07.28.13 Satellite dish upgrade, frost possible tonight, new neighbors and blueberries!

RV life brings with it some issues that have to be researched by each RVer based on their lifestyle and their desires and needs.  When you live in a sticks and bricks house you buy a TV and get the local cable guy to hook you up and it works, end of story.  If you live out in the country maybe you have to get satellite because cable isn’t available so they install a satellite dish and it works, end of story.  In a moving home there are more things to take into consideration so the decision isn’t as cut and dry like it is in a sticks and bricks home.

When we bought our RV it came with a stationary satellite dish even though the dealership told us we had in-motion.  Because we were told that in-motion was the way to go Roy upgraded to a Winegard Road King Mission in-motion black dome satellite dish.  The reason they said in-motion was better was that you could watch TV going down the road. Before traveling that sounded great, but after doing some traveling we found that watching TV going down the road had a very low priority and trees on the side of the interstate would interfere with it so we didn’t get good reception while traveling.

We kept losing service on a regular basis when we were sitting in our driveway we always thought that it was the trees that would knock us out from having service so we cut a lot of limbs off the trees and then we discovered that a little bit of rain would knock it out also.  We thought we just needed to get to a clear place where we wouldn’t have these problems but once we got here in Minnesota and had clear vision to the skies the reception still went away every time it rained. 

Other problems with the old satellite was that it tracked only one satellite at a time and would toggle between satellites when you’d change stations.  We also have a DVR and the satellite couldn’t record programs that were coming from different satellites at the same time. When Roy found out that he couldn’t record Deadliest Catch at the same time he wanted to record Pawn Stars we know we had to look for a different way of viewing TV! 

Roy did some research and found the Winegard SK-1000 Traveler.  It’s now our new satellite dish and it tracks all three satellites at the same time.  It is more like a home satellite dish you’d have on a house.  He found it on eBay at a good price and bought it.  Since he installed it we have had several rainy days and we’ve not lost reception once!!!!!!!!  It’s subject to lose satellite during severe weather just like you would at home, it won’t be affected by the light rains we typically have.

We can still watch TV on the road if we need to by watching a show previously recorded by the DVR or just pop in a movie. 

The old one is now listed on eBay at a price close to what he paid for the new one.  Now we have the best available satellite dish on the market and Roy can tape things on different satellites to his heart’s content!

new dish
This is the new dish. The three knobby looking things right behind the dish are the LNBs, one points to each satellite. I forgot to take a picture when it was down on the ground so this is the best I could get now.
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Dome for the old in motion dish
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Old in-motion inside of the dome dish – the one white knobby thing in the center had to move to see each of the three satellites

For someone else the in-motion might be just what they need but for us it was trial and error until we figured out what worked best for our needs.  I hope this will help some newbie RVers who are facing the same decision.  Roy would be glad to share even more knowledge about this if anyone has the need.  Give him a holler at roy@rchauvin.com

The resort hired a new couple to work with us for the months of August and September.  They will be our next door neighbors and we are really glad to get the additional help! Their names are Glen and Hazel and I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about them in coming weeks!

Just got a weather bulletin to expect FROST tonight between 2 am and 7 am.  The lows over night will be in the 30s!  Yes it’s July 28th and we’re having frost!

Roy and I went wild blueberry picking today down the road from here.  We found that they grow around rocky places and were able to pick a cup full which is a lot considering how small the wild ones are.  We’ll cook them down in some sugar and eat them over our vanilla ice cream, yummy yum!  The next community blueberry pancake is next Sunday – can’t wait for that delicious meal!


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06.14.13 RAVE, Glorious work day, Adult Quest!

