Our voting ballots accepted!


HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


10.25-20–Our ballots have been accepted.

We took no chances on this years voting ballots. the day we received our ballots we had them completed and properly placed in its return envelop. Just to do our part in helping the postal service keep from getting over burdened we hand delivered our ballots to the Sumter County Elections Office. We were not the only ones there. Dozens of voters were both entering the office to vote and many, like ourselves, were dropping off our ballots in person. As I mentioned in the blog about a month ago everyone, this year, must vote as though their lives depend on it. Should the vote go the wrong way we could be three-months or so away from a Trump Autocracy. When he jokes about 12-more years, he’s not kidding. This would suit him just fine. He talks about all the “so-called” Democratic vote-by-mail discrepancies that might happen but, just remember, all the ways the Trump Administration are employing to move the votes in their direction.

From
1. destroying hundreds of millions of dollars worth of high-speed mail sorting machines.
2. removing voting locations.
3. Reducing the voting time periods for voting in person.
4. Eliminating over-time for postal workers 
5. Trying to get his minions to show up and oversee us as we try to vote without feeling intimated.
and the list goes on, and on and on. He’s had his 4-years in trying to destroy our Democracy now it’s time for him to leave so he can sit at home paying out millions of dollars in legal fees to try to stay out of jail.

PLEASE VOTE…

 

10-2020 Random Notes


HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


10.01  Waxing and a fix
As I’ve mentioned in a past random note, the coach needed a wax job. As I mentioned then, I just don’t have the stamina I used to have so this job took about 3 days. At this time all has been waxed except the back of the coach. At TTO we don’t have the privilege of washing; so the back portion of the coach will have to wait until we move back to Three Flags.

About 5-days ago our AC had a stroke. At first we thought it was the unit itself, especially having notice a strong odor of burning wire. The more we looked the more we narrowed it down to the thermostat unit. I possibly could have replaced the unit if it were still being manufactured. The unit we have is now being made under a new serial number. The service person, Patrick, was able to find it online. As I have always said, this is a very inexpensive lifestyle, however, maintenance expenses are always popping up from time to time. We  did get to experience a few really hot days.

Of course, last night was the Presidential Debate. President Trump wrongly boasts that the polls had him as the winner; yea sure!. Not even Fox would go that far. How hard is it for him to rebuff “Proud Boys and white supremacists in general. Unfortunately he feels these individuals are a good percentage of his voter group. Time for a change! 

10.21-Two weeks to Vote Day
It’s hard to believe but the end of the year is just around the corner. Last week I finished waxing the coach and it looks great. It’s not the amount of traveling we’re doing that’s going to cause it to wear off, that’s for certain. We’re back in Three Flags. The campground is not terribly crowded but all the available 50-amp sites we’re taken so we have a nice spot on Kentucky with30-amp but we should be Okay this time of the year. We’re enjoying mid-eighties with just a bit of humidity so we’re good. We’ve made friends with Craig, in the RV next door, and he and his wife graciously share a few of their select meals with us. The campground, in general, is following the CDC guidelines; mostly on social distancing. Not much else to talk about and will most-likely talk again in November. REMEMBER PLEASE VOTE!!!

 

 

Voting time again!



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


9.25-Voting time again.

As has been stated many times this year we must vote as though our life depends on it; So Right! So alone I stand amongst even my own family. It could be so easy to also sip the Trump-ale as they have, but in life it’s important to take a stand even if you stand alone. 

Trump’s been heard saying it is important to have a good an honest vote counting but;

-This administration Okayed the decommissioning of letter sorters that can sort  up to 35,000 pieces of mail per hour. A Judge told the Post Master General to put these 700 sorting machines back into service,  but he said they have been dismantled and cannot be put back into service again.  The argument was that the post office often remove these machines and relocate them, but not this time, they were just destroyed. Says a lot for Trump’s  phony concerns for a good and accurate vote count. A act like this will absolutely helps the voting process. I wonder how much 700 high speed mail sorters cost and who will pay for having them fixed and/or having them  destroyed?

-Trump now feels it’s imperative to replace the opening on the Supreme Court.  Of course the selection is dependent on this new selection be partial towards selecting him as a new President, if the vote moves to the court, once again,  shows his concern for an honest vote. 

-Also he plans to not leave the Oval Office. He doesn’t realize that once Biden gets sworn in, should he get the votes, Trump is no longer the “President’. Actually he becomes a civilian who is trespassing on White House property, something a civilian cannot do.

-Trump insists that the Democrats are planning to hold a dishonest voting this year, but all you have to do is listen to his rants. If you think he’s on track with his thinking than just sit back and enjoy another glass of Trump-ale.

-09.30-Of course, this night is the Presidential Debate. President Trump wrongly boasts that the polls had him as the winner; yea sure! Not even Fox would go that far. How hard is it for him to rebuff “Proud Boys and white supremacists” in general. The day after voters would contribute a little over fifty-million dollars to Donald candidacy whereas Biden took in over one-hundred-fifty Million dollars. 

IT’S TIME TO VOTE THIS PUTIN LOVER OUT OF OFFICE.

Once again I say, I may be standing alone among  those I care for, but there are many of us that must be the ADULTS in the house. I do not understand how these folks can hold these positions but I do feel their position is regrettable.

 

9-2020 Random notes



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


9.25.2020-We met Mario
I’ve written so little these last eight-months I’ve almost forgotten how to type. It’s not that nothing happens during these “Groundhog day”  episodes. Like most everyone else there are days we shop, or wash and even visit a doctor or two…Wow! This week we did have a very nice experience. A young guy living in a beautiful Forester C-Class RV came into our life. It was just a short visit or two, typical thanks to the Covid-19 protocols. His name was Mario and works for major employer in Florida. I actually had him pegged in his early thirties but to our surprise we was a little older. He’s an AI tech geek who works out of his RV and travels perpetually…Great life! He left us today leaving for Peace River RVP for a few days the off to Pompano where he’ll visit with his daughter in Fort Lauderdale. Carla and I enjoy it so much to learn how others are full-timing especially if they can earn a living at the same time. Currently we’re staying at Three-Flags RVP in Wildwood. It will be awhile before we pick up and really get back to travelling again. We leave here in 12-days and will go back to Clermont and just keep bouncing back and forth for the near future.
Enjoy and be safe...

9.26.20-Waxing, waxing and more waxing


The job is almost completed. Usually twice a year the coach needs a waxing. It never looks that bad until I begin applying a new coat of wax, then, well; What a difference! This year I just don’t have the stamina of previous years so I’ve broken the job up in parts. In the last 4 days I’ve done both sides of the coach and most of the front. The back generally takes much longer since the exhaust fumes do collect upon the surface of the coach. It should be completed by the end of next week with some cooler days on schedule for next week. We’ve begun looking at destinations for next year trying to think positive. I’ve mentioned our friend Ann in the past. She is selling her “camp-home’ here in Three Flags RVP and has purchased a residence in Collierville, TN about five-hundred miles west of Maggie Valley, NC. We’re not exactly setting it up as a destination spot but will plan to travel in that direction. We’re familiar with Collierville, having stayed in that area and gone to church in Collierville in the past. It will be nice revisiting the town once again. Our goal next year is to really begin seriously looking for a home site and North Carolina still looks very good to us. From the preliminary reports I’ve seen on Climate change NC will get hit but not that badly. Rising seas will not be much of a concern since MV is at 3200 feet ASL.

 

8-2020 Random notes

 



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


8.01.2020-Monday


It is so hard to believe that we’re now into August. Carla’s birthday is on Wednesday and unfortunately on that same day, I am going for a procedure that, hopefully, will, given some time, begin to rid my body of all this “arthritic pain”. I’m so tired of swallowing a prescription med that’s not helping that much not to mention a ton of Tylenol 500 mgs. Will let you know how that works out. In the interim we continue to shelter in place enjoying the coach in our never ending repetitive way of life. Right now, in preparation  for our move back to TT Orlando we are very watchful of the oncoming hurricane.  We move again on Tuesday one day later than originally planned thanks to our Anniversary gift is expected on Tuesday. 

8.30.20-Sunday


Only seems appropriate to have at least one more note before the month ends. It’s getting so bad that I’m forgetting how to type. Personally, for those who might be interested, I’m at 100%. The arthritic aches and pains I’d been dealing with are hardly noticeable. The Celebrex is working full strength but the discomfort in my shoulders and knees would not go away. My doctor, last Tuesday decided it was time for a Cortisone shot, so I got a shot of DepoProvera. As it turned out this was the missing piece. Nobody should have to endure arthritic pain, I was one of the lucky ones.

We leave here to go back to TTO (Orlando) in ten-days on the 9th. We continue to live like so many others, basically in sequestration. Except for Walgreens, Sam’s or Walmart we rarely leave the reservation. 

We did find comfort in the Democratic National Convention. So nice to know that our President-Elect “Joe” has the ability to speak at a level higher than a five-year-old. We did not follow the RNC, just to much projected doom and gloom and blaming the Democrats for everything negative that might happen when all these things are happening on Trumps watch, so we checked out only pieces of this presentation. He’s so good at creating a bad situation and then taking any accolades and all the credit when a bad situation gets resolved. Then came his acceptance speech, all 70 minutes worth. There was a section towards then end for about 90 seconds he spoke nothing but gibberish. 

The highlight of the month was hearing Mary Trumps book on Donny; Audible is so awesome! I can hardly wait to hear the book by Cohen. Just the information in Mary’s book alone should be enough to not elect Donald as dog-catcher, let alone President. Did you notice that he never once mentioned the ongoing and growing virus pandemic in the country or impart any words of empathy to the almost 200,00-Americans that have passed on his watch do to his not taking the appropriate action when he should have. Heck, even Brazil is having better results than us. But he’s all we’ve got, at least for the next eight weeks. Now even the mid-west is suffering high numbers of Covid-19, even though I was told that would not happen there because so many in this part of the country own 4000-acres of land, guess that did not workout so well. I should not say anything because Florida can’t brag about anything. We keep doing the same wrong things and keep expecting a positive outcome; that’s the definition of Idiocy. I have both family and some friends that drink the Trump-Aid juice every day, can only hope that this period of our history will someday come to a close. 

7-2020 Random notes

 



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


7.13.2020-Monday

A couple of weeks ago we traveled from 3-Flags in Clermont to Orlando. Shortly after we arrived we were subject to a very severe storm. Everyone got through it OK, especially the awnings.

.Below you can see what a very nice resort this park is.  At times the Wi-Fi is dimished but n average is good enough. We’re now going to the C-Section of this park.

We, like everyone else, must enjoy the views HE presents to us during these Covid-19 days. This sunset was one of  those vistas.

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Scooty’s Birthday. Her gift were a couple of grass plants. She’s now nine-years old.

This day we were treated to a sky-writer. The clouds were challenging. It took a while but eventually the note was “Love U Jesus.”

Honestly thought this park would be much more crowded than this. Guests still come and go but the park is still about one-third empty. 

7.14.2020-30th Anniversary
Yes I remembered! We celebrate simply as travelers, but during these virus days we’ll just enjoy each other and treat ourselves to a 24 ounce Rib-Eye Steak to be followed with a healthy dish of Rocky-Road ice cream. It’s a simple life but still very enjoyable.

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6-2020 Random Notes

 



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


06.21.2020-WOW! I’m back! (Father’s day)

It took me three tries to get the password right, it’s been that long since I’ve posted anything.  We’re back in  Wildwood, Three Flags Resort, until this coming Thursday when we leave to go back to Clermont, The Orlando RV Resort. We’ll stay there for three weeks and return back here next. It’s only a one-hour drive in the coach to go to and from these resorts. We, like so many of us, continue to remain hunkered down during  this Covid-19 episode. We’re living a “Groundhog-Day” lifestyle still. We have no intention of deviating this lifestyle, at least not this year. There’s a lot to be said for “feeling safe.”

As you can tell from the picture above we’re sharing this campground with other full-times and we, for a change, have plenty of real-estate to call our own. We’re not the only ones bouncing between campgrounds, almost everyone here is doing the same dance. All for now. Like I mentioned on Thursday we’ll be back in Orlando. Be safe!

5-2020 Random Notes



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


05.27.2020-Wed.
Well, here we are- it is definitely beginning to feel like “Groundhog Day” is here to stay. I need a hobby. Jut like everyone else we get up in the morning and virtually repeat are same actions we’ve repeated for the last one-hundred days. Not complaining! I know of one-hundred thousand individuals who would gladly change places with me. The mask business has come to a slow down, which gives us one less endeavor to occupy ourselves. This is a “Cat in the Hat Day” with heavy rains coming down for at least the next another hour or two. It’s almost lunch time so eating always fills in the gaps nicely. Take care and continue to be safe.

05.01.2020-Travel day
It does not happen that often any more, at least not this year, but Carla and I still love the sound and feel of traveling, even if it’s only to a campground you know so well that the camp director and camp manager know you by sight and by our first names. Nonetheless, it’s still travelling. We’ve just spent six or seven weeks in Clermont/TT Orlando and that was way to long. It was necessary and we thank the staff and management of Thousand Trails for assuming a “Big Brother” mentality by closing it’s campgrounds from all outside possible people many of them might be virus infected. With our Cottage Industry” of making face masks for family and campers, not one person expressed any animosity towards TT for this decision. We were totally cut off from the outside world for those seven weeks and TT even extended the “stay closed” attitude for another week for those that wanted to stay at no additional fees. We were allowed to take the car or walk outside the campground acres, which few opted to do except for Walmart and pharmacies, and none of us died. The one draw back was taking tour coaches or trailer out of the campground property. You can leave but you will not be permitted to come back to this campground nor may you take your RV to any other TT property.
It irks me to see all those on TV marching in protest of the lock-down and insist on less restrictions: they deserve what they get for these actions. Their argument has been that those living in Nebraska, Michigan, Montana, Dakotas and many other states should not have to succumb to a lock-down. To all those I say tough! We’ll just sit here and watch the tested and death rates rise.
On a different note our trip today only took an hour. We left at 9:30, spent some time a Lazy Days for a coach check-up, the settled in at Three Flags and were enjoying a lunch at just after twelve-noon. We enjoyed a Sudoku puzzle then what do we do next. We turned on the tele and noticed there was a note at the bottom of the Dish Guide telling us we have free Showtime through May 3rd, so we checked out the Showtime programming. What a surprise! On one of their channels was “Back to the Future.” Once that ended a note on the screen was telling us that Back to the Future II would come on next…Awesome! After II was over another note appeared telling us to stay tuned for Back to the Future III. I hadn’t seen those flick since 1985 give of take, and it was a pleasure experiencing them once again. Sheltering at Home is not that hard to take.
Still enjoying our four-hundred-square-foot habitat on our slightly bigger campground site and not minding it at all. Life is Good.


4-2020 Random notes



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



04.09.2020-Thursday
We awoke this morning with not very much to do. To his credit our beloved Governor finally issued a “Stay in Place” recommendation,not even an order, that I knew of. The last couple of day Carla has been investigating Personal Face Masks. If available they’re affordable if you buy fifty or more; other than that they’re quite a bit more expensive. We spoke about it and felt a more affordable option should be available to all of us. It also had to be washable and reusable. Below is what she came up with. What we’ve created are also quite fashionable. 

See the blog on this product.

04.10.2020-Good Friday
Good Friday, as a family ritual, has always been a very quiet day, especially between 12 and 3 pm, Carla and I will follow that ritual today no doubt. We have received so many nice comments on the face masks that we’ve sent out. The latest one was from Abby, our surrogate granddaughter. She took her mask to work, Sea Ray Boat Works, and she is now making masks in preparation for their employees coming back to work after a three-week furlough next Monday. The company is in the process of obtaining some “medical grade material” from a local hospital to make an even better mask for their workers.
oops-noon time.

4.16.2020-Thursday
What a nice break for a change; rain and 74 degrees. Seems hard to believe we’ve been “Staying in Place” for six weeks. I’ve heard this might be recommended until 2022. Carla and I continue keeping busy by making face-masks and doing our cross-word puzzles and Sudoku puzzles. We usually finish the day with a Netflix  or Prime movie. This week we’re revisiting the Harry Potter movies. Just a word of caution, at least from us, is to continue staying in place. We’re told the  Pres in going to “Open the Country.” Good luck with that  but in his infinite wisdom he feels this is the way to go. Thankfully the east-coast Governors are planning to play it safer that that. Even the Republican Governor of Massachusetts is thinking in terms that safer is better. South Dakota, Florida and a few other states with Rep. Governors are thinking that opening is a good idea; can’t wait to see how that goes! Governor Cuomo and several East-Coast Governors are forming a simple consortium to handle day to day needs in the fight on this virus. Governor of California and a hand-full of states on the West-Coast are doing like-wise. The Governors are stepping up and are being the “adults” concerning leadership. The President also in his infinite wisdom assumes he has “absolute power to govern” the states. Evidently he skipped reading the 10th Amendment. Our Constitution, whether he likes it or not, does not allow the President to act like a king or dictator.
Pres Trump stated that “When somebody is President of the United States, his authority is total.” The Constitution was written precisely the deny that particular claim. It also reserved to the states (& individuals) rights not expressly given to the federal government.
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) April 13, 2020

04.26.2020-Sunday
Like many, regardless of faith, we’re tasked with partaking of our Mass devotions using live stream on our computers. Please view the St. Vincent de Paul blog when you have a quiet hour. The afternoon was topped when we joined Bob and Bonnie at there coach across the road from us. Carla had a question or two concerning TT reservations. Within the hour we had meandered back to our coach to discuss the reservation query. It did not take very long before the conversations began taking on a religious tone. I’ve been told never discuss politics or religion but the conversations that evolved were very genuine and enlightening. On many occasions my blogs drift to many of my religious feelings and more importantly how thankful Carla and I are for this lifestyle we’re living. As it turns out we’re not the only ones with these reflections. Our conversations were very instructive and informative. It’s reassuring whenever we bump into folks like us who also feel He is in charge and as much as we might wonder why our life these day are so demanding and confining for sure, Someone has a plan and we just have to deal with it and offer it up until things get better.

4.27.2020-Monday-Lat week in Clermont- TTO
That’s right four more days and we pack up and leave Thousand Trails Orlando (TTO) for Wildwood. Once again, Big Brother at Thousand Trails is trying to watch over us, by extending an extra week at no charge, for us and those that pay, at TTO.  That was nice but we’re anxious to go to Wildwood. At least TT is exhibiting and doling out helpful and remedies to keep everyone safe. Contrarily our President is pondering the positive benefits of drinking Lysol and injecting bleach and the many ways we might be able to irradiate ourselves with UV light; every four-year-old, most likely, knows that that would be very dangerous to do. But, then again, he tells us he has a “stable genius” brain, thanks to a relative who spent years at Harvard. Personally I would only trust him with a spoon, let alone the nuclear codes. I have a son that works at MIT but that has nothing to do with our brains. Friday is our go-to day as we will pick up and head out to Wildwood. Of the TT Campgrounds Wildwood,to us, feels like home. We continue to create our face-masks. We’ve lost count but I’m guessing we’ve made around one-hundred-fifty with twenty ready for sale. We’re not ready to trade in the coach for a “new ride” at least not yet, LOL.  It does offer us a nice diversion two-days a week as we prepare another small batch of masks. 

04-30-2020-Thursday

Our last day for this stay-period tomorrow we leave for Wildwood, Three Flags RVP. I look around s I type and I do believe we’re not going to be the only ones to leave. Looks like everyone is packing up their belongings.

St Vincent de Paul Church



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



4.26.2020-Live -stream Mass watching

Like many, regardless of faith, we’re tasked with partaking of our Mass devotions using live stream on our computers. At first we did not know just how to accomplish this feat but two-weeks ago we discovered if you begin the live-stream about ten minutes after the Mass begins it come out perfectly without buffering, awesome. Associate Pastor Father John gave an excellent homily as he compared present day circumstances we’re living with to His Gospel. He even topped off the final blessing with a very humorous joke. I would relate it to you in this blog but it would not be quite the same.

 

I’M Fine




HAPPINESS, is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



04.19.2020-Sunday

Like so many of you we receive calls each week from family and place calls each week checking on family members and how they are doing. One reply we get is “I’m Fine.” This reminded me of a poem I read a while back and found it the other day. 

I’m Fine

There’s nothing whatever the matter with me.
I’m just as healthy as I can be.
I have arthritis in both my knees
And when I talk, I talk with a wheeze.

My pulse is weak and my blood is thin
But I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in.
I think my liver is out of whack
And a terrible pain is in my back.

My hearing is poor, my sight is dim,
Most everything seems to be out of trim.
But I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in.

I have arch supports for both my feet,
Or I wouldn’t be able to go on the street.
Sleeplessness I have night after night,
And in the morning I’m just a sight.

My memory is failing, my head’s in a spin.
I’m peacefully living on aspirin
But I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in.

The moral is, as this tale we unfold,
That for you and me who are growing old,
It’s better to say “I’m fine” with a grin
Than to let them know the shape we’re in.

— Cardinal Cushing

I may not have all those symptoms, at least, not every day. But from day to day and week to week quite a few make an appearance from time to time. Hope all is well with you!

Face Masks-reusable, washable




HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


 

04.02.2020-Thursday

We awoke this morning with not very  much to do. To his credit our beloved Governor finally issued a “Stay in Place” recommendation, not even an order, that I knew of. The last couple of days Carla has been investigating Personal Face Masks. If available they’re affordable if you buy fifty or more; other than that they’re quite a bit more expensive. We spoke about it and felt a more affordable option should be available to all of us. It also had to be washable and reusable.

Below is what she came up with. What we’ve created are also quite fashionable. 

Carla just noticed that one of the materials we have available has an RV pictured. Below is the beginning of the process to create a face mask. Cotton pieces of fabric must be measured and after that we iron-in a vapor-protection material. You will notice my ironing abilities. It takes both of us at least twenty-minutes to complete each mask. Before the final product is completed, each mask will be ironed at least four times.

Crating these facial masks is not a walk in the park. It’s time consuming, thankfully, since we have nothing but time on our hands. It also a family project. Below Carla does the critical work with her sewing machine. This activity allows us to contribute to the cause without chancing the probability of compounding the effort without chancing our getting sick  ourselves. 

After I have cut and ironed in the moisture barrier the item goes to Carla.

The moisture barrier is sandwiched between two pieces of cloth and now it’s time for Carla to stitch the three items to resemble a single piece of cloth.

Once she stitches the pieces of cloth together the unit then moves to me again to trim the corners and snip off any and all lose threads. Once I’ve finished cleaning up the product I do an inside-out bringing the insides out. Then I iron-out the product in preparation for Carla to create the pleats and pin them in temporarily. The next step is for me to iron the product once again, that is the pleats, dodging the pins. then I pass it back to Carla. Below is the next step. Carla will re-stitch the perimeter of the mask but then removes the pins and re-stitches the sides of the mask; that is, to double or triple stitch the pleats..

Above and below are just two samples of what we’re producing. As we build more product I’ll be showing them off as well. 

The product then goes back to me to once-again iron out the mask  to create the final product. This mask is well-worth the $5.00 we’re charging.

To see our latest selection go to: GOTOSELECTION


Covid-19 alt. explanation






HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



3.28.2020-Coronavirus

I know, you’re saying here I go again, climbing onto my Digital Pulpit. As I’ve said before; It is my blog. 

So much has happened in the last three-months, since China. You must give China some credit though, it did handled this pandemic in a rather Draconian style but definitely got the results it was hoping for; I don’t believe our government could issue such demands of this population even if it had the courage to do so. 

Our world, after existing for billions of years, I believe, has created many forms of defenses from anything that threatens its well-being. Our never ending battle over pollution just might be one of those threatening items. As pollution slowly begins to overtake many of Mother-Natures safeguards: like our many Coral Reefs and the ice and snows of both the North and South Poles, Mother-Nature, I believe, is not about to sit still and let humanity destroy what she has worked so hard for so many millennia to create. As pollution builds and the seas warm up, even if we don’t see it happening, Nature, in self-defense, will fight back. Mother-Nature could give a hoot about humanity as it behaves this day and age.

The Coronavirus has been attributed to China by many in high seats of government, as being the originator and host of this virus. What if China was picked by Nature to begin a purge. In order to halt this drastic activities of humanity, governments all over the world are trying many different actions to try to control this virus. First was to avoid large gatherings, popular everywhere. then closing businesses followed by school closings. With so many out of work the airlines began to cut back. Cruise ships stayed at port and humanity learned to huddle in place in our homes. Testing would have saved many individuals, but that’s another story. The fact is that no one has a clue as to how to control this enemy. Immediately, however, we saw the Canals of Venice go from murky brown to clear; who would have thought! I wonder, how many other wonders are at work as humanity take a rest from polluting this one world we have. I’ve heard that we only have a couple of decades, if that long, to rectify our polluting ways. Should this “huddle in place” strategy be a new way of living, even for a few months, maybe it might be enough to give Mother Nature as chance to fix herself and hopefully we might discover a better way of living. Carla and I are in our third week of “social distancing;” it’s not that hard or bad. 

