Never Too Old

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Today was a strange day for weather. When we got up it was sunny and clear blue sky. By the time we went to meet the kids it was raining cats and dogs. We would get sun, rain, clouds, blue sky intermittently throughout the day. Once we returned home we were treated to a double rainbow!

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We had an easy morning. Catching up on sleep and just relaxing after driving for a couple of days. We love this lifestyle that doesn’t have any “I must be there” schedules. We had a date with the kids to go watch them play on their softball team.

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Brook hitting that ball with a solid whack!
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Brook high-fiving a team mates making it to first base.
David almost hitting the ball. I think he did get a good hit and made a run.
David almost hitting the ball. I think he did get a good hit and made a run.

Their team lost by 4 points. There were some injuries throughout the game which come from playing co-ed. They have 2 weeks to rest up and heal. One is never too old to do fun things.

This day reminded me of when I was coach to Lesa’s girls softball team when she was in the third grade; watching David play baseball all through his elementary days and my own days playing on a softball team clear into my 50’s. A fun day all around for us.

Life is Awesome! God sent His son so that we might enjoy this life from now through eternity!!!:)

 

Happy David’s Day

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Saturday was a very special day for me. I was blessed to spend the day with David, my son and Brook, my new daughter.

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We drove to the “old” house to get our day started. Today was Happy David’s Day and his choice was to go to his favorite Java Coffee Shop in Hyde Park, downtown Boise.  A side note: Happy David’s Day means we all have to do whatever he wants to do! Oh brother. LOL

The one thing I enjoy so much is my family. There isn’t a word or a time when we are not laughing. Together. Or at ourself. It’s amazing to me how positive and happy we are! So, laughterour trip which was a long one from Meridian, was full of laughter, teasing and fun.

Once there we all ordered. David, since this was Happy David’s Day, ordered his favorite – A Bowl of Soul. Coffee with spices and real, homemade whip cream. We enjoyed a festive time together in the out-door setting.

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Hyde Park is about a block long with very good eateries, funky shops and antique stores. We strolled through this amazing neighborhood stopping here and there to enjoy their wares. At the Free Trade Market Place (which everyone should support) I found a coin purse made of material. Dale found many things but resisted !!!!!! the urge to buy.

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After cruising the neighborhood, Brook wanted to show us some RV parks near their new home.Since it was Happy David’s Day he agreed! RV parks are scarce here if you don’t want to be right near the freeway. We drove through country settings. Lake Lowell was fantastic with water brimming over. We did find a nice park close to the kids but they didn’t allow big dogs. Shame on them!

We decided we were hungry, so went to Chapala Mexican Restaurant (one of David’s favorites – again Happy David’s Day. We had a great server who tickled us with his personality. Back story – Dale gets after me every time I say “tin foil.” He comes out with “where do you buy tin foil? It’s aluminum foil!” Well this cute waiter made the mistake of telling Brook he would get her some tin foil for the tortillas. That was just enough to get Dale started. He asked our waiter, “Where do you buy tin foil?” The guy looked at Dale funny and then said “Walmart!” Oh did we have a great, roaring laugh.

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Which brings me to my last tidbit for this post. We learned a new communication skill from David and Brook and as it turns out this is one of David’s favorite ways to communicate (remember Happy David’s Day). Dale and I took to this new skill with gusto. Are you ready to learn also?

Using a Brook voice:  STOP TALKING!  That’s it. Pretty simple, right? You don’t even have to use the hand. Of course, this is all said in love and a playful way with an array of giggles.

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A beautiful day (even if it did rain) and such great memories made.

Life is beautiful. God is beautiful.

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The Journey Begins

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Our epic adventure began on May 19th. We currently are headed to Meridian, ID to see my son David and his sweetie Brook and attend my grandson Jacob’s graduation from high school. (That’s Melanie, my granddaughter.)

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Our epic adventure is (drum roll please) *** North to Alaska!*** We have secured a JOB
(I know, a nasty word) but this just fell in our lap and was one thing we could not say NO to. We have signed on to be tailgunners for Adventure Treks. We are so excited about taking our RV to Alaska! More about that as we go.

As I said, our journey began when we left Sutherlin. We took a different way to Idaho this time – I5 to Creswell and over to Hwy 58. That took us to Hwy 97 and Bend. We pretty much had rain all the way and it was chilly out.