936406_584210671603518_727263307_nFirst day back at work was a glorious day!  After thinking I should just get under Dora and hide for a while with my back hurting I’ve recovered and am now ready to conquer the world again.   Maybe not the world but at least my duties here at Northern Lights Resort.  I watered plants and picked hundreds of tiny dead flowers of the hanging baskets.  You really couldn’t see most of the dead ones but once they were gone it made the plants look like brand new and I really enjoyed doing that.  Little things really do make me happy!  The little orange guy here made me laugh when I first saw it but I couldn’t imagine when I’d ever include it on the blog. Now seems the appropriate time so here he is! On a more serious note this scripture meant a lot to me this week after last Saturday. Jeremiah 31:25 “I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish”

Then to top off an already good day I got to call all the guests who are coming in this Saturday and remind them of a few things they need to bring, the check in time, etc.  I was a little nervous as first but once I got to calling them and hearing how excited they are to come I didn’t want to hang up with each of them.  Several of the guests I called will be here for the first time and I let them know they would have a wonderful time here.  I have a couple more to call Thursday and am looking forward to this evening when I’ll be at work to do that.  Now that I know who the incoming guests are it adds a different spin to their arrival for me.  I guess my mama’s training in Southern hospitality is coming in handy up North!  These Northerners (not the guests of course) do like to remind me that they won the war so if anyone of you true blue Southerners have a good come back for that please share!

They are putting out the RAVE this week which is this giant inflated climbing wall, trampoline,  propeller of humans that floats in the water.  Several of the pictures in this blog are of the RAVE before it was put out in the water and I’ll have some more next time of them assembling it in the water.  All the kids coming next week will have such a great time on that.  I’m thinking I may try it out myself  🙂  I’ll report on that when (and if) I do attempt it. The water temperature is in the 60s, so it’ll have to get a bit warmer for me to jump, or fly, or fall in there.

Wednesday evening I strolled over to Annie and Russ’ to join them around their campfire.  Then Pat, Tom, Debbie, Rick, Pat’s Niece Tracy, her husband Bill and their friends Jill and Mike joined us and Roy finished off the group when he finished work at 9.  Keep in mind it is still bright daylight at 9 here so at that time the campfire was just for warmth and roasting marshmallows or hot dogs.  Russ and Annie do Kid’s Quest on Mondays and help the kids finish a walking stick that they can take home with them.  That evening Russ let Tracy and Jill pick a stick and they whittled away at it around the campfire so we named this event Adult Quest.  You never know when a group event is going to crop up around one of our campfires and I just love it!

The Adult Quest Gathering
10 pm moon
The moon at 10 pm when the sun had finally set
sunset on lake
The lake at 10 pm

We’ve been without the internet the last two days and boy did I miss it.  We’ve been hard at work so haven’t had much down time to enjoy it anyway. I’m on my way now to the linen room to fill all 12 tubs with the appropriate linens for tomorrow’s Crunch Day when we clean all the cabins and change the linens.  I have to find a better word for Saturdays that describes it more appropriately than Crunch Day.  Crunch isn’t a bad enough word and doesn’t sound like there’s much sweat and soreness and pain and exhaustion involved in it!!   I’m toying with Senior Citizens Hell Week Rolled Into One Day!  We’ll see!  Ya’ll enjoy your Saturday off and be thinking of us toiling away tomorrow  before we start our three days off.  One shining spot tomorrow will be when I get to meet all the guests I called this week at our Meet and Greet BBQ.

See if anyone can guess what this last picture is.  Let me know what you think!

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Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

05.15.13 The Lodge at Northern Lights Resort

Welcome to The Lodge at Northern Lights Resort!
I didn’t even know these were moose antlers, they are huge – I feel fairly sad for the poor moose who has to have those on his head!
A sign inside the lodge.
The wall of books and movies for the guests to enjoy. The TV is in the front of a boat (you’ll see the rear in a later picture). The view from there is just beautiful but the picture just shows glare!
Mr. Moose with his antlers!
Even the bathroom in the lodge is cool!
This picture does not do the store counter justice. it is beautiful.
This is the rear end of the boat. There are goggles, kites and other things for sale in it.
Some of the really nice Northern Lights Resort sweatshirts and hoodies for sale
More collectibles on the store rafters!
A partial view of the lodge from the store doorway
Right out the back door of the lodge is a huge deck that leads in all directions to the docks. Beautiful place to sit and eat, right next to the water

04.27.13 Dora and her Explorers say “see ya later” to Hammond and Louisiana

On April 29, 2013 we became official for real FULL TIME RVers living on the road!  The  last minute things are wrapped up and everything we’re taking with us is inside the RV or in one of the storage bins underneath and we hit the road around 5:30 pm about 4 hours later than I thought we would.

