over a year since we've seen each other, but we keep in touch by phone or emails almost every week.  It was so wonderful to have her come visit us this week.  Out of respect for her personal privacy I won't discuss all that she has been through, but life has not always been easy for Joan.  Through her most difficult times, she has always been cheerful and helpful whenever I needed anything.  She has a wonderful, loving husband, also named Jim, who has been very supportive during her difficult times.  They have a small van camper that they enjoy traveling in too.  I hope sometime, maybe this coming year, we can persuade them to come to Quartzsite, AZ when we are there too.  Joan has promised to come visit us at Wilderness Lakes and stay two nights this time.  It always seems like we run out of time long before we run out of things we want to talk about.  

Diane and Jim live here at Silent Valley year round because he works a work camper job here.  I don't know why this park has this rule, but work campers must move to a new site every thirty days, so last week they got to move over close to us!  YAY!!!  

Here is a photo of their 5th wheel and their car.  That's our awning at the top of the picture, so you can see how close they are.   I love that I can just run over to her RV whenever I want to.
We never had a chance to be parked this close before.  
We don't do anywhere near the amount of decorating
some folks do for Halloween, but we do try to get
in the spirit a little bit.   This guy has been hanging around for quite a while I'd say.  LOL.

Here is Jim with the Furry Kids outside the RV enjoying a nice, warm day.  

 This is our Halloween flag stand with a Snoopy and a ghost flag.  I like the orange solar lights in the side posts.  It's fun being part of the spirit of the season.  

I hope all of you who read my blog have taken my advice and suggestions to heart.  I am referring specifically to advice about making your final wishes known, IN WRITING.  None of us knows when our days in this life will end.  It's very, VERY easy to say "someday I will write my will" or "I will call that person next week to apologize for the unkind things I did or said".   Since only God knows when we will shake off this mortal coil, please don't put off doing the things you need or want to do.  My brother Michael, who lives in Elmira, NY is in the last days of his life.  His ex-wife Judy is doing all she can to help him in any way she can.  Judy is an amazing woman with a loving Christian heart.  She has kept me informed about Michael's condition.  I cannot afford a trip back to Elmira to see him, and he told his son Douglas that he didn't want any of us to see him as he is now. 

I prefer to remember him the way he was when we saw him in 2015.  This is Mike at our Horseheads High School Alumni reunion.  Sadly, he is angry towards others and refusing to see people who might want to offer him love and comfort.  We pray he will find Peace in Heaven when he dies.

I beg you NOT to put off until tomorrow what you KNOW you should do today.  If there is someone you should make amends with, please don't put it off.  Please do it now!  If you feel there is someone who needs your help, call them today.  If you feel you need to re-dedicate yourself to your faith, there is no better time than now.  Jim and I believe that the only way to get into Heaven is by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.  We have accepted Jesus and we KNOW that we have been forgiven of our sins.  We know that when we die, we will close our eyes to this life, and open them to see Jesus.  It is a wonderful assurance to know that our beloved Lord Jesus loves us and wants us to live with Him for all of eternity.  We know that we are all sinners, and no one can get into Heaven based on any good deeds we do, so we thank Jesus every day for His sacrifice for us.  I will pray for all of you, and wish you a wonderful week ahead, and life ahead too.

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