Wednesday, December 31, 2008
These photos do not do justice to the beauty of these handmade treasures.
The afghan was created by my daughter and has been a cozy comfort while working on my blog or reading. It always reminds me of her - and I smile.
Alyssa's grandma taught her to crochet when she was in junior high, she has since taken the craft to a whole new level.
The quilt was made by my dear friend who has a truly creative eye and a very patient hand.
While our space is very limited, it is great to have a few things that are "keepers" no matter what. Thank you Alyssa and Barb.
Monday, December 29, 2008
The photo with carts on a bridge was taken on the cart trail which runs the perimeter of the park. Many dogs enjoy riding in carts too.
We have enjoyed our stay in Titusville, FL at The Great Outdoors - even without a golf cart.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thank you to John and Betty Bartman who have allowed us to park in their space at The Great Outdoors RV Resort.
It is beautiful and the weather is fine. It is hard to believe it is December! Snow? What snow and
yes, those are Palm trees.
Dave has long been a fan of PVC pipe.
In our family it is a running joke about Dave's building projects and PVC pipe. He has built book shelves, most of a Kayak (in storage right now), and studio gizmos for recording to name a few. He always has a few pieces of PVC on hand because you never know...
Dave was quick to note how fishermen used PVC pipe. Our current GPS set up is built with - you guessed it - PVC pipe.
Some might look and see an office building, but the charter members of this school saw incredible possibilities!
Thank you Mr. Siewert for allowing us to sing for your kids.
Please pray for this fledgling school.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I met a woman while taking a walk on the beach who said her favorite weather comment was, "I hope this cold snap does not last long, I only have one pair of pants."
We are enjoying the hospitality of Bethlehem Lutheran in Jacksonville Beach, FL., about ten blocks from the beach, and two blocks from the laundromat. The beach is much more fun. :)
Friday, December 5, 2008
Whenever anything new or unexpected happens with haRVey our first thought is PANIC. Dave is usually calmer than I.
While enjoying a wayside break from driving, we noticed the refrigerator hose had spewed out an amber brown liquid with droplets fanned over the face of the RV. Upon closer inspection, the amber liquid smelled like soy sauce! It was indeed, soy sauce. With a much lighter heart we checked the fridge to find the soy sauce had tipped over in transit and drained out into the hose and on to the side of haRVey - a well-seasoned RV.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
We are staying in Aiken State Park in South Carolina this week. Here is the cool thing, we are the only people camping - even the camp host has bugged out. There must be something to the 24 degrees at night thing going on. During the day we are enjoying a balmy 58 degrees. Folks from South Carolina must think this is cold - while stalwart Minnesotans are still in tee shirts and thinking about swimming.
This park closes at 6 PM. The gates are locked and if you do not know the code - you are sleeping in your truck outside the park which defeats the purpose of camping. We do in fact know the code. NO amount of torture will wring even one number from our lips - mum's the word.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
In 1986 my cousin Tami was the second runner up in the Miss USA pageant. In case you are not sure, Tami is on the left. She is one of eight children we always referred to as our Georgia Cousins.
When I grow up, I want to be like my Aunt Irene. Don't let her "Big Mama" smile fool you, she is spunky, sharp and does not miss a trick.
It was a treasure to spend Thanksgiving with all of these dear people. They were as kind and welcoming as they were in 1996 - my last visit with them. It was a loud and raucous day filled with laughter and great southern cookin'. A friendly game of Pit anyone?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The churches were there before the road signs and so naturally the signs explain what the residents already know.
I enjoyed our stay in Conover, NC. It was wonderful to see the Birner family after 11 years - yes, I still look the same. :)
While we have been in this area Fall has peaked and passed. Today there is a wind advisory 20+ miles per hour. Lawns are leaf covered with temperatures in the 30's.
Friday, November 14, 2008
A picture of the road down which Dave had to back the RV. As you can see - he did it.
Here are the happy yellow signs warning you - STOP NOW there is no way your RV will make it on this road.
Last and this part leaves the queasy feeling of being unstable, this is a view of the underbelly of the RV, please note the wood, wood, and more wood, followed by leveling blocks.
Our stay in Hickory, North Carolina was wonderful, thank you Pastor Bob. We were able to view the spectacular peak fall color.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
When your RV is not completely level - you can feel it. Please note the picture of HaRVey with four boards and the orange ramps, listing slightly, definitely not level. (up one entry)
Every town has a grocery store, but we can't just stop in without a thought because we do not know where it is. Ahh... GPS. Once you have found the grocery store - do not stock up on the sale items, do not buy more than one kind of lettuce, do not buy more canned soup or potatoes than you can use in a week, do not buy a lot of cereal (even if it is on sale) strike that - Dave does that all the time... we store some unopened cereal in the shower when it is not in use. If you must buy beer, think six pack.
Yes, we do let our laundry pile up because until you are down to one pair of underwear, why do laundry - we have met some interesting people at the laundromat. Instead of one load at a time you can use four or five washing machines.. payback is in the careful orchestration of drying time and folding each load as it is finished - I compare it to a meal where everything is done at the same time except in this case you do not want that to happen.
I do miss seeing my friends and the contact of their everyday lives. I am greedy for news of what is going on and consider who I will lose because of the travel. I am working on staying in touch so that does not happen.
The trade off has been phenomenal, telling children about Jesus at school assemblies, singing for kids and adults in concert and in church services, and praying for people by name as we learn of their needs.
Every day in the kingdom is the same - a life filled with God's love and care, opportunities to thank Him for the stuff we have, and a Savior who calls us "friends." Wow.
More pro than con. Thanks be to God.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Cape Hatteras National Seashore – comes the Bodie Island Light. Pronounced "body," the name, according to long held rumors, came from either the large number of unfortunate drowning victims washed up on shore or the supposed original owners of the land – you decide.
The structure you now see is the classic case of "third time a charm". The first, built on a shaky unsupported brick foundation in 1847, once competed with the leaning tower of Pisa for most vertically challenged building. Abandoned within less than 15 years of its completion, the second lighthouse’s upright time was even less.
Two years to be exact. During the Civil War Confederate troops, fearful of its potential usefulness to oncoming Union naval ships, blew it up in 1861.The shoreline remained dark, until the present lighthouse was completed in 1872. Now at 156’ high, the light from its black and white horizontal striped structure can be seen for 19 miles.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Thank you God for the majestic reminder of who you are and who we are not. You care for us in season and out. You are in control of all things. You make the ocean tides move whether we are watching or not.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Dave offered to do premarital counseling with Brad and Angelina, but they were non-committal about the prospect.
Jackie is wearing a hat, I am wearing a hat ... I had to pose with her - oh, and President Kennedy was there too.
Contrary to what you may think, these folks are tight-lipped in person and had a waxy look about them.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
If you look closely at Lincoln’s hands, his left hand looks like an “A” in American Sign Language and his right hand looks like an “L”. Sculptor David Chester French was quite familiar with ASL – his son was deaf.
The Washington Monument with the moon was taken by Dave.
The photo of Dave and the brick wall - was taken at the base of the Washington Monument.