Just signed with Jamie Johnson from Keller Williams as our agent for either selling or renting our house.  She’s very energetic and we felt a trusting with her that helped us know she’s the one!

Roy showing off his new work boots and Madisyn’s little feet on top
Madisyn visiting with Roy’s Brother Paul aka Santa Claus
Roy and his older brother Paul having a nice visit before we left

On Sunday afternoon Roy’s brother Paul (whom Madisyn is convinced is actually Santa Claus) came to visit to say goodbye.  Madisyn was here and she, along with us, thoroughly enjoyed the visit.   We ate boiled crawfish Sunday afternoon with Chip and Madisyn and had a great time.  Louisiana seafood is the ultimate in fine dining and we will certainly miss it.  Saying goodbye to Madisyn for the last time before we leave was extremely heart wrenching.  We tried to stay strong while she was there but many tears were shed after she left.

Madisyn and Grannie having one last visit
Madisyn and Grannie having one last visit

Saw my eye doctor for the last time Monday morning and he’s released me so there’s no waiting now. Boots got four new tires and new brakes and a new air bag sensor this week so she’s ready.

Trinity Baptist Church – we love these guys!

Said goodbye Sunday to everyone at our church for 25 plus years, Trinity Baptist Church in Hammond.  Saturday and Sunday evening we were blessed to see and hear the music and drama of The Resurrection and the Life presented by the adult choir and the children’s choir.  The church was packed Sunday night.  The choir sang at their absolute best depicting the last days of Jesus, his death and resurrection.   We’ll be visiting many churches in our travels and can’t imagine that we’ll find another choir, at a church our size, with so much God given musical talent.  We will miss every member deeply but we know they will always be our home church and we’ll visit them whenever our travels take us near Louisiana.

Our son Chip in his office at Dixie RV
Our son Chip in his office at Dixie RV

Before we took off we headed over to Dixie RV where our son Chip works and let Dora go potty, buy a couple of things at Camper World and told Chip goodbye.  Roy, myself and Chip have been through a lot this last year and despite the bad times there have been great good times.  He’s got a great job selling RVs and has a new place to live.  He loves his mom and dad no matter our faults and I’ve come to cherish that.  He’s such a good daddy to his little girl and to her he is the bomb!  God is doing amazing things in his life and Chip’s drawing closer to him every day.  Praise God!  The goodbye with him was the hardest of all.  If I write any more about that goodbye I’ll be in tears again

Once we left Hammond we headed to Jackson, Mississippi to visit with my mom’s dear friend Pat Turner.  I haven’t seen her in quite a while and was really looking forward to visiting with her.  We stayed at Wal-Mart in Jackson and Pat came to see us in the morning, took us to eat at Waffle House and then to see her new home.  We both loved her new home and are so happy she’s been able to reduce and not have so much yard to deal with.  After our visit we left our luxurious surroundings at Wal-Mart headed towards Arkansas.  We don’t know where our next stop will be quite yet but that’s part of the charm of this lifestyle, we don’t really need to make plans, just go!  I’m way too organized and too much into planning for this to come naturally but I do believe an old dog can be taught new tricks!  Okay after I wrote this I broke down and made reservations in Mountain View, Arkansas.  Guess this old dog is resisting some new tricks a bit!  As I end this post we’re at a rest area outside of Oxford, MS where Mississippi State University is located.  Roy’s taking a nap and I’m headed out to a picnic bench to do my nails!  Then on to our next stop!

Thanks for joining us as Dora and her Explorers say “see ya’ll later” to Hammond and Louisiana!