On the other hand if we continue to neglect Mother Natures Planet, Mother Nature just might retaliate in full force. Populations all over the world might be decimated. Governments will fall. Even China might not survive; I wonder if we’d still have to pay back the the twenty-three trillion we’ve borrowed from them. Even our own country might have to bite the bullet. Fruits and vegetables that flow so freely from all over the world into our country and eventually to our tables might cease to exist. Work and business as we’ve known might evolve and a more Socialistic form of government or at least a new work ethic might be created. Schools might be replaced with home-style education. Even many in the “work-force” might not have to leave their homes every day. Our government is paying out trillions of dollars to supplement lost wages to almost everyone in the country; could this be the creation of a new society.

Thank you for taking the time to read this dissertation. At this point I will end, but with so much time on my hands who knows what I’ll think of next. It is sad that Mother-Nature has to resort to such a harsh action to tell us to begin caring for this Blue-Marble of ours. It always makes an impression on me whenever I see an old black and white movie set in the early nineteen-hundreds, that life was slower, people cared more for their neighbors. I think HE was a bigger part in everyone’s life than HE is these days. Getting ahead, accumulating more and more wealth and forgetting to care for those less fortunate than ourselves just might not be as important in the future as it is today. Living in the retirement life style gives all of us retirees time to contemplate on so many of our behaviors of the past and how we should be doing and acting better.

Be well, stay safe and huddle at home and try to rediscover the beauty of family living once again.

Prayer always helps.

Paul

 

3-2020 Random Notes



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



03.04.2020-Wednesday
Just another day watching rigs come and go. I know my attention to writing has taken a back seat to the problem I’ve been fighting since mid-November last year. Feels like arthritis on steroids. I’ve been told it might be RA or, possibly, Lupus. Actually, I don’t think there’s much difference between them. Neither is life threatening. I am, however, sick of taking Tylenol for pain and Ibuprofen for inflammation; just can’t seem to get through the day without taking 3-4 of each every day. A really bad day is when I’m lucky enough to sleep through the night only to realize I’ve missed my 4 AM feeding of drugs. Thankfully I’m not taking any of those meds advertised on television all day long. You know, the ones that warn that their medication could cause tears in the stomach, diarrhea, dizziness, heart palpitations and, of course, Stroke in rare instances. Tylenol, after all that, looks like ice cream.Yesterday I got a primary care physician, guess everyone should have on of those, she’s very nice and I’m glad she’s on my team. She wouldn’t venture to guess either RA or Lupus, but encouraged me to keep my appt. for the middle of the month with a Rheumatoid Specialist. Never had one of those before. As far as writing most days I’m not that uncomfortable with the pain, but it does get in the way of my typing. All for now.

3.11.2020-Living in place
First time visiting Clearbrook RVPark. This park has over 1600-sites. Most, and I mean most, are annuals; those RVers that have decided to remain in place and stop traveling. A good percentage of the sites have campground-homes; tiny home, about 400-square feet or less, but sturdier than an RV. Many others are just living permanently at the campground living in their RVs.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, this is the living style of the future. Living in your RV is much more spacious, since the furnishings are keyed for  the living space available. This viability is due to the inexpensive rents for the site you choose, usually about 400-$500 A MONTH. This rent usually includes water, electric and even cable. Property taxes, home Depot expenses are non-existent and insurance for a motorhome is minimal.

As far as Carla and I go Carla is on her third week with a bronchial cough. I, last night, began to notice a little throat discomfort when swallowing, so it’s on to the salt-water. Hopefully this afternoon we’ll get out and walk around and possibly take some pictures. Ann Cunningham also visited us recently. She too, like Carla, is fighting a bronchial cough. She’s fairly certain Coronavirus is not an item to be concerned about but she doing, just like us, self quarantining. We’re quarantining in an effort to protect ourselves from any Coronavirus contaminants on the outside.

o3.13.2020-Fri-Contemplating travel modifications.
Needles to say we had been planning a very ambitious travel year. However, so much has happen these last couple of months. Corona Virus is not only managing our lives but most everyone’s these days. Right now we may plan to stay put in Florida until at least the end of May. The bumblings of this Administration have left everyone in some kind of Neverland. It looks like the virus will control what we can or cannot do. Traveling through Nova Scotia was our plan for 2020 but with the virus all around us as well as in Canada we have to tread lightly.

We’re not sick yet nor do we plan to come down with the virus but should something happen while we would be traveling Canada Medicare and BC&BS of Florida would be worthless should we become infected and need medical attention. We’re still talking it over but we might decide to stay longer in Florida and possibly travel just the East Coast and visit with family this year. From what I hear on the tube we are not the only ones making alternative plans for the months to come. We’ve committed ourselves, like so many others, to a quarantine life style. Even Mass is going to take a back seat in our lives. Mass attendance in this part of Florida might be as high as 1200-1500 attendees, all of them well over 65-years in age; so we plan to play it safe for the next 4-6 weeks. More later.

03.16.2020-Back at Wildwood, FL
We’re back at Three Flags RVPark. If you look very closely at the picture below you can see our coach on the extreme left side and Ann Cunningham’s camp-home on the extreme right; that’s how close we are to her this time around.

It’s our second day here and my third day enduring this summer head cold. No! it’s not the C-virus. We check temps every day to be sure. Although with all the Tylenol and Ibuprofen I take each day I could be running a 103 temp and possibly not know it. Carla spent a few minutes today cancelling our reservations at the Canadian campgrounds we were planning on visiting, thanks to the C-virus.

Our schedule for today is very much like most everyone’s; Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, read and television. With a little luck we’ll get through the day. Hunker down and stay safe is all we hear on MSNBC, so we try to adhere to those words of wisdom. For now that’s about it!

03.20.2020-Friday-Social distancing
Carla and I are practicing Social Distancing below. I was with her as well as we enjoyed a beautiful morning.

If I had one of those $400 Drones to fly over this campground you would be looking at a very empty-looking campground. Plenty of RVs just not many campers to be seen outdoors. Very seldom do I see even two people at one time. I can’t recall the last time I saw several individuals on a single site, no longer! My neighbor is also keeping himself busy. This has to be the best swept carpet in the resort. We’re not really hung up on sweeping carpets every day but we did enjoy a nice game of Scrabble that made the afternoon go by very nicely.

03.28.2020-Sat. Sunny & Hot today

Hard to believe it’s been a week or so since I wrote last. We traveled yesterday from Wildwood to here in Clermont. This will be our by-monthly exercise for the next few months. Our site, unusual is nothing to brag about, but then again, it’s very temporary. We’re in the “A” section which is generally very sunny but it has 50 amp service throughout. During most of the year we are just as happy with 30-amp service but when your exposed to full-sunlight all day long, the AC is just plain better. 

Since it’s going to be so hot this afternoon we felt a walk was in order while the temperature was still tolerable.  Just as we began our constitution we met our neighbors from Penn. They are full-timers and travel in a Safari Coach. First time we’d ever met up with owners of this beautiful motorhome. Thought for sure it had a repaint, but not so. The exterior finish looks virtually new. What enhances its looks is the simplicity of the paint graphics. I really get tired of every coach looking like it is battle ling a hurricane. So smart looking. They have about an eighteen-inch tall design while the bottom of the coach and top of the coach are a solid color. Just so I don’t forget their names are Bonnie and Bob, that’s Bob doing something to the coach, we haven’t met him yet. Did have a chance to speak to Bonnie and she showed us the “original” painting of two lions on the back of their motorhome, original only to them. Hope we have a chance to spend a little more time visiting with them keeping in mind social distancing of course. We’re here until April 10th, then back to Wildwood, Three Flags.

Time to VOTE BY MAIL in Nov.






HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



The time has come for politicians and the Supervisor of Elections to initiate mailing ballots to the electorate, that is the voters in America. The privilege and responsibility to complete your voting  preferences and carrying your vote to the mailbox is safe and easy with the luxury of taking all the time you need to make the right choices, especially when it comes to reading those long drawn-out dissertations called amendments

Of course it’s not an imperative to change your voting habits. I always looked forward to standing in line for three-hours in great anticipation of stepping up to the voting booth and making my selections. This year has been and will continue to be revolutionary for every American. This year we will also have the privilege of commingling with many, some of whom might possibly be carrying C-Virus. If everyone stands three-feet apart from one another then the voting line should not be any longer than one-quarter-mile or more, especially with the potential for a high turn-out of voters scheduled for this coming election, not to mention the possible contamination in the voting booth and even the drop-off counter.

Over nine-million Americans are full-time RVers and I doubt very much if any pass on the option to vote, and for us having our ballots find us is much more expensive than if we had a stick and mortar home, but it’s worth the expense for the luxury of completing the voting ballot over the kitchen table munching on Frito’s and beer.

Irregardless of how you  should decide to vote, you must vote.

This is an important election.

Paul

Clearbrook RVPark




HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



03.12.2020-Clearbrook RV Park in Clermont, FL

First time visiting Clearbrook RVPark. This park has over 1600-sites. Most, and I mean most, are annuals; those RVers that have decided to remain in place and stop traveling. A good percentage of the sites have campground-homes; tiny home, about 400-square feet or less, but sturdier than an RV. Many others are just living permanently at the campground living in their RVs. As I’ve mentioned in the past, this is the living style of the future. Living in your RV is much more spacious, since the furnishings are keyed for  the living space available. This viability is due to the inexpensive rents for the site you choose, usually about 400-$500 A MONTH. This rent usually includes water, electric and even cable. Property taxes, home Depot expenses are non-existent and insurance for a motorhome is minimal. Below you can see at once how tight the individual sites are.

This is a first for us and is, most likely, the reason why there are so many annuals living here. Below you see the daily activity at this RVPark; Golf! Yup!- there goes another happy golfer/camper. Our site is sitting right on the golf greens.

February 2020 blogs and notes




HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



 

02.01.2020- Tripping back to Three-Flags RVP
Last night Carla checked the phones and they were predicting rain all night and most of tomorrow. Today is our day to travel back to Wildwood, FL at Three Flags, and the phones were right. It wasn’t a heavy downpour just a constant heavier drizzle. The roads were shrouded in a rain mist plus the rain itself. Visibility was barely one-tenth-mile. You know the type of weather when your windows are constantly fogging up and same with the outside mirrors. On the positive side it was just over a two-hour drive, about sixty-five miles. Eventually we did arrive in Wildwood. Three- Flags is like a second home; we know it well and know we’ll have no surprises once we get there. Carla just reminded me, Mass is at 4 PM. I can’t recall the last time we traveled on a Saturday. Saturdays present a whole new level of stress, especially when traveling to new campgrounds and cities. Wildwood, as I’ve mentioned before, is like a second home, we’ve been here so many times. We don’t have the stress of locating a NEW Church and even more stressful finding a new campground and getting set up on a Saturday.

02.02.2020-Ground-Hod Day.
It was another one of those do-nothing days, with the exception of the evening movie. It be only fitting to view the movie “Ground-Hog Day.”

02.04.2020-Tues.-off to Lazydays
Today was one of those things to do days. We had a 7:30 appt. at Lazydays for the coach, just small items, but they must be attended too. At 2:10 an appt. with Dr. Thomas for a cortisone shot to, hopefully, ease off this arthritic pain I’ve been dealing with since before Thanksgiving. The shot, as expected, was painful, only hope it works. Still no “Blogs” yet since all we’re doing is watching grass grow until we hit the road again.

02.05.2020-Wednesday
Another busy day but all was done by noon. NO side effects from the shot yesterday and my right wrist feels very good. For the first time in two-weeks I had a great nights sleep. First thing this day was off to Goodwill to pick up another hang-around-the-house shirt. It is difficult for me to give up an item I rely on for long periods of time. I do keep a close eye on my grey and white sweat-shirt I’ve had since my teenage years. After Goodwill it was off to Walmart to beef-up our pantry. Later we’ll watch the voting in the Senate.

02.07.2020-Friday
Today is another one of those “watch the grass grow” days. We did have a very fierce rain storm come through last night. Sounded like a dozen base drums all beating at once for about two-hours. We took a few minutes to go visit Ann Cunningham just down the street from us, just to say hi. She had some investment literature telling of a future cell phone that would dwarf 5G. Imagine, 5G being replaced even before everyone has a chance to experience it. I haven’t mentioned it but yesterday I gave up on this “arthritic pain” I’ve been enduring since last November and we drove over to the local Urgent Care in the area. The Nurse Practitioner listened attentively to my array of symptoms and ordered 4-vials of blood work for Saturday. We’ll see what comes back. Thirty-days to go before we can leave Florida, I’m anxious.

2.09.2020-Sunday-Wash Day
And your saying why do I want to hear about doing a wash. Not much, but aside from doing Sudoku, calling Dennis and watching a little TV there’s not much more to talk about. Yesterday was Mass, of course, at St Vincent Du Paul Church. They have a major constructions project to the church going on and everyone was curious about what they were seeing in the former church business building, no longer there. Prior to the homily Father John explained That what the parishioners saw on the ground were all the walls and supporting structures that will be used to erect the building to be constructed. A Crane will come in in a couple of weeks, allowing the cement to cure a bit, and it will lift each section into place then secure each section to itself and to the ground for support.  It should be awesome to watch it take form in the next 3-4 weeks. Sadly we’ll be gone but will check it out next yer when we return again. Yesterday and today have been almost live-able as far as my arthritis pain goes. As I may have mentioned the blood work has ruled out Rheumatoid Arthritis or RA should I might have misspelled the word. Right now I have no sensation in my left wrist which is why I’m enjoying this typing session but not so good for my left shoulder or right arm, but I’ll take anything I can get in hopes that this condition might be clearing up a bit. My trustworthy writing assistant, Scoots, her spelling is not much better than mine, so I give thank for Spell-Check.

Scoots is sitting on our travel sheet but I think we’ll be at Sumter Oaks RVP in Bushnell, FL. Our scheduled date to leave Florida is march 10th plus-or-minus a day, so the 30-day count-down will begin tomorrow.

2.14.2020-Valentines’ Day
Yes, I remembered. Even Scoots remembered.

I know this isn’t one of my better pictures, but at 1 AM and without glasses I did think it was much sharper than this. I did not think Scoots heard me slip away last night, but she did. It’s protocol now, that when I sit at the table to write or work on the computer, she feels she’s of assistance. I did not realize that my auto focus was not set, and sadly I missed a Hallmark moment. In about 15-minutes we’ll be leaving to go to the Harbor Light Restaurant  about 16 miles from here; Ann will be with us.

Harbor Lights Restaurant
To say the least the food was quite good, service was fast and very cordial. There’s more to be said about the restaurant-go to the blog of 2.14

02.15.2020- St. Lawrence Church

The parishioners in charge of the construction were both smart and frugal. The size of the church reflect the Catholic community it services. At our 4 pm mass the church was filled to capacity. 

02.17.2020-Uneventful weekend
The weekend was just that, uneventful. Today, Monday, however, Carla has made plans for us to visit Giraffe Ranch on Wednesday. More on that trip later. Today at the campground is a perfect Florida Winter day. Temps around 75 with no humidity- bright and sunny.

02.20,2020- Giraffe Ranch
We awoke this morning with great optimism, our first filed trip of the 2020 Travel Year. The weatherman appears to be on our side, low humidity and mid to high eighties. 

We will visit the Giraffe Ranch which is owned and managed by Les Salisbury and wife Elena Sheppa.

02.21.2020-Friday-Is this Florida or New England?
Left the windows open last night but closed them by 4 am. It only got colder from there. No one is wearing shorts today. It’s sweatshirts, hoodies and hands in pockets.

02.24.2020-Monday-Dwight
Today we plan to spend part of our day with Dwight from New Port Richie, FL.


02.25.2020-Michael’s Birthday.
NO, not my Michael but Abby’s Michael. Not knowing this would be his birthday we were not able to prepare for it, but there’s always next year.


02.26.2020-Ash Wednesday.
We did prepare for Ash Wednesday very seriously. We finished off the open bag of Hershey Chocolates remaining in the fridge. We also feasted on “Fat Tuesday” with an awesome pork meal with salad. Ash Wednesday was Mass ans ashes in the morning then we enjoyed the day fasting and abstaining from eating between meals all day. I did wake up last night for Scoots, just after midnight, and treated myself to some Oreo’s before going back to bed.

02.29.2020-Happy Leap Year Day

Today was a moving day. We left Bushnell, FL and traveled thirty-minutes back to Wildwood, FL in Three Flags RVP. Our site is just about right where we were on our previous visit.

Carla contacted Ann, a resident of the park, and told her we were back. Below is a file picture of our last meet with our former Director Cindy Lango, she’s the young lady in the white blouse.

Once Ann left us we gave Cindy a call in reply to a text she sent us. All is doing well with her family. She’s another very close friend to both Carla and I. I often relate to Abby as our surrogate Grand-Daughter, Cindy would definitely qualify as our surrogate Daughter. When she was in our employ she had daughter Kate who attended our Greenacres, FL Child Care Center. I think she was about six or seven and she’s the youngster you see on the right-side of the picture. Cindy told us she is expecting in September 2020. Needless to  say, both Cindy, Paul (husband next to Cindy) and Kate are our virtual extended family.  

We’ll be in Three Flags RVP for only eight-days. Our next trip will be to Clearbrook RVP for another seven days.

Dinner with Dwight



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



 

02.24.2020-Monday-Dinner with Dwight

I’ve mentioned Dwight in the past. It was our pleasure to meet up with him, and his traveling cat companion, Dennis, now deceased, on our Alaskan Tour back in 2016. Dwight acquired a new coach last year and is making plans for traveling this year. Did I forget to mention that Dwight is ninety-years-old. Like all of us over seventy, he too has a medical problem or two. 

Upper left is a quick picture of the two-bedroom home he has in New Port Richie in Florida. His home has a beautiful floor plan which looks and feels much bigger than it really is. His two sons live nearby which is nice. This was our first time to this area. Needless to say, like all of Florida, it’s building like there’s no tomorrow.

The high spot of the day was his choice for an eatery. The Thai Bistro in New Port. The food and service was excellent, especially the calamari. The visit went by so quickly. We continue to keep in touch with him, not as mush as we should, and our happy to hear the different venues he’s gone to, even some that we’ve visited as well. It took us about an hour to travel each way and by the time we got home again it was time to feed Scoots. I treated myself to a fifteen-minute siesta before a light dinner.

Giraffe Ranch



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



02.19.2020-Wednesday- Giraffe Ranch

We awoke this morning with great optimism, our first filed trip of the 2020 Travel Year. The weatherman appears to be on our side, low humidity and mid to high eighties. We will visit the Giraffe Ranch which is owned and managed by Les Salisbury and wife Elena Sheppa.

 

Carla is standing in front of the Ostriches not just for looks. It goes without saying they are tall, they are! Almost six-feet or more. Shown above are Les and Elena, the Zoo-Keepers, owners, guides and, I’m sure, “fill-in when needed staff” as well. Carla and I know that position very well from experience.

   

This location is the registration office and gift store. Above you see the many expedition packages you can opt for. A family of four just ahead of us are writing a check for over fifteen-hundred dollars opting for an experience package much more expansive than what were opting for.

                 (Pantagonian Cavies)             (Lemur pops, I think) 

You’ll have to basically enjoy the pictures since there was no way I could record all the information that was imparted to us this day. Below is a family of rodents. Pantagonian cavies, Actually they are the fifth largest (in size) of all the rodents in the world. Did you know that a rabbit is a rodent…It IS!

There are many turtles on this ranch. These two will be joined by a third at the end of our trip. I’ll let you use your imagination as to what you think they might be doing. It’s Florida. Just wouldn’t be fair not to have a family of alligators on the ranch.

We will enjoy this forty-acres ranch in the comfort of the Safari-Jeep, actually I think it was a Chevy. It may not look like it but it was very comfortable. We were given behavior instructions in the beginning and the group were excellent in following these safety instructions throughout the trip. Carla examines the “bony” horns as our guides and owners give us a short history on the biophysical formation of these structures.

The Camel Expedition. This, I think, might be one of the more expensive day-trips. It’s not shown in this photo but  the owner-guide will give this tour on his Segway. Given the two options I’d probably opt for the Segway as opposed to a camel as well. As you can see in the picture below many of the animals are permitted to intermingle all over the ranch. The objective of the ranch is to provide, as much as possible, an environment similar to what the animals would be enjoying in a jungle.

Above is a portable chicken-coop. Up to two-dozen chickens will inhabit this domicile for 3-4-days then a worker will relocate it to another location which will continually give the chickens a clean and grassy home. I wish my brother Rich was reading my blog since I’m sure he’d be interested in this product.This is a far-away shot of possibly one-third of the cages and caged-walkways located on the farm. Even those animals not permitted to wander over  the farm in general are given rambling enclosed cages to exercise as much a possible.

This is a far-away shot of the Registration building and covered open visitors gathering place. These are the guys we came to visit; Giraffes! They are permitted to wander freely over a large portion of this ranch but have been passively trained to understand that when the Safari-Jeep appears it means it’s feeding time and time to mix with the visitors. Even I got into the act and tried my hand at feeding these awesome creatures.

 

As you can tell from the pictures they are not shy. They are surprisingly tame and friendly. Here you see Carla feeding just one of many that came begging for treats. Our guide, Elena, encourages us to get involved and feed as many as possible. She even turned the vehicle around to allow those on the other side to lend a hand as well. Carla just proof-read the blog and liked it but insisted it was light on Giraffe pictures, so I added a couple more. Sadly this has to be a distance shot. They look like deer but they’re not. In particular please notice the one that is third from the start; just a baby!

(Blackbucks, I think)

The baby, once again. We’re told that this species have a single mind-set; to follow their leader which is always a female-maybe they know something we don’t! Zebras! And others. If I recall correctly we were told that the Zebra to the left is still a youngster. Its’ stripes will develop after a while. A youngster asked if flies bother the Zebras? I never gave it  thought, of course they must! But NO, they don’t! The zookeepers tell us the the stripes of the zebras confuse the flies, so as a result, they just keep picking on the horses. The ranch has no horses but we did notice that flies have no qualms about annoying rhinos.

Enjoy the pictures since I do not remember who these critters are.

The ranch originally was a “dry”ranch with no lakes or small bodies of water to tap into. To acquire water they were forced to drill down over seventy feet to find the water they needed for the animals. Then a couple of years ago they had to endure a three-hurricane season. As a result they lost many of their big oak trees that could not survive the forty-eight inches of ground water the flooded the ranch. An oak tree shows the water line on one of the many trees that survived the ordeal. A small lake was the by-product of these storms and the lake, as you saw in a previous picture, which continues to retain a generous amount of water for all. Below is the Rhino. He and his kind are doomed for extinction possibly in our children’s lifetime. Zookeepers all over the world are trying to breed  and grow the heard in captivity but it’s a slow and expensive process. 

The zookeepers here have been desperately looking to do the same, however. Their rhino is experiencing a dermatitis as a result of inbreeding. This affliction is why they have not been given the opportunity to help the cause. Scientist feel their rhino is not a good candidate for breeding. Once again, just enjoy the pics. If you know what these animals are please comment and I’ll edit the blog with your information.

 

Another shot of the extensive caged and enclosed walkway system this ranch has provided for their  inhabitants.

Our first and most enjoyable trip of this Twenty-Twenty Travel season. Would we recommend this trip…absolutely! This is not one of those venues that are in your face every time you turn around. This is a mom/pop endeavor they have been working at for twenty-one years. Previously Les managed a large zoo for 21-years, so experience abounds. Elena, his wife, is equally credentialed. I have just tried to acquire more information on the Giraffe Ranch through Facebook but failed. We both really enjoyed this experience and will edit this blog as more information becomes available.

It’s been years since I’ve done this but for more information

on this beautiful experience go to: CLICK- Link to Giraffe Ranch

Harbor Lights Restaurant



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



02.14.2020-Valentines Day-Harbor Lights Restaurant

Sometimes a simple task of going out to Dinner may be difficult to achieve. Often times we find ourselves in a new town and even a new state. 

We were not supposed to arrive prior to 4 PM, but as usual,we were about twenty-minutes early. It was only about a twenty-minute drive from the campground. So, we decided to take a promenade around the grounds. Above your first impression might be to say, there must have been something nicer, but it gets better. Below is the back of the diner. Lush green grass and trees embellished with moss  from top to bottom.  

Harbor Light also provides a quaint walking bridge to bring you up to waters edge.

Inside, as you can see, is not sullied with big screen TVs and posters for beers of every type. Just a very simple down-home comfortable feeling. As I mentioned Ann was nice enough to accept our invitation to come out with us this evening. What we could not find were any harbor lights.

Sumter Oaks RVP



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


 

02.15.2020-Sumter Oaks RVP in Bushnell, FL

Our trip here was nothing to brag about. The total distance was about twenty-six miles. We did pick up some fuel so it took us a little over an hour to make the trip.

This campground is a first for us. We have recently joined Escapees, and this is  one of their campgrounds. Above is the clubhouse.

The clubhouse is used for everything involving a large group, like Bingo and/or cards.

You don’t find this to often, a room for Crafts and sewing.

 

Above again is another library and office with all the office toys one would need. Next is an Audio/Video room for DVD or TV watching with 6-8 Lazy-boy lounge chairs.

It’s always nice to find a pool table, one that is in decent shape.Outdoors are Shuffleboard and a community fire ring.

This is about all there is here to see. It’s only a ten-day stay but should I find more I’ll post it.

St Lawrence CC Bushnell




HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



 

02.15.2020-St. Lawrence Catholic Church

is a relatively new parish. I believer, from what I’ve read, it was established in 2002.

