12.26.14 Christmas Day Campfire, trench digging and applying for electricity!!!!

1382905_10200781371392712_575524259_nOn Christmas day, for the first time in a while, we didn’t have to go anywhere. Roy got up early to set the post and put our new mailbox together for Dora.   I wanted a pretty mailbox and he wanted one big enough to hold packages he seems to always be receiving!  Roy found just the right one on the internet and we ordered two of them, one for Dora and one for the house.  We have 911 addresses for both.  Come to find out you can get a 911 street address for just about anything – barns, wells, culverts, radio and television transmitting towers and even billboards. Weird, right?  So Dora getting her own address was no big deal!

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The house address will be 60122 Rohner Road, Amite, LA 70422 and Dora’s address is 60124 Rohner Road.  If you have any left over picture Christmas cards we’d love to get one!  The only mail box that is up now is Dora’s at 60124 Rohner Road.

With a pot of homemade vegetable beef soup cooking, Roy and I set out to conquer more bushes, trees and burn them up!  Roy burned the current pile for at least 6 hours.  I cut down more bushes and weeds from around the pond and added them to the burn pile.

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Some of the small pines that I’ve been clearing out the brush between and around them. Hopefully all our pines along the pond will be cleared out before long.

Once it got dark we enjoyed an amazing evening sitting by the fire (more like a campfire by that time) watching the 1424399_10151966484838724_84949639_nstars we see so clearly out here, and best of all listening to the waterfall sounds of the water running through the ditch leading into the pond. We haven’t figured out where the water originates but it has been flowing steadily for three days since the heavy rains on Tuesday.

I don’t have adequate words to describe the calming influence the sound of water flowing, starry night sky and a campfire has on us.  We sat there for hours talking about how happy we are that God lead us to this beautiful land!  We are going to put in a campfire pit soon so if you ever get a yearning to enjoy all this with us give us a holler and we’ll light up the campfire!

Today, Friday, Mark Lee came out to dig trenches for the plumbing and electrical wires.  While they did that and helped Roy install our electrical pedestal (permanent power for the RV and temporary for building the house), I drove to Franklinton to set up an account with Washington St Tammany Electric Co-op.  A very nice lady, Sandra, helped me and didn’t kick me out of the office even though I’m sure I didn’t smell or look the best on day three without a shower.  This boon docking is not for the faint of heart.   An engineer has to come out to check the work so far and then they’ll do whatever is next so we can have power which in turn will give us water!  I asked Sandra to pass along to the engineer that we are in “dire need”!  Oh what a happy day that will be.  I hope I never take running water and electricity for granted.

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Mark is also going to dig the trench for where we will put the culvert out by the pond (where the water is flowing) which will reduce Roy’s physical work back there.  We’ll still hear the water flowing sound as it falls out of the culvert into the pond.  I’m going down there now to supervise and make sure they get it right!

Wow what a big thing that was getting the two culverts to go together and stay together!  I didn’t lift a finger except to click the pictures.  Roy, Mark and the backhoe driver worked and worked until it finally stayed together, went in the hole and was covered up as much as could be with the dirt available.

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My darling husband Roy is outside still trying to wire up the electrical panel before it gets dark and the rains start again.  I don’t think anyone else is coming out to work until next week so that’ll wrap up this week of construction documenting.

If ya’ll think I’m writing much more about this than you’d care to read, I probably am.  This detail documentation is mostly for our record keeping but if you want to see all the fun we’re having out here, keep following us!

I haven’t reported on RVillage lately, here’s their new member total, 12,688!

 

Ya’ll take care, and come back now ya’ hear!

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