What If There Is Nothing to Do – What If There Is Too Much to Do – Life Is Full of Stuff to Do – Just Do It –

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One issue that puzzled us as we planned to begin life on the road in a motor home was whether there would be enough to do in a day to keep us busy. It seems that finding enough time to fit in all there is to do in a day is the actual challenge.

Steve is on his ladder today, where he often may be found, this time looking into the workings of our awning. The frame has six stations, and he would like to slide the supporting apparatus into the last station that would bring the awning down as low as possible to provide us more shade. He needs four strong arms to accomplish this task. Since my arms are not muscular enough, Steve will wait until he finds a buddy to assist.

There is plenty to keep me busy inside. I find it just as difficult to find time to read a book as I did when we lived in a normal house. Does that surprise you? I bet not.

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Our Walk Along the Canal with Chelsea Was Special This Morning – A Pair of Mallard Ducks Swam By – Chelsea Chose to Keep Her Distance – No Duck Was Going to Drag Her into the Water –

Mallards in Canal

Everyday, twice a day, we walk Chelsea, our pet Bichon Frise, for approximately thirty minutes each time. Some days we walk her beside this canal and back to our coach, or on other days we walk her along a sidewalk that offers a wide stretch of grass for her entertainment and utility. We think variety gives her maximum enjoyment. Today, as we strolled alongside the canal, she surprised us. She elected to watch these ducks from a safe distance from the water. But when we lived in our house, a couple of ducks went for a swim in our pool. Chelsea barked aggressively and chased them from one side of the pool to the other. Apparently she felt those ducks were trespassing. After all, she owned that pool. She must think the ducks own this canal. Ha ha!

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Steve’s Part – Grilling Pork Loin Chops and Peppers – My Part – Seasoning and Other Food Prep Like Boiling Potatoes – Teamwork Turns Out Delicious Meals – I Still Know How to Make a Mess in the Kitchen –

Grilling Pork Loin Chops

Oops. I published before I was ready. No sweat. The new cooking scheme for us: Steve grills. I wash and cut veggies and apply seasonings. I boil potatoes or whatever inside. He grills outside. I clean up inside Steve cleans the grill outside. Hm. Are we lopsided here? I’m the one that makes the mess inside. I guess I should clean it up.

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God Bless America – Land of the Brave – Land of Many People – We Have Our Problems – But We Are Blessed – And Will Be Blessed – God Loves Us and the Entire Population of Earth –

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How can I say with assurance that God loves us in America and all the populations of the Earth? The Gospel, the good news to all peoples, proves that God loves us. He gave us His Son, Jesus, who offered Himself willingly on the cross to die for our sins, for love, taking away our condemnation forever. What more proof of His love could there be? If one believes it, of course. It’s true, whether or not everyone believes it, but this precious gift goes right over the heads of those who fail to embrace His redeeming love.

Steve made it his special project to find and and purchase a flag and pole that could be attached to our motor home, so we could fly the red, white, and blue wherever we are. When we pull up stakes to travel, he must disassemble and pack it away. I believe his enthusiasm will not wane. He will pack it away safely and erect it again when we park somewhere else for a period of time. I’m getting to know this man very well. He is not a shirker of work when he sees it as worthwhile.

Back to the subject of my first paragraph: I’ve heard people say that God must judge America for her sins. Not so. Jesus went to the cross to pay for the sins of the entire world. God justly forgives our sins, because Jesus paid the price with His own blood. What a wonderful Savior! God blesses America and the world because of his unfailing love. Bad things happen here and everywhere. The devil is the source of our troubles. Jesus is our salvation. Praise His name!

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John 3:16 – The Bible (KJV) – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

2 Corinthians 5:19 – The Bible (KJV) – To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

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RV Stove Top Tiny Compared to the One We Had in Our Former Home – But It Works – Uses Propane Gas – I’m Learning to Cook on It – Chicken Soup from Chicken Thighs Is Simmering –

RV Stove

My husband Steve has a new upper denture. He needs foods that don’t have to be chewed until the transition is complete. It’s been a challenge, but he has found ways to eat even in restaurants. Today I’m cooking chicken soup from four large thighs. I will put the meat and vegetables for his portion in the food processor. We may eat it tomorrow and go out for lunch today, because I would like to chill the soup so I can remove the top layer of chicken fat before I serve it.

I have not been cooking as much as I once did. We have a gas grill outside. Steve does the grilling. On other days the chicken thighs have been deliciously prepared on the grill by my experienced and talented grill-cooking husband. All grilling has stopped for now. I look forward to the day it begins again.