 

 

 

 

 

The parishioners in charge of the construction were both smart and frugal. The size of the church reflect the Catholic community it services. At our 4 pm mass the church was filled to capacity. 

 

 

 

 

 

This is St Francis of Assisi. Will look for a statue of St. Lawrence next week. St Lawrence goes all the way back to the early church, around 250 ad.

January blog and notes



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



 

01.26.2020-Sunday
We’ve moved along quite a bit this week. Most importantly are our travel plans. They now extend to July 02, 2020. The coach looks like brand new with the Diamond Shield now having been removed. A couple of days ago Scott Russell dropped by to say hi. Carla and I will be paying the family a visit in the next couple of hours. As of now our plans call for us having dinner at a local Texas Roadhouse this evening. Most importantly I have finished converting all the posts up to 2020 into the PDF format. These links can be found on the right hand column on the Web Site. In some cases these files may take a few seconds to download, but once downloaded they open up instantaneously. This PDF format produces a very clean-cut product and very easy to read. The best attribute of the PDF format is that the pictures will not move around nor will they fail to materialize.

I am giving an example of this PDF: 2014-RV Travel PDF FINAL 1.19  They’ve only been available for viewing for only a few days but they have received quite a few hits already. In the meantime we continue to view the Impeachment broadcasts.

01.27.2020-Monday-Carla continues to firm up our reservations
for 2020 and points North.

Spoke to my daughter Cheryl and we’ll try to meet up with her and husband Paul in May. It’s taken several months but all the PDFs for all our travels since 2014 are complete and I’m already having some hits on them. Yesterday we spent some time visiting the Russell’s especially since they’re just a stones throw from our site just to catch up and exchange travel stories. Shortly after visiting them we opted to take ourselves out to Texas Roadhouse for an early Dinner.As always the experience did not disappoint. Carla and I want to thank Cheryl and Paul for their Texas Roadhouse gift certificate again. We each had the 6-inch Filet but I had mine with shrimp; delicious! It’s hard to believe that our 2-week stay at Orlando Thousand Trails is coming to an end. Tomorrow, Tuesday, a day we normally would do tanks, won’t be the case.  We’re not sure, but, we think that Tropical Palms (TT) will not have a sewer option, so we’ll wait until Wednesday to pull tanks for a change.Are stay there is only for three-nights than off again, this time back to Wildwood, Three-Flags Thousand Trails Resort. After Three-Flags we try something new. We’ll head just North of Wildwood,FL to Bushnell RVP an Escapees Resort. We’ve just joined Escapees this year.

01.28.2020-Goodbyes to the Russell’s.
We continue to bump into friends, both new and old. We’ve kept in touch with Scott and Vanessa since the first day they began RVing full-time. Little Kora, now ten, will not be “little” much longer considering how fast she is growing.

Right now their plans are to stay at this campground possibly for the year, but it’s still up in the air. I have no doubt we’ll be running into them in the near future, or at least next year at this time. Today we work on the kitchen sink. Yea! Even RVs have sinks that can get clogged. Scott gave us a powdery substance, he says, works well, so we’ll give it a go. Today is our last day here, tomorrow we move to Tropical Palms RVP in Kissimmee, FL. This is a whopping ten-mile drive from here. This will be a short stay, four-nights, basically a gap-filler, to logistically allow us to get into Wildwood, Three-Flags RVP, once again.  With so many campers staying here from the North, not to mention Canada, we have to sometimes do these gap-fillers to make everything work. Once again, we try very much to stay for free whenever possible. 

01.29.2020-Wed,-TROPICAL PALMS, Kissimmee, FL
For a change we took on a 30 minute drive to this RVP. The trip was so short and quick we had to hang out at a local Lowe’s to kill about forty-five minutes to facilitate our arriving at the appropriate time of 1 PM.  By 2 pm we had found our site and are now looking to the skies for a possible shower. This is an Encore(ENC) and Trails Collection (TC) which means we stay duty free. The park is quite nice, the roads, however, are very narrow and do require patience and some skill while backing in to the sites. As we were told the resort provides 50-amp, cable, satellite availability but no sewer options except for a pump-out station in the park itself. 

01.31.2020- End of month again
We’re enjoying our last day at Tropical Palms. It’s been very relaxing but four days was enough. It was a free stay and I would not hesitate to re-visit this RVP again in the future. On a political note it look like Trump will dodge another bullet. It appears that it will be up to the populace to render a verdict now. Once it warms up a bit I’ll have to refill the fresh-water tank and that’s about it since none of  the sewer hoses are out. We closed out the month of January with a movie as usual. Anything was more relaxing than watching the Senate vote on the need for discovery and first hand witnesses, but that’s another story. The film we chose was Les Miserable. Without a doubt it is in the top-ten of our DVD library.

2020 trip destinations



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


 

 

It’s taken three executive sessions, many cups of coffee and patience, but we’ve begun planing out 2020. We have most of the sights locked down.

01.01-Wildwood, FL at 3-Flags TT RVP
01.13-Pompano, FL at Gulf View  TT RVP
01.15-Clermont, FL Orlando TT RVP
Future destinations
01.29-Pompano, FL at Tropical Palms TT RVP
02.01-Wildwood, FL at Wildwood TT RVP
02.15-Sumtner, FL at Bushnell SKPs RVP
03.01-Clermont, FL at Bee's RPI RVP
03.09-Yemassee, SC at Yemassee TT RVP
03.20-Gloucester, VA at Chesapeake TT RVP
04.10-Colonial Beach at Harbor View TT RVP
05.01-Port Republic, VA at Chestnut Lake TT RVP
05.22-Salem. CT at Salem Farms PP RVP
05.29-Bernardston, MA at Travelers' Woods TT RVP
06.05-Wells, ME at Moody Beach TT RVP
06.19-Bangor,ME at Cold River RVP PP-$150.00 ...get oil change possibly
06.22-Westfield,CA at Grand Bay
06.25-Debert, NS at Debert PP RVP

TT being Thousand Trails, never the nicest but cheapest.
PP Privately owned RVPs
SKP (Escapee RVP) something new for us this year
RPI are Resort Parks International.
Below,for those who appreciate visual aids is our proposed trip for 2020 
starting in Florida and, temporarily ending in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The final 
leg has not been determined yet, we're trying to rest up right now.
 


 





 

 

 

 

 

Coach New-Look



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


01.14.2019-New Look for an old coach
Today is the day I’ve been waiting four-years for. All coaches when they leave the assembly line are fitted with a piece of plastic called Diamond Shield. This Diamond Shield was supposed to last the life of the coach, but in actuality they were lucky to get five-years before the mold and mildew began eating away at the product. Once this happens the front of the coach starts to look old fast. There’s no way to prevent this from happening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This rash of mold and mildew has been spreading for years. Dennis’s Christmas check to us made bringing the front of the coach back to what it looked like back in 2006. his was not a cheap endeavor. On top of that the front will require additional waxing and upkeep, but it is our home and now it looks like a brand new coach.

Tripping to Orlando



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



 

01-15.2020-Tripping to Orlando TT RVPark
What a feeling. I honestly feel like the coach is as close to new as possible. The front of the coach is sporting a new image, and it looks so beautiful. We started just after 9 AM and finally settled in on our site around 2:30. We have it all; 50 amps, water, sewer and satellite.

 

Tripping, Connie & Pincher’s



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


 

01.13.2020 Monday-PDF Blog, Travel, Connie & Pincher’s
The trip to Ft.Meyers took about four hours and thankfully was uneventful. The city and those around it  have changed so much. Apartment buildings and single family homes are popping up all over. The campground is one of the oldest but very nicely maintained. All the camp road ways are paved but are very narrow. They do provide assistance to newcomers which we took advantage of. We made it to our site without a scratch.

By mid-afternoon Connie and Sharon, family of Carla’s were visiting us in the coach. We had a delightful meeting with them who were also RVers camping nearby. We must have talked ourselves hungry so we opted to visit Pincher’s Seafood Restaurant. Our server, Britt, was delightful and very knowledgeable. she was great in helping Carla with her “carbohydrate-free” meal. We also enjoyed an awesome sunset over the water, made possible since we’re on the Gulf-coast of Florida. I haven’t even mentioned the calamari appetizer. It was a bountiful dish and we made short work of it. After returning from Pincher’s I finished the PDF conversion of the 2019 blogs and journals.

 Please check it out by clicking on: goto Monthly Directory Page

By clicking on this link will take you to a directory of 2019 travel destinations by month. All the blogs for that month are contained in this PDF format. I like it and welcome comments. It’s a very clean format with no chance of losing pictures or even having them get dislodged. Once you get to the Directory Page you’ll need to click on the month of your choosing then click on the file address. The PDF will open instantaneously.
Leave comments on what you think of it.

Repairs, medical and Connie



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


 

01.08,2020-Wednesday-we’re still here!
As I mentioned on my 12/29 Journal entry, we’ve been fortunate to have celebrated several Christmas’s’ with good friends and family. What’s been happening with us? Long story short about 2 months ago, in preparation for our visit to my brother Dennis for Thanksgiving, I mixed up a batch of my Christmas Cookies. In my infinite wisdom I decided to skip the electric mixer and do it by hand; big mistake! The following day I awoke with a sore wrist. I just shrugged it off and took two Motrin in hopes it would go away; no such luck. It only got worse and worser. Yesterday I through in the towel and got an appointment with an Orthopedic Doctor to try to fix things. Up to that appointment time my pain level was at least an 8 and getting worse. Dr.Thomas was able to squeeze us in, knowing our lifestyles. First was a CT scan followed at 3 pm by an MRI. The verdict was that I would live but in some pain until it fixes itself some day, hopefully. Two or three things wrong with me but no tears, rips or anything fixable. Most notably was fluid in my marrow; I must have a leak someplace. To say the least it hurts to type, open cans, lift anything, sleep or even put on my socks. Just getting old. So, the blogs will contain shorter texts, not that I ever wrote that much to begin with, until things get better. In the meantime Carla and I continue to enjoy the cooler temperatures of Florida, upper sixties and low seventies, and she has to put up with my grumbling. We depart Wildwood, Three-Flags, on the 13th.


 


 

 

2019 Blogs & Journals PDFs



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you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



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01.01.19-NEW YEARS DAY
01.02.19-PASTA, WINE AND GREAT COMPANY
01.03-19-FIXING OUR COACH BOOBOO
01.06.19-WE VISIT DENNIS’ NEW CONDO
01.06.19-WE VISIT DENNIS’ NEW CONDO
01.10.19 ANN CUNNINGHAM’S NEW HOME
01.12.19-SAYING SO LONG TO OLD FRIENDS
01.13.19 PREPARING THE COACH FOR TRAVEL ON MONDAY
01.14.19-LAKE CITY FL. 
01.15.19-HURRICANE MICHAEL DEVASTATION
01.15.19-HURRICANE MICHAEL DEVASTATION
01.16.19- ROBERTSDALE RVP FOR 2 NIGHTS
01.18.19- FRIDAY- WALMART IN HAMMOND, LA
01.19.19- SAT. HAMMOND, LA TO LAKE CHARLES, LA
01.20.19-SUNDAY- LEFT SULFUR, LA FOR WILLIS, TX
01.21.19-VERY CHILLY, BUT NOT COLD
01.22.19-DEERWOOD EAST PROPERTY, GONE!
01.24.19- THURSDAY-CARLA IS STILL WEATHERING A HEAD COLD
01.28.19- WE VISIT JOHNSON SPACE CENTER
01.30.19- WE VISIT THE BUSH LIBRARY
01.31.19- WE WILL RELAX TODAY

02.01.2019- TRAVEL TO SEQUIN, TX
02.02.2019-SAT.-GROUNDHOG DAY-MADINA LAKE RVR
02.03.2019- NOTHING SCHEDULED BUT THINGS TO DO
02.04.2019-HOSE DOWN THE COACH-PAUL KOURTZ
 02.06.2019-wed.-THREE VENUES TO VISIT TODAY
02.12.2019-Tuesday COACH MAINTENANCE
02.13.2019- Wednesday-FEEDING CONTINUES
2.14.2019- VALENTINE’S DAY
02.15.2019 TRAVEL TO FORT STOCKTON-FRI
02.16.2009 TRAVEL TO EL PASO, TX-Sat
02.17.2019 TRAVEL TO DEMING, NM-Sun
02.18.19-Mon. TRAVEL TO BENSON, AZ-SLIDE STUCK
02.19.2019- TUESDAY- COACH FIXED AND SNOW
02.20.2019-WED-MISSION AND BONEYARD TOURS
02.21.2019-THURS-DAY OF REST
02.23.2019-Sat.Our Lady of Lourdes CC
02.24.2019 PRICE TO PAY TO PLAY
02.25.2019-BOOTHILL & TOMBSTONE
02.26.19-POLISHING THE COACH ROOF

3.01.2019-this MONTH SHOULD BE RELAXING
3.02.2019-TAKING QUEEN MINE TOUR
3.03.2019-MOVING TO SITE 171-IN BENSON
3.04.2019-TRAVEL TO TUSCON THEN COTTONWOOD, AZ
3.05.2019-LAZYDAYS AND VERDE VALLEY RV RESORT COTTONWOOD.
3.06.2019- Just met Chris & Jen-ASH WED.-VERDE VALLEY RVR
3.06.2019REFLECTIONS ON VERDE VALLEY RV RESORT
3.07.2019-THURSDAY-IMMACULATE CONCEPTION ROMAN CC
3.08.2019-FRIDAY-COLD AND WINDY
3.09.2019-SATURDAY-IN SEARCH OF THE VERDE RIVER
3.08.2019- FRIDAY-COLD AND WINDY
3.09.2019-SATURDAY-IN SEARCH OF THE VERDE RIVER
3.10.2019-SUNDAY-TRIPPING TO JEROME, AZ
3.11.2019-MON.-VERY NICE MORNING TURNING TO RAIN LATER.
3.13.2019-Wed.-rainy night with cool temp during day.
3.14.2019-Thursday-we visit Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well
3.16.2019-SATURDAY-TODAY WAS A 10.
3.17.2019-SUNDAY-ST PATTY’S’ DAY-
3.18.2019-MON.-WE MOVE TO THE GC TODAY, EAST RIM.
3.19.2019-Tuesday-WE VISIT THE RED ROUTE… WEST RIM.
3.21.2019-THUR.-DINNER AT YAVAPAI TAVERN
3.22.2019-FRIDAY-TRIPPING TO LAS VEGAS, NV
3.23.2019-Sat.-CLEAN VEHICLES, CHURCH, PIZZA AND BEER.
3.24.2019- MONDAY-ANOTHER DAY OF CHORES.
3.27.2019- COACH GOES TO FINDLAY RV FOR FIXES
3.28.2019-The Atomic Testing Museum
3.29.2019-WAX THE COACH
3.30.2018-MORE WAXING- ALMOST DONE
3.31.2019-SUNDAY-TRYING TO GET Caught UP

4.01.19-APRIL FOOLS DAY
4.02.19-WE VISIT THE FASHION MALL
4.03.19-COACH GOES BACK TO FINDLAY ON WEDNESDAY.
4.04.19-BREAKFAST AT SAM’S TOWN AND FINDLAY
4.05.19-TRIPPING TO ST. GEORGE, UT
4.06.19-SATURDAY
4.07.19-SUN-ENJOYED DINNER AT ROADHOUSE
4.08.19-Monday-experience Zion National Park
4.11.19-Thursday-Experience Kolob Canyon
4.12.19-FRIDAY-REST
4.13.19-Sat.as a husband and spoke to my son Michael
4.14.2019-Palm Sunday
4.17.2019-WEDNESDAY-Just like living a regular life,
4.18.2019-TRAVEL TO KANAB, UT STAYING AT CRAZY HORSE RVR
4.19.2019-GOOD FRIDAY-EXPERIENCE KANAB CANYONS
4.20.2019-EASTER EVE.
4.23.2019-TUES. MICHELLE’S BIRTHDAY
4.24.19-COACH SLIDE GETS ANOTHER INEXPENSIVE FIX
4.25.19-TRIPPING TO SALINA, UTAH
4.27.19-SATURDAY- REGLAR STURDAY
4.28.19-MERCY SUNDAY-ST. ELAZABETH’S CC
4.30.19-TUESDAY-COACH APPTS.

5.03.19- Dennis’ Birthday-Arches
5.04.19- Experience Petroglyphs ???
5.05.19-Sunday-Mission Church
5.06.19- Monday-Tripping to Heber, UT
5.09.19-Experiencing Salt Lake City
5.11.19- Sat. Another quiet day
5.12.19-Mass at St. Lawrence CC
5.13.19-Travel to Burley, ID
5.14.19-Travel to Vale, OR
5.15.19-Arrive in Bend, OR
5.17.19- Friday-Oregon Living
5.18.19-Sat-St. Francis of Assisi Church.
5.21.19-Tuesday-new diet.
5.22.19-Wed.- Just killing time..
5.23.19-Thursday-Crater Lake today
5.24.19-Friday-Rest up and wash the coach
5.25.18-Sat-Holy Trinity Church
5.26.19-Sunday-Relaxing
5.28.19-Tuesday-Lava Land and Lava River Cave
5.29.19-Wednesday-Big Country RV and Smith Rock
5.30.19-Shopping, Camera and Mueller Report

6.01.19-Saturday-relaxing, Mass, Pizza, beer and hopefully a good movie.
6.02.19-Sunday- Day of rest
6.04.19-Tuesday-It was a year ago that I finished my chemo and radiation
6.05.19-Oregon Observatory
6.06.19-Birthday celebration
6.07.19-Walk around the campground
6.09.19-Sisters Rodeo
6.10.19-Mount Newberry Experience
6.11.19-Washed the vehicles.
6.12.19-Last full day at Sunriver RVP
6.13.19-Thursday-Day from H–L.
6.14.19-Tripping to Newport from Albany
06.15.19-Saturday
06.16.19-Sunday- Father’s Day
06.17.19-Mon.-Wash Day
06.21.19-Friday
06.22.18-Saturday-Blogs caught up again-Comments are flagged.
06.23.19-Sunday-South Beach Fish Market
06.26.19-Monday-Tires
6.28.2019-Friday-Cell Service
6.30.2019-Sunday-getting lots of rest

7.01.2019-Monday-Met the Totinos’
7.02.2019-Tues.-Walk to the beach.
7.03.2019-Wednesday-Good-bye to the Tobias family.
7.04.2019-Thursday-we celebrate the 4th
7.07.2019-Sunday-Campground Dog Parade
7.08.2019-Tillamook and shopping
7.11.2019-Thursday
7.16.2019-Travel to Portland, OR
7.20.2019-St. Michaels Catholic Church
7.21.2019-Sunday-River Walk and Fire
7.23.2019-Tuesday-Mt. Hood
7.24.2019-Wednesday-Mueller
7.25.2019-Thursday-Abbey
7.26.2019-Friday-Walk-tiny homes
7.27.2019-Sat-nothing
7.29.2019-Monday-HHR fix
7.30.2019-Tuesday-The Multnomah Falls

8.01.2019-Thursday-Preparing to travel
8.02.2019-Friday-Travel to Island City, OR
8.03.2019- Sat.-Arrive Mountain Home,
8.04.2019-Sunday-Would be wash day.
8.05.2019-Monday- Petroglyphs and Carla’s birthday
8.06.2019-Tuesday-Tying up some lose ends
8.08.2019-Travel day to Idaho Falls, ID
8.09.2019- Travel to Butte, no Bozeman, MT
8.10.2019-Sat. travel to Hardin, MT for a 4-day stay.
8.12.2019-Little Bighorn Battlefield
8.13.2019-Final Day at Hardin, MT
8.14.2019-Arrive in Rapid City, Rodeo
8.15.2019-Coach needs fixes
8.17.2019-Daughter’s birthday
8.19.2019 Monday- Custer State Park
8.20.2019- Tuesday
8-21.2019-Ellsworth Air Force Base
8.24.2019-Saturday
8.25.2019-Sunday-Badlands of South Dakota
8.26.2019-Monday-Preparing to leave Hart Ranch.
8.27.2019-Tuesday-Travel day
8.28.2019-Forrest City, IA-Winnebago
8.31.2019-Saturday-Labor Day Weekend @ Winnebago

SEPTEMBER 2019 PDF

9.01.2019-Sunday-St.James CC
9.03.2019-Travel to Cedar Rapids, FL
9.04.2019-Wed.-Day 2 at Squaw Creek
9.05.2019-Day 3
9.06.2019- Mike’s Birthday
9.10.2019-Tuesday
9.11.2019- 9/11 18th Anniversary
9.12.2019-Day of rest.
9.16.2019-Monday-Final day at Squaw Creek
9.19.2019-Thursday-Resting till the 25th
9.21.2019-Saturday-Mass at St. Anthony of Padua
9.22.2019-Sunday-Vunderbar!!!
9.23.2019-Circle Printing
9.24.2019-Travel to Park City, KY
9.27.2019-Fri-End of month coming-Johnny Cash movie
9.28.2019-Roof antenna
9.29.2019-Sunday-A quiet , warm day

OCTOBER 2019 PDF

10.04.2019-Flue-shot day-Medicare
10.05.2019-Sat.-Blog season comes to an end.
10.08.2019-Tuesday-Last day at Diamond Caverns.
10.09.2019-Wed
10.10.2019-Thurs. Leaving Knoxville, TN
10.19.19-Sat.
10.26.2019-2019 Tour comes to an end.

Nov. Dec. 2019 PDF

11.17.2019-Saturday-good bye hot and humid
11.10.2019-Sunday
11.03.2019-30th Anniversary of our First Date
11.01.2019-All Souls Day.
12.14.2019-Boat Parade
12.15.2019-Visit with Abby and Michael
12.16.2019-Mary Ann’s Christmas
12.18.2019-Off to Excel
12.29.2019-Sat

 

2018 Blogs & Journals PDFs



Please take the time to leave a comment at the bottom of this blog. I relish the positive ones and will learn from the negative ones.

HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



To my readers.

I have been fiercely trying to reduce the never ending battle to minimize storage space on the Internet. Up to this blog this Web Site is up to twenty Gigabytes in size. What I have done on this blog is to introduce the PDF version of what I’ve done in the past. I am looking for feedback. Introducing this “PDF” version opens much faster.

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Click on this link=>JAN – APRILG 2018 PDF

Click on the link=> MAY – JUNEG 2018 PDF

Click on the link=> JULY-SEPT 2018b PDF

Click on the link=> OCT, NOV AND DEC 2018b PDF

6.20 Wednesday This is our third day here in Cedar Rapids
6.17 Sunday Spoke to both my kids today. 
6.11 Monday. Today we would visit Rose Chapel 
6.9 Saturday – Today we arrived at Neshonoc Lakeside RV Park, 
6.8 Friday – Today was a 300-mile trip. With no Cracker Barrel we stay at the local Walmart.
6.7 Thursday – Tuesday and Wednesday’s rides were uneventful 
6.5 Tuesday We arrived in Perry Georgia,
6.11 Monday. the Neshonoc Lake
6.17- final day at Winnebago in Forrest City, IA. 
6.20 Wednesday-our third day here in Cedar Rapids, IA, 

7.31-Ellsworth, ME 
7.30- Scarborough, Maine
7.29 Sunday-Sts. Anne and Patrick Catholic Church
7.27- Sturbridge Village
7.22- from Elmira NY to E. Greenbush, NY to Sturbridge, MA
21st- from Jefferson, OH to Elmira, NY
7.20-Friday- Hubbard House Underground RR Museum
7.19- Jefferson, OH 
7.18 Wednesday -last full day at Twin Mills
7.16 Monday- King Dragon Buffet
7.14-Saturday
7.13-Friday
7.12 Thur.- Miss Ann invited us out to dinner this evening,
7.9 and 10 Tuesday:
7.8 Sunday: Cook-out
7.7 Bear Cave in Buchanan, Michigan.
7.6 Friday: Reagan Home
7.3 Mom’s Passing
7.4 Happy July 4th..Cedar Rapids-MacDougall’s
7.2-Yogi Bear RV Park in Amboy, IL.