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

04.14.13 TLC Wolf River Resort, Pass Christian, MS

doraleavingtlcOur first weekend experience at an RV campground was a smashing success!  TLC Wolf River Resort in Pass Christian is a nice quiet private campground.  We learned a lot about private versus public campgrounds during the presentation we sat through. You have to be a member of a campground or network of campground to stay at the private one.  Neither of us went into the tlcpool2presentation even considering buying, but that’s what we did.  Lots of benefits to a Coast to Coast membership but the most important to us is having 200 campgrounds countrywide that we can stay at for $0 per night and 200 more for only $10 per night.  Our trip to Minnesota hasn’t been planned yet but it will include all Coast to Coast campgrounds where possible.

It was a new experience for us to set out our big mat and set up our rockers to sit outside under the awning.  We’ve seen so many pictures of people doing this and have sat out in our driveway under the awning but never the real experience!  The people around us were very friendly and we met a real nice couple from Abita Springs, Leroy and Judy.  They had a Fleetwood Excursion like ours but a year newer.  We enjoyed visiting with them outside their RV.  Roy saw the headboard Leroy made for their bed and told me about it.  I’ve been wanting a headboard for our RV bed and theirs sounds perfect so add one more thing to Roy’s long to do list!   When he makes it I’ll post pictures for others that might want to do the same.

We received complimentary buffet tickets to the Hard Rock Casino’s Buffet on the Biloxi Gulf Coast.  It was like a magnificent feast!  We ate Alaskan King Crabs, boiled and ourspotattlcfried shrimp, shrimp salad, fried fish, ribs, turnip greens, and the most scrumptious desserts.  Of course you have to walk through the casino to get to the buffet.  People were smoking all over the place and the droan of sounds coming from all the slot machines were kind of mesmerizing.  We decided to try a couple of penny slot machines and found out they are not just 1 cent, but 50 cents each turn.  $5 was gone within a minute or two.  The next $5 resulted in us winning $20.50 so we left ahead.  I can see how it would be very easy for people to get sucked in and lose a lot.   Between the mega decibels of noise and the smoke in the air I was very ready to get out of there quickly after we pigged out at the buffet.

The rain poured down and the wind was very strong this morning and for a long time we thought we’d be stranded there.  Oh what a shame that would be to be stranded on the Mississippi Gulf Coast near the beach.  Around noon the sun came shining through and we started getting ready to head out.  I took these pictures after the storm and you’ll see some of the standing water in the pictures.  We didn’t take pictures of the back part of the campground near the river but there were beautiful, nicely spaced spots for all size motor homes, 5th wheels and campers.

I’ve been looking into the Minnesota Twins MLB team and hope we can see them play while we’re up there.  I don’t mind supporting them but cannot imagine being anything other than a New Orleans Saint’s fan, no matter what the hometown football team is in Minnesota.

We have our address in Minnesota and it will be: 10176 Bay Club Drive, Kabetogama, MN 56669.  Still not sure how exactly to pronounce Kabetogama but I’m sure we’ll get good at it before long.  It’s near International Falls, MN.  If anyone knows of a good church near there, please let us know.

I’ve made a list of everything I can think of that I need to take care of within the next two weeks and have prioritized it by day.  I’ve completed my two things for today so I’m off to a good start.  I organized the storage areas to make room for the BBQ pit and TV we will buy before we leave for our outside entertainment.  I also created business cards to take with us and give to people we meet.  Roy has a list of sorts and will complete things in his own manner. He doesn’t like the same kind of list I need but we will both get our assigned work done by our departure date.  He had to turn down the opportunity to take care of Madisyn tomorrow which just killed him.   The things on his schedule for tomorrow are just must do things and things he can’t do with a four year old around.  Hopefully we’ll get to spend plenty of time with her before we leave.  Getting Skype set up on our computers is on Roy’s to do list and will help us stay in touch with family back home.

