Tuesday, June 20, 2017
I first phoned a friend of ours that is in real estate. She met me at the house and gave me some pointers as what we need to do to make the home qualified to be able to sell under an FHA or VA mortgage. First was the electrical panel. It had to be replaced with a new 100 Amp. circuit breaker box. Scott knew a licensed electrician that would be able to bring the electrical up to code. He spent most of the day, June 14th. doing just that.
Next was the basement wall. It has been moving inward now for several years. Dad even commented to me last year that he heard the house make a "boom" noise. He seemed to think it was the basement wall moving, and it probably was. Along with getting the basement wall repaired, the driveway cement needs to be replaced.
I should be contacted today by the contractor we have chosen to do the repair work. We will be putting a deposit of $300 down to start the process of getting the permits and scheduling done. Then when a start date has been assigned, a deposit for half the total amount will be needed. I'm getting anxious and want this job completed ASAP.
Until next time, be safe and God Bless.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
So, let’s get everyone up to speed.
First off my younger brother Ken is not doing well at all health-wise. Wilma has been preparing his dinners for him now going on 2 months.
OK….enough with the bad news already!!!
Sister Catherine has been busy finding a senior living center for Dad. He doesn’t want to admit it but the house he has lived in since 1960 is just too much work for him. The lot size is 50’ X 250’. He uses a walk behind mower for the front lawn, the back lawn he uses his rider mower.
Last week he watched as sis Catherine began boxing up items to take to the apartment.
Yesterday, June 5th, Catherine and I met at the house at 9:30 am. She was going to take him shopping for a pair of pants, take him to lunch and then over to Ken’s house for a visit. I was to stay at the house and guide the movers as to what items were to be loaded and moved. Then meet them at the apartment keeping an eye on the movers. We used Two Men And A Truck and were pleased with the work they did.
This day came with mixed feelings for me. Dad moved his family into that house the summer of 1960. I was just 10 years old. Mom was pregnant with the youngest sister Catherine. I have many fond memories of family events in that home. Memories that I hope to keep forever. The house, however, will be sold and another family will begin to make their memories. There is much more work that has to be done. Catherine and I have to prepare to have an estate sale. Sell all the items left at the house, then list the home for sale. We are hoping to have it sold prior to October.
After a busy day, Catherine and I had all his items placed in his apartment.
I wish I could have gotten a photo of Dad when we first opened the door and he looked inside to see all his furniture set up waiting for him. He actually broke a smile! Catherine then gave him the grand tour showing him where all his “things” were placed. Told him she had to head home, but would be returning at 8 am so she could have breakfast with him in the dining room.
I stayed with him talking for a while, then we both headed SLOWLY to the dining room. I wanted to make sure he was grasping the directions to the dining room, as that is where he will be eating his 3 meals a day.
After a delicious dinner, I asked if he remembered how to return to his apartment. “Yes, I’m pretty sure” was the answer so I said I would walk with him back to the apartment. He did excellent as he did remember the directions back, which is only 2 left turns in the hallways. But with age, it’s becoming more of a challenge for him to remember. Before leaving him, I explained the door dead bolt to him and that he must keep it locked at all times. That after I leave to lock it. I said my goodbye and told him that Wilma and I would be back tomorrow at 5 pm to go with him to dinner in the dining room. He said ok, smiled, and closed the door. I listened for the dead bolt, nothing. Gave him a couple minutes then opened the door. I reminded him that he needs to lock the dead bolt, and proceeded to show him again how it’s done. Finally asking him, “Got It?” His response was “Yep, now I got it.” He closed the door and I heard the dead bolt lock.
He had to try to learn much today. He didn’t even ask about his car that is in the garage back home. With the moving and new surroundings, I pray he will be alright and start to enjoy life. He no longer will have to mow grass, which I will do now, just as I did all the years I lived at the house, shovel snow, do laundry, or even make his bed. He will be treated like a king. Laundry, housekeeping, meals, all being done now for him.
It’s a bittersweet feeling for me to see him at this point in his life. But, I know he is safe now. No more fear of him falling down the basement stairs to do his laundry, or having health issues with no one around to help him. At his apartment, he wears a pendant to push if he needs any kind of help. There are pull cords in his bedroom and bathroom in case he needs help of any kind. Now I only hope he doesn’t think “if I pull the cord or push the button I’ll be putting someone out”.
Until Next Time, Be Safe And God Bless.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Our first night on the road was at Walmart in Valdosta, GA. We stopped just an hour prior to a bad thunderstorm that passed through. A knock on the door, and Terry our neighbor back in Florida invited us over to his 5th. wheel for an evening of chatting and winding down. Back at our 5th. wheel, we settled in for the night running on our 2 six volt golf batteries. More thunder and winds all night. Not much sleep from all the thunder noise.
We left early, meaning around 9am, and headed north on I-75. through Atlanta and into Tennessee. Stopped at another Walmart for the night just south of Knoxville. This night went very well as Wilma even ran her fan off the converter all night. The next morning I checked the battery level and it was only down a third. Perfect! The two golf batteries do last much longer than a 12volt deep cycle battery.
Our third night on the road was spent at Arrowhead Lakes Resort It's our "sister park" to the organization we belong to. Another FREE night of lodging. It's located just south of Lima, OH and a perfect spot to stop prior to arriving home. But the ride here was windy and rainy!
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Everyone here at the RV Park in Florida is starting to talk about getting ready to head home. Everyone is saying pretty much the same thing, “Where has the time gone?”
We figured for us that the month of January was a loss because Wilma felt so bad. The Shingles side effects just wouldn’t let go and she was exhausted by the middle of the day. She didn’t start to feeling like herself until the first week in February.
We were getting excited and ready to have Angel and Brooke come down for a visit toward the end of February. They were to arrive on Tuesday the 21st. Everything was going great until the day before when I came down with the flu bug going around the RV Park. Spent most of the week in bed. Wilma took over to take them to their favorite beaches. Even with me not feeling so well, Angel and Brooke had a great time while here.
We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a surprise Birthday party for Angel!
Angel and Brooke arrived back home safe and sound, back in the cold Michigan winter. It wasn’t long after they left and Wilma came down with the dreaded “campground crud”. She started taking Benadryl the very first day and her bout with the flu lasted about 3 days before she was feeling well enough to sit under the awning and enjoy the warmth of the Florida sunshine.
In a few days we headed out to Pottery Express to look around. Saw nothing that we couldn’t live without but it was a great time to get out and away from the 5th. wheel.
We celebrated another birthday today. Our friend and neighbor Cherie. I talked with Greg her husband and he was taking her out to dinner Saturday night for her birthday. I asked if we could through a surprise get together at his place when they return from church on Sunday. He thought it was a great idea, so that is what we did this afternoon. Here she is arriving and noticing all of us gathered and the Birthday banners.
Yet another “Surprise” birthday celebration was attended by many of our close friends. Cherie was totally surprised and had a great time, as we all did. Temps were in the mid 80’s so we had to keep chasing the shade from one site to another to stay cool.
Next Friday is the scheduled St