8.27 Monday –
8.26..Plans change.
8.23 Thursday:
8.22:-arrived at Alpine Lake RV Resort
8.2-Trip to Cornish, NY
8.19 Sunday-Mary Ann’s and gave her a steak dinner
8.18 Saturday-St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church.
8.15-Prouty Beach & Campground
8.16 Thursday..field trip to Littleton, NH
8.14-Webb RV Dealership
8.7 Tuesday-revisit Southwest Harbor -Beal’s Restaurant
8.9-Where are we going after September 12
8.10 Friday-Thunder Hole and Wildwood Stables
8.5 Sunday-Carla’s Birthday…
8.4-Sat-St. Joseph Church in Ellsworth, ME
8.2 Thursday:eat at Beal’s Lobster Pier & Cadilac Mtn
8.1 Wednesday: Nervous Nellie’s and Stonecutters Kitchen

9.30 Sunday- Leaving Woodstock, VA
9.29-Sat. Leaving Hershey, boondocking and Chinese
9.28 Friday-Saving Mr. Banks and Kavanagh
9.26 Wednesday-ongoing saga on Kavanagh
9.24-Bushkill experience
9.23- Sunday-Freedom Tower
9.22 Saturday- St. John Catholic Church
9.21 Friday-Onion Soup Day
9.20-Thurs.-Newfoundland
9.19- Wed. A potential miracle!
9.18-to E Stroudsburg, PA
9.17 Monday Leaving Rondout Valley
9.15-Mass in a country church
9.14-FDR Estate
9.12 -Wed.-things can change on a dime at times!
9.7- Friday… Finding Miss Odette
9.6-St. Joseph Catholic Church
9.3- Monday. Alpine Lake in Corinth, NY.
9.2-Labor Day -spending our morning watching 3 families
9.1-Meghan McCain took Trumpblicans to the wood shed

10.31-Anniversary of my cancer operation
10.30-Arrive at Rose Bay in Port Orange,FL
10.29 Monday-Travel day to Kingsland, GA
10.27 Saturday-Travel to The Oaks in Yemassee, SC
10.25 Thursday- Rain!
10.24-Wednesday-Four field trips scheduled.
10.23- Tuesday-dinner with Ann Cunningham at Applebee’s.
10.22- Monday-Travel day to Carolina Landing in Fair Play, SC.
10.21 Sunday-Carolina Landing in Fair Play, SC
10.20 Sat-t Margaret of  Scotland and call from family.
10.18- Very chilly night, last night, about 40 degrees.
10.17.18-Ice Cream in Maggie Valley.
10.12-Friday-Hurricane Michael is gone.
10.9 Hurricane Michael cometh! Childless Vineyards.
10.8 Monday- Carla and I take a walk.
10.7- Sunday-Improving the blog  & journal appearances.
10.6-Abby’s birthday
10.5 Friday- Our last day at Lynchburg RVP
10.2-Tuesday- Appomattox National Historic Park

11.30.18 George H. W. Bush dies
11.30 Friday- Finally settled in a campground
11.27-Waiting in the waiting room at Alliance.
11.25 Sunday Travel to Alliance RV
11.24-Visit with Dennis for early Christmas and Mass
11.23 Friday- Deck the halls at Dennis’. ,
11.22 Happy Thanksgiving Day   
11.21- Wednesday-Today will be another watch grass grow day.
11.20.18 Tuesday-Travel to Pompano, FL
11.19 Monday- Just another day, watching grass grow.
11.18 Sunday-visit Dennis in Boca Raton, FL.
11.17 Saturday- Quiet day; just church, pizza and beer.
11.16-Friday-Hot Dog Day at the campground
11.15- Lunch with Abby and Michael at Dixie Crossroads
11.15.18 Sunshine Travel RV Park, Vero Beach,FL
11.10 Travel Schedule updated for 2019
11.10 Of course this is Saturday. 
11.09 Friday-Breakfast and Christmas with Mary Ann.
11.08 Thursday-Another nothing day.
11.07 Day after voting day.
11.06 VOTING DAY
11.05 Monday-It’s your obligation to vote tomorrow.
11.04 Sunday- Pork dinner with Mary Ann at the coach.
11.03.18 Saturday – Saturday would mean Mass, pizza and beer
11.01.18-Thursday- All Saints Day and Ozzies’ Trike.
11.03.18 Three days left…the most important midterm election

12.30.2019 NEW YEARS EVE, EVE
12.29-MOVE TO A NEW SITE, SAME PARK
12.25.18-CHRISTMAS
12.24.18-CHRISTMAS EVE
12.23.18 RESERVATION CHANGE–CHRISTMAS EVE EVE
12.22.18-SATURDAY-NOW AT RIVERSIDE RVR, PORT CHARLOTTE, FL
12.21- FIRST DAY OF WINTER WITH VERY STRONG GUSTY WINDS
12.20.18 ANOTHER CAT IN THE HAT DAY-HEAVY SHOWERS LAST 2 DAYS
12.18.18- CHRISTMAS IS ONLY SEVEN DAYS FROM TODAY
12.17.18-NEW ENTRY IN THE “REFLECTIONS” SECTION.
12.14.18 FRIDAY- CALL FROM DWIGHT
12.12 WED. DECKING THE HALL
12.11.18 EXPANDING OR TRAVEL PLANS FOR 2019
12.10.18 MONDAY-CHRISTMAS LETTER DAY
12.08.18-TRAVEL TO ORLANDO RVP  
12.07.18 FRIDAY, ANNIVERSARY OF PEARL HARBOR ATTACK.
12.06.18 #41 IS LAID TO REST 
12.05.18 PRESIDENT GEORGE H R BUSH AT THE CATHEDRAL
12.03.18 PRESIDENT GEORGE H RBUSH AT THE CAPITAL ROTUNDA
12.02.18 SUNDAY SHOPPING AND TEXAS ROADHOUSE DINING
12.1.18-SATURDAY-GEORGE H.R. BUSH PASSED LAST NIGHT.


 

2017 Blogs & Journals-PDFs



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To my readers.

I have been fiercely trying to reduce the never ending battle to minimize storage space on the Internet. Up to this blog this Web Site is up to twenty Gigabytes in size. What I have done on this blog is to introduce the PDF version of what I’ve done in the past. I am looking for feedback. Introducing this “pdf” version opens much faster and pictures will open at once. Once you DOUBLE CLICK the file will open at once.

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To my readers.

I have been fiercely trying to reduce the never ending battle to minimize storage space on the Internet. Up to this blog this Web Site is up to twenty Gigabytes in size. What I have done on this blog is to introduce the PDF version of what I’ve done in the past. I am looking for feedback. Introducing this “pdf” version opens much faster and pictures will open at once. Once you DOUBLE CLICK the file will open at once.

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To my readers.

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Fort Meyers,FL




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01-01-With the end of Journals, I have to consider using each blog for possibly multiple entries. Basically, I enjoyed the journals. They permitted me the option of  mundane notes to readers or just a quick insight into our comings and goings. 

01.02-Our objective this month is to plot out our destinations for 2020. Nothing concrete yet.

01.13-Monday-in Ft. Meyers. FL
We got an early start this morning in preparation for out trip to Golf Air RV Resort in Fort Meyers, FL. We were here no more than an hour when Carla made contact with Connie, a fellow RVer although part-time and family, to join us this later this afternoon. Our purpose for this trip here is to have the Diamond Shield removed from the front of the coach. We contacted him as well, but have not heard back from him yet. We were optimistic for satellite but that was not to be thanks to a tree intersecting the line of sight needed. The campground does offer cable but we haven’t figured it out yet. This might turn out to be a two-day stay for Carla and I to keep each other company.


01.13- Monday-PDF Blog, Travel and Connie
What a full day. In the morning we packed up and traveled to Ft. Meyers, FL. By mid-afternoon Connie and Sharon, family of Carla’s were visiting us in the coach and by evening I had finished transferring the 2019 blogs to PDF format.  The PDF format is so easy to read, but it does take a few seconds to DOWNLOAD. Currently PDF format is up and published for 2019 and 2018 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Diamond Shield is off and above are a before and after view of the project. I’ve waited almost seven-years for this day,but it was well worth the wait.

Christmas Letter for 2019



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Christmas 2019

12.25.2019-As in every Christmas Letter Carla, I and Scoots hope this letter will find you and your family in good health and spirit. Our tripping, this year, began right after New Year’s. Since then we’ve stayed in 28 new campgrounds, viewed 23 different states, traveled 8,000 miles, and enjoyed 283 delightful evenings. The families are all doing well. Cheryl and Paul continue working and bringing up their family of two little dogs. Mike and Chandra this year took on the responsibilities and joy of a 25-foot sailboat and are members of the local yacht club in Quincy; I still miss the feel of an ocean mist when out on the water! Richard and Christine, still in Naples, continue making improvements to their home; I can identify with that activity. Dennis is well and enjoys his new home in Boynton Beach, FL. We’ll be joining him in the middle of December to enjoy the annual Christmas Boat Parade. On Carla’s side the Ozdarski clan, like all of us, continue to get older. Mark and Jodi’s girls as well. One in grad school now and the other is a teacher. Karen continues working for an insurance company and we know she’s secretly counting down her days to retirement. Paul & Pat continue to enjoy their family, especially the grandchildren. Mary Ann, Carla’s sister, continues to appreciate her Florida and Vermont homes. Abby & Michael are working together at Sea Ray Boats. Last, but not least, Scoots is hopeful in shedding a pound or two this year.

Carla and I concentrated on Arizona, Utah and Oregon. There’s always something new to experience. In February Carla practiced feeding the local Piebald Deer while I stayed in the coach and took pictures. Then off to Benson and visited the OK Corral in Tombstone. Later we spent time visiting Paul and Cindy, our former Director. They are and always have been like family to us. The Grand Canyon was next and before this stay was over, we enjoyed at least four snow falls.  In April we were in Utah for six-weeks and viewed the Mormon Tabernacle, genealogy and if it was there, we saw and experienced it. In May was Oregon, which was supposed to be just a drive through. We finally left Oregon in August, three-months later. Really enjoyed OR. Between the Sisters Rodeo, Mount Hood, Mt Angel Abbey and so much more; it never ended. In August we experienced the winds and rains of a tornado a dozen or so miles North of us in Billings. We buried ourselves under our mattress expecting the worse and praying for a safe outcome.  In September it was Illinois and we viewed the Archbishop Fulton J Sheen Museum and Immaculate Conception Cathedral. It would be great to try to list all the many locations and sights we’ve experienced but there are just too many. For the curious please go to our Web Site: www.paulandcarlatakethefifth.com/blog

As in almost all our escapades we visit Don and Joyce in Iowa. Real Family are those who open their home to you to share a meal or two (or more with plenty of corn) and spend time together with their family as though we’d never left. We are thankful they are part of our extended family…Awesome!

As with last year we look back in retrospect, we’re both so thankful to Him for each month He grants us. Our lives continue to be very happy and healthy.

Carla, I and Scoots wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas

and a Safe, Healthy and Happy New Year

Carla: carlagrenier@aol.com or 407-461-3957-Paul: pjgrenier44@gmail.com or 407-461-3700

Mail forwarding address: 5753 Hwy 85N #1730 Crestview, FL 32536

 

PUBLIX-Thank you for Mary Beth



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12.21.2019

It was Saturday night before Christmas. Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church had just ended and we found ourselves in the parking lot unable to get in our car since I left the keys in it. Then came Mary Beth. She saw my wife, Carla, with that look of despair on her face and offered to drive us back to our coach to pick up our back up set of car keys. It wasn’t that long a ride but we were very thankful for her offer. She’s an employee of Publix in Lighthouse Point. Florida. I am very certain if we had been parked next to an employee at Walmart we would still be by our car waiting for AAA to come to our rescue. She weill always be remembered as our Christmas Angel of 2019.

Thank you, once again , Mary Beth.

Paul and Carla Grenier

Christmas with Mary Ann

 

 



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12.16.2019-Christmas with Mary Ann in Port Orange, FL

.One of the gifts we gave her was a Worley Gig. I did not realize it required assembly.

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. We never refuse a Texas Roadhouse gift certificate.

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. Above a napkin holder in the shape of a cow; glad those days are over for us. Below Mary Ann opens a gift for her cat Charlie. This is one of those as seen on TV but is sold everywhere. A mechanical device built to tease and frustrate any well behaved cat.

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. Mary Ann is a part-time Vermonter. She has a thing on Moose. I saw this in a thrift store. On the bottom it read “for store display only,” but it also had a price attached so the clerk rang it up for us.

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Above Scoots just does not understand why she has to wait another week for her Christmas gifts.

 

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Christmas w Abby and Michael


 
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12.15.2019-Abby and Michael visit for an early Christmas

This would be the second time in a week that we’ve cleaned the coach in preparation of family visiting us. The dust is gone, the twinkle lights are shining and we’ve begun hanging many of our travel novelties from the lights.

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It’s such a joy to have family, yes family, take time out of their busy lives and spend a few hours with the old folks. It’s so easy to watch our kids grow and develop into young adults, and before you know it, they’re on their own and have little need for those of us who have watched them grow and develop, and have seen them embark into their twenties. It’s still a thrill taking part in their youthful conversations.

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The meal Carla served was scrumptious. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and a delightful melody of melon and berries and was served solely as an appetizer to the smiles and antics of our guests as they opened their gifts.

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Not having seen either of them in almost a year. Our concern was; have they changed? Luckily both Michael and Abby are now young adults with the youthfulness they possessed in their earlier years. Michael and Abby enjoy our key gift for this year; a copy of our travels in a 2020 calendar. 

Still studying the travel Calendar. Carla patiently goes into detail concerning the individual pictures. I can’t help but think that given a little time for them to get on their feet, they to may embrace the joys of traveling. I only hope they don’t wait until they are 67 like me, life is just to short.

The day is moving along so fast. Outside the temps are in the high 70’s and beckons us to leave the comfort of the coach inside and go outside and explore even another unanticipated gift for the kids. Years ago we were given a Manger for the Christmas season but this one was made up of tiny kitty caricatures. The younger folks can enjoy this much more than us. From the looks on their faces they enjoyed it.

 

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Epiphany Church



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11.08.2019-We attended Epiphany Church

From the parish Web Site:
In February of 1960, the Catholic population of our area grew to the point that then archbishop, Joseph P. Hurley, of the diocese of St. Augustine decided the time was right to establish a new mission church in east central Florida. There were only 2 dioceses then in the entire state of Florida – St. Augustine in the north and Miami in the south. The new mission church was affiliated with St. Paul’s in Daytona Beach. As our first pastor, Fr. David Page’s job was to come up with a name for the mission church. Epiphany was chosen from several suggestions. Fr. Page felt that “Epiphany” would be appropriate for a new church just beginning.
Msgr. William Mullally, pastor of St. Paul’s, celebrated our first Mass in February of 1960. That Mass and those through December 1963 were celebrated in the Palmetto Women’s Club and Library building as we had no facility of our own. We sat on wooden folding chairs donated by the local funeral director. Air conditioning was a far away dream so we cooled ourselves with folded paper fans. The altar was a collapsible picnic table with an altar cloth draped over it and the priest’s vestments were made over hand-me-downs.


Our first church/social hall was built by Greening & Sayers. It was a prefabricated roof with block walls. Ground was broken on October 11, 1962. This date coincided closely with the start of the Second Vatican Council directed by Pope John XXIII which changed so much about the way we worship and expanded the role of the laity within the church.
Fr. Page went door to door literally telling people about our new church and inviting them to become Epiphany parishioners. In 1964, Fr. Cyrill Donnelly was assigned to Epiphany as an assistant paster and on December 22, 1963, Fr. Page celebrated Mass in our new church (which later became our Bingo hall). Early that same spring we purchased the Kull House on East Fleming Ave. for our first real rectory/office.

On March 15, 1964 Archbishop Hurley dedicated the church; it was big and beautiful! We had an exquisite Epiphany window (designed by Conrad Pickel Studio) that depicted the Magi seeing the infant Jesus for the first time. We had 2 statues – one of Mary with Jesus, and another of Joseph. They were depicted not as unrelatable figures of long ago but a mother with a broom in her hand teaching her child and a loving Joseph who was a hard working carpenter. Our Crucifix showed the Savior Jesus on the cross. They were from the Pante Studios in Ortisei, Italy and were carved from lindenwood. Golden “Ark of the Covenant” cherubim adorned our simple wooden altar and our wooden camp chairs were replaced with padded kneelers. We were in heaven!

No longer did Fr. Page have to go door to door to find parishioners. Our reputation as a caring community church had gone before us and people were literally beating down the doors! Fr. David Page was reassigned to a parish in Orlando in January 1966 and Fr. John Caulfield became our second pastor. He was with us for seven months until the fall of 1966 at which time we received our third pastor, Fr. Michael Hanrahan who was with us until 1969. Fr. Cyril Donnelly, who had been Fr. Page’s assistant, remained to help Fr. Caulfied and Fr. Hanrahan. Fr. Bernard Caverly was also an assistant until 1966. Fr. Donnelly and his German Shepherd, Sam, were a frequent sight either mowing the lawns around the church or fishing on the river bank of the Halifax in the mornings. Fr. Gerard Granahan was assigned as associate from 1969 through 1971. Fr. Hanrahan was reassigned in the spring of 1969 we were bursting at the seams! During the winter months, and special feast days like Christmas and especially Easter, the grassy area in front of the south entrance to the church would be full of people sitting on the grass or standing trying to hear the sermon or get inside to receive Communion. It was fun for the kids but a real trial for the adults. The population of Port Orange had grown to 3,780 persons, over double from only ten years earlier.

In may of 1969, we received our fourth pastor, Fr. William O’Farrell. Joseph Blais, Jr., a local architect designed another “new” church for our growing parish. Doyle Kennedy, a parishioner, was the general contractor. Ground breaking for this project was September 5, 1971. The first Mass was celebrated on September 6, 1972. Due to a lack of funding, our parking lot for 2 years was soft sand. Many a Sunday would find Fr. O’Farrell and the ushers pushing parishioners out of the mud or soft sand. Finally, we got our asphalt parking lot to the delight of all. The dedication of the new church by the first bishop of the new Diocese of Orlando, Bishop William Borders, was on March 31, 1974. Our “new” church was built on the west side of Lafayette Street with a new rectory/office on the south end of the complex. The “old” church then became our social hall on the east side of Lafayette St. The new church incorporated all of our previous religious art and could seat 500 people which meant everyone could finally have a place to sit. Again we thought this was the most beautiful of churches. The altar wall was made of white fossilized coral (key stone) from the Florida Keys. The ceiling was tongue-in-groove cedar with massive support beams. The main beam was the largest glu-lam beam from Oregon ever shipped to Florida at that time. The pews were padded, a real plus for our elderly parishioners.


Fr. O’Farrell had many associates over the years including Fr. Joseph Harte from 1971 through 1974, Fr. Peter Quinn from 1974 through 1979, and Fr. Sean Shine from 1979 through August of 1981. Fr. Shine was also our interim pastor for several months between Fr. O’Farrell’s retirement and Fr. Frank’s assignment to Epiphany as our new pastor. Fr. O’Farrell retired due to ill health in September of 1981 and we received our first new pastor in 12 years, Fr. Frank Smith. He realized immediately our need for a larger social hall for large gatherings and the need for additional seating in the church itself. The population of Port Orange had quadrupled this time to 17,833. It was the fastest growing community in the U.S. at that time according to a report by the Associated Press.
By January of 1984 Fr. Smith had initiated a three year fund drive to renovate and add more seating to the church. This building campaign added a new west wing to the church, a chapel, a large social hall that could seat 500, additional meeting rooms and an improved sound system as well as 2 new items. The colorful faceted glass epiphany windows flanking the altar area were 20′ tall from floor to ceiling with the Magi on the west side of the altar and Holy Family on the east side. They were created by White Studios in Sarasota FL. Fr. Smith’s first associate was Fr. Tim Kandle from October of 1981 to June of 1984. He was followed by Fr. Charlie Mitchell who transferred to Our Lady of Lourdes in September of 1987. Fr. Chris Hoffmann became our associate from December 1987 to June 1989. At the same time we had another associate, Fr. Joseph Dung Tran, from Vietnam, who left in 1987 to study in France.

With the renovations we kept the previous art (except for the Magi window on the west end of the altar which had to be removed to make way for the new west addition). We received new stations of the cross and placed the original ones from Italy in the Meditation Garden. We had a beautiful new altar, tabernacle and ambo and parquet floors installed on the sanctuary floor. The cherubim from our first church (now Fr. Smith Hall) were installed flanking the tabernacle in the new chapel. The original “Epiphany window” was placed in a new setting on the west wall in the new addition. Chairs were added instead of pews to accommodate overflow crowds. The chapel also doubled as a “crying room” for families with infants and small children. On January 5, 1986 Bishop Thomas Grady the second Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando, rededicated the new facilities and our renovated church which could now seat over 800 people.
In 1989, after being our pastor for 8 years, Fr. Frank Smith was transferred to Ascension Parish in Melbourne. In July of 1989 Fr. Charlie Mitchell came back to Epiphany but this time as our sixth pastor. Fr. Paige Blakely, a seminarian friend of Fr. Charlie’s came as our associate. Deacon Jose Bautista, a seminarian from Columbia helped out from 1989 until his ordination in September of 1991. The parish was continuing to grow and before Fr. Charlie was transferred to Altamonte Springs in 1994, he initiated a committee in 1993 to explore the possibilities of renovating the church once again. The population of Port Orange by 1994 had reached 40,000.
On February 5, 1994, Fr. Paul Kamide became our seventh pastor. In 1995 he held an informal meeting with interested parishioners regarding the proposed renovation of the church. In July of 1996 Fr. Kamide announced a $1.2+ million capital campaign to expand the church with seating for 975 people designed by architect John Dickerson of Orlando and built by Hall Construction (owned by parishioner, Jim Hall). It would also introduce more natural light and a new Chapel of Adoration. We put in additional parking with lots of landscaping and the Mother Teresa Memorial Plaza featuring the original bronze statue of “Mother Teresa and the children” by Timothy Schmalz and “Rainbow Sunshine” boulders from Arizona courtesy of “Pebble Junction” forming our ‘Trinity’ fountain. More boulders defined the bricked sitting area in front of the church nestled among the shade trees. Stained glass windows depicting “The Jesse Tree” and a new crucifix were among other new items planned to beautify the church. All of the stained glass windows including the Altar and Chapel Glass were made by McMow Studios in Lake Worth, FL. James Kucera of Watra Church Goods coordinated the creation of the new art in the church. The artist who carved the corpus is Rick Bagabaldo. He was born in the Philippines in 1951 and came to the U.S. via Miami in 1989. He has carved wood since he was 14 years old. The corpus took over 2 months to carve from lindenwood. Watra also commissioned the altar and tabernacle and ambo which were designed by Ronald Zawilla and carved by Bob Ballard from lindenwood. Alberto Gomez from Colombia painted the “Wedding at Cana” mural in the gathering room. The new church was dedicated on March 13, 1999 by Bishop Dorsey (by 2008 the population of port orange was 56,067).
Bishop Thomas Wenski conferred the title of Monsignor on Fr. Paul on May 9, 2008 at the Orange County Convention Center during the “Festival of Faith,” a celebration of the Diocese’s 40th anniversary. Msgr. Paul Kamide officially retired on November 30, 2008. Bishop Wenski assigned Fr. Michael Giglio from St. Teresa in Titusville, as our new pastor taking charge in January 4, 2009 – the Feast of the Epiphany. Our assistant pastor, Fr. John Bosco Maison from Ghana had worked in Jamaica for four years before coming to the Diocese of Orlando and being assigned to Epiphany on December 1, 2008. The population of Port Orange in 2009 was 56,732.

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30th Anniversary of our 1st Date.



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11.03.2019-30th Anniversary of our First Date

It was exactly thirty years ago his day. A relatively shy middle aged guy was about to meet a young lady who struck him very interestingly with just a couple of phone calls. I had met her about a year ago when I fell off the garage roof, Mike was playing with his friends in the back yard and I did not want to disrupt his day. I was hurting and was seriously concerned about driving myself to the hospital, but I did make it. Insurance is great, I was seen very shortly after arriving at the hospital and the doctor, as expected, decided he needed x-rays prior to making any decisions. I was taken to the x-ray room and, as again I expected, it was cold there.  The young x-ray person was very personable but this was not meant to be a social call. She did her job and took her pictures and took the x-ray envelop to the next stop and eventually to the doctor. The x-ray tech was not very talkative but reassured me I was not going to die, but I was still in a lot of pain. Shortly I met with the doctor, we talked, and he told me I would be okay and was going to send me back home with – no pain pills, good try Paul!  Little did I know I’d be taking this x-ray tech out on a date in the near future. 

It’s been thirty years since that first date. Not what I had been fearing, awesome! I’d been almost five years back in the single life, maybe I’ve grown up and matured during those years as well. It’s not to say there haven’t been a couple of bumps along the way, but to this extent, I rarely ever give them a second thought.

I picked up Carla about 7pm and we had dinner at the Ye Olde Tavern on Bank St in New London, CT. That evening we enjoyed a meal for two of Chateau Bryon, it was delicious and the last time we would ever enjoy that “meal for two” ever again. That would be our first joint decision of the hundreds we would make from that day on. Even the Tavern is no longer there. Shame that so many folks in this day and age, will be deprived of such a great kitchen.

I can only wish that every guy, especially one coming out of a marriage that had not been working, the same luck that Carla and I have enjoyed over the years we’ve been together.  

It’s been  A Wonderful Life! 

 

 

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will you have enough time?

Our Lady of Hope Church



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11.01.2019-Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Port Orange, FL

I’ve done a write-up on this church a couple of times. If we’re in Port Orange, which is where Seabird Island is located, we go to Epiphany.

Way back, almost ten years ago, we had a weekend home on Seabird. A weekend home is a bit generous; more like a 1955 trailer with a really nice addition, but for several years it was our weekend home.


 

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Boondocks Restaurant




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11.02.2019- Boondocks Restaurant

Not that many pictures of our dinner at Boondocks. This restaurant is located in Port Orange, FL. Back, a few years ago, Carla and I had a weekend retreat at Seabird Island only a few miles from the restaurant. Mary Ann lived at the Island full-time.

It’s not that we patronized the restaurant that often, , we’re not that well off, but we did go occasionally. The picture at the bottom is a fast action shot using a very fast camera and shutter speed but the action of the fish as thousands of them attacked a small portion of fish thrown into the water by someone eating who just wanted to see the speed at which the fish will go after anything edible.