Our real estate agent said the couple that came on Saturday really liked our house and it made their finalist list.  Hopefully we’ll hear something soon!  I have 10 more work days until I retire!  Of course we’ll still be working but it won’t be the same and I can’t wait!  I will miss my coworkers deeply and hope we can stay connected.  Since we all work for the Office of Technology at Southeastern we ought to be able to manage that!

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

04.10.13 Northward bound to live in Minnesota!

Big News!  Not that we haven’t been planning for this forever and ever and ever but finally the moment has arrived, well soon anyway!  No we haven’t sold the house.  However, Dora, Boots and the Explorers (Roy and Rosalyn) will be heading north on April 30th or May 1st to LIVE and WORK at Northern Lights Resort in northern Minnesota on the Canada border.  We’ll begin work between May 8th and May 15th and work until October 1st before the snow starts falling!  We got a workamping job there where they will pay us salary plus a full hook up RV site.

resortlayout.This is from the Northern Lights Resort home page “Our beautiful family-friendly cabin resort is surrounded by wilderness in a secluded bay on 16 acres, with nearly ¼ mile of shoreline. Lake Kabetogama (Ka-be-tow-ga-ma) is one of a chain of wilderness Border Lakes with majestic scenery and part of Voyageurs National Park on the Minnesota, Ontario border.

Northern Lights Resort (NLRO) is just a few miles from the Canada border and we will be able to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) from there.  Roy’s always wanted to see that.   They say it can be seen 200 times during the year.  Sure hope that’s while we’re there!

When we got the job offer call from them this morning I had to repress a big scream of happiness but turning my resignation in this morning was rough.  My boss Donna is my dearest friend and while I know she’s personally happy for us she’s not wanting to lose an employee.  I’ll be starting the retirement paperwork in the morning, with April 26th being my last work day.  We’ve retired one time before about 7 years ago but certainly didn’t move out of town much less 1,450 miles away!  That retirement lasted two years, let’s see how long we can make this one last!

We’re hoping to spend plenty of time with out little Madisyn before we go and she’s coming to spend the night tonight and play with Paw Paw while Grannie goes to work in the morning. Paw Paw has all the fun!

Then we’re headed to Pass Christian for a little taste of RV traveling life and will be staying in an RV park there not too far from the coast.  First time we’ll be taking Boots our toad on the road and I’m hoping for a good experience with that.

Don’t know how much posting I’ll be able to do now that we know crunch time is here but I know we’ll be posting about our travels through the US towards Minnesota.  If anyone has suggestions for RV parks along that route, please lt us know!

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

04.07.13 Computer sale – BUST!, Workamping change…………….

Well, the final garage sale did not go as planned. 😦  We sold very little actual computer related items. Several other items we dug up to sell but not the computer stuff.  A friend of ours bought a computer but no one else did.  Not one computer knowledgeable person came to the sale which was odd because we invited a lot including local computer repair companies.  The amount of parts that Roy had was tremendous and would have been a great buy for anyone doing that.   Oh well, guess Good Will will get a great donation.  Liz did great selling her stuff so at least there’s an upside to the day! And we got to play with Madisyn a lot while we were waiting for people to come and that certainly make any bad day into a good day!  At least, the weather was beautiful and we enjoyed resting in our rockers.

I got to show our house to someone yesterday.  She didn’t know how much the rent was when she stopped and asked to see it but she loved it.  Haven’t heard from her so the rent was probably too high but it was really nice to get to walk someone through our house and enjoy their reaction to the beauty of it.  One day someone else will get to live there!

We’ve determined that if we are willing to work 32-35 hours a week we can go ahead and start our adventure. We’ve updated our workamping resume to include Roy and all the great things he can do.  We are sending it to employers who are looking for someone to work more than the original 20 hours we thought we’d work.  Some employers pay you for the hours you work and give you a free RV site, so those are the ones we are targeting.   We would keep the house on the market until it does sell and then we can move down to a 20 hour a week position somewhere or one that just gives you a free site for under 20 hours worked.  That’s the real goal but since we need the money from the house sale we can’t get there quite yet!  We’ve seen some jobs in Wyoming, Idaho and Colorado and wouldn’t that be so cool to be in that area of the country during the hot summer months!   When it got up to 80 degrees recently we just knew it was getting close to time to be up north and possibly soon we will be!

