Who Am I – Wife – Mom – Grandma – Great Grand too – a Writer – Last of All – First of All I Am a Spirit – One with Jesus Christ – Forever Young and in Love –

Heavens

Life is short and long at the same time, short because time flies by, long because we are eternal creatures. Time passes. Life goes on. The hours, days, and years we have here may seem frivolous and sometimes meaningles, but each moment is a gift. And a responsibility, too, but I see it mostly as a gift to us from The Lord. Memories last forever and will remain with us to enjoy. They are part of us. Some memories are not good, but those will fade away completely in the light of the good. Forever is more real than time and the best is yet…

Who are you? Whoever you are, God loves you. Jesus loves you. This is the best of all experiences in life, to know you are loved by the Everlasting God of Eternity and to know that He is good.

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Psalms 48:1-3 – The Bible (KJV) – Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. God is known in her palaces for a refuge.

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Keepsakes – Having a Sentimental Day – I Think We Have More of Them as Time Passes – Family Ties Are Strong – Love Grows Fonder – Cherished Memories Linger – These Two Items Go with Me Wherever I Go –

Keepsakes

I dropped a light bulb after removing it from the socket over our bathroom mirror. It fell and shattered into pieces. I descended the stepladder to begin cleaning the mess. Tiny shards of glass were scattered everywhere, among my makeup items, lipsticks, eye shadows, mascara, some in the sink and on the floor.

It was during this project that my sentimental journey began. I picked up the blue ceramic cup filled with Q-tips. I’ve had this cup since my granddaughter gave it to me. She made it in a high school ceramic class. I cherish it because I cherish her. I took out the Q-tips and shined it up as I often do. But this time I thought of her and how much I miss her and all my grandchildren. We keep in touch via Facebook, texts, and occasional phone calls, but that’s not the same as living near them. I will see my daughter, all my grandchildren, and my great granddaughter again, maybe sooner than I had hoped.

So what is the story behind the brown bear? Even though you haven’t asked, I will answer. My son made in an art class when he was a child. I looked around expecting to see it on the counter top, but it wasn’t there. My son passed away in 2012 at age 45. I miss him and I am glad that I’ve kept that brown bear all through the years. Startled that it was missing, I started to search. I found it in the cabinet under the sink. I probably put it there while cleaning the counter top. I always set too many things on the counter top, a fact that only becomes apparent when I must remove it all to wash the surface area underneath. I shined it up and will find a place for it again.

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Tea Time Today – Coffee Tomorrow – We Will See –

Tea Time

Steve and I thought we might change our coffee time to tea time, but on a permanent basis, I doubt it will happen. We will see. Jasmine tea is in my cup. Steve brewed herbal tea, two bags of chamomile and one of lemon. He doesn’t really care for chamomile, so he used it first. I would have tossed it out. Tsk tsk. Just sayin’…

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Standing at the Water’s Edge

 

Shoe Prints in the Sand

Standing at the water’s edge
Staring at the waves’ rhythmic
Moves – Listening – in silence –
For a voice – a sigh – a moan –
I heard a trickle – the water
At my feet
Gently stirring
The sand –

The only voice I heard was mine –
An utterance floating like music
On air – carrying a message
Unknown – yet the echo
Of which lingered
Like a chorus
Playing over
In my Soul –

Standing at the water’s edge
Staring at the waves’ rhythmic
Moves – Listening – in silence –
For a voice – a sigh – a moan –
I heard a word softly
Spoken – wafting
O’er the water’s
Ebb and flow –

Believe – believe – You won’t be
Disappointed – My promises are real –
Your prayer plays in my ear
A love song – sweet and low –
Sleep quiet now –
Dream happily –
To sandy
Beaches go –

By Carol Ann Hoel © April 18, 2015

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1 Peter 5:6 – The Bible (KJV) – Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Psalm 4:8 –  I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

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Knitted Pouch for Carrying Kindle – I Like My Lightweight Device – Easier to Hold and Read without a Cover –

Kindle Pouch

This knitted pouch for my latest Kindle was last night’s project. I finished it in one session of knitting. My shoulders were tired from the lengthy sit, but my new pouch is the reward for my labor.