The visit was excellent only to be surpassed by the delicious food we consumed. Hopefully next time we visit the East coast we’ll do this again.

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Nov. 2019 Blogs



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Just as the October blog resembled a Journal more than a blog, so to will this November Blog be likewise. Since it is not in the Journal section it will have pictures if applicable.

11.01.2019-All Souls Day.
I had great expectation for last night, Halloween,” but was let down. Not one trick or treater’s came to the door. Now were stock with all these Hershey w almonds candies. They have to be eaten someone has to step up and finish them off. So this describes how uneventful last night was. We awoke this morning to temps we were hoping for. Low seventies and no humidity…Awesome! Today will be a go to church day and we’ll be taking Mary Ann with us as well. Once again it’s an awesome day here in the Sunshine State.

11.10.2019-Sunday
Just another day. We’ve enjoyed visiting with Ann who is Wintering at this campground in her Park Model home. It’s a beautiful home and she loves it. We’ve experience a couple of hot humid days but, in general, the humidity has abided as well as the temps. Tomorrow, Monday, Veterans Day, we have a 7:30 apt at Lazydayz to have a few small repairs done to the coach. We also hope to check in with Eskapees and hopefully become a member of that organization as well. They have a program that give you residency rights in Florida, as well as, several other states. We will need this should the Tropic home close this month. Other than that nothing much is scheduled for the week. Carla has done some of her Dr. Appts. and mine are coming up soon.  

Yes, you’ve seen this church before. As much as I really don’t care for Florida, walking into this church after a one-year abstinence felt like coming home again. The church, Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Wildwood, FL is simply awesome. Every weekend it brings in over five-thousand parishioners and take in more money than the average middle class family with two working takes in annually. They deserve it though. They cater to every need of the parish, from food to the type of music it likes to hear during services. Every weekend it takes over twenty-five lay people, 2-3 priests, Deacons, many alter adult alter servers and a host of young alter servers. Most hymns are from the hymn books but they are partial to the more popular chants. The parish appreciates it, as they all participate in the service. Virtually each Mass has standing room only. Beginning next weekend they will be offering an additional two Masses in addition to the five they currently offer. It’s an awesome parish. If I was a Pastor of a struggling Church I would attend the Masses and take notes. The folks here have a winning formula, and they know it.

11.14.2019-We relax and continue watching the Impeachment telecast
We don’t really have many things to do on our to-do list but a vacuum for Carla and possibly a new Sunday missal. We found Carla’s vac at the Wildwood Vac and Sew store. For myself we tripped to St. Timothy CC in Lady Lakes, FL to check out their Gift Shop. I was looking for another annual St. Joseph weekly missal but settled for a forever St. Joe Missal. Not exactly what I was looking for. 

Then we did a little shopping at Walmart. We did Sam’s as well, going in for lunch, but ended up dropping over $100. We waste nothing, if we buy it, it will get used or eaten. It just continues to concern me how easy it is to spend one- hundred dollars.

11.23.2019-Saturday
Not exactly like watching grass grow but we did spend quite a bit of time watching the Impeachment inquiries on television. It’s so hard to believe that we impeached Nixon for a botched break-in and Clinton for having an affair and now we have Trump with more affairs than you can count, more obstruction of Congress than you can list not to mention he an habitual liar. I’m OK, just had to get that off my chest! Other than that I did get the coach washed on Friday in preparation for our leaving on Tuesday morning. Today I finished the job by doing the Windows. Carla busied herself with vacuuming, her new hobby, and washing the inside of the windows.

Today being Saturday night it’s Mass, pizza and movie. Our church in Wildwood is St. Vincent de Paul, a church and Parrish that knows how to relate to its parishioners. This church is packed, standing room only, at every Mass. Over five-thousand attend every weekend. The 4pm Sat. vigil Mass is the heaviest attended. Average weekly donations come in at over fifty-thousand dollars, not bad. Their adding on a multi-million addition to the church and ne other building to handle the growth in this parish. Tonight Carla chose “There’s Something About Mary”, a movie everyone saw about twenty years ago, us also. It was very enjoyable watching it again. Nothing planned for Sunday. Will, most likely empty the holding tanks and pack up the coach making it ready to travel on Tuesday morning. This is a tough time of the year, no field trips or anything else to talk about.

 

You’ll never feel you have enough money to retire,
however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

Epiphany Catholic Church



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11.01.2019

Epiphany Catholic Church

in Port Orange, FL

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Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church



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10.26.2019-

Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church

in Port Orange, FL

I’ve done a write-up on this church a couple of times. If we’re in Port Orange, which is where Seabird Island is located, we go to Epiphany.

Way back, almost ten years ago, we had a weekend home on Seabird. A weekend home is a bit generous; more like a 1955 trailer with a really nice addition, but for several years it was our weekend home.

MM

Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church



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10.26.2019-

Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church

in Port Orange, FL

I’ve done a write-up on this church a couple of times. If we’re in Port Orange, which is where Seabird Island is located, we go to Epiphany.

Way back, almost ten years ago, we had a weekend home on Seabird. A weekend home is a bit generous; more like a 1955 trailer with a really nice addition, but for several years it was our weekend home.

MM

2019-Tour Comes to an end.



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10.26.2019-2019 Tour comes to an end.

We are ending the tipping about two weeks early. We cut short our stay at The Oaks in Yemassee, SC. Guess we we’re just getting tired of traveling. The campground was OK but not great. Wi-Fi left much to be desired but TV reception was the pits. We were imbedded in tall Oaks (what else!), but they did offer cable. The cable was the pits, always buffering; you know that little red arrow that keeps going round and round. So we stayed there only one night. Shortly after leaving the campground, a little south of  Yemassee, we saw the Ridgeland water tower. Abby can relate to that. It was our four and one-half hour marker indicating the half-way point between Maggie Valley and Titusville. Since we were only going as far as Port-Orange, FL the trip was even shorter. We decided to make ourselves comfortable and go all the way to Florida. We arrived in Port Orange around 3:30 which as OK with me, no more traveling for awhile.

We’re staying at the Rosebay RV Park. We’ve stayed here before, it offers everything.

Our tripping, this year, began right after New Years. Since then we stayed and enjoyed 23 different states, 18,100 miles of US highways, 283 enchanted evenings, for the most part, and 28 new campgrounds in those 23 states.

For now and the next few months we will spend our time with family. Carla’s sister, Mary Ann, lives in Port Orange and with my brother, Dennis, now living in Boynton Beach, FL. We will also be spending quality time with Doctor visits and, I’m sure, possibly more tests. Hopefully in three-years the Doctor part will be less intensive than this and last year’s. Things we’re looking forward to will be Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Christmas Boat Parade at Dennis’. Most, if not all the, entries from now until we leave again will be in the Journal pages only, since the blogs are mostly related to new experiences. For now we sit in Air Conditioned comfort with 84 degrees outside and 89 percent humidity, remising about Oregon and its cool temps.

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Sheen-Sign or Miraclelette?



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10.23.2019- The Miracle of the missing Rosary Beads

To be technical this incident was both a minor miracle and a “sign.” To me, however, it felt like a miracle.

This story actually began yesterday, Tuesday Oct 22, 2019. Yesterday, as many families do, Carla and I will say the Rosary, usually between 12 and 3pm. No, the time has no significance. By this time we’re finally dressed, breakfast and lunch are out of the way and dishes have been washed. That Tuesday would be no different than many other day up to about 9PM that evening. After saying our Rosary, Carla will always keep hers on the desk by her lazy-boy chair.

I don’t have that luxury so I always bring mine back to our bedroom and place them on my work jeans by my bed. It’s a very small ledge that can only support the books I’m reading and my work jeans if folded into thirds so they won’t fall to the floor. So my Rosary should not accidentally fall to the floor I usually gently make a depression in these jeans and place my beads in this small pocket depression. Yesterday I did just that. Around 9:45, just before the Rachel Maddow Show ended we got ready for bed. I noticed my beads were not in the indentation I made earlier. Actually the indentation was not there either. I began looking for them to be assisted by Carla after I’d searched for about 15 minutes. I’ve been known to look for something and not thoroughly check the area that well. Both of us continued the search for almost thirty minutes, even using those little four-inch LED Flashlights, since lighting in a coach is not that intense. That night we finally gave up and we went to bed discouraged for not finding a very noticeable item in the limited living area the coach provides.

Since Sunday last I’ve been obsessing over a very heavy idea and was just asking, who else but Bishop Sheen, for a sign as to whether it would be OK for me to procrastinate possibly several years before looking into this idea. Hoping for a positive answer I left it to him to give me some type of sign that might indicate approval. NO! I was not expecting a burning bush even a vision, but I told him I would hopefully recognize it should something take place.

Getting back to the original story. We decided to leave for Yemassee today, the 23rd Wed., in place of doing the entire 280 mile trip on Thursday. This would give us a 150-mile trip today and a 130-mile trip on Thursday; the kind of trips I relish. To prepare for the trip some preparations must take place so that nothing will break since our home has the luxury of being in motion unlike a real house. The refrigerator has braces that go up to keep the food items inside in place from moving to much, small items on the desk and countertops are already on non-skid materials and other items like books, computers and shoes get thrown on the bed for safe keeping. Some of those items include the items on my bed-shelf; books, jeans and Rosary. This morning the shelf held only three books and one pair of old work jeans, so on the bed they went because anything would fly of this small shelf even if placed on non-skid material. Once again, the Rosary was nowhere to be found. I even went so far as to take my old jeans and stretch them out and re-fold them, to no avail. The shelf was bare. Even on the floor around the shelf and around the bed area, no beads. Once again the coach bounces around quite a bit, especially leaving a campground, so anything, especially and plastic and metal Rosary would surely hit the floor even as we just departed from our camp site. Campgrounds roadways are bumpy and contain many gravel depressions.

We arrived at our overnight destination, a Cracker Barrel in Columbia, South Carolina around 3:30 after being on the road since noon. We were both hungry so after parking the coach parallel to the outside perimeter curb, we extended the passenger side slide to have easier access to the bedroom.

We were just about to depart the coach to grab lunch when I noticed, sitting by itself, on the ledge with no barriers to keep them from falling on the floor and no non-skid material to keep them in  place, did we see the Rosary beads. Anything on this shelf would have hit the floor within seconds of our starting the coach and departing our site. The trail from our site to the county road was about two-miles long and had many deep curves and angles to mandate that anything on this 8×16 inch shelf should never be sitting there awaiting to be found. There is just NO-WAY this item could have been there over the course of this trip.

The two pictures I’ve provided are, of course, staged. I had no idea this scenario was about to take place. As you can see in the picture just above, the beads or on the spot that was occupied by 4-5 books I’d been reading. This is the shelf that we made bare prior to beginning of trip  to Columbia, SC. This shelf, even though it hasn’t been polished in months is as slippery as glass. Even the slightest turn by the coach would have sent the beads flying to the floor, yet we found them in that was made bare only four hours ago. 

I feel satisfied that my query to Archbishop Fulton J Sheen was answered.

I have nothing else to add to this documentation.

You’ll never feel you have enough money to retire,
however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

Miracle of the missing Rosary


 

10.23.2019-

The Miracle of the missing Rosary Beads

To be technical this incident was both a minor miracle and a “sign.” To me, however, it felt like a miracle.

This story actually began yesterday, Tuesday Oct 22, 2019. Yesterday, as many families do, Carla and I will say the Rosary, usually between 12 and 3pm. No, the time has no significance. By this time we’re finally dressed, breakfast and lunch are out of the way and dishes have been washed. That Tuesday would be no different than many other day up to about 9PM that evening. After saying our Rosary, Carla will always keep hers on the desk by her lazy-boy chair.

I don’t have that luxury so I always bring mine back to our bedroom and place them on my work jeans by my bed. It’s a very small ledge that can only support the books I’m reading and my work jeans if folded into thirds so they won’t fall to the floor. So my Rosary should not accidentally fall to the floor I usually gently make a depression in these jeans and place my beads in this small pocket depression. Yesterday I did just that. Around 9:45, just before the Rachel Maddow Show ended we got ready for bed. I noticed my beads were not in the indentation I made earlier. Actually the indentation was not there either. I began looking for them to be assisted by Carla after I’d searched for about 15 minutes. I’ve been known to look for something and not thoroughly check the area that well. Both of us continued the search for almost thirty minutes, even using those little four-inch LED Flashlights, since lighting in a coach is not that intense. That night we finally gave up and we went to bed discouraged for not finding a very noticeable item in the limited living area the coach provides.

Since Sunday last I’ve been obsessing over a very heavy idea and was just asking, who else but Bishop Sheen, for a sign as to whether it would be OK for me to procrastinate possibly several years before looking into this idea. Hoping for a positive answer I left it to him to give me some type of sign that might indicate approval. NO! I was not expecting a burning bush even a vision, but I told him I would hopefully recognize it should something take place.

Getting back to the original story. We decided to leave for Yemassee today, the 23rd Wed., in place of doing the entire 280 mile trip on Thursday. This would give us a 150-mile trip today and a 130-mile trip on Thursday; the kind of trips I relish. To prepare for the trip some preparations must take place so that nothing will break since our home has the luxury of being in motion unlike a real house. The refrigerator has braces that go up to keep the food items inside in place from moving to much, small items on the desk and countertops are already on non-skid materials and other items like books, computers and shoes get thrown on the bed for safe keeping. Some of those items include the items on my bed-shelf; books, jeans and Rosary. This morning the shelf held only three books and one pair of old work jeans, so on the bed they went because anything would fly of this small shelf even if placed on non-skid material. Once again, the Rosary was nowhere to be found. I even went so far as to take my old jeans and stretch them out and re-fold them, to no avail. The shelf was bare. Even on the floor around the shelf and around the bed area, no beads. Once again the coach bounces around quite a bit, especially leaving a campground, so anything, especially and plastic and metal Rosary would surely hit the floor even as we just departed from our camp site. Campgrounds roadways are bumpy and contain many gravel depressions.

We arrived at our overnight destination, a Cracker Barrel in Columbia, South Carolina around 3:30 after being on the road since noon. We were both hungry so after parking the coach parallel to the outside perimeter curb, we extended the passenger side slide to have easier access to the bedroom.

We were just about to depart the coach to grab lunch when I noticed, sitting by itself, on the ledge with no barriers to keep them from falling on the floor and no non-skid material to keep them in place, did we see the Rosary beads. Anything on this shelf would have hit the floor within seconds of our starting the coach and departing our site. The trail from our site to the county road was about two-miles long and had many deep curves and angles to mandate that anything on this 8×16 inch shelf should never be sitting there awaiting to be found. There is just NO-WAY this item could have been there over the course of this trip.

The two pictures I’ve provided are, of course, staged. I had no idea this scenario was about to take place. As you can see in the picture just above, the beads or on the spot that was occupied by 4-5 books I’d been reading. This is the shelf that we made bare prior to beginning of trip to Columbia, SC. This shelf, even though it hasn’t been polished in months is as slippery as glass. Even the slightest turn by the coach would have sent the beads flying to the floor, yet we found them in that was made bare only four hours ago.

I feel satisfied that my query to Archbishop Fulton J Sheen was answered.

I have nothing else to add to this documentation.

Blowing Rock



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10.17.2019-We visit Blowing Rock

Traveling the roads of North Carolina is always such a pleasure. I only wish I had the space and band with to post all the scenic views we experienced.

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Mountain tunnels. We came across quite a few of these on our Alaskan tour but these were the first we’d seen stateside.

The story behind the Blowing Rock from the BR Historical Society

Before 1752, when Moravian Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg visited the Blowing Rock area, the windy cliffs of the area were home to the Cherokee and the Catawba Indian tribes, hostile to each other, and the basis for the story of “The “Blowing Rock”. Two star-crossed lovers, one from each tribe, were walking near The Rock when the reddening sky signaled to the brave that he must return to his tribal duty, and the maiden urged him to stay with her.

Below I capture Carla exemplifying her youthful climbing skills. I’m very happy just taking her picture from a safe distance.

His desperation in choosing between duty and love caused him to leap from the edge of the gorge toward the rocks below, while the maiden beseeched the Great Spirit to bring him back to her. The famous winds of the John’s River Gorge blew her lover back into her arms, and this legend about The Blowing Rock is still told today..

Before 1752, when Moravian Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg visited the Blowing Rock area, the windy cliffs of the area were home to the Cherokee and the Catawba Indian tribes, hostile to each other, and the basis for the story of “The “Blowing Rock”. Two star-crossed lovers, one from each tribe, were walking near The Rock when the reddening sky signaled to the brave that he must return to his tribal duty, and the maiden urged him to stay with her. His desperation in choosing between duty and love caused him to leap from the edge of the gorge toward the rocks below, while the maiden beseeched the Great Spirit to bring him back to her. The famous winds of the John’s River Gorge blew her lover back into her arms, and this legend about The Blowing Rock is still told today.

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however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

Miraclelette from Bishop Sheen



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10-13-2019-Archbishop Fulton J Sheen-As I’ve said before, it’s my blog and my platform.

I know, you’re saying there’s no such thing as a miraclelette; you’re right! For me that would be a small miracle. And you’re saying he’s getting back into the pulpit again, possibly. So there’s no need for many to read any further.

About a month ago I talked Carla into buying a 3-gallon empty bottle at Walmart. We drink only Walmart or filtered water, from one of those water-dispensing machines. Best buy for the best water about thirty-seven cents a gallon. To get back. Once we got home I began filling the one-gallon bottle in the refrigerator. It only took a few seconds and I knew I’d aggravated a shoulder tendon just like I did a couple of years ago. I knew a cortisone short would fix it so I wasn’t as concerned as I was the first time. So I decided to suffer quietly, telling Carla we would be sticking with the one-gallon bottles as before. The pain, though tolerable, began as a three on the ever loving pain meter but rose to a five or six in very little time. But I was hoping it would just go away. Within a couple of weeks I was conservatively up to a seven or eight, to the point it was painful to make corners when driving in the coach. But suffer I continued still hoping for the best.

One of our field trips a couple of weeks ago was to the Bishop Sheen Museum and the Cathedral of St Mary of the Immaculate Conception. I was thinking back on that trip as I uncomfortable rested in bed about a week ago and could not help remembering the feeling I had as I approached the resting place of Archbishop Sheen at the foot of the alter of the blessed Virgin on the left side of the main Alter. At the time I didn’t give much thought about the visit. When I was a pre-teen the family would never miss an episode of his on television. But getting back to my pain…

I was just lying there and I was going to go back to my St. Jude to help me with this pain, even though I knew a simple shot would rid me of it. He’s always come through for me in the past but  that’s another story or stories. Just then a simple thought crossed my mind, how about asking Bishop Sheen for some help. No! He’s not a saint, at least not yet. So, in a very informal prayer,  unlike St Jude, I made a pitch for his help. Actually, as with St. Jude they themselves don’t grant the answer to prayers, but rather, they intercede to Him for the person in need of help. Knowing that Bishop Sheen wasn’t a saint I kept my request simple. I would be very happy if he would, at least, rid me of most of my discomfort. I just did not want to push the edge of the envelop by asking more than necessary. That was about a week ago. For some reason about three days ago I remembered the prayer as I was refilling our drinking bottles for the evening. The pain was no longer with me. Actually it hadn’t been with me for a couple of days now. 

I’m the first to admit this granted request does not fall into the categories of making the cripple walk and the blind see, but if you have a pain and it goes away it’s worth mentioning.

Once again I will now return to my seat and leave the pulpit and let you ponder on this episode for yourself. Thank you for patiently reading through the essay.

 

You’ll never feel you have enough money to retire,
however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

Fulton J Sheen-Museum


10-13-2019-

Archbishop Fulton J Sheen-Museum and Immaculate Conception Church

As I’ve said before, it’s my blog and my platform. I know, you’re saying there’s no such thing as a miraclelette; you’re right! For me that would be a small miracle. And you’re saying he’s getting back into the pulpit again, possibly. So there’s no need for many to read any further.

About a month ago I talked Carla into buying a 3-gallon empty bottle at Walmart. We drink only Walmart or filtered water, from one of those water-dispensing machines. Best buy for the best water about thirty-seven cents a gallon. To get back. Once we got home I began filling the one-gallon bottle in the refrigerator. It only took a few seconds and I knew I’d aggravated a shoulder tendon just like I did a couple of years ago. I knew a cortisone short would fix it so I wasn’t as concerned as I was the first time. So I decided to suffer quietly, telling Carla we would be sticking with the one-gallon bottles as before. The pain, though tolerable, began as a three on the ever loving pain meter but rose to a five or six in very little time. But I was hoping it would just go away. Within a couple of weeks I was conservatively up to a seven or eight, to the point it was painful to make corners when driving in the coach. But suffer I continued still hoping for the best.

One of our field trips a couple of weeks ago was to the Bishop Sheen Museum and the Cathedral of St Mary of the Immaculate Conception. I was thinking back on that trip as I uncomfortable rested in bed about a week ago and could not help remembering the feeling I had as I approached the resting place of Archbishop Sheen at the foot of the alter of the blessed Virgin on the left side of the main Alter. At the time I didn’t give much thought about the visit. When I was a pre-teen the family would never miss an episode of his on television. But getting back to my pain…

I was just lying there and I was going to go back to my St. Jude to help me with this pain, even though I knew a simple shot would rid me of it. He’s always come through for me in the past but that’s another story or stories. Just then a simple thought crossed my mind, how about asking Bishop Sheen for some help. No! He’s not a saint, at least not yet. So, in a very informal prayer, unlike St Jude, I made a pitch for his help. Actually, as with St. Jude they themselves don’t grant the answer to prayers, but rather, they intercede to Him for the person in need of help. Knowing that Bishop Sheen wasn’t a saint I kept my request simple. I would be very happy if he would, at least, rid me of most of my discomfort. I just did not want to push the edge of the envelop by asking more than necessary. That was about a week ago. For some reason about three days ago I remembered the prayer as I was refilling our drinking bottles for the evening. The pain was no longer with me. Actually it hadn’t been with me for a couple of days now.

I’m the first to admit this granted request does not fall into the categories of making the cripple walk and the blind see, but if you have a pain and it goes away it’s worth mentioning.

Once again I will now return to my seat and leave the pulpit and let you ponder on this episode for yourself. Thank you for patiently reading through the essay.

 


St. Francis of Assisi



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10.12.2019-

Attended St. Francis of Assisi Church.

 

No inside pictures yet, possibly next weekend. I did get a chance to say hello to the pastor. On the alter with the priest and alter servers was a gentleman, I only supposed he was a Seminarian. Spoke to him on the way out after Mass, and he confirmed he wasn’t a Seminarian, just a lay person helping with the Eucharistic Celebration.

MM

October 2019 Blog.


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10.05.2019-Sat.-Blog season comes to an end.

   

I’ve decided that officially the blog season for this blog is officially ended. All we’re going to be doing for the next two months is biding our time giving Florida all the time it needs to get cooler and rid itself of its humidity. Next week we’ll be in North Carolina for a couple of weeks then Yemassee, SC for 7 days then we dip into Florida. For the sake of convenience and conserving space, which is not that serious a problem any more, I think I’ll just add to this blog for the month of October. We have absolutely no place to visit or explore. The rest of 2019 will, most likely, be spent traveling south and reconnecting with family. By the end of the year we would have covered over eight-thousand miles, seven-thousand to this date. We continue to enjoy our stay here at Diamond Caverns and watching the rigs come in and our. As I said, Wednesday morning it’s jacks up and going to Lenoir, NC. This will be our first time visiting this campground and we’re hoping for continued cooler temperatures. Once again we will be attending St. Helen Catholic Church. It’s just as we like it, a 5pm Mass. This gets us home in time to feed Scoots by 6pm, not that she looks underfed.


10.05.2019 Flue shot day
We were given the senior flue shot and it looks like we tolerated it well.

10.08.2019-Day before leaving…


10.09.2019-Wed
We get a 9:30 start on the first leg of this 2-day trip to Lenoir, NC.


10.10.2019-Thurs. Leaving Knoxville, TN
We left Knoxville, TN by 8:30 and arrived in Lenoir, NC  at 2pm. The trip was uneventful except for the last half hour. Driving through small or even larger towns or cities is often very tense. Once we arrived at Green Mountain Park Resort the navigation got even more challenging. The park is so big and complicated they had to give us a staff person to show us the way to our potential site. The park road are barely as wide as your coach. The last turn to reach our site was a strong right angle and steep incline at the same time. The entrance road and it does go quite a way into the park is paved, possibly last paved in 1954.


10.12.2019-Attended St. Francis of Assisi Church.
No inside pictures yet, possibly next weekend.

  

I did get a chance to say hello to the pastor. On the alter with the priest and alter servers was a gentleman, I only supposed he was a Seminarian. Spoke to him on the way out after Mass, and he confirmed he wasn’t a Seminarian, just a lay person helping with the Eucharistic Celebration. No inside pictures yet, possibly next weekend. I did get a chance to say hello to the pastor. On the alter with the priest and alter servers was a gentleman, I only supposed he was a Seminarian. Spoke to him on the way out after Mass, and he confirmed he wasn’t a Seminarian, just a lay person helping with the Eucharistic Celebration.