We’re heading to Pass Christian next Friday for a weekend stay at Wolf River RV park.  Can’t wait!

Ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Ephesians 4:4

03.21.13 Spring has sprung, house for sale OR RENT, He is Risen!!

555136_169970859819963_1514941800_nWe are having such beautiful springtime weather and I’ve been enjoying sitting in my rocker outside under our RV’s awning reading in the evenings and weekends.  Even though we are parked in our driveway, the view is beautiful and very peaceful.  All of our azalea bushes are blooming in varying shades of pink and white.   I sometimes imagine what it will feel like when we’re at different RV locations, sitting out under the awning in our rockers.  I picture looking out over a body of water, or sitting in a forest and wonder how azaleasit will compare with our little driveway spot!  When we’re finally on the road, wherever Roy and I are together will be our home.

I didn’t realize how many books I owned until I started selling them.  A few years ago I thought I downsized my book collection but it seems to have multiplied while on the bookshelves and when transferred to boxes, one box became two and then three and then four.  Of course we cannot take all those with us so I sold them and am now increasing my Kindle library of books.  What a space saver and it fits in my purse and for many more reasons I love it!  Even my Bible is on my Kindle, in three translations!  Gotta love technology in cases like this.

I went to Sam’s Club after work today(Friday) and bought lots of fresh fruit.  Madisyn and I are feasting out on nectarines and plums. She’s never had them before and is loving their wonderful flavors.  Best way to describe her eating them is that she actually gobbled them! She’s spending the night tonight so all’s well in Grannie and Paw Paw’s world!!

We just had a visit from our nephew Greg and his precious daughter Sally.  They haven’t seen Dora before and Sally was quite curious about the little house where Rosie and Roy are living.  With the computer he dropped off for Roy to work on, Roy officially has a full week of computers to keep him busy and out of trouble.  There are computers all over this place!

Roy’s made great progress on clearing out the computer room.  Madisyn and I chipped in some help and it’s now completely empty!  His computer sale is set for April 6th.  Some of the things he’ll be selling are: 10 computers with monitors and keyboards, hard drives, CD drives, some Linksys wireless products, document scanners, a printer, some ink cartridges, computer fans, lots of little computer parts, cables, dozens of computer programs, PrintMaster software and lots more including desks, bookshelf and salt water fishing rods/reels.  My own personal computer is for sale with two 19″ monitors and super dupper UPS, keyboard and lots of great programs, video card and more!  It’s a Roy Chauvin built computer which only has the best!  At that point we’ll be 100 percent finished clearing out the entire house and selling everything we’re going to sell!  FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since the house’s computer room has been disassembled and Roy is 2013-03-18_17-18-29_695still repairing computers he seems to have expanded his allotted computer space in Dora.  In the middle of Dora’s kitchen floor is a folding table with computer “stuff” all over it.  Here’s a picture of him repairing someone’s computer in the middle of the kitchen.  What a weird life we now live!

The housing market in our area is about as down as it gets.  There are so many houses for sale and so very few buyers.  Of those few buyers only a few of them have the down payment and good credit to make it happen.  Of course we pick now to try to sell our house!  It’s believed that the market should be better in a year or two or three, just not now.  Having realized this and gotten some good advice from realtors we’ve decided to rent our house for the next year or two or three.  When and if the housing market gets better we’ll try again to sell the house and hopefully then not lose money on the sale.  Now, we just to find some really good renters! Otherwise we’ll have to start a blog about how to live in an RV in your driveway for FOREVER!

