Saying Goodbye to Arizona Sky – Looking Forward to Our First Voyage across the USA in Our Motorhome – Booked Eleven Months – Just Short of a Year –

Arizona Sky

The time has come to begin our first adventure. I’m posting today because tomorrow will be devoted to packing our stuff outside, the grill, lawn chairs, outdoor carpets, tables, lots of items that we hope will all fit, probably snugly, in our basement compartments.  The next morning, after coffee, we will need about an hour to slim down our generous living space into a rig that runs on diesel. Our Jeep is equipped with a fancy tow bar enabling it to spin along on four wheels behind us wherever we go. Steve will connect it to the coach before we leave. Backing up is not allowed. Forward roll. Okay, I admit it. I’m fighting off a case of nerves. I’ll get over it. We are going to do this and love it.

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Walking Chelsea Has Benefits – Watching the Sun Setting in the Sky and the Moon Rising in the Clouds –

Sunset in the City

The sun was setting –
The moon was rising –

Moon RisingTime flies when
We’re having fun –

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Gambel Quail – Beginning of Our Collection of Bird Sightings – We Plan to Begin a Collection of Birds We Identify as We Travel – Mainly Birds We Do Not Often See –

Gambel Quail

Our first sighting of Gambel Quail occurred on March 5, 2016. There were four of them and they were strutting about with those curly things protruding from their heads, poking the ground with their beaks, darting back and forth. It was funny to watch them.

I immediately ran for my Peterson bird guidebook to find a photo of these hilarious fowl. It didn’t take long to find out they were Gambel Quail. These birds apparently travel with their mates and sometimes several pair show up together. We saw them again on April 6.

Neither Steve nor I had ever seen one of these colorful birds before. That curved thing jutting out from its head is not a beak. Look closely and you will see a tiny beak below. I want to share how I happened to get this photo. Doesn’t it look like it posed for me? I believe it did. Here is how it happened.

The day was April 9 at sunrise. Steve and I were drinking coffee and looking out the window when we spotted a pair of them dancing across the empty camping spot next door. I told Steve how my favorite time of day while tent camping years ago was the crack of dawn when I’d plug in my coffee pot in the electrical receptacle provided and watch the creatures play in the woods. I decided in the spirit of our conversation to go outside on our patio with my coffee. The air was chilly, but I didn’t care.

While I was sitting there, one of the Gambel Quail landed on the electrical box at the end of our campsite. I always have my iPhone with me, so I snapped a shot from where I was seated, then another and another as I approached this posing bird. It remained perched there until I was very near. This photo is the last of the series.

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Last Project Coming up – Modification of Jeep for Tow Bar Installation so We Can Tow It behind Our Motorhome – Our Local Transportation while Camping in the United States of America – Our Beautiful Homeland – Bookings Completed –

Jeep

I have completed a difficult project, planning and booking reservations for us to camp in eleven RV Resorts in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa, South Dakota, Colorado, and New Mexico, driving through all states between, at last arriving again in Arizona for the coming winter. We look forward to finding out how well our plan will come together.

I hope to reserve our overnight stays between destinations, also, another daunting task. Some RVers do it as they travel expecting success. Our rig is really really big, requiring bigger spaces, so I’d feel more comfortable having those parks booked in advance. My hubby, the brave one, favors booking on the fly. This is new for us. We will learn as we travel along.

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Chelsea’s Walk at Sunset – Today Chelsea – Our Bichon Frise – Was Groomed – One More Groom and Then We Start Out Across The Country – Enjoy Arizona Sunset Photos Taken on Chelsea’s Walk –

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Sunset skies in Arizona. We will miss this place until we return again next year. This is where we will spend winters resting up for another trip. We have booked another winter here, November through March coming up.

Sunset !

A park in the city, near everything we like, grocery stores, restaurants, only minutes from our door.

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Arizona skies ablaze at sunset.

Chelsea Groomed

Look at this white Bichon Frise! She stays clean about three days. We can’t figure it out. Remember Lady and the Tramp? In three days Chelsea looks like the tramp, but she is always a lady. Our lady.

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Quick Post – Out for Our Morning Walk with Chelsea – Thinking How Much We Have Enjoyed Our Stay Here – Our Farewell Is Drawing Near – Then Back Next Year –

Farewell

Steve is on the sidewalk, Chelsea, too, but not visible. I am lagging behind taking the photo. We will return here each year to spend the winter seasons. We’ve lingered long enough to watch many RVers arrive and depart, which is quite a scene to witness, especially if the arrival or departure occurs at the site next to ours. A few weeks more and we will be moving on as well.