10.13.2019-Sun-
We continue biding our time at Green Mountain RVP. It’s not much to brag about. Some sections are decent, not great, whereas the section we’re in looks more like a vacant lot with utilities. Verizon Wi-Fi has a no better rating than a 2. I don’t understand how it can show 5-bars and yet be as slow as molasses. 


10.15.2019-Tues-Green Mountain Waterfall
The one thing we knew, from the beginning, this field trip was just going to be a fill in our time expedition. We were not expecting much once we reach the “falls.” 

The trail soon disappeared and we were left looking to tree markers for references. About half way up we were given a choice; the yellow trail or blue trail. We began on blue and stayed with it.; we still don’t know where the yellow trail would have brought us. The trail marker, at the beginning of the trail was marked “Challenge.”

What you see is what we saw. In its own way it was a little relaxing but mostly uneventful. The thirty minute walk was at least good for us as far as getting our exercise for the day. It’s hard to see but there’s actually three very small, and I stress small, streams flowing through the rocks.

On our trip back down the trail we see another SMALL stream and another nice but very small waterfall about ten feet off the trail. All in all, not much to see or even write about.


10.16.2019-Downton Abbey movie
Today began with moderate rains as scheduled so laundry is high on the to-do list. We were told by friends that Downton Abbey was a must-see movie so for the first time in two years we’ll spend a buck or two and take ourselves to the movies; the movie did not disappoint. What’s even better is that it gave the viewing audience sure signs of a possible sequel in the future. Sitting there watching the flick was like visiting family after a long abstinence. The movie lived up to every expectation.


10.17.2019-Thurs.-Cold
We had planned to visit “Blowing Rock” today, but the temps are scheduled to be no higher than 64. Tomorrow is supposed to be a little warmer, around 68-70 degrees. We’ve rescheduled for tomorrow. In the meantime we keep the fireplace on and spend the day just killing time; at least I don’t have to go out and fetch wood for the fire. We hope for a more interesting day tomorrow.


10.26.2019-Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Port Orange, FL

I’ve done a write-up on this church a couple of times. If we’re in Port Orange, which is where Seabird Island is located, we go to Epiphany.

Way back, almost ten years ago, we had a weekend home on Seabird. A weekend home is a bit generous; more like a 1955 trailer with a really nice addition, but for several years it was our weekend home.


10.31.2019-End of month
We continue enjoying our Winter months in Port Orange. Mostly Carla has been giving her sister, Mary Ann, the attention she needs to catch up on a few items on her ‘Things to do list” she’d not been able to do otherwise. As expected our day or hot and humid. Hopefully this will end soon.

I write this addendum to the October blog actually in the month of November, but it belongs here. Today is my two-year anniversary of my cancer operation. I’m gaining about a half pound a month, on average, in weight but am still not at 100% yet. But I give thanks to Him for helping me along these last two-years. 


Something to ponder;
Will there be MONEY ENOUGH to retire,
or worse still, will there be TIME ENOUGH to retire?

 

St. Helen’s Church



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10.01.2019-St. Helen’s Church in Glasgow, KY

We’ve been in this area before, about 3-4 years ago and we attended the Our Lady of the caves Church much closer to our campground. Unfortunately it had a fire and

has been under reconstruction for some time now. We’re told that they were at the paving the parking lot part. It should reopen shortly.

According to the history of St Helen’s Church it was the inspiration of four women who were converts to Catholicism. This inspiration was in 1893. Prior to that the town of Glasgow had priest visit the town monthly. It was these same four women that went out and gathered stones which helped to build St. Helen’s. Once they began to build they were joined by many others in the town, both Catholic and non-Catholic joined in the effort. Sadly it wasn’t until 1953 that the church had its own resident priest. The parish began officially with only eleven parishioners. Since then the parish count has grown to over one-thousand parishioners. As big as this number may seem it represents only about one-percent of the total population.

In the top right side picture , if you look closely, is a statue of the Blessed Virgin. To her left is a display case with a reliquary in it. This reliquary displays a very small piece of the crucifix Christ was crucified on. Your questions might be; Why not a relic of St. Helen or Why the Cross. Here’s why! In or about the year 200 ad, Emperor Constantine’s mother was Helen, before sainthood. She was a very devout Christian, he was as well. She had a great desire to go back to the villages of Bethlehem and Nazareth and even Jerusalem and inquire about any information, clothing or even written documents pertaining to the time of Christ. She got to Guthega and began digging the place up. Not that deeply buried she discovered dozens of crosses that were used to crucify those who were found guilty of very serious crimes. Immediately she asked a local for the name and whereabouts’ of a very sick person in the village. Within minutes that person was presented to her. Helen had the sick person lay her hands on each of the crosses and ultimately she touched one that healed her on the spot. This, she said, would be the real cross. She also was able to recover many items of clothing as well.

A piece of this cross is displayed in the reliquary.

You’ll never feel you have enough money to retire,
however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

St. Helens Church



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9.28.2019-

St. Helen’s Church in Glasgow, KY

St. Helen’s Church

St. Helen’s Church Glasgow, KY

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve been in this area before, about 3-4 years ago and we attended the Our Lady of the caves Church much closer to our campground. Unfortunately it had a fire and has been under reconstruction for some time now. We’re told that they were at the paving the parking lot part. It should reopen shortly.

According to the history of St Helen’s Church it was the inspiration of four women who were converts to Catholicism. This inspiration was in 1893. Prior to that the town of Glasgow had priest visit the town monthly. It was these same four women that went out and gathered stones which helped to build St. Helen’s. Once they began to build they were joined by many others in the town, both Catholic and non-Catholic joined in the effort. Sadly it wasn’t until 1953 that the church had its own resident priest. The parish began officially with only eleven parishioners. Since then the parish count has grown to over one-thousand parishioners. As big as this number may seem it represents only about one-percent of the total population.

 

Circle Printing



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9.23.2019-Circle Printing

The last six months I’ve been working diligently trying to convert all our Journal and Blog files for the last six years to Word.

Circle Printing is locally own and operated
by Jan & Monica Gunter for 7 years. Below is the forgotten member of this mom and pop team, Rusty, their dog. These folks do it right the first time every time which is probably why they do business from all corners of the country as far East as Maine.

Today I finished 2018 so it was off to the printer today. Circle Printing in Greensburg, IN, just outside of Batesville. Jan and his wife are making it happen for us in under 24 hours.

Circle Printing, 130 W Main St, Greensburg. IN 47240….812.663.7367

For more information go to www.circleprinting.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know about you but seldom do I ever find a company that will do what ever it takes to get my business. Mostly it’s a take it or leave it attitude from those big box stores. Circle Printing is a not that small a business and it’s a little congested but they make it happen as I wanted it to happen. On a thumb drive I gave him five-files containing over one-thousand pages of Journals and blogs, and all he did was smile and told me he should have my books ready by 3pm tomorrow. In fact he asked us to stay around while he downloaded the 2014 book and put it together so we would be certain to be happy.

I’m still working on 2019 and he volunteered that if I email it to him he’ll download it and bind it just like the other books he’s done and mail it off to us at whatever address we give him.

Wow! Business the old fashioned way.

You’ll never feel you have enough money to retire,
however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

St Anthony of Padua


 
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9.21.2019

St. Anthony of Padua

This church is located in Morris, IN just outside of Batesville, IN-The priest doing the service was, I believe, Father Shaun Whittington.

This service took place on a Saturday night with almost a 100% attendance. Seldom have we seen such attendance except for Vincent de Paul in Wildwood, FL. The alter servers, four of them, were impeccable. The bulletin lists the young man in the black and white cassock as MC-Carter W.. He watched over the three others every minute of the service. The other three servers, a little younger than he was, wore white cassocks with a cloth pattern similar to what you might have seen in a knights Templar movie. They were so impressive looking, and worked through the service responsibilities in almost military-like precision. His duties were, impressively, those you’d see a Deacon perform, all except for the reading of the Gospel. The Eucharistic Ministers were also equally as impressive. I wanted so much to speak to Fr. Shaun after the service, but was unable to spot him. He should be highly recommended for such a professional service. We have attended over one-hundred Saturday night services and none that equal this amount of sophistication, especially on the part on the alter servers. We’ve attended Mass at the church in the past, at least once about 3-4 years ago, but I do not remember being this impressed. When I was 12-13 I too was an alter server. I had been for several years. Then Fr. Gagnon was assigned to the Sacred Heart Parrish in Brockton, MA. He was just out of the seminary and I’ll never forget all the hours we’d practice, especially for the Holy days of Easter and Christmas, he had some of those services with 10 or 12 alter servers on the alter. I never had a chance to assume the MC position, Joe Piche always came in ahead of me. Most importantly were the parishioners. Only once before had we ever entered a church for Mass and had the Host in Exposition. Carla and I came in and, as always, genuflected, on knee, and entered our pew. It wasn’t until we knelt for prayers the we noticed the Exposition of the Holy Eucharist. We try, very much, to follow the rules and customs of the church, but today we messed up. I know it is an extra responsibility, but someone should have posted a sign for us strangers to the parish, that the Holy Eucharist was in Exposition and a double knee genuflection should be performed. Getting back to the parishioners. we would see a great many grey-haired seniors in attendance. What was surprising were all the young families with kids and infants everywhere; something must be in their water supply. It was heavenly. Only wish we were going to be here another week to attend another service. Truly an awesome experience!

MM

Cathedral of St. Mary, Peoria



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9.17.2019-Cathedral of St; Mary of the Immaculate Conception

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our goal today is to discover and experience everything of Fulton J. Sheen. Our first building will be a Museum dedicated to him and his legacy. This, as I’m sure you realize, is not the Fr. Sheen in body, just a picture. It would have been an honor to have really met him, however.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside this building is the complete history of this great priest and orator. It contains videos and a slew of pictures of his life. It was in the Cathedral next door, the Cathedral of St Mary of the Immaculate Conception, that he prayed, was a deacon, served as a priest and pastor here and eventually his body would be finally laid to rest at the alter to the left side of the church.

0049K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesi of Wikipedia:

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception (commonly known as St. Mary’s Cathedral) is a cathedral of the Catholic Church located in Peoria, Illinois, United States. It is the seat of the Diocese of Peoria, where the Catholic televangelist and sainthood candidate Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was born and raised, and ordained a priest. Since 2019, the cathedral has been his place of burial. The cathedral is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing property in the North Side Historic District.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I first took this picture it was the alter of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. That, by itself, was significant and important. It wasn’t until we left the Room of Relics that I learned that the big white object directly in front of this altar laid the final resting place of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. His tomb lies below the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Originally his tomb was located in St  Patrick Cathedral in New York but in 2019 in celebration of his Centennial Year of his ordination in 1919.

On June 27, 2019, the remains of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen were disinterred from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, where he was buried in 1979, and transferred to St. Mary’s Cathedral.[8] They are entombed in a marble monument at a side altar dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The Archdiocese of New York fought a three-year court battle to keep his remains there. As a child, Sheen served as an altar boy in St. Mary’s Cathedral and he was ordained a priest here in 1919 for the Diocese of Peoria, which has sponsored his cause for canonization.[9

Above left is the alter of St. Joseph. Above right was the corridor to the Room of Relics. In this room you’ll see dozens of relics from many well-known saints and many more from saints of the past. As you can see the architecture in this Cathedral is no -less than awesome. All the stain-glass windows are richly colored in  blue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above are more pictures from the Relics Room. Below right is another picture of the tomb of Archbishop Sheen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order for us to experience the Archbishop Fulton J Sheen Museum and St. Mary Cathedral we had to park the coach and toed. This meant filling three meters with coins to park.

You’ll never feel you have enough money to retire,
however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

St. Mary of the Im. Conception


9.17.2019

Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our goal today is to discover and experience everything of Fulton J. Sheen. Our first building will be a Museum dedicated to him and his legacy. This, as I’m sure you realize, is not the Fr. Sheen in body, just a picture. It would have been an honor to have really met him, however.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside this building is the complete history of this great priest and orator. It contains videos and a slew of pictures of his life. It was in the Cathedral next door, the Cathedral of St Mary of the Immaculate Conception, that he prayed, was a deacon, served as a priest and pastor here and eventually his body would be finally laid to rest at the alter to the left side of the church.

0049K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesi of Wikipedia:

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception (commonly known as St. Mary’s Cathedral) is a cathedral of the Catholic Church located in Peoria, Illinois, United States. It is the seat of the Diocese of Peoria, where the Catholic televangelist and sainthood candidate Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was born and raised, and ordained a priest. Since 2019, the cathedral has been his place of burial. The cathedral is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing property in the North Side Historic District.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I first took this picture it was the alter of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. That, by itself, was significant and important. It wasn’t until we left the Room of Relics that I learned that the big white object directly in front of this altar laid the final resting place of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. His tomb lies below the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Originally his tomb was located in St Patrick Cathedral in New York but in 2019 in celebration of his Centennial Year of his ordination in 1919.

On June 27, 2019, the remains of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen were disinterred from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, where he was buried in 1979, and transferred to St. Mary’s Cathedral.[8] They are entombed in a marble monument at a side altar dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The Archdiocese of New York fought a three-year court battle to keep his remains there. As a child, Sheen served as an altar boy in St. Mary’s Cathedral and he was ordained a priest here in 1919 for the Diocese of Peoria, which has sponsored his cause for canonization.[9

Above left is the alter of St. Joseph. Above right was the corridor to the Room of Relics. In this room you’ll see dozens of relics from many well-known saints and many more from saints of the past. As you can see the architecture in this Cathedral is no -less than awesome. All the stain-glass windows are richly colored in blue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above are more pictures from the Relics Room. Below right is another picture of the tomb of Archbishop Sheen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order for us to experience the Archbishop Fulton J Sheen Museum and St. Mary Cathedral we had to park the coach and toed. This meant filling three meters with coins to park.


St. Pius X



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9.15.2019

St. Pius X Cedar Rapids, IA

 

 

 

 

 

We had the privilege to attend Mass at Pius X CC on two Saturday evenings. It looks like a very new church but I’ve been told renovations were made 15 years ago, so, it’s not that new.

MM

Visiting the MacDougall’s family



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9.03.2019 Visiting Don, Joyce and Family

Don and Joyce will be wining and dining us for the next two weeks. Visiting here is as close to visiting home as I could ask for. Below is just a small part of the MacDougall clan; Paul, Ivy and Little Paul. Below right is Duncan and Malcolm.

 

Above and below we enjoy a night out at Noodles and Company. This is getting to be almost a tradition to visit this restaurant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MacDougall residence. Their home may appear to be a little small but this home has a heart as big as you can imagine. Yes, if the light poll in the picture above left appears to be leaning, the answer is yes. Not sure if the leaning pole was intentional or whether the area experience a mild quake; who knows? Before the two-week visit came to an end, Carla and I were treated to a host of family dinners…Awesome!

You’ll never feel you have enough money to retire,
however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

Squaw Creek, Cedar Rapids stay.



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9.02.2019-Travel to Cedar Rapids, FL
We awoke around 6am to prepare ourselves for an 8am departure. Needless to say the 175-mile journey went flawlessly. Our stay at Winnebago was fruitful but not everything was repaired.

The paint touch-ups were good, the TV was remounted is now sits perfectly lines up better then the old set and the rear electrical receptacle was replaced. The fireplace was checked but would have to be serviced by a Dimplex service center, which we’ll try to do on this coming Wednesday. The ceiling fabric would be unchecked for lack of time. We have an idea or two on that as well. The repair to the front of the coach was very important and critical and it did get resolved.

Almost forgot, the LED reading on the odometer dash. It was fixed by the technician in a couple of minutes, no major problem. All in all it was a very fruitful visit. Another problem we’d been experiencing was the TV.

 We arrived in Cedar Rapids around noon, traveled through Cedar Rapids to the town of Marion, IA to Squaw Creek State Campground just off root 100. We’re in Loop A site 14. We have everything except sewer; it’s doable for two-weeks. Don and Joyce invited us to dinner that evening which was bountiful and delicious.

After replacing the Dish receiver we deduced it was the TV, so we purchased a 43in Samsung. After buying a new receiver we discovered that its malfunctioning was probably a result of it being stuck in the cabinet above where the heat does go to extremes. Hanging it from the cabinet may not look that good but, it’s a motorhome. We have to make accommodations occasionally, a problem those in real homes may not have to contend with. It’s on Carla’s side of the cabin but she doesn’t seem to even notice it any longer.

9.03.2019-Travel to Cedar Rapids, FL


We awoke around 6am to prepare ourselves for an 8am departure. Needles to say the 175-mile journey went flawlessly. We arrived in Cedar Rapids around noon, traveled through the to the town of Marion to Squaw Creek State Campground just off root 100. We’re in Loop A site 14. We have everything except sewer; it’s doable for two-weeks. Don and Joyce invited us to dinner that evening which was bountiful and delicious.

9.04.2019-Wed.-Day 2

Day 2 at Squaw Creek. Our main concern moving forward is the fact that it is, most likely, to get colder more than warmer, especially at 2am in the morning. Our fireplace would be our first line of defense against the cold. We went online and found Colony AC in Cedar Rapids, IA. Henry, from Colony, came to diagnose the condition of the fireplace. A new part will be ordered and, hopefully, early next year it will be back in business again. We enjoyed a delightful afternoon and evening with Don and Joyce.

9.05.2019-Day 3

 

 

 

 

 

We had everyday chores to complete and then we spent the rest of the afternoon with the MacDougall’s but had to leave in order to feed Scoots. We completed our visit with Dinner at Noodle’s. The food, as always, was delicious.

9.06.2019- Mike’s Birthday
Had a chance to speak to Mike in the morning and wished him a Happy Birthday. Still find it difficult to hear him speak of home ownership and work challenges. We hope to drop in at Don and Joyce’s to do laundry.

9.12.2019-update
The day to day writings are in the Journal for September, but in general, we continue enjoying this beautiful State Park Campground and the delicious meals at the MacDougall’s. Between rain showers I found time to pull the tanks. We’ve been lucky to get about 5-days on the tanks. Push it to six and the sinks have a tendency to begin to back up then I MUST go out, rain or shine, and take care of the tanks. Not a big deal. On average it only takes us one-half hour for this odd job from the time we start to close up the coach to the time we get back and let the slides out for another 5-day period on the day we leave Squaw Creek. Wow! It was mid-afternoon and there’s a sudden heavy knocking on the door. The camper outside stated; You don’t belong on this site! We politely disagreed. We were able to find the park ranger and he agreed; We were supposed to vacate the site at noon today! We had no leg to stand on. The ranger volunteered that he could find us several suitable site in Loop B we could move to. Sure enough! Site 30 in Loop B had everything we needed and we owed the campground 5-days in fees. Our fault for not reviewing the confirmation sheet and not picking up the error earlier.

9.13.2019- The Amana Colonies.

 

 

 

 

 

The MacDougall’s called and we decided to experience the Amana Colony with them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry, from Colony AC, arrived to our new site by 10am. The new fireplace blower was fully installed by 11am.  After leaving the Amana Colony we experienced Lilly Lake.

9.14.2019-Sat.Day 12
As it says, day 12 of this stay in Cedar Rapids. It’ll be jacks-up come Tuesday morning. We have no filed trips planned for the next couple of days. Our new site in Loop B is as comfortable as the previous site. Carla is hopeful of trying to do laundry today before Mass. We used our new rejuvenated fireplace last night as the temps outside hit the low 50’s and the coach temp dropped to 67. Not sure if there’ll be anything more to write the next couple of days but we’ll see,

You’ll never feel you have enough money to retire,
however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

St. James CC



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9.01.2019

St. James CC

St. James Catholic Church is located here in Forest City, just a few miles from the Winnebago Industries plant where we are staying for two more days. It’s very much like coming home again.

Very little changes, except the town, Forest City, does look like it’s going out of business. Many of the downtown storefronts have been vacated. Even the church has undergone some changes, like a new floor. Fr. Paul Lippstock is still there covering six local churches in the Forest City general area, a lot of traveling. We’ve spoken about him before.

He’s the priest who owns a Winnebago coach also. Often he’ll use the coach to take kids from the parish, not to mention a few adults as well, to enjoy a day off fishing or other experiences. Unlike the downtown area the church is pouring money in the form of improvements to the church. It’s hard to tell but a new floor has been added. I’ve never walked on anything like it before. It feels like a layer of form rubber. His homily was second to none. The gospel was about humility and wisdom and, as expected, he tied it in with the everyday parishioner. As I mentioned above, participating with this parish is so much like coming back home, that is, if we had a home. Sadly we won’t have the privilege of attending another service since we’ll be heading to Cedar Rapid, IA on Tuesday.

MM

Ellsworth AF Base

 



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8.21.2019- The Ellsworth Air Force Base

Above right is the first powerhouse rocket, Titan. Below is a B-1 Bomber. This plane can fly to and deliver a full load of armaments anywhere in the world, with perfect accuracy. There’s also a gift shop, as always.

We are now inside the missile silo. This rocker is big! If and when this missile is ever implemented the force of the rocket will ultimately destroy this silo. The truth is the government will never activate just one missile. Should one missile be needed ALL 153 missiles will be activated because the use of this nuclear bomb will constitute an almost end of days scenario.

Behind Carla is a stage-like structure. Should a new rocket be needed this enclosure will be opened to allow placement of a new rocket. Behind the truck-like unit behind Carla is the cover protecting the rocket inside. This cover weighs way over one-hundred tons. It is totally pneumatic if needed to be open. The purpose of this is to guarantee that no computer or mechanical glitches could interfere in the opening of the silo tube. We were told it would only take fifteen seconds to remove this cover. Top right and bottom are some views of this small city with a city. Everything any military personnel would need or want to do is on this property.

Pictures above are of the control centers for this silo. Military personnel here work 24-hour shifts. Below is the plane that was used to fly a candy-drop to build public relation’s in the ’40s.

Left is a B-1B Bomber. My question was what happened to the B-1A bomber. The “A” bomber was built by another contractor than the “B” version. It was twice as fast, going well over mark-2 and was twice as expensive. It had other problems also. The “B” version flies at mark 1.2 but was only half as expensive, so the decision was made for the, I think, Boeing product. This plane has the ability to adjust it wing formation to increase both its speed and stealth abilities.Just as a side note for air-products that have been awesome is the B-52 Bomber, a product of the 50’s. This plane is no longer being built but the Air Force will be leaving this product in service until 2030 or longer, only because it has been such a perfect plane. It continues to be updated and upgraded as new technology presents itself.

This text is courtesy of AirplaneMuseums.com

In January of 1942, the U.S. War Department established Rapid City Army Air Base as a training location for B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber units.

In July of 1945 Rapid City AAB was placed on standby status as the Army Air Forces began to demobilize with the pending end of World War ii.

Rapid City AAB was again reactivated in October of 1945, and designated a permanent facility by the Army Air Force. The base briefly trained weather reconnaissance and combat squadrons using P-61 Black Widow, P-38 Lightning, P-51 Mustang, and B-25 Mitchell aircraft. The airfield was again temporarily closed from September 1946 – March 1947 for a major construction program to upgrade the temporary wartime facilities to that of a permanent base.

When operations resumed in 1947 the base was a new United States Air Force asset. The primary unit assigned to the base was the new 28th Bombardment Wing (28 BMW) flying the B-29 Superfortress.

Today, Ellsworth AFB continues to be a major active military facility and a major contributor to the economy of the Rapid City area.

The host unit at Ellsworth is the 28th Bomb Wing (28 BW) assigned to the Air Combat Command’s Twelfth Air Force. The 28 BW is one of only two B-1B Lancer strategic bomber wings in the United States Air Force, the other being the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB, Texas.

The base is named in honor of Brigadier General Richard E. Ellsworth (1911–1953), who was killed when his RB-36 Peacemaker aircraft crashed near Nut Cove, Newfoundland during a training flight.

Little Bighorn Battlefield



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NEW Updates to the end of 2019

Aug. 10th Hardin, MT (RPIx4n)(500m)
Aug 14th Rapid City, SD (PPx14n)
Aug 29th Forest City, IA (Winnebago x5n)
Sept 3rd Cedar Rapids, IA (171m)
Sept. 17th Peoria, IL (177m)
Sept. 16th Batesville, IL (62m)
Sept. 25th Park City, KY(366m)
Oct 9th Knoxville, TN (224m)
Oct. 10th Lenoir, NC (186m)
Oct. 25th Yemassee, SC(269m)
Nov 1st Port Orange, FL (277m)
Nov. 5th Wildwood, FL (82m)
Nov. 26th Pompano, FL
Dec. 10th Christmas, FL
Dec. 16th Pompano, FL
Dec. 30th Wildwood, FL


8.12.2019-Little Battle of Little Bighorn battlefield

It was just a very short ride to the battlefield of Col Custer and Sitting Bull. This was a battle where Lt. Col George Custer was greatly outnumbered. The grounds here commemorate the valor of those involved in this battle.

8.12.2019-Custer State Park

Our visit to this battlefield, to me, was not a moving as, let’s say, Gettysburg. As always there’s always a gift shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not even going to try to sum up this battle, most know of it, at least. A great site to visit to refresh your memory would be

The battle of Little BigHorn

As you know Custer was very much outnumbered, possibly 10:1. Above was our host, a former history teacher, who gave us a awesome recount of all the events that took place and several locations on June 25, 1876. Below is the spot that Custer’s bother, Boston Custer, fell.