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Yahoo! The wheels are rolling.

After a so-so lunch at Jake’s in Bend on Hwy 20 we started our straight road, desert trek to Burns. About 5 miles before Burns we saw signs to the Chickahominy Recreation Site. Here we found the Chickahominy Reservoir. The campsites were spread out nicely and we chose one on the shore. The wind was howling and almost at gale force. We were nice and cozy in our home on wheels.

 

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Camp fees were $8. Because we are over 65 in age, our pass gave us half off. We paid $4 for a nice, quiet spot! No services such as electricity, sewer or water. Just a gravel spot with a table and fire pit. Right up our alley!

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Wildflowers were out. Yellow, purple, and white were showing off their blooms.

 

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This photo shows the long stretch of Hwy 20. No curves until we get down in the canyon. Just desert bushes and Juniper trees.

What a great day we had because the wheels are rolling again. Check out Dale’s blog 

Life is good. God is love – and so much more.

 

 

Birthdays

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November is a big month for birthdays in my family. Especially, coming just before Christmas.:)

My granddaughter, Courtney starts us off in late October with her birthday and my daughter Lesa is shortly after.. kids

Grandson, Dustin, is in there between Court and Lesa. He was 22 this year. I remember the day he was born. My first grandchild!

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Next comes Chloe. Dale’s son Ben started a family and I was so excited to have a baby grandchild again. Now she is 6.

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We get about a week off of birthdays before they begin again. My second granddaughter, Melanie, hit the big 21 mark in her life this month.

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I think I’m getting old! NAW!

When we went to pick out a dog out of a litter of about 9 or more 15 years ago we had a family connection. On October 13 Morgan and Amika (Dale’s sister’s dog) were born. They are Golden Retrievers. Well, Dale’s mom was also born on this day and her middle name is Golden! It was suppose to be this way, right!

Dale’s mom is 90 today and after talking with her she is excited and has many plans for her birthday and having fun. Go mom! As you can tell, both of these old gals are doing just fine!

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I will add that my birthday is this month also but we won’t talk about that.

It is a festive month and all these people (and dogs) have blessed our lives for many years. I’m so lucky!

Life is great! God is amazing with His love and grace.

Gratitude

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I’ve been away for a year it looks like. Blogging has given my family and friends a way of keeping track of us on our travels. Today, I’m going off course a little and sharing with you what has been on my heart. Today I share about gratitude. Not only for the things and people in our lives. But for what we have in Jesus Christ. Thanks for reading with me today! I’ve been away for a year it looks like. Blogging has given my family and friends a way of keeping track of us on our travels. Today, I’m going off course a little and sharing with you what has been on my heart. Today I share about gratitude. Not only for the things and people in our lives. But for what we have in Jesus Christ. Thanks for reading with me today!

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There have been a few friends who have talked to me about being grateful; showing gratitude lately. I’m learning that this is an attitude that I need to “put on” and show with actions and words.

Gratitude means having the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.There are many ways in which a person can express gratitude. We can be grateful for our housing, clothes, and the things that make up our lives. Yet, for the God fearing person, there are those things like God’s mercy, grace, love – the list can go on forever! God is that good to us.

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Yet, I remember a verse about how God wants us to go into the deep things of God. (1 Corinthians 2:19)  I want to encourage you to go past those things the eye and heart can feel and think on who and what our God is and be grateful!.

I had a very weird thing happen last week. Dale and I were going out to lunch and the minute I step out of the vehicle a young man was standing there asking for money. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any money on me and told him so. He gave me a look and I walked away, into the café. His eyes followed me as he went back to his buddies and car. He was getting gas.

We ordered lunch, found a table and I then went to use the restroom. As I was in there, someone came in. Thinking they had to go also, I didn’t pay much attention. However, they turned on the water in the sink. Okay, that’s normal.

But the longer I was in there, the longer the water in the sink poured out. I was beginning to think this was not normal. As I rounded the stalls, I say a figure standing there, head down, wearing all black and the upper body was shrouded with a black hoodie. I could not tell if this was a man or a woman. My antenna went up and I headed out the door, not washing my hands. (Thank goodness for sani-wipes I carry!) I was creeped out!

I did not see who was in the bathroom, but, I don’t know, have you ever wondered if you were safe in one of these public restrooms? I do!

