Sunday, June 30, 2019

We are still at Wilderness Lakes

Another beautiful day in Paradise

On June 17th we packed up and made our way to Menifee.  Almita & Rueben saved us a very nice site, right across from their site.  After we got unpacked and settled in, they came over for a short visit.  It had been quite a long time since we had seen them. The next day I had a doctor's appointment. Later that day Almita & Rueben came over for dessert.  I made a banana cream trifle.  They both said it was too pretty to I took a picture, and then we ate it!  
It was yummy too.
The next day was my mammogram.  The results were good, so we are happy.  That week we got a chance to re-connect with friends.

On Sunday we drove up to our home church in Garden Grove.  It was wonderful to see everyone there. I was sorry to see that Pastor Paul was limping because of pain in his ankle.  I got him a bottle of the Equine linament I use 🙏  I really hope it will give him the relief it has provided for me.  Most days I don't even need any ibuprofen if I use it on my back and knees.

Tony came down from Oceanside on Thursday to visit, and to doggy sit for us.
 Here is Tony's dog Woody on the right, and our Willie is on the left.  Poor Woody is getting old and has some unfortunate health issues, but he is a really wonderful companion dog for Tony.

On Friday we had to drive up to the Garden Grove Elks for the memorial service for our beloved friend Marla Greer.  Since it was a Friday, we decided not to drive back to Menifee because traffic would be really horrible that night.  Instead, we reserved a room for the night, and had dinner at the Elks lodge with our friends Ron & Sherrie Parker.  The band, called 5 Star, was excellent, and we danced all night.  Tony took care of the dogs for us, and it was such a comfort knowing they were in good, loving hands.  We got back before 10 am on Saturday.  The only bad part is that it was pretty hot here.  Tony is used to being on his boat in Oceanside, where it is cooler with delightful breezes.  He stayed over one more night so we had some time together.  Sadly he is still in a lot of pain from a fall in Wal-Mart over a month ago.  As our mom used to say, "Old age ain't for sissies".  Now he is home on his boat enjoying the milder temperatures.  

Our newest upgrade is a small table at the end of the couch.  It is perfect for us and holds our fruit bowl and our fiber optic eagle lamp. 

Our friends Joan and Jim have purchased a motorhome.  Here are two pictures of it.  They are very happy with their home, as they previously were traveling in a van camper.   They are currently on a trip up through Oregon, Idaho and thereabouts.  We wish them the very best on their first RV trip.

Jim & Diane are also hoping to buy a nice used motorhome in the near future.  I'll post pictures when they get one .

Our other news is that Almita has introduced us to Thermal Cooking.  It allows you to cook food on the stove for 10-20 minutes, then put the pot of food inside a large thermal pot, without any heat source, to finish cooking and stay warm for several hours.  I ordered one, and we love it!  My first experiment was a pork roast and vegetables.  Later I did a beef stew, and we were amazed.  Saturday I did Hawaiian Chicken in the big pot, and cooked rice in a smaller pot inside the same thermal pot.  It is incredible!  You use less energy, and once you put the pot of food inside the thermal pot, you can leave it alone until dinner time, so you can go about your day without having to check on your dinner.

We have one more week here before we go back to Silent Valley for a month.  This week we will be getting window shades for the last two windows of the RV.  We also have a guy coming to try to help us figure out what is causing our batteries to lose power.  All is good.  

Time to close now.  Please remember to begin each day with an attitude of gratitude.  God has given us so much to be grateful for.  Each day is a blessing and life is truly a gift.  Open each gift and enjoy the present!  More after we get back to Silent Valley next week.

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