The grave marker with black facing is the spot that Custer was found after the battle. Directly in frnt of him would be his other brother Captain T. W. Custer fell during the battle.

A memorial to all who fought and died, at the battle of Little Bighorn. Below was our starting point for this experience and the spot we were enlightened by our host the history teacher, now Ranger. This would be his next to last presentation prior to his retirement from the National Park Rangers.

 

 

 

Custer State Park


 

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8.19.2019-Custer State Park -pictorial mostly

This is going to be mostly a car-tour of the Custer State Park. In all it will take us three hours to completely experience only two of the many routes of this park. As usual we begin with a visit to the Visitors Center.

 

This little guy is far from family. We see no other members of his herd anywhere around, but that’s somebody else’s problem. Upper right is the first of two tunnels we travel through. Absolutely no place for the coach. Rock formations abound at every turn.

Tunnel number two. This tunnel, unlike the first one, will bring us to one of the parks famous rock structures, Needle Rock, as seen below.

Being Seniors, especially seniors from Florida, we have a hard time passing up an eatery, especially one with such an awesome reputation. We’ve been told by several folks not to pass up the Purple Pie Place in the town of Custer. At this point we have not yet reached our destination, but the food was great. We enjoyed apple pie and ice cream and Carla enjoyed strawberry Rhubarb Pie.

From a distance we spotted a large group of dots on a hillside. We could only hope we would find wildlife. Yes! A herd of bison were far up on the side of the road with dozens of cars and onlookers viewing them. As we were pulling up to the herd they all decided it was time to come down from the hillside and cross the road we were on. It could not have gotten much better then this.

As if the Bison were not enough, about a mile later we came across a small group of mules enjoying the company to the visitors. Must give credit to the people who saw the bison herd, all remained either in or by their cars. A always the day does come to an end and we have a 66-mile drive back to the coach.

 

 

Hart Ranch, Rapid City, SD *****



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8.14.2019-Hart Ranch history-from their Web Site

This write-up courtesy of the Hart Ranch Website

His name was John Harrison Hart, and he settled the ranch in the 1880s. It is only fitting that this land bears his name today.

Hart was straight from the pages of Old West history, and he carved out his ranching empire while Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane roamed the streets of Lead and Deadwood.

There is much about him which is legend, but far more which is fact. This bull driver, Civil War fighter, scout, pioneer, and frontiersman blazed a reputation remembered even today by those who live around the ranch. The legend says he arrived in the Black Hills with only $15 in his pocket and survived the first winter by chopping wood for 75¢ a cord. The facts show his hard work, entrepreneurial skill, and innovative mind parlayed what little he had into a successful freight line from Pierre to Rapid City and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The legend says he never learned to drive a car, even though he lived to see World War II. The fact is that you still can find people who remember driving him around his ranch when – too old to ride a horse or wagon anymore – he just couldn’t stand being away from the land he loved.

The final chapter of our story is the purchase of the 13,000 acre Hart Ranch in 1983 and the construction of the Camping Resort. In 1984 the membership was deeded the 195 acre resort. There are several companies associated with the Hart Ranch name – Hart Ranch Arena, Hart Ranch Golf Course, and Hart Ranch Development Company. The Hart Ranch Camping Resort Club is an independent and separate corporation.

John Harrison Hart came to the emerald forests and creek-carved canyons of the Black Hills during the gold rush days of the 1880s with $15 in his pocket. Tapping his entrepreneurial skills, Hart soon bought a 13,000 acre ranch for himself. But he didn’t let success get to his head. Hart was a true cowboy, driving cattle by horseback on his ranch until his death.

The Western life was all he knew, for though Hart lived to see World War II, he never learned to drive a car. Today, Hart Ranch is South Dakota’s premier recreational resort, but like John Hart, we haven’t let success give us a big head.

We may have swimming pools, hot tubs, and tennis courts, to name a few, but our greatest amenity is the simple Western lifestyle Hart Ranch has represented for over a century.

Just a short post-note to this blog. All campgrounds offer storage areas. This is a parking-lot for RVs, campers, coaches and 5th wheels. Hart Ranch has this tractor trailer truck that works all week bring the RVs that belong to families who decide to visit for a weekend or much longer. These owners notify the camp director as to when they will be arriving and the camp puts the tractor trailer to work fetching the RV from the storage lot and delivering it to a site ready for the campers for when they arrive. I guess all campgrounds do this, it’s just that with over 500 sites, the retrieval ritual is repeated all day long some days. Shortly after the campers leave to go back home or somewhere, here comes the truck to take the RV from the site and store it once again. The cost for storage of an RV is relatively cheap especially when you consider the delivery and removal services.

 

 

 

Dakota Truck & Auto



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8.15.2019-Coach needs fixes
We were up early for our 8am apt at Dakota Truck and Auto. It basically needed an it change and generator fix. The oil change is basic along with all the other fine points the technician will check. The generator has been acting funny. One we turn it on it goes well for about thirty minutes then goes off. The goes off part is what has concerned us. The oil filter in the engine, which fuels the generator, needed replacing. Item #2 was a new item. When we were bringing in the slide this morning the hydraulic fluid came gushing out. I could only imagine the worse. Dakota Truck recommended Adams, ISC, across the street. I was anticipating having to rebuild the hydraulic line gain or worse. Long story short it was a 2-bit “O-ring” atop the hydraulic fluid reservoir had disintegrated. We were out of there in sixty minutes.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help


8.15.2019

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral

To put it simply I cannot find any “History” on this beautiful Cathedral. I will try to find some information in the church itself tonight.

Below, just a close-up of this beautiful but simple alter. The alter sits on a platform about three-feet above the Cathedral floor making it visible to virtually all the parishioners.

  

An exterior view of this magnificent Cathedral. Below is just a small sampling of the beautiful stained-glass windows.

The image above is what would usually be a “Rose-Window.” This, however is not round and definitely not rose. It is, however, an awesome piece of architecture. Below is the Baptismal Font. My picture does not do it justice. It is a very beautiful and peaceful venue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The text below is courtesy of CMRI

Devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help spread quickly to the United States. When the Redemptorists established a mission church near Boston, they dedicated it to Our Lady under this title and were privileged to receive from Rome the first copy of the icon which had been touched to the original and blessed.1 On Pentecost Sunday, May 28, 1871, the icon was carried in a magnificent procession to the church, where it was enshrined above the main altar. As with the original image in Rome, no sooner had the painting been displayed for public veneration than the miracles began. Soon the small wooden church was thronged with so many devotees of Our Mother of Perpetual Help that it soon became necessary to begin construction of a new, larger church. But even the large beautiful new church which was dedicated in 1878 could not hold the thousands who flocked to the miraculous image in those early years — and rightly so!

Between the years of 1871 and 1884, according to Fr. John Byrne, C.SS.R., “no less than 331 well-authenticated cures had been reported, some of which had been wrought in favor of people living so far away as West Virginia and Texas.”2 In 1886 alone, from January 1 to May 31, he continues, “thirty-one cures, apparently beyond the power of nature to effect, were reported.” A few years later, seven cures were reported to have taken place on a single day, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1891.

The weekly devotions in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is a custom that was introduced in 1922 at St. Alphonsus Church in St. Louis, Missouri, which at one point drew as many as eighteen thousand people every week. The devotion spread quickly from church to church until eventually, in St. Louis as in New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago, and Boston, it became necessary to schedule eight to ten services a day to accommodate all the people who wanted to honor Our Lady under this title. Before long the custom of weekly devotions in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help had spread worldwide.

EF-1 Tornado-Hardin, MT

 


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8.11.2019-EF-1 Tornado, in our Big Horn County

It was around 7:30 pm and we were watching a Superman movie. The scene was Clark Kent’s father being sucked up by a horrendous tornado.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fast forward to 8:30pm the wind was picking up, the extended awning on the coach was moving radically, our door is locked in the open position and the screen interior door is rattling violently. Carla instinctively told me to get the awning in and after I would try to close our door. The awning retracted with difficulty but the door would be a different story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I stepped down our steps and unlatched our door and then it happened. The wind came up so violently I could barely retrace my steps back into the coach. The unlatched door would not break away from the wind forcing it against the coach. I tried again to close the fixated door by leaning out the door opening desperately holding to an inside boarding bar in the coach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Within seconds after leaning out to try to close our door my body felt as though it was in the clutches of an invisible force. This force was desperately trying to pry my body out the open doorway and away from the coach and the door continued to affix itself to the coach. Finally after about 2-3 minutes the wind suddenly died in force for about 15 seconds. I took advantage of the break to close the coach door. Within seconds we had all the windows in the motorhome closed and we immediately retreated to the presumed safety of our bedroom. Instinctively we positioned ourselves at the foot of the bed and pulled our foot-thick Denver mattress over our heads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It did not take a person with a PhD in weather anomalies to know we were in trouble. In the minutes it took me to retrieve the door I could not remember seeing a  funnel cloud, but the clouds were so dark and ominous they could only have come straight from hell. The wind began again with seconds of our closing the door and we were spellbound, lying perpendicular to our bed on the floor.

The sounds of the wind outside beating up the coach in every direction was a horrendous roar. Did it sound like a train I did not have a chance to think of that. The coach was shaking left to right in endless motions. Lying on the floor with our mattress as our make-shift ceiling cover  was frightening. For fifteen minutes or more the floor shook, it never ceased bouncing up and down from just an inch to much more over and over again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The heat under the mattress was almost unbearable. We both had difficulty in breathing but we felt relatively safe. Was it a tornado, yes; but not directly over our location. Were we afraid I’d say yes, we’ve experienced many challenges in the past, even a brush with hurricane Irma from a few years ago, but this was life threatening. Not having seen any funnel cloud in the direction of the wind, minutes ago, I felt fairly certain we would not be sucked up into the upper atmosphere, but I felt strongly the chances were very good this might just be a Microburst. The type of weather phenomenon that could easily crush and flatten our coach, hopefully our mattress might cushion us from severe injuries with this possibility. Another possibility is a chance that a high-enough wind could topple our motorhome to its side or that another RV, with a strong enough wind, being jammed into us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For 15 to 20 minutes we huddled in place frightened, praying and feared life’s worse scenario. The tornado, an EF-1, was located mostly in the Billings, MT area, not far from here, but we were experiencing the outer winds of this very heavy wind. By 8:50 the heavy winds subsided and we extricated ourselves from our shelter. The pictures of the clouds were after the weather phenomenon had ended. The clouds just twenty minutes ago were so black I doubt I would have been able to take a decent picture. We and many of the other RVers here began to go out and ask if everyone was okay.

Never want to experience something like this ever again!

Courtesy of the Northern Wyoming News:

WORLAND – The National Weather Service completed their site investigation to a storm that hit Powder River Pass on June 19 and has categorized the storm that caused damage to trees and snow fences as an EF-1 tornado.

According to a release from the NWS Riverton office, on Wednesday, June 19, a thunderstorm began to develop on the border of Park and Big Horn counties around 5 p.m. As this storm moved east it strengthened and reached its peak intensity in extreme southeastern Big Horn County. The storm crossed into Johnson County and produced a tornado on Powder River Pass in the Bighorn Mountains just before 7 p.m.

Considerable tree damage occurred along and near US Highway 16 as the tornado moved east along its 3.7 mile path. Hundreds of conifer trees were uprooted or snapped at their trunks. Additionally, several large wooden snow fences were torn apart, with fencing debris thrown in all directions. This tornado was unusual in that it occurred at a high elevation of just under 10,000 feet along its western path.

The damage produced by this storm was consistent with an EF-1 tornado, with estimated peak winds of 110 mph. The time of the tornado was estimated by comparing the location of the damage with radar imagery, according to the NWS release.

The maximum width of the storm path was 250 yards.

Tillamook Creamery


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7.20.2019-Tillimook Creamery in Tillamook, OR

 

 

 

 

 

This is the Tillamook Creamery. It is located in, where else but, Tillamook, OR. Every year this museum/creamery is viewed by over 1.3-million people.

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone touring this complex will go home with a great admiration on the Tillamook attitude towards farming and cattle in particular. For us city folks we’ll learn how intense caring for cattle is on a daily basis. I lost the picture I had of a mechanical scratching wheel designed for the pleasure of the cattle they care for.

 

 

 

 

 

As you walk through this self-guided tour you will be taught the process of making cheese. This learning process is presented in pictures, kiosks and videos.
In our travels what we see, more than anything else, are farms. We both have a great deal of admiration for all those farmers who take so much pride in the areas where their cattle feed and live each day. Sadly so many times we see cattle meandering around in twelve inches of mud. It probably makes no difference in the milk they produce but in all fairness, with all the land most cattle farmers have, they should have more consideration for their animals.

 

 

 

 

 

The Tillamook Factory produces more than 170,000 pounds of cheese each day. It also produces and makes available over one-million pounds of cheese to be sold to the public each week.

Above is the Octopus. Tillamook cheese is aged in forty-pound-cubes for periods of 60 days to, as many as, five-years. Up to fifty-million pounds of cheese is stored and aged at this location on average.

 

Above is the tasting bar. Several flavors and types of Tillamook Cheese are available for consumer consumption in hopes you’ll not go home empty handed. At every venue you’ll almost always find an eatery and a gift shop. This eatery is huge offering items from burgers to ice cream to its guests.

 

 

 

 

 

Our trip here was very exciting and educational. If you’re in the area take time to visit this location.

Grandview Camp & RV Park


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8.10.2019-Grandview Camp & RV Park
Welcome to Grandview. The view is not really that grand. This is one of those private parks. It’s also a Good Sam Park. These four days we pay the full price but we needed a resting place for four days before we can move on to Rapid City, SD.

 

 

 

 

 

This is not a very big park actually kind of small. I bet it’s a great little business. Upper left is the site plan for the park, we’re in #36. Below is what we always hope for, a wide entrance to the office. We’re also greeted by Smokey the Bear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upper right is the office; it’s in a state of renovation inside. As you can see in the lower left pic. What is nice about this rv park is a major fuel station on the other side of the road entrance to the park; how convenient. In its defense we do have cable, 50amp, satellite, sewer and very good Verizon phone reception. Everything we are always hoping for.

St. Joseph CC


8.10.2019

St. Joseph Church, Hardin, MT

 

 

 

 

 

St. Joseph’s, as you can see from the pictures below, is a very pretty Church. The congregation is not that large or they all go to Mass on Sunday, not sure.

 

 

 

 

 

Large or small it is a church and deserves being mentioned in a blog. The next church we attend, in Rapid City, SD is a Cathedral and is very impressive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel to Hardin, MT


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8.08.2019-1st stop would be Idaho Falls, ID.
Last thing I saw last night was a caution light on the dash saying “Oil level low-Check!” It would have to wait until tomorrow morning, to dark right now. Windows open , Scooty slept through the night, Carla is sleeping like a log and here I am at 4am thinking about the oil level in the coach. Just like last night, it’s to dark to do anything else but think about the situation. To make a long story short I did find the 5W30 motor oil and we did make it to Idaho Falls, safely.

 

 

 

 

 

The sky, as you can see, was always a little threatening, but nothing came of it, at least not today. In the next picture you can see what it looks like to be homeless, as we and many others are, and enjoy the lifestyle of free stays at a Walmart.

 

8.09.2019 Next stop Butte, MT -now Bozeman, MT

 

 

 

 

 

What an early start, around 8am, rarely happens. Then we checked out the GPS and it projected we’d be in Butte around noon, give or take. 

 

With a 300-mile trip on Saturday. So we decided to extend the travel today 85-miles to Bozeman, MT.

  

 

 

 

 

 It was all highway with, once again, some very awesome sights. As we travelled West we caught a glimpse of the Rocky Mountains to our south, not to mention thousands of acres of corn, wheat and potatoes. Below, I thought, might have been a plant to convert corn to the oil for possibly fuel, but no! It was a oil distillery. They get their oil on trains from Canada to make fuel to be distributed throughout this region. Below, we often see, are these huge water falls. This picture does not do it justice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see from the picture above, the rain did finally come. Not a heavy downpour, just a constant heavy drizzle. For some reason the coach seems to love this type of weather. It moves us along with just a slight hum from the engine. It could almost put you to sleep; not good for the driver, however! We did arrive in Bozeman just minutes before 2 pm, cold not ask for anything better, considering the distance.

8.10.20`19-Sat. travel to Hardin, MT for a 4-day stay.

 

 

 

 

It was a very easy ride, almost boring, if it had not been for the awesome views along the way. It is so hard to believe that our farmers manage such big farms, and, by the way, who eats all this corn and wheat they produce.

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve seen farms that must have been over one-thousand acres of just corn alone. Wheat and hay was  produced as far as Bozeman, MT  with the assistance of vast irrigation systems. As we pushed forward, closer to Billings, MT we saw farms producing hay and wheat with no irrigation systems at all. I believe we were told that these acres were producing “dry-wheat.”

 

 

 

 

 

All they do is let it grow then cut, bail, stack and watch the next generation of wheat to come out of the ground. Livingston, MT was just before Billings. The rolling hills were awesome. Tom Brokaw has a farm here, and we think it might be for sale. As we arrived in Billings at the Petroglyphs cave we saw this sign.

 

 

 

 

 

The inducement to take this walk was this paved walkway, that would soon change.

 

 

 

 

 

We did make it to the first of the three caves. I don’t think either of us were that impressed with the pictographs; we’ve seen better. In the picture below is a cropped version of a cave painting.

 

 

 

 

Above possibly a gator or crocodile. I’ll let you decide what the picture in the upper right might depict. I see a fish in one spot. Like I said we’d seen drawings from the ancients that were much better. Definitely not his or her calling.

 

 

 

 

 

Upper left just right of center you’ll notice three black spots. Those were added in the last fifty years to indicate the level of the floor before the archeologists began tearing things apart. Many artifacts were discovered in this cave. But we have two more caves to investigate.

 

 

 

 

 

The pathway has become either gravel or crushed stone, still not bad to walk on. Upper left is our new destination. cave #2. Dead center in the picture below is where we saw the first cave. The second unimpressive cave is below right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make this long story short the walkway to worse and we decided to pass on cave #3 and start back to the coach. You can barely make out the coach in upper right pic but it’s there, we just have to walk back on this gravel path. This was the first time we’d taken the coach to a venue, usually we get to the campground and drive back but the campground in Hardin is forty-five miles from here and we were going right by it so we coached it to this venue, possibly never again. From here were going to travel to the Grandview Camp and RVPark. Not much to brag about but, nonetheless, I gave it it’s own blog.

Petroglyphs and Carla’s Birthday*


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8.05.2019-Petroglyphs of Celebration Park in Melba, ID.

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The Petroglyphs in these pictures are from Melba, ID. They are, however, found all over the country. The boulders found in this area date back over 15,000 years. The Petroglyph images go back to the 1300’s. Most pictures are primitive for the people living in this area at the time.

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Exactly what these images portray no one is sure. The inhabitants of this area were, most likely, had no knowledgeable of the Gregorian Calendar. Rocks exemplifying dots might have been the primitives trying to keep track of days, seasons or even marks indication each new arrival for that year. Below left is a star image and the mark in the 9 o’clock position is 0.06 degrees of true north but when the professionals calculate for shifts in the world crust the 9 o’clock marking is exactly focused on true north and is also aligned to the North Star called Polaris, the star you find at the tip of the Big Dipper that stays in the same position at all times.

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Above is a picture of Henry a Park Service Person. If it were not for him we would have gone home with a big feeling of disappointment concerning this trip. A quick look of the Snake River in this area. The inhabitants inhabiting this area centuries ago were not annual inhabitants. They would arrive in the late fall and leave the area in early spring. With no air conditioning yet, they had no incentive to endure the heat. Below left was a possible image of a sheep. The dots may be explained as their way to show shading on the animal, or possibly, a primitive method of keeping track of time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a very dry area with the great option of the Snake River for irrigation. The road picture is just a depiction of how desolate and even boring traveling some of these Idaho roads. On a positive note for Idaho, their roads are in excellent condition. In our stay here I’ve seen only on major pothole.  Below is the 8000 Series Precision irrigation system. It delivers water to very dry land masses. It will pivot at the beginning and send water through the piping at the top of the unit to a distance of 2800 feet, almost a one-half mile in length. It then pivots in a semi-arch very slowly covering hundreds of acres of land.

 

 

 

 

 

Carla’s Birthday:
We did finally get home a little after 4pm. We both needed some time to unwind. For dinner we had the usual, a salad, followed by a 4-ounce cheesecake, in place of a small birthday cake and finally one of Carla’s favorite movies; SAVING MR. BANKS. This was a movie on the origins of Mary Poppins. No pictures this year, maybe next year. We will to a nice dinner once we find ourselves in a bigger city with more restaurants to choose from.

 

 

Our Lady of Good Counsel


8.03.2019

Saturday-Our Lady of Good Counsel

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Saturday night which means Mass at another new church. This week we’ll be attending Our Lady of Good Counsel. We’ve never come across a church by this name before. Fr. German Osorio presided over the service with an awesomely inspiring sermon on the shallow importance on earthly things. How interesting that this sermon would mimic the saying we post in all our blogs: “Happiness is to have everything, you need. Not the need to have everything.” It was probably just me but I did find a correlation in the statements.

 

 

 

 

 

The pictures may not be as sharp as usual since I was lazy and used my cell phone then shot a picture with my camera. What you cannot see in this picture is that the statue of the Blessed Virgin is holding a “Brown Scapular.”

Mountain Home, ID&RVPark


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8.01.2019 Preparing to travel
Can you believe, the end of another month. At the same time we’re preparing for our next move. I’ve pulled the tanks and filled the fresh water tank so we’re 90% ready to go. Our next destination is about 450 miles from here so we’ll be doing an Walmart overnight in Island City, OR our last time to experience this gorgeous state. We’ll leave Island City on Saturday and arrive in Mountain Home, ID for a 5-day stay. All I know about this will be an RPI resort and will cost us ten-dollars a night and they warn it’s dusty there, still cheap enough. We will leave Mountain Home on the 8th of August. During our stay we plan on experiencing more petroglyphs from the past. As hard as I’ve tried I’m still one-blog behind, but will make it happen soon. We said good-by to Dawn and Dick, a very young couple possibly in their early forties, in their Zephyr motorhome. It made our couch look like a classic from the past, but it’s home to us.

8.04.2019-Sunday-Would be wash day.
The washers and dryers here come in at $1.00 and $1.25 per load cheapest we’ve seen in months if ever. Does not mean that they’ll be fully dry but it’s cheap. I relocated some of my winter clothing to a closet chest below and found my bathing suit. Yes, swimming might be on tap later today. High 90’s today but the coach is almost cold inside. I really thought today was going to be one of those do-nothing days but out of thin air Carla asked if we could goto the pool here at Mountain Home RVPark. So off we went, expecting to do not more than waddle around and talk to each other but what a surprise. We had the pleasure to meet the Thorne family; so awesome to be young as they were.  Not only that but their son Chase visited this Web Site, something neither of my kids ever do, and left a comment. It will be a long time before we forget the pleasant visit we had with this family. When we got back to the coach who shows up but Chase and a family member. Chase had our Web Site on his tablet, something I did not have until I was 70. They all enjoyed Scoots and Scoots was nice enough, this time, not to run and hide from them. Thanks to this visit we now have a few more ideas on venues to visit while we work our way East and eventually back to Florida. For now it’s back to my Sudoku.

 

 

The Multnomah Falls


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7.30 2019-We visit Multnomah Falls

 

 

 

 

 

Multnomah is pronounced-Malt-no-ma. Regardless of how you pronounce it over two-million people visit this venue annually. Above, to the right, is the Columbia River. Below is the visitor center, restaurant and gift shop and more importantly restrooms. Also below is a far-away shot of the falls.

 

 

 

 

 

Above is a beautiful shot of the grounds leading up to the falls. Below on the left is the new bridge that spans the falls. The left is the original bridge made of logs; not sure when it was replaced.

 

 

 

 

 

It is very difficult to see, you might have to enlarge the photo, but half way up the hill you can see individuals climbing to the top of the falls. This waterfall is the second tallest in North America at 620 feet. Number one is in the Mount Rainier area and is a two-DAY hike to visit this fall, so very few have seen it.

In the past visitors arrived here by  boat train and even a raft. There’s always a gift shop.

 

Mount Hood Ski Resort


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7.23.2019 Field trip to Mount Hood.

The Mount Hood Ski Resort is called Timberline. It’s elevation is at 8000 feet ASL  whereas the mountain itself is at 11,235 feet ASL. It is categorized as a stratovolcano; in other words, it’s not a solid rock or a big pile of dirt. It’s formed through layers of ash and lava.

 

 

 

 

 

This picture of Carla and old Smokey was taken at the Zig Zag Ranger station, right Zig Zag, I don’t know why. As we were traveling to Mount Hood, there it was, in the middle of the road.

 

 

 

 

 

Mount Hood is a potentially “Active” volcano. It has erupted only three times in the last 1800 years and the chances of an substantial eruption in the next thirty years is negligible, but not ruled out. For all purposes it is considered to be potentially dormant. The last eruption took place about 200 years ago.Above is a picture of just a small portion of the parking for this lodge. To the right is a picture of the many ski slopes the mountain offers. Timberline is the only lodge that offers “year-round” skiing in America. The highest and longest ski trail would start at the 8000 foot elevation.