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There It Lay – On the Floor in Plain Sight – The Missing Piece – Sought for Patiently for Many Days – A Small Miracle – One that May Seem Insignificant – But It Keeps Me Knowing that the Lord Hears Us Even Concerning Our Little Matters –

Puzzle Piece

We knew what it should look like, the shape, the colors, but we couldn’t find it anywhere. We looked for days. Certainly a gust of wind could blow a puzzle piece in a screen room, but how could it blow out of the room? This assumption kept us ever vigilant, constantly looking for the hidden piece. We laughed together at how disappointed we would be to finish the entire puzzle only to have one piece missing from the yellow bird. You are wondering where it was. I opened the door to the screen room. Immediately I spotted the missing piece. It was upside down underneath a lawn chair that was next to the table, a place we both had checked out many times. Wouldn’t it be funny, I thought, if this were the missing piece, but I doubted as I bent over to pick it up. Black, yellow, white! Little touch of green! Just like we knew it should look, and there it was. I can’t wait to tell Steve when he gets home from his meeting with the neighborhood watch.

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Walking Along the Canal Making Plans to Begin Our Journey – We Must Get Serious – I Should Be Booking Our Stops –

canal

Walking Chelsea, our pet Bichon Frise, along the canal in the morning, we contemplated how we were going to begin our RV adventure. Which direction should we take, north to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and then to South Dakota, or east to Texas and south to Florida and South Carolina, then north to New York and west to Ohio through Pennsylvania? Our desired destinations are extremely far apart. We are in a quandary! As if to solve the problem, Steve suggested we should make a Bucket List. Now we are really complicating matters. Walking back on the other side of the canal, we quietly settled into deep thought. Just in case it might look like it could work, we must remind ourselves that we want to return to Arizona for the months of December, January, February, and maybe March.

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Entertainment at Home – Screen Room – Our Outside Extended Area – Sheltering Us from Direct Sunlight and Wind – Sometimes Toppled by Strong Winds – Oh Well – Stuff Happens –

Jigsaw Puzzle

Steve and I spend leisure time working on our first jigsaw puzzle together. We thought we would have lots of spare time in our new RV life, but it hasn’t happened that way. Still, we find time for relaxing. We hope we will finish this fantastic puzzle soon before a windy day blows it away. Ha ha. Really, it could happen.

The screen room has blown over a few times during strong winds. It was a simple process to reconstruct it, but if our puzzle is swept away, we will be disappointed. The screen room should be constructed on ground like a tent, because stakes driven in the ground are meant to hold it up. Our screen room stands (or falls) on a cement slab. Three stakes stuck in the ground on the edges of the pavement hold three sides of the screen room securely, but one side is supported by Steve’s ingenious invention, a five gallon container of water fastened to the appropriate pole. We will see if it holds when the wind picks up again. Of course, we prefer to finish the puzzle before the wind blows.

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NO – NOT AGAIN – Yes Again – Nighttime – After a Lovely Valentine’s Day Lunch with Our Friends – It Happened Again – I Fell – Two Injured Feet This time – But All Is Well –

View under grapefruit tree

What a lovely view looking at the neighborhood while standing on the steps between the floor of our coach and the pavement below! Daylight is so much better than darkness, especially on the dark Sunday night of Valentine’s Day. I stood at the door with an empty tissue box in hand, flip flops on my feet, intending to take the box to the recycle bin outside. I failed to turn on the porch light, which might have saved me from the fall down the steps that sprained my right foot and fifth toe on my left foot. Steve helped me get back inside. I thought I might have broken a bone in my foot, because I had seen it twisted and trapped underneath the rest of my body. I had landed in a sitting position. A skinned knee was the only other wound unless you count my hurting pride and despair that I might be crippled in both feet. Poor Steve! What would he do with me if that were true?

Psalm 30:5 in part says: …weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. By mid-morning, anyway, when we went to an urgent care facility and found out that I had no broken bones. The diagnosis was a sprained right foot and sprained fifth toe on left foot. I was able to bear weight on the left foot. Instructions were to stay off the sprained foot and crutches were provided. The doctor predicted that my right foot might be well enough to walk on within two weeks or more.

Here is where I learned more about biblical healing!

That same day I tried to get around on crutches with no success at all. What was the doctor thinking? What was I thinking? Using the crutches, how could I land on my left foot with the sprained toe? I felt another crash landing could be in my near future caused by my inability to navigate safely on crutches.

The answer was simple for me. I needed to walk on my injured feet. I decided to find out if the Lord would heal my injuries and take away the pain if I walked on my feet as though they were already healed? With tears streaming and hope pressing me onward, I flattened my right foot on the floor and started to walk. The awful pain that I had experienced while hobbling to the bathroom with Steve supporting me did not happen! I walked to the bathroom on my own two feet as though they were already healed. I’ve been walking on them ever since. I spend time with my feet elevated to give opportunity for swelling to lessen. As far as I can tell, my feet are both healed. They still swell, but they don’t hurt, and the swelling has diminished each day. By the end of two weeks I expect that my feet will have healed completely. The LORD is faithful to perform His Word. By His stripes I am healed!

I thank God for doctors, emergency rooms, urgent care facilities, and for a faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, who came to save us and heal our diseases and injuries. The gospel is the best news this world has ever heard, and many have believed.

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1 Peter 2:24 – The Bible (KJV) – Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Matthew 4:23 – The Bible (KJV) – And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

Matthew 10:7-8 – The Bible (KJV) – And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

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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 –

Flag

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 –

Clouds

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 –

Chelsea Clean

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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