Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Many years ago when we lived in Missouri, we did not see much of the state.  Our travels were primarily limited to work, school, and long drives home to see family in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  This trip through the state has been fun, in a terrifying, wild, freefall sort of way.  When you are traveling in a car on roads with no shoulders, it is not really such a big deal, but when hauling your house it is downright exciting! I am sharing photos of Castleview Campground to document what I mean by "way down the hill."  

Our campground while in the Branson, area. Beautiful. 

pretty sure it was the end of the road - it was not.

Our campsite at Stockton State Park, last week as the cold front came through, the Camp host left, and the water was turned off. We were the only ones in the park. It was great.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Visiting Lockwood, Missouri

Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Lockwood, Missouri- Thank you for your kind hospitality! If you find yourself in Lockwood, stop in for a visit!

The cars in Lockwood...are ALIVE! Well, maybe just a few of them. 

... and some of the utility vehicles.  Fun place.

And when driving the curvy roads it is good to know that Wreck-O-Mended is just down the road. :)

Set up

Load out. It does not look like much, but everything must be packed into the back seat of the truck - just so...I don't want to know and therefore cannot help. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Has It Been That Long? or I'm BACK!

I have taken an extraordinary long hiatus from blogging.  I am ready to pick up my camera and chronicle the 2014 - 2015 God Provides Tour!
First up... I published a photo on FB about this first bit, but I also wanted to tell the rest of the story. 

This is our fourth tire blow out in seven years, not that bad really.  It seems it is always a back tire and ALWAYS on the driver's side. 

God provided Eric, a stranger who stopped to help change the shredded tire.

After this incident, we made a few changes

We moved books to the front of haRVey, nearer the hitch. Our plan is to even out the weight distribution between the RV tires and the hitch. The messy pile of books  - well everything shifts a bit as you move on down the road. This plan needs a bit of a tune up.

We moved our towels into a living room cupboard under the TV. When you go to take a shower, you must first go to the living room and get a towel. Isn't that how it is done at your house?

Books are now stored where light weight clothing used to be. My pajamas (top shelf) are now also stored under the TV and heavier items are stored here.  We actually don't have that many books -- well, maybe a few too many. (Dave - just saying)

Dave's shoes are now stored above his desk where books used to be. Mine are in the closet with books stored below where the shoes used to be. Dave and I agree, with these few changes haRVey looks to be riding a little more evenly distributed down the road. This topic may be revisited. :)


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bad Grandma

 Saturday morning while having coffee, Logan played with sand. Moving sand...

carrying sand...
discovering how it falls through the holes

how it can be used to decorate all surfaces

Later in the day, I heard his father say, "Logan, if you don't keep the sand IN the sandbox we will close the lid."
It is so very hard to follow the house rules!!! And should a grandma feel compelled to follow ALL the rules? or just some :)

Heading North

As we turned the big corner that is Texas and started heading North we camped near Lawton, Oklahoma.  The trees held just a hint of Spring.  By the time we pulled out it was joyfully GREEN.

We parked briefly in Topeka, Kansas, as Dave led the weekend services, then moved on. The trees held just a hint of Spring. By the time we pulled out it was a pretty strong hint.

Our next stop as we headed north was at Cutty's RV Resort in Spirit Lake, Iowa.  Here spring was not hinting, but hidden. This picture is deceiving. It was cold. But there were buds...hiding...waiting...

  Find the church and the RV in this photo!  Door to door might have been 10 feet.  We really enjoyed our overnight stay in Vernon Center, Minnesota, where Dave led services. There is something about being in a small town. The trees held just a hint of Spring. Did I say that already? Spring is closing in and getting ever nearer!
And our reason for that quick dash - well, 'quick' is a relative term when hauling haRVey - but, here we are parked on the street at the home of our kids, and our grandson, who all make the Spring dash well worth it. Now we are, once again, experiencing Spring and the dash is done. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Oklahoma Where the Wind Comes...Sweeping Ore

I have been humming tunes from the musical "Oklahoma" for the past few days.  I especially enjoy the line from the song, "Oklahoma" about "wind sweeping ore the plains."  I would like to add that the wind sweeps ore the truck, ore your awning, and ore your RV slides which can make you feel seasick. 

I could not really capture in a photo the true force of "sweeping ore" we have experienced.  

In the photo of our picnic shelter you can barely discern our outdoor rug, which is weighted down to keep it from traveling ore the plains as it dries out from the much-needed rainstorm.

We are in a great spot for birding, bike riding, running, and enjoying the outdoors.  Each activity includes the added bonus/challenge of  - wind sweeping ore. We are enjoying our week just outside of Lawton, Oklahoma. It has been warm and sunny our windows are open and everything is getting a nice clean sweep! We look forward to meeting everyone at St. John this weekend. Pastor Bill and Barb Schneider have been more than gracious hosts. If you ever find yourself in Lawton, Oklahoma, stop in for a visit you will be warmly received.  

I just checked the lyrics... "the wind comes sweeping DOWN the plains. I think "ore" sounds better, but it is not my song. 

We love our campsite just outside Lawton, Oklahoma

The white caps should be called wind caps!

About two hours after I took these photos the wind calmed and the water was like glass. I love this place. On Sunday, we had severe wind warnings.  I still like it here. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Help for haRVey!

 We cleverly noticed that this spring bracket (it holds the spring in place so the RV rides smoothly) was broken. We were parked at Faith Lutheran in Stephenville, Texas at the time. Dave immediately found a welding shop in town, (every town has one, right?) and made an appointment to have our bracket welded the next morning and voila! 

When you are at the mercy of a mechanic, a plumber, a carpenter, or an electrician you ponder the cost because you cannot fix it yourself, but clearly it must be fixed and who knows what the final cost will be.  In our case $65.00. We were very thankful as we thought it might be $200.00.

While haRVey was in the shop we walked to a nearby cafe.  We noted that some fixes are easier than others. :)

  A saucer sans the cup and the table is "fixed."