As always we sang some beautiful songs in church this morning.  And as always, they were about God, go figure yes in a church we do sing about God.  If you haven’t been lately you should try it!  Even though said jokingly, I’m quite serious about that. This Sunday was Palm Sunday which in the Christian faith is the observance of the day Christ rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.  The people, recognizing his significance, placed palm leaves in the streets ahead of him. This coming Friday is our day of observance of when Christ as killed on the cross to save Christians from our sins.  Those who have accepted Christ as their Savior and Lord have had our sins washed away by the very act of Christ dying in agony and pain.  He chose to do that for us and we, mostly me, are so unworthy of that.  My absolute favorite part of Easter is Resurrection Sunday when those at Calvary realized that “He is Risen”.   Jesus’ death, without his resurrection, would have meant nothing.  Yet, because of the Resurrection, it means everything!

This is not the time of year where you need to be inside on your computer, so now that you know what the Chauvin’s have been up to, get outside, enjoy the sunshine and beauty of God’s world! Have a blessed Easter and ya’ll come back now ya’ hear!

03.11.13 Wonderful food and saying goodbye to Roy’s computer toys…..

Philippians 4:6-7, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (NL

Roy finished his work on the washer/dryer after recovering a hand full of change, a Saints earring and a necklace from the pump.  He’s totally familiar with the little washer/dryer that was a total mystery to him before.  I am now charged with searching all clothing before washing it to make sure nothing is left in them that could clog up the pump again.

My retired husband surprised me one day this week by vacuuming, taking out the trash, doing 3 loads of laundry, cooking dinner and several other wonderful things to chickenbrocollicome home from work to.  He cooked baked chicken and fresh broccoli and cauliflower with cheese.  He even served it to me!  What a nice thing to come home to after a long work day!

Another day he cooked real mashed potatoes to go with the roast and carrots that were cooking in the crock pot.  That’s an ongoing issue between us.  I make mashed potatoes from a box of potato buds and he’s always wanting real mashed potatoes so when it was his turn to cook he made the real ones.  One of the presents in his care package from his co workers when he left work was a bag of potatoes and a recipe from our boss, Donna, for real mashed potatoes.  He made good use of that and they were delicious!!  Here’s a picture of  that meal.  I promise I won’t post a picture of every meal we have but this was such a big deal I just had to!

We’ve begun the formidable task of going through all his computer accessories, programs, disks, parts and computers getting them ready for his computer sale.  Chip and his friend Stan helped us by moving the two desks and bookcase out to the garage this past week.  Yesterday at work I received a text message from Roy that said:  “I’m a hoarder.  I can’t do this by myself.  I need your help.”  I could just hear the desperation in his voice.  When I got home we spent Friday evening getting the garage ready with the tables, two desks and bookcase.  He placed 6 of the computers, monitors and keyboards in place.  Today we worked in the computer room for several hours dividing things into piles of things to keep, sell or trash.  The sale pile got priced and packed in storage bins to make out to the garage. Seeing him sitting in the middle of all his little toys with a dozen jump drives around his neck I had to take a picture of him.  He made comments like “This is a sad, sad day.” and I made comments like “You have more computer stuff than any 10 families should have.”

royincomputerroomHowever we look at it, we’re making progress and hopefully by tomorrow night the room will be mostly empty if not totally empty!!!  Hopefully we’ll have the computer sale the Saturday after Easter.  Here’s a picture of the garage with a few of the computers set up.  There are more to come! computers in garage

We’re having our family over to our empty house for Easter.  It will be totally different from any other holiday we’ve had but with everybody bringing their own chairs and a table and food, we’ll have fun just being together, hunting Easter eggs and playing games! My sister and her children’s families are very special to us and this might be our last holiday at our sticks  and bricks house with them.  Some parts of this taking off and traveling does make me sad and leaving our families is one of those.

I was especially thankful to our friend Rhonda who is buying our garden wagon but has allowed us to keep it until we’re finished with it.  We made very good use of it today hauling things out to the garage.  We stopped sifting through computer “stuff” long enough to cook dinner and eat and we’re going back up there to do some more.  Having a completely empty house is the goal and we can see the goal in sight!

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