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More on Healing – What Now – I Am Recovering from a Virus – Like Most People – This Is Not the First Cold I’ve Had in My Lifetime –

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I keep a healing journal of all the diseases and/or health conditions I’ve been healed of in my lifetime, except for viruses. They remain undocumented. When reviewing that document, I think I must have been a very sickly person, but I was actually healthy most of my life, and I’m healthy now, in spite of this virus.

Coughing and sniffling my way through these last few days, I’ve come to realize that every time I survived one of those experiences over the years, I was healed. In fact, if ever I was sick and didn’t die from it, and don’t still have it, I believe I was healed of those diseases or conditions by the Lord. Why do we have immune systems? I say God made our bodies with immune systems because He wants us to have healing when we need it. Praises to Jesus our Savior and Healer.

If at any time our immune systems are insufficient to bring us back to health, there is healing available through prayer. If you need healing and don’t have it yet, do not give up. God loves you. I recommend reading books written by people who have experienced healing or books authored by people with healing ministries.

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Books:

Biblical Healing by T. L. Osborn
You Can Have What You Say by Kenneth Hagin

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Broke My Wrist – Wrist Has Healed – Good Doctors and Physical Therapist Did Good Work – God Blessed – My Wrist Is Back in Service –

I heard the bone break. I refused to believe it for about 24 hours. After all, I could move it a little without pain, so I thought it must not be broken, even though the swelling, bruising, and hand drooping sideways from the afflicted wrist seemed to beg for medical attention. Steve finally insisted we go to an urgent care center. Yes, it was broken and a cast was applied.

My greatest and most marvelous blessing in this entire ordeal was not having to endure pain. I was supposed to be in great pain from a broken bone, but I wasn’t. Not at the beginning nor at any time during the healing process did I experience pain. I praise the Lord for this. He bore my pain at Calvary.

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Chelsea Has a New Groomer – Not Enough Area to Groom Her in the Coach – What a Sweet Baby – But How Does She Get So Soiled So Soon – Can’t Understand It –

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Chelsea is bright and white again! (The legs in the photo belong to my husband Steve.)

Only a few days from her last grooming Chelsea got herself dirty again, we thought. We were sure she was getting sand on herself when we were walking her along the canal everyday. She would scuff her feet in the stones and dirt throwing debris into the air and onto her body.

We fixed that. We changed the direction of her walk avoiding the canal. Aha! We would know where she walked and what she did all the time. Surely Chelsea would stay clean walking only in the grass along the sidewalk.

Nothing changed! Her fur became gray and ragged-looking just like it did before and only a few days after her bath and cut. Now we know Chelsea is innocent! Dirt is the culprit! It hunts her down and grabs her fur!

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Breakfast at Sunrise – We Do It Everyday – Early Risers – We Sip Coffee and Watch the Sun Rise in the Sky –

Sunrise

Hubby and I are up before daylight everyday. We enjoy being awake when the day breaks. We raise the shade that covers the window at the table in our motor home while darkness still lingers. By the time coffee brews and English muffins pop up in our toaster, light has begun to decorate the sky with color. We thought this sunrise was lovely enough to share. Blessings to you all…

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Adjustments – Chelsea Rules – She Thinks – We Share – Where Have I Been – Good Question – Life Is Good but Never Without Challenges –

 

Office

Ta da! This is my office space. It’s a much smaller area in our motor home than the room we shared as office space in our former stick-and-brick home. Steve uses the kitchen table when he works on his computer. Our files are packed in the basement, which is a little inconvenient, but we are getting used to it.

Chelsea is asleep on the floor. I’m sitting at my computer in her favorite chair. It happens to be my favorite chair, also. I like sitting in this chair when I read, as well as when I work on my computer; but whenever I want it, I must lift Chelsea out. She always looks put out, ever maintaining her position as household queen. Sharing space is necessary. The three of us have worked it out happily and courteously.

Rather than apologize for my Internet absence, I’ll explain it. At first we had no time to get online while traveling, finding an RV, and moving into it; however, we were not aware of a larger problem lurking in the background. Our cell phone plan that includes a hot spot connection to the Internet is extremely expensive. We blitzed through our plan’s gigabytes in no time at all. Two months in a row we added gigabytes and still didn’t have the time we needed online. The problem is ongoing, but we hope to find a solution soon. If I am not posting as much as I used to, one reason  is this gigabyte dilemma. We shall prevail. Wait and see.

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I Knew – I Knew – I Know –

When uncertainties like monsters
Loom in the shadows –
When chaos roars –
I hear Your
Love song –
Grace –
Grace –
Grace –

And my heart sings back to You –
I knew You would not fail –
I knew –
I knew –
I know –

Safely I rest in Your goodness –
Jesus – My LORD –

I knew –
I knew  –
I know –

By Carol Ann Hoel © November 20, 2015

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Psalm 23 – The Bible – KJV

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. 