Kindle Pouch 2I like to hold this compact Kindle in my hand and read it, as is. The advertised cover would make my e-reader heavier. I like the lightweight device without the cover, but I also want to protect it. When I carry my Kindle, my iPhone, and my cup of coffee to my lawn chair where I prefer to read, I could easily drop the Kindle while juggling three items in hand. Now I slide it into this soft, thick pouch, and it is protected.

 

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Luxury Defined – Beauty – Convenience – New Appliances – Ample Living Space – Bath and a Half – All This in a Winnebago Journey Motor Home – Almost but Not Quite – Will Extreme Adventure Make the Difference for Us – We Think Yes –

Notice the bag I carry. I'm already limiting myself to a restricted environment.

Notice the small bag I carry sitting on the counter. I’m already limiting myself to a restricted environment.

Steve is a stickler on preparation. His idea to photograph every inch of storage space in our intended RV is helping us determine intelligently what to take along and where in the coach to store those articles we deem important. I would like to take along all the photo albums that depict my life experiences throughout the years. This could require at least two boxes. The storage bins below the coach RVers call the basement. Cute, ha? The basement is not anything like the basement in a stationary home. The RV lifestyle is a magnified adventure accomplished in a shrunken space. I may have to rethink the photo album plan. I may have to ask younger members of my family to hold onto most of them. I remember when I was given a box of photos of prior generations to have and to hold. I don’t know what happened to them. I somehow failed to safely retain them.

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The luxury of having space to spread out our stuff as we do in our present stick-and-stucco home will be profoundly diminished for us when we begin living the RV lifestyle. Many treasures packed away in closets, cupboards, walk-in storage areas, and cabinets must be sold or discarded before we leave here and begin our adventure. The change may be so pronounced in our situation that it may feel like deprivation.

Existing as a couple in such a limited area may redefine togetherness from an attitude to an art performed within a lean measurement of square feet. As life is now in our home we eat together, talk together, play pool together in our game room, and watch TV together. This is generally speaking the extent of our daily enjoyment of togetherness. We often spend time alone in different rooms. I may be reading a book in the living room while Steve could be working on his computer. I may be cooking or cleaning the kitchen while Steve could be outside working on the yard. We have been instructed by authors writing about their experiences living in an RV that people need some solitude and must learn how to fulfill this need in a space-limited environment. We have been assured that it is possible.

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Shepherd’s Pie – Gluten Free – No Substitutions Necessary – Altered Time and Temp for Convection Oven – Link to Original Recipe Provided – Serves 4 – We Have Leftovers –

Shepherds Pie

I am still cooking four or five days each week but have not posted about it lately. Today I wanted to surprise my husband with something different. Our lives together span less than a period of two years, but each of us has a long past. Steve has enjoyed Shepherd’s pie many times, but today we enjoyed it together. My version of shepherd’s pie came from the cooking website simplyrecipes.com, one of my favorite places to find recipes that work.

If  you are not familiar with shepherd’s pie, let me describe this one briefly. It was made with ground beef, onions, carrots, and corn cooked together and poured into a baking dish. Mashed potatoes were spread over the top, and it was baked in the oven.

This dish originated in Australia and the meat of choice there would have been mutton. In the U.S.A. we use beef instead. In Australia the version made with beef would have been called cottage pie. We call it shepherd’s pie even though we don’t make it with mutton. We use beef. (This interesting information comes from simplyrecipes.com.)

Shepherds Pie 2I am still learning to cook in convection mode. I altered the temperature and the time hoping my best guess would work. The recipe called for baking at 400 degrees F. I changed it to 375 degrees F. and selected the roast designation. I raised it from center oven to one level higher. I reduced the time by five minutes. It was a success. If you would like an easy shepherd’s pie to put on your table, this one is easy and the result delicious.