 

 

 

 

 

Indoor pictures of the lodge. Not shown in the pictures are hundreds of really healthy skiers both young and older carrying skies, sleds and snow boards. It’s enough for me to feel even older than I am.

 

 

 

 

 

Timberline is populated with apartment and condos all over the grounds. It’s a playground for the rich. As we were checking out our purchases a group of youngsters were paying cash for their items and they had more hundreds and fifties in their wallets than I could count.

 

 

 

 

 

From this elevation you can see forever almost. We missed the first set of waterfalls but caught the second group. Below are just a couple of shots of how beautiful this area is. Not sure when we’ll be back, but for sure we will return for a longer stay next time.

 

 

Mount Angel Abbey*


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7.25.2019-Thursday-Abbey

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We’re off today to experience Mount Angel Abbey. The property it sits on is mostly a butte. As we have discussed in the past; a butte is a hill, both small and tall, made up of dirt, stone and in this area, a combination of volcanic ash and/or magma from thousands of years ago. We begin our tour at the first building on the property, the Press. It is here that the monks legally print documents or reprint books or booklets of interest to the seminary. Below Carla is asking the best way to view all the buildings. to the right is a shot of inside the Press Building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the pictures above are two dormitory buildings. There is an option to attend, for a while, either on or off campus. If the grounds look awesome, almost as perfect as you would see at Disney, it’s probably through the assistance of the seminary students, the beer they brew and sell, the Coffee House of course and the tuition they charge to attend the seminary. Annual tuition, including room and board, runs a little over $36,000 per year. So, a four-year stay could be as high as $150,000. That’s much cheaper than going to Pharmacy School. At Mass. College of Pharmacy tuition, without room and board, is running over $50,000/year. Below are two more dorm buildings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above left, I believe, is the Chapel, on the left and school building on the right. Our next stop for those building we can enter is the College Museum. If this is all we saw it would have been well worth the one-hour ride here. Below right is a replica of the “Crown of Thorns” that Jesus had to endure. I said replica. The Crucifixion was over 2000 years ago but the bramble bushes having these thorns thrive in the area of Mount Golgotha in Jerusalem, where Our Lord was crucified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above left, once again, the museum. to the right is the Seminary Chapel. The architecture of the chapel is Romanesque. Below right is the chapel Organ. It’s a Martin Ott Pipe Organ in the choir loft featuring 2478 pipes. Below left is the entrance to the chapel.

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In the foreground just to the left of the alter is another smaller organ. Also noteworthy is the seating configuration in the church. Very similar to what you might find in many of the English Churches and especially Cathedrals. I believe these are Choir Pews. Above right is the seminary library; awesome in size and décor. Above is about all we were permitted to experience. Below right is the walk-way to the Coffee-house, brewery and hundreds of acres of farmlands used to grow hops and almost all the other herbs needed for their beer.

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It would take several pictures to show off the many acres and variety of products grown on this property. Above right is the Coffee-House. They offer many unique beers, produced on the property and a short, simple menu to nimble on while enjoying your brew. Below is the inside of the Coffee-House and an Historic picture of the devastating fire that destroyed every building on the campus. It took over eighteen-months before classes would be held on the school grounds. I think this took place in 1926 or there about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below left is a peek of the distillery. The staff here were so awesome. Very informative and once lived in the vicinity from where we came from.

 

 

 

 

 

The ride home, in Oregon, is always a pleasant experience.

 

Mount Angel Abbey


7.25.2019

Mount Angel Abbey

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We’re off today to experience Mount Angel Abbey. The property it sits on is mostly a butte. As we have discussed in the past; a butte is a hill, both small and tall, made up of dirt, stone and in this area, a combination of volcanic ash and/or magma from thousands of years ago. We begin our tour at the first building on the property, the Press. It is here that the monks legally print documents or reprint books or booklets of interest to the seminary. Below Carla is asking the best way to view all the buildings. to the right is a shot of inside the Press Building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the pictures above are two dormitory buildings. There is an option to attend, for a while, either on or off campus. If the grounds look awesome, almost as perfect as you would see at Disney, it’s probably through the assistance of the seminary students, the beer they brew and sell, the Coffee House of course and the tuition they charge to attend the seminary. Annual tuition, including room and board, runs a little over $36,000 per year. So, a four-year stay could be as high as $150,000. That’s much cheaper than going to Pharmacy School. At Mass. College of Pharmacy tuition, without room and board, is running over $50,000/year. Below are two more dorm buildings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above left, I believe, is the Chapel, on the left and school building on the right. Our next stop for those building we can enter is the College Museum. If this is all we saw it would have been well worth the one-hour ride here. Below right is a replica of the “Crown of Thorns” that Jesus had to endure. I said replica. The Crucifixion was over 2000 years ago but the bramble bushes having these thorns thrive in the area of Mount Golgotha in Jerusalem, where Our Lord was crucified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above left, once again, the museum. to the right is the Seminary Chapel. The architecture of the chapel is Romanesque. Below right is the chapel Organ. It’s a Martin Ott Pipe Organ in the choir loft featuring 2478 pipes. Below left is the entrance to the chapel.

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In the foreground just to the left of the alter is another smaller organ. Also noteworthy is the seating configuration in the church. Very similar to what you might find in many of the English Churches and especially Cathedrals. I believe these are Choir Pews. Above right is the seminary library; awesome in size and décor. Above is about all we were permitted to experience. Below right is the walk-way to the Coffee-house, brewery and hundreds of acres of farmlands used to grow hops and almost all the other herbs needed for their beer.

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It would take several pictures to show off the many acres and variety of products grown on this property. Above right is the Coffee-House. They offer many unique beers, produced on the property and a short, simple menu to nimble on while enjoying your brew. Below is the inside of the Coffee-House and an Historic picture of the devastating fire that destroyed every building on the campus. It took over eighteen-months before classes would be held on the school grounds. I think this took place in 1926 or there about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below left is a peek of the distillery. The staff here were so awesome. Very informative and once lived in the vicinity from where we came from.

 

 

 

 

 

The ride home, in Oregon, is always a pleasant experience.

 

 

 

 

 

Salmon River and Cookout*


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7 .21.2019-Sunday-River Walk and Fire
Nothing much planned for today.

Shortly after breakfast we began a walk to discover the Salmon River, adjacent to the park. Then try to find our way back from the river relax at the coach.

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And now we have dinner on our picnic table and cook a steak on the fire. We Topped the evening off watching a documentary on understanding the Mueller Report.

 

 

Mt. Hood Village RVP


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7.19.2019-Mt. Hood Village RVP

In the above picture is typical of the last few miles of our drive here from Portland, OR. Once we left Portland it was one small town and another, mostly on 4-lane divided highways. Navigating small towns in a big bus does not make for a relaxing day but we made it without a scratch.

I definitely have nothing to complain about concerning this campground. The trip was only around fifty miles but we ended up taking almost two-hours to get here. They call it a village, rightfully so. This is also a Thousand Trails Encore Property; which means it’s a free stay. Our site is embedded in trees so tall they’re almost immeasurable. Just to recap Thousand Trails (TT). By joining TT you are a member in Equity LifeStyle Properties, offering all forms of camping, vacation get-always and rentals overseas. This campground is the best we’ve seen from TT. There are nicer properties but we enjoy the more rustic, back to nature venues.

This is our site and yes the coach is back there in the shadows. We also have a corner lot which means we possess real-estate. Even on the driver’s side of the coach we have and almost unobstructed view. This campground, unlike the Pacific City Encore, looks like heaven. In this Village we have Wi-Fi, Verizon cell service, sewer, no satellite but we do have cable TV; Awesome! Everything you hoped Pacific would offer but did not get.

I’ll definitely have more to say on this in the days to come.

St. Michaels CC


7.20.2019

St. Michaels Catholic Church

The text in italics has been taken from the Web Site of the Church of Saint Michael.

Sandy’s St. Michael’s parishioners have a history that dates back with the pioneers of the Northwest territory. “Fr. Louis Verhaag offered the first Mass in Sandy, Oregon, in the residence of Paul Dunn. His congregation numbered fifty persons, one fourth of whom were Catholics and most of whom had never seen a priest before. Subsequently priests from East Portland continued to visit Sandy. In June 1886, Mr. Meinig donated an acre of land and a frame church was planned. It was erected until 1898.”

Looking through the pages of Sandy’s Centennial Book an article appears relating to Sandy’s St. Michael’s Church which states that on December 18, 1894 land was purchased from Henriette and George Rahner on Main Street in Sandy across from the present-day post-office building. From the Catholic Sentinel, July 21, 1898; The building will be a frame structure, 26X46 feet, and a tower 8X8 feet and 20 feet high.” Sandy was about to have a Catholic Church building. Cost $700.00.

This was such a pleasant experience. Fr. Gregg Bronsema gave such a great sermon you could ask for.

Again, in the Chronicle of Catholic History and dated December 15th, 1898 reads: “A small church forty-six by twenty-six feet at Sandy, Oregon, built by Fr. Anselm Wachter, OSB, was dedicated by Fr. J.J. O’Riordan under the title and patronage of St. Michael.” It was noted at that time that the new building 46X26 feet, with a neat porch had cost $700.00 with a debt of $100.00 remaining.

Another article from the Catholic Sentinel (May 11, 1911) states: “The parishioners of St. Michael’s Church are rejoicing over the announcement of semi-monthly services in the future. Many of them remember when Mass was celebrated there possible once in two years, and later on, once or twice a year. For the past few years the first Sunday of every month has found a priest for the services.”

The St. Michaels Parish was established in the 1850s’ .

0720191625.jpgThe first church was destroyed by a fire on October 28, 1917. The second St. Michael’s Church at Sandy was built under the direction of Fr. W.R. Hogan by Herman Miller. For a time, this parish was served by the Benedictine Fathers from Mount Angel. Since 1933 Sandy was attached to the parish at Estacada in charge of the Rev. Martin Doherty. Subsequently Sandy became the parish center with Estacada as a mission. It was later learned that after the fire of the first church a new site was located and purchased from Maggie Proctor January 24, 1918 on the corner of Strauss Street and Pleasant Avenue, the site of the present church. This second building is still in use.

It is interesting to note here that Helen Milan was one of the young people of the parish and with her first job in Portland spent her first paycheck of $35.00 purchasing and donating the three stained glass windows bearing her name in the choir loft of the present church. Following Fr. Hogan’s pastorate, the chapel was attended by various priests from the Abbey at Mt. Angel. Since 1933 Sandy had been attached to Estacada, but in 1953 members of the St. Michael’s parish purchased a house on the corner of Strauss and Pleasant Streets which would be used as a rectory. This house was purchased on December 28, 1953.

From the files of the Catholic Sentinel dated July 1, 1926 comes the first mention of the church at Welches: “New church on Mt. Hood Loop, St. John, is under construction at Murphy on the Mt. Hood Loop. The church will be attended by Fr. Bonaventure, OSB, pastor of St.

Michael’s Church, Sandy, Oregon. The property on which the church is built which includes an acre, was donated by Mrs. Honora Murphy, an aunt of Abbot Bernard Murphy, OSB, of Mt. Angel. An interesting note is found in the historical files of the Catholic Sentinel dated 1937 which reads: “A new chapel of St. John, to be built at Welches this summer, replacing the chapel that collapsed last winter. Mass will be offered in the open every Sunday until the new chapel is completed. Rev. Martin Doherty is the pastor of Welches’ St. John’s Church became the Mission of Sandy’s St. Michael’s Parish.

Travel to Portland, OR


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Travel to Portland, OR

7.16.2019
Wow! to quote that famous movie line; “We’re Back!.” It’s been three arduous weeks hibernating in Pacific City.

We endured no Verizon phone service, no Wi-Fi, no sewer and no in-house bathroom conveniences for our last three days. The bathroom thing arose from the limitations on our black-water holding tank. When full, or almost full, you must forgo using it. It’s usually good for 5-6 days and it did last 5 days then we were delegated to the campground facilities. It wasn’t a big hardship since the facilities were about a one-minute walk from the coach, but it did rain a lot and then there’s always those 3am emergencies, but we survived.

Our newest rant is an old one; our driver’s-side slide-out. It’s acting up a bit. It does work properly. It’s just that the bottom of the slide, on one occasion, dislodged mostly because of the terrible campground roads at Pacific City, so I didn’t want to chance an incident on our travel to Portland. Just a quick picture on this beautiful city of tall glistening building and multi-level over-passes.

At the local Ace Hardware in Lincoln, OR, I think, I had two 2×4’s cut to the exact depth of the slide, which was twenty-nine inches. The measurement was perfect and when we retracted the slide we wedged one board on each end of the slide between the slide bottom framework and the interior wall of the coach just to insure it did not wiggle lose as we traveled today, and the slide behaved nicely.

 

 

 

I almost forgot to mention Scooty’s new-found friend. We’ve seen this fella several times, it suffers from a very damaged ear on the top of its head. Scoots never gave it a name, but since we had a bunch of left-over cat food that Scooty refused to eat, we fed it to, let’s call him “Peter.” Peter ate a full-bowel within ten minutes. So we put out a much fuller bowl and when we woke the next morning, our travel-day, it was just about cleaned up. Before we left we put out another bowl and can only hope the future inhabitants of this site will take pity on him as well. How did the saying go; “feed the hungry and less fortunate.” The author probably didn’t have Peter in mind, but it worked for us.

29th Wedding Anniversary


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7.14.2019- Anniversary Dinner 29

 

Yes, I remembered! Unlike those that are encased in a stick and stone building, we cannot indulge in frivolous, but relevant, gifts. We settle for a better than average dinner and the, all important, anniversary cards. We decided to try the Riverhouse Diner in Pacific City. You must remember Pacific City is a village, actually a fishing village. We both indulged in a Calamari meal in a excellent sauce. Carla had a pannacotta desert and I played it safe with a Cheesecake dish. The restaurant was small, but once again Pacific City is small.

I counted tables and chairs and could only come up with seating for twenty-four, but that’s alright, I like small. In this picture is about half the dining room.

 

 

From the exterior it isn’t that impressive but the food was very good. The calamari was a little on the salty side but good nonetheless.

 

 

 

This is the river it borders. Throughout the meal we saw this young family kayaking up and down in front of the restaurant, very relaxing.  

The Brown Scapular


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The Brown Scapular:

(The following text taken from the Carmelite Web Site and the Sunday Bulletin of St.Joseph’s Church on Cloverdale, OR.)

One day, a long time ago, walking the streets of Rome, three outstanding men of God bumped into one another. Friar Dominic of Guzman was recruiting members for the Order of Preachers, later known as the” Dominicans,” Which he had founded. Brother Francis of Assisi, the Poverello, had just brought together some men to serve what he called Lady Poverty. The third, Friar Angel, had come from Mount Carmel in Palestine, and was called to Rome because he was a great preacher. Illuminated by the Holy Spirit, the three recognized one another, and during the conversation made many prophesies. Saint Angel, for example, predicted God would give Saint Francis the stigmata, And Saint Dominic prophesied, “One day, Brother Angel, the Blessed Mother will give your Carmelite Order a devotion that will be known as the Brown Scapular, and to my Order of Preachers a devotion that will be called the Rosary. And one day she will save the world through the Rosary and the Scapular.” On the spot where that meeting took place, a chapel was built which exist in Rome to this day. In addition to the special grace of eternal salvation, connected with the Scapular, Our Lady gave another, which became known as the Sabbatine Privilege. The following century, on March 3, 1322 she appeared to Pope John XXII, communicating to those who wear her scapular, “As a tender mother, I will descend into Purgatory on the Saturday after their death and will deliver them and bring them to the holy mountain, into the happy sojourn of life everlasting.” What are, then the specific promises of Our Lady?xxxx

  1. Whoever dies clothed with the Scapular, will not suffer the fire of Hell. What did Our Lady mean with these words? First, on making this promise, Mary does not mean that a person who dies in mortal sin will be saved. Death in mortal sin and condemnation are the same thing. Mary’s promise undoubtedly translates into these words, “Whoever dies clothed in this scapular will not die in mortal sin. “To make that clear, the Church often adds the word “piously” to the pledge, “he who dies piously will not suffer the fire of Hell.”
  2. Our Lady will free from Purgatory the person wearing her scapular on the first Saturday after his or her death. Although this privileges often interpreted literally, that is, the person will be freed from Purgatory on the first Saturday after his or her death, “everything that the Church has officially stated on several occasions to explain these words, is that those who fulfill the conditions of the Sabbatine Privilege, through the intercession of Our Lady, will be freed from Purgatory shortly after death, and especially on Saturday.

The Blessed Virgin assigned certain conditions which must be fulfilled:

  • Wear the Brown Scapular continuously.
  • Observe chastity according to one’s state in life (married/single).
  • Recite daily the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin (STILL WORKING ON THIS)
  • OR Observe the feasts of the Church together with abstaining from meat on Wednesdays and Saturdays
    OR With permission of a priest, substitute some other good work.
    OR With permission of a priest, say five decades of Our Lady’s Most Holy Rosary” 

    I hope to have more information on the “Little Office of the Blessed Virgin” in a few days.

     

     

    Haystack Rock, Pacific City, OR*


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    7.12.2019-Cape Kiwanda or Haystack Rock

    This is the beach in Pacific City. It’s known as Cape Kiwanda.

     

     

     

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    What the beach is really known for is the rock that sits within site of the beach area. This looks like just another rock sitting in the water but this rock is over one mile off the coast. On top of that it’s well over three-hundred feet in height.

     

     

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    This is a view of this beach town from the road approaching the beach. So much like Cape Cod.

     

     

     

     

    Above, thanks to cropping, is a sand surfer. this is a very big mound of sand and must be steep enough to use it as

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    Below is a boat. More specifically it’s a “Dory.” The Dory is configured to make it a boat which can handle the strong surf this beach has year-round.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    7.12.2019-Pacific City, OR-

    The biggest store in town was Chester’s’, about the size of a Walgreen Drug Store. I’m not knocking it. With what they’re charging the Chester’s are doing quite well. Corn at Walmart 5-for $2,00. Chester’s was having a special, 80-cents an ear down this week from $1.25 an ear last week. Doesn’t that inspire you to buy a 5-acre mini-farm and supply Chester’s every week! Below are pictures of the Pacific City Beach Area.

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    Pacific City RVP-must improve*


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    To sum up this RV Park:

    NO sewer (only one pump-out station available)

    Few Restrooms-(mostly portal-potties)

    NO cell service from Verizon

    NO satellite service from coaches

    NO Wi-Fi (minimal from the Clubhouse.)

    Few descent camp roads- many very precarious.

    Need I say more

     

     

    Fourth of July Eve*


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    -NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


    7.03.2019

    I know the importance of this great day, it’s the 4th of July eve. It’s also the fourth anniversary of my mom’s passing. After four years it should only be a foot note in this journal, but I haven’t gotten there yet. As everyone knows only one person can be the driver of a car and there’s only one captain of a ship, in my mother’s case the responsibilities of her care and well-being fell on the shoulders of my brother Dennis. I know that Carla and I could have stopped gallivanting around the country and tried to help him and her but that would have been too many cooks in the kitchen. Dennis was the person, due to his proximity to where they both lived, to devote himself to her care, along with her caregivers. For that I will always be most appreciative for. On a relevant note I may be the only one, but I still wish to have had another hour with her, and for that matter, my father as well. Another hour to share tea and toast in the morning or just a chat on the porch. An hour to thank them and, most importantly, apologize for my shortcomings and ask for forgiveness. But as life would have it, we always feel there’ll be time the next time I visit.

    Why this train of thought; just a word to any of my readers to take time, once or twice a year, and touch base with someone close to you. Don’t let time rob you of the luxury of mending a fence or two. It doesn’t have to be a parent, per se. We all have someone we’ve let slip though the cracks, someone we used to be close to and even someone you might have had a difference of opinion with. Don’t procrastinate, pick up the phone, or better still, pick up a pen and touch base the old-fashioned way; snail mail, and for heaven’s sake, don’t e-mail or text. If this personal dissertation reaches only one person to re-connect with someone in their past, then this posting has served its purpose. Mom and Dad, I Love you!

     

    St. Joseph’s CC

    6.29.2019

    St Joseph’s Church in Cloverdale, OR-

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    Fr. Jim Derringer- is the Pastor. So reassuring to hear a homily that the priest doesn’t read verbatim. The first words out of his mouth was “I don’t really agree with the translation of this Gospel by Luke; from that moment on he had my attention. Just to deviate for a minute to mention that just before the Mass began, we decided to read the bulletin; had to do something since we were thirty-minutes early but we did have our pick of pews. The bulletin gave a great dissertation on the “Brown Scapular.”

    Remember, this is the scapular you received when you were six years old making your First Communion, but no one told you anything about it. Besides that, it was itchy, and your parents were going to give you a shinny new metal scapular; “do you still have it? Read the blog on the Brown Scapular if you really have time to kill, hopefully in the next 10 days.

    HHR Tires at Ocean Tires*


    Please take the time to leave a comment at the bottom of this blog. I relish the positive ones and will learn from the negative ones.

    HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING, 
    you need. 
    NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


    TRAVEL ITENERARY

    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m).
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m).
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n).
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n).
    July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n).
    July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n).

    Aug. 7th  Butte, MT
    Aug 10th Billings, MT
    Aug.12th Wyoming somewhere find  RVP
    Aug 14th Rapid City, SD
    Aug 29th Forest City, IA


    06.26.19-Monday-Tires-at Ocean Tires

    Well, hopefully we’ve lifted ourselves out of the flat-tire syndrome. We took ourselves to Ocean Tire, as recommended by our AAA guy, we asked for four Michelin tires for the HHR. We were told he could order them and have them come in the day we leave the area. He reminded us that they are very expensive. He had a recommendation and we listened. We ended up with four tires with sixty-thousand miles possible life-span. The price was much better than Michelins. The best part of the situation was yet to happen. The HHR has been pulling to the left for some time, so I assumed alignment, right! That’s what I thought. When we asked for an alignment he told us it would be a waist of money because the tire-rim on the right-side rear tire had sustained very slight dent and was not perfectly round and for that reason it would not allow a good alignment process. We asked him to use this rim for our spare and put the four new tires on the other rims. I was concerned that the damage to the rim would cause early wear to the tire on that rim, and he agreed. What I did not expect was that we had absolutely no pulling to the left as before and the car was driving in a perfectly straight line on its own. The damaged rim now sitting in the trunk must have been causing the car to feel as though it was out of alignment. It was then back to the coach and enjoy the rest of our day.
    Only one more full day before we leave Newport but I am seriously in love with the area, we’ll be back again.

     

    South Beach Fish Market*


    Please take the time to leave a comment
    at the bottom of this blog. I relish the positive ones and will learn from the negative ones.

    HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING, 
    you need. 
     NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.

     

    TRAVEL ITENERARY
    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n)
    July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n)
    July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n)

    Aug. 7th  Butte, MT
    Aug 10th Billings, MT
    Aug.12th Wyoming somewhere find  RVP
    Aug 14th Rapid City, SD
    Aug 29th Forest City, IA


    06.23.19-Sunday-South Beach Fish Market

    Sundays are very much like Saturdays. The script has been reenacted on so many Sundays in our past, very much like many other families. A little shopping at Walmart then munch our way through the day with a nice but simple dinner to end the evening. Today was very much like all the Sundays of our past with a little twist at the end of the day. As I’ve mentioned a few times the last couple of weeks, we’re not exactly in the heart of Newport. In Newport is where you can easily find Wi-Fi and, most of all, cell phone availability. No, we’re about eight miles south of Newport over where many of the well know beaches can be found, like South Beach and Nye Beach. Today, however, we’re facing a count-down to Wednesday morning when we will depart this area and go to Pacific City. We’ve mentioned in the past we adhere, as much as possible, to a very simple and inexpensive lifestyle, but occasionally you have to do something different.

    On each trip into town we travel past the South Beach Fish Market, I actually thought the name of the place was the Crab House do the outdoor billboards on the building. So today we decided to experience this roadside fish eatery. There are people waiting to enter all day long, so after a couple of games of Kings Corner we left the coach around 4pm to go eat. We no sooner got to the Ocean Highway didn’t the car begin  to handle funny, something was wrong. I got out and sure enough we had another flat. This was the second flat in two weeks. My brother Dennis, as he does each year, renews his and our membership to AAA. We hadn’t had the last flat fixed so now we had to rely on the donut tire. AAA estimated a one-hour wait and as promised he arrived in one hour. He had us up and going in twenty minutes.

    The next stop would be the Fish Market. This is one of those eateries visible to everyone but whose reputation is best know to only the locals. It’s not very impressive, but what a menu. All the fish is fresh. Halibut, Shrimp, Chinook King Salmon, Prawns, Scallops, Tuna and Wild Fish, served in so many combinations you must allow an extra twenty minutes time to study the menu. Carla enjoyed Halibut and Scallops, which I help her eat and I partook of Calamari and Onion Rings. Our meals were awesome. Torty minutes later we were slowly driving our crippled car back to the campground. Needless to say, tires will be our primary objective tomorrow morning especially since we’re leaving on Wednesday.

     

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    Please take the time to leave a comment
    at the bottom of this blog. I relish the positive ones and will learn from the negative ones.

    HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING, 
    you need. 
     -NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


    TRAVEL ITENERARY

    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n)
    July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n)
    July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n)

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