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Camping on Site 73 for a While – Are We Having Fun Yet – Yes – Life Is What We Make It – Isn’t It – We Are Enjoying Special Moments as Life Goes On in its Ordinary Way –

Site 73 Tree

Our motor home barely fits on Site 73, but here we are. I love the tree, probably a grapefruit or an orange tree, which Steve had to trim before we could open our door without branches hitting us in the face. We may run into a space problem often. We knew the large size of our coach would be an issue, but this coach will be our home all the time, wherever we are, and we want the space. We have a bath and a half, one luxury we consider important.

We are packing, unpacking, and repacking the stuff in the basement (compartments below the coach) to maximize the use of our storage areas so our living area will be attractive and uncluttered.

Hamper

Soiled clothing needed a place to dwell. Plastic bags filled with laundry became a temporary solution. T.J. Max provided the final fix, a wicker laundry hamper, for $39 plus tax. It holds about three days of items to be washed. Steve and I, accompanied by our Bichon Frise Chelsea, did the laundromat scene three times. We never want to do it again, so laundry will be a daily chore. Life goes on. I don’t mind doing laundry at home, even though there is not a laundry room here to make the job more pleasant. The washer and dryer are located in the main bathroom. A window must be open for air safety while the dryer is running. I’ve washed and dried several loads, small loads, and I know these appliances work. Ah, life on the road is like life always is in oh so many ways.

Washer DryerOur combo bathroom and laundry room.

 

Oh little washer
Dryer combo –
You save me from
The laundromat –

More than this
I’ll not expect –
For this you
Gain my full respect –

Carol Ann

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We Found a Coach – Itasca Ellipse Made by Winnebago – This Is Our New Home – Moving Has Begun Again – Are We Having Fun Yet- Uh – Almost –

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Are We Having Fun Yet – ALMOST – Getting Online Has Been Difficult – Typing without My Right Hand Even More Difficult – Oh – Did I Mention that I Broke My Wrist – Notice the Blue Skies of South Dakota – America the Beautiful Shines in SD –

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South Dakota was lovely and not cold when we arrived. The Black Hills peeked at us from the horizon shown in the background of this photo. We were in the Rapid City area about a week and will return sometime to complete unfinished business.

I slipped and fell when we were nearly finished moving from our home. My right wrist twisted as the weight of my body landed hard on it. I hoped it would not be broken, but it was. I was able to move my fingers and turn my wrist slightly convincing me that it was only a sprain. Twenty-four hours later the swelling had increased and my forearm had changed to black and blue. My hand seemed crooked at the end of my arm, so Steve took me to an urgent care center. The kind doctor and other medical staff took x-rays and wrapped a soft cast all the way up my arm and past my elbow. I made an appointment with an orthopedic in South Dakota to check out my progress and apply a hard cast, as the urgent care physician said would be needed. My cast is huge and the color is hot pink at Steve’s request. Really.

I am thankful that this injury has given me almost no pain. The swelling was bad and a bump to the affected area during the first day hurt for a moment. I used an ice pack the first two days to bring down the swelling. For the most part, I have suffered only some discomfort and a lot of inconvenience. Pain meds were made available for me but I did not need them. The bag from the pharmacy remains unopened. God is good. I know this came not from the Lord but from the enemy. My wrist is healing and I’m experiencing the kindness my heavenly Father shows His children in times of trouble.

I hope to be online again soon. We purchased a motor home! Everything that sounded simple when we planned our adventure became complicated by the time all the details presented themselves. We shall prevail by the grace of God. Details like swarms of ants cannot stop us.

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Let Us Not Lose Our Confidence – The Gospel Is Simple – Jesus Is LORD and Savior – We Have Been Redeemed – Believe – Receive – Be Happy –

Falling RainJesus saved us
On the cross –
Bore our sins –
Recouped our loss –

We are His –
He is ours –
Forever safe –
Forever blessed –

We may fail –
We may fall –
We are weak – but
He is strong –

Keep our eyes
On the prize –
Our mighty God –
THE SUPER SIZE –

Jesus will not
Fail – In Him
And by Him –
We shall prevail –

Jesus Is
Our righteousness –
Know His worth
And faithfulness –

We need not tremble
When lions roar  –
We – the Redeemed –
As eagles- soar –

By Carol Ann Hoel © September 3, 2015
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John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

Isaiah 54:17 – No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

 

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We Thought We Were Losing Chelsea – Our Pet Bichon Frise – But She Has Recovered Much Faster than the Vet Said She Would – We Are Very Glad –

Chelsea Recovers

Nineteen days ago Chelsea woke us in the middle of the night squealing like someone was striking her with an ax! She held up her left front leg as far as she could away from her body. She looked like a terrorized contortionist. We didn’t know what to think, but she calmed down after a short while and was able to sleep the rest of the night. In the morning we took Chelsea to the vet.