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If Only … If Only …

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The Lord is my Shepherd –
I shall not want
Is this a promise –
I believe it is –
You are my Lord –
You always have provided
All I ever needed –
Throughout the years –
Generously – Not only
Have you given me all
My natural needs – food –
Clothing and shelter –
More than that – You
Have loved me with
An everlasting love –
And I know it –

Lord – You have taught me –
By your Word and through
Your servants – all I have
Needed to know – and in
These latter years –
You have expanded my
Understanding – Lord –
I am astounded at how much
I didn’t know – that now I know –

How great You are – So powerful –
So generous – so strong –
A billion volts of goodness
As one of your servants put it –
Your glory shines everywhere –

We are containers of your glory –
If only we could grasp this truth and
Let Your light glow from within us –
Let Your love flow from inside us –
If only … If only we would know it –
And not forget it – If only we would
Believe it and not doubt it – If only…

By Carol Ann Hoel © April 10, 2015

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Psalm 23:1 – The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Matthew 10:1 – The Bible (KJV) – And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

Matthew 10:8 – Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

2 Peter 1:1-4 – Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

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Dynamo Man Clears the Land with a Shovel – Overgrown Weeds Are No More – Job Is Nearly Finished – Steve – You Are Good –

Clearing the Land

Steve is in the left top quadrant of the photo clearing the land of overgrown weeds with his shovel one square foot at a time. I am amazed at the difference his labor has made in only four weeks of hard work. He may plant grass or allow a buyer to choose the next step. Steve has accomplished the hard part by clearing the land. He is nearly finished.

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Immersed in Your love –

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Immersed in Your love for me –
I sense Your love for all –
I yearn to understand –
You – Abba – Father – Lord –
My God –

I search the fields for clues –
The longer I seek – more pieces
I find – of the puzzle – Blindly
Reaching – Kindly You teach me
To see –

Immersed in Your love for me –
I discover Your majesty –
I wonder why you cared
Enough to die for me –
My Savior –

My Lord and my God –
You leaped into the fray
For me – for all – You
Alone – yet not alone – You
Three in One –

Father – Son – Holy Ghost –
Never left us alone – Even
Though we slandered You –
We ran from You – Gentle
Loving Lord –

We hated You in ignorance –
You never gave us up –
Jesus – Gentle Savior bled
Every drop of crimson love
For us –

By Carol Ann Hoel © April 6, 2015

 

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…You Men of Galilee – Why Do You Stand Gazing Up into Heaven – This Same Jesus Which Is Taken Up from You into Heaven Shall So Come in Like Manner as You Have Seen Him Go into Heaven – Acts 1:11

Sky clouds

Acts 1:6-11 – The Bible (KJV) When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 

And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:3-8 – The Bible (KJV) – For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

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Another Kindle – Yes – a Kindle with a Glare-free Touchscreen Display – Small – Lightweight – Simple – I Can Read It in the Sunshine – All My Books Are Available on My New Kindle in a Cloud –

Kindle 6" Glare-free Touchscreen Display

Kindle 6″ Glare-free Touchscreen Display

The Kindle app on my tablet was working fine, but I couldn’t read the words on the screen. Glare from the sun was spoiling my fun.

Solution: a new Kindle with a glare-free screen.

I received my new Kindle a few days ago. It’s great. I included my thumb in the photo to illustrate how small it is (the Kindle, not my thumb). Amazon uses the front page to show me what I may purchase, if I want to spend money. The ads change every time I use it. I thought I wouldn’t like this feature, but I do. I like holding this lightweight e-reader in my hand. The pages turn easily with only a slight touch of my finger or thumb. The font may be adjusted quickly to the size I prefer. All my books are available on this Kindle in a cloud. I’m sure most of you understand the cloud better than I. I picture it up there in the sky with all my books in it. Ha!

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Love Is Strong as Death – Jealousy Is Cruel as the Grave – the Coals Thereof Are Coals of Fire which Hath a Most Vehement Flame – Many Waters Cannot Quench Love – Neither Can the Floods Drown It – Neither Death Nor Life Nor Angels Nor Principalities Nor Powers Nor Things Present Nor Things to Come Nor Height Nor Depth Nor Any Other Creature Shall Be Able to Separate Us from the Love of God – which Is in Christ Jesus Our Lord –

 

The Fire of the Love of God for Us Cannot Be Quenched as this little campfire - God loves us with an Everlasting Love...