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Upon later thought, it came to me how much gratitude I have for God’s protection over us, His children. In the bible, He tells us that He puts a hedge around us. (Job 1:10)

I remember another time, as a young girl in a big city,walking home from the bus depot. I heard footsteps behind me as I walked. Now that’s enough to give one goosebumps. When I stopped at the corner this man stopped also and asked me if he could carry my suitcase. I thanked him and said I was fine and crossed the street. He did not follow. Later I thought of all kinds of “bad” ways that could have ended. I felt that my angle had stopped that guy in his tracks to protect me.

I am sure we all have experiences where we can see God’s protection about us. I also know that there are many times He protects us and we don’t even know it. Let us show gratitude today for that protection.

Father God, I am so very grateful for my salvation in Jesus Christ. Your mercy and grace brought me to faith in You and eternal life. Father, today, I say “thank you so very much for the protection You put around your children.” I thank you when I pray for Your protection around my children and grandchildren. I am so full of gratitude for this love that is so faithful that comes from You. In Jesus name, Amen

Let us show God and others in our life our gratitude for what they do for us! Be intentional with your actions and your words.

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Life is Good. God is amazing.

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Harrah’s

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We started our day going to the outlet mall. We didn’t get here last year so we had to do it this year for sure. The stores were on the second level and the shops were placed in a circle on the floor. Lot of empty stores too. We found a great sale at Carters for Kids and bought Lucy some winter clothes. It is so much fun shopping for little girls! I did find some great bargains for Christmas presents.

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Lucy getting brave in her 9 months!

 

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We were getting hungry so thought it was time to eat something. We had decided we were going to go to Harrah’s “Fresh Market Square Buffet” for Thanksgiving so we thought it would be good to go have lunch there to make sure the food was good.

We stopped at the desk and got our “Players Card” to get $$ off our meal. Well, they don’t do a lunch buffet past 1:30 so we had to eat in the Beach Cafe. It was delicious so we thought we would be safe to have Thanksgiving there.

We stopped to play the slot machines. Dale lost his money and I came home with all my money plus three extra dollars. Ha! Big winnings. We were really trying to get points to get a free buffet but the guy who talked to me didn’t say you need 25 levels! That would be $100 put in a machine and we aren’t the best gamblers to spend that kind of money. It was hard using $10!

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We saw a big banner on a building outside the main doors to Harrah’s saying that Guy Fieri was putting in a new restaurant. He is one of our favorite “Food Network” people. It would be fun to see him in person if he comes for the opening but we won’t be here then.

I did get an appointment for a Pedi and a Mani (birthday present from Dale) at the spa for next Tuesday. We got to walk by the pool and we took a small walk on the beach.

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Harrah’s is the happening place!

PS. We did have Thanksgiving dinner here. As we stood in line with a hundred other people, Anita told us that her neighbor said this was the only good buffet in Laughlin. And it was delicious. All of it. We had turkey and all the trimmings down to the pumpkin pie. We also had a choice of pizza, sushi, many seafood dishes, ham, prime rib, scalloped potatoes, veggies of many varieties, and a dessert station that could be a meal in itself. A very delicious meal with food that was top grade. We do have to come back for dinner or breakfast. It was worth the $17 we paid. A very happy day and thankful day with friends.

Did I ever mention that life is good and I’m trying to live in each moment!

One Hike

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We finally decided to hike on the trail made from Davis Dam to Laughlin. Don Laughlin donated the money needed to put in this 5 mile “walk.” to the dam. The road above the dam is closed to traffic so one can walk across the dam.

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Walkway across Hwy 95 to Las Vegas

We parked Miss Scarlet above the dam and walked across the dam and down the hill to the park. The path was all pavement so we were disappointed as we like to walk in dirt! We hiked a mile and a half before we realized we couldn’t make the complete 5 miles before dark. So we turned around and got in a good 3.5 mile hike.

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We got a late start so we couldn’t go all the way to the walkway and back before dark. It was a great hike along the Colorado River.

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Davis Dam

 

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Riverside Casino boat that goes from the casino to the dam. The tour includes a narrative of the history along the river.

Oh, just a side mention. This was my birthday. Yup, 66 years young. It was a great birthday!

That evening we had a birthday dinner with Anita and Bud at Chili’s. We decided on their special – 2 for $20 and it was delicious. And so much the better with friends.

Again, seizing the moments in life and being very thankful and blessed for life and this crazy RV lifestyle.