X-rays showed that the disc in her neck had disintegrated over time. This condition somehow pinched a nerve, which was the cause of her intense pain. She lay on the floor almost unable to get up. The vet explained that the pinched nerve would likely take a very long time to heal. He gave her a steroid shot and ordered more steroid in the form of pills. The second day after the shot and her first pill Chelsea was up and around. The third day she seemed like her old self! We are grateful for the vet’s skill and knowledge.

We also prayed over Chelsea to recover quickly. We have an amazing, wonderful LORD! This photo of Chelsea was taken today. She has been romping around since the third day. She is still taking those pills, so we will see what happens when they are stopped. We are expecting the best for her.

X-rays also showed that Chelsea had three stones in her bladder. The vet sold us some very expensive dog food that was completely free of minerals. He explained that her body would absorb the stones if there were no other supply of minerals available. We were to feed her this special food and nothing else until it was gone. I am pleased to say that she liked it. We have done this and Chelsea now urinates a much more robust stream. Chelsea is better equipped to enjoy our soon-to-begin life on the road! There was a silver lining to the dark cloud.

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Rice Surprise – Recipe in Allrecipes.com – A Simply Delightful Dessert – Whipped Cream with Crushed Pineapple and Rice – Takes about 10-15 Minutes to Prepare If Your Rice Is Ready –

Rice Surprise

Steve and I have been busy with the many daunting details of moving out of our home. As the time draws near, the days seem to fly by. Nevertheless, I cook; we eat. This quick dessert is one of our favorites. Find it at allrecipes.com.

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When My Faith is Weak – When I Should Trust but Don’t – I Call on You – Strong One – You Show Me – I Praise You – My LORD – My Savior – My God –

Bird alone

When my future seems in jeopardy –
When my heart flutters without rest –
I call on You – LORD – Strong One –
And You rescue me from doubt –
You show me the way out –
It was there all the time –
But You show me –
I know how You love me –
But I am weak – You are strong –
And You show me the next step –
I praise You –
Strong One –
My LORD –
My Redeemer,
My Savior –
My God –

By Carol Ann Hoel © August 9, 2015

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Psalm 17:7-9 – The Bible (NIV) – Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me. 

Psalm 91:1-7 – The Bible (KJV) – He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

 

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Jesus – Our Savior – Our Lord – Gives Us beauty for Ashes – Joy for Mourning – Praise for the Spirit of Heaviness – Calls Us Trees of Righteousness – The Planting of the Lord – That He Might Be Glorified –

Bullrushes or Typha latifolia, close up

Look at the fields – they are ready to harvest
Is that what I should see – I don’t know –
Maybe so –

Lord – You give us beauty for ashes –
Joy for mourning –
Praise for the spirit of heaviness –
You call us trees of righteousness –
The planting of the Lord –
That You might be glorified –

My confidence is in You – Strong One –
You cover me with a garment  of praise –
All my days –

Lord – You give us beauty for ashes –
Joy for mourning –
Praise for the spirit of heaviness –
You call us trees of righteousness –
The planting of the Lord –
That You might be glorified –

I say to myself – Guard your thoughts – Too much
Sorrow provides no comfort – no charm – too much
Grief does harm –

Lord – You give us beauty for ashes –
Joy for mourning –
Praise for the spirit of heaviness –
You call us trees of righteousness –
The planting of the Lord –
That You might be glorified –

I said to myself – wait patiently on the LORD –
Who brings me out of the miry clay and sets
My feet on The Rock –

Lord – You give us beauty for ashes –
Joy for mourning –
Praise for the spirit of heaviness –
You call us trees of righteousness –
The planting of the Lord –
That You might be glorified –

Be sure – my friends – if it’s not good -It’s not
From Him – Every good gift is from the Father –
Our God is good –

By Carol Ann Hoel © August 5, 2015

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John 4:35 – The Bible (KJV) – Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

Isaiah 61:1-3 – The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

Isaiah 61: 10-11 – I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Psalm 40:1-3 – I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

James 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

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Praise – Praise the Lord – He Raises Up the Poor Out of the Dust – He Lifts Up the Needy – He Makes the Barren Woman a Joyful Mother of Children – Psalm 113 –

Balloons

Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the LordBlessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord‘s name is to be praised. The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high, who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; that he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people. He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.

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