The Love of God cannot be quenched as this little campfire in our backyard – God loves us with an Everlasting Love…

Song of Solomon 8:6-7 – The Bible (KJV) – Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it…

Romans 8:35-39 – The Bible (KJV) – Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Why Did Jesus Come to Earth – Jesus said to Zaccheus – the Son of Man Is Come to Seek and to Save that which was Lost – Jesus Came to Deliver Us From Evil – And He Came to Reveal His Father to Us and to Glorify Him –

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Luke 19:10 – The Bible (KJV) – For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

John 3:16-17 – 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.

2 Corinthians 5:19 – 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.

John 17:1-3 – These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Galatians 1:3-5 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

John 1:18 – No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

Luke 10:22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.

John 17:25-26O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

John 14:9 – Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

John 10:30 – I and my Father are one.

 

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What Do We Know About Our Father In Heaven – Jesus Said – He that Hath Seen Me Hath Seen the Father – Jesus Also Said – I and My Father Are One – Our Heavenly Father Is Like Jesus Our Savior –

 

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John 14:6-11 – The Bible (KJV) – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 

Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

John 10:27-30 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.

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Experience Teaches – Steve Learns Well – Necessity is the Father of Invention – And Steve Is a Master of Quick Fixes –

 

Steve invents movable displays by bolting his wheel barrels to leveling boards. The man is a genius. I declare!

Steve invents movable displays by bolting his wheel barrels to leveling boards. The man is a genius. I declare!

When a plan is in place, as time passes, the next step becomes obvious. Our plan is to live the RV lifestyle, but the steps to arrive at our destiny are numerous. We now live in a large home; we will live in a tiny home. This will be our second but maybe not our last yard sale. With experience behind him Steve recognizes some of the pitfalls that hindered success last time, and he is working on avoiding them. Tables that must move at the end of the day will have wheels, for instance. It’s all about preparation and organization.

Liquidating 2 Liquidating 3 Liquidating 5   Liquidating 6Our new lawn chair for our RV patio - I'm playing RV until we have one.

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This is my lawn chair for our RV patio – (I’m playing RV.) We will sit in our new chairs at the sale, too. Yee Ha! I see the day coming!

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Ocotillo in Bloom – Arizona Blue Sky – Loud Whistling Bird – Beautiful Morning – God is Good – All the Time –

Ocotillo

A whistle, loud and clear, broke my concentration. I looked up from the book I was reading to see which bird could produce such a piercing sound. I grabbed my phone and slowly approached the blooming ocotillo plant where this bird was perched. Other times I’ve tried to get a shot of a bird nearby, but I couldn’t get close enough before they all flew away. Today this friendly whistler stayed put for me. I haven’t learned to recognize Arizona birds yet, so I can’t tell you its name.

Most mornings, as the weather has warmed, I’ll be sitting on a lawn chair in our yard drinking coffee, reading, contemplating sunshine, springtime breezes, and blue Arizona sky. All this beauty reminds me that God is good. All the time…

 

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I Will both Lay me Down in Peace and Sleep – for Thou Lord Only Makest Me Dwell in Safety – (Psalm 4:8)

Sleeping Newborn

Psalm 127:1-2 – The Bible (KJV) – Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

Matthew 11:28 – Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

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My Camping Experience Began Early in Life – A Bear Did Not Visit Our Tent – But Raccoon Showed Up One Year – Our Tents Were Large Enough to Stand Up Inside – Not Small Like This One –

camping

My husband Steve had camping on his mind before we met. An unfulfilled desire to roam the country in an RV lingered in his heart. When he revealed this yearning to me, he was delighted to find that I liked the idea. I shared with him my tent camping experiences, which began in my childhood.

My paternal grandparents took my sister and me along with them several years in a row to visit our aunt and uncle at their campsite in Pymatuning State Park in Pennsylvania. These joyful relatives camped in the same park every year in an old trailer with a large screen room attached. They regularly entertained other couples in the campground, all friends of theirs who had agreed to meet with them to party together, and party they did. Continually.

My sister and I slept in a tent adjacent to their campsite. I remember my grandmother sitting inside the tent with us through a night of windy thunderstorm. We could see through the tent door the torrential rains blowing sideways as the lightning lit up the sky. She assured us we were safe. Perhaps I fell asleep during that time, because I don’t remember her leaving us during the storm. Even now the sound of rain pelting a roof reminds me of the rain pounding the canvas that night. Fond memories of childhood camping trips have stayed with me all my life.

Raccoon in tree Source: Wikipedia Public Domain

Raccoon in tree
Source: Wikipedia Public Domain

My adult camping experiences were fewer but just as memorable. One year we camped in the off-season. What we didn’t know would happen during an off-season was this: The raccoon that lived in the park were accustomed to dining on the leftovers from many campers. Hungry from lack of food they became aggressive toward us few off-season campers. Not just a little aggressive, no, they were BOLD. They had chewed their way into a tent that was inhabited at the time. Even though the tent residents had pounded them from inside trying to dissuade them, they persisted until they got inside, took the open package of cookies and left! The campground employees informed us that we should keep all our food closed up and not attempt to feed the raccoon. We were warned, and we heeded the admonition. Nevertheless, the raccoon had their way with us! My husband caught a fish and locked it inside a wire-mesh container that was made to drop off the side of the boat to keep the fish wet. When we got to the shore, he laid the wire basket down for a moment. A raccoon grabbed the basket and ran away with it. My husband followed, but by the time he could find the basket, the raccoon had torn the wire mesh apart and half eaten the fish! Funny? Yes, but not at the time.

Steve has no desire to go tent camping. He has made that clear. He and his wife late Dottie loved camping at The Hilton on their vacations. That’s as close to tent camping they ever came. I finally had my fill of tent camping the year my husband Bill and I moved from Michigan to Florida pulling only a tiny u-haul behind us. We put up a tent and slept in it only a few nights until I was attacked by a swarm of fire ants. After that episode we slept on a mattress inside the van and used the tent to store our belongings. We camped only ten days before we rented an apartment. I haven’t wanted to tent camp since then. I’m ready for an RV with Steve.

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Little John Blossoms – Something We Will Miss When We Hit the Road – What More Will We Miss When We Live in an RV – Will Adventure – Travel – and Family Visits Satisfy – We Think So –

Morning Discovery

Little John’s blood-red blossom caught my eye this morning. Outside in the early hours after dawn, sitting in one of our super-comfortable lawn chairs with attached table and cup holder, I acted out the pleasures of living in the RV of our dreams. Coffee in one hand and my Kindle in the other, somehow my attention shifted from reading and drinking coffee to admiring our Little John’s red blaze. I put down the coffee and Kindle to grab my phone and take pictures. I’ll miss Little John’s March display once we really own and live in a motor home.

The underside of Little John - Like the underside of maintaining home and grounds

The underside of Little John – Like the underside of maintaining home and grounds

What other pleasures will we miss? Space, I suppose. We live in a four-bed, two bath home. Our game room contains our pool table, a couch and love seat, and a large-screen TV. One of the bedrooms is really our cozy office with computers, file cabinets, and other office-like stuff. The master bedroom and en suite provide additional area with seating and a TV. We have lots of places to spend our time and lots of opportunity for time alone if we so choose.

Why would we give up luxury to live a mobile lifestyle in a beautifully designed hallway? Did I say hallway? Enter the home at the cockpit, progress to the kitchen fully equipped with stove, convection oven, and residential-style refrigerator; then, continue to the living room. Take note that we are still within full view of one another. Further down the hallway there is a half-bath into which one may enter and lose sight of the other, a bedroom, and a full bathroom with a shower, two sinks, and a washer/dryer combo. Are you picturing this? It has all the amenities of a beautiful home compacted snugly into a hallway. Where does one go that the other is not there? Uh, to the bathroom or to bed? The bedroom has no furniture other than the bed. There is one other choice that will be the most useful to us, we believe. One may exit at the cockpit door and recline in a lawn chair on the patio or possibly in a screen room. Add this option, and there is ample opportunity for alone-time when desired.

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Steve and I get along together just fine. We both need some alone-time. Everyone does. Yet, we believe we will be happy with our new lifestyle. We want to travel, visit our respective families, meet and make new friends, and see the country. All of Steve’s adult life he has spent tending large lawns and gardens. We are doing what most seniors finally do, downsizing, eliminating the labor and expense associated with a large home. We prefer to become RVers rather than choosing to settle in a smaller stick-and-brick home for the rest of our lives. We are mesmerized by a sense of adventure, a longing to be free and yet together. Really together, right? We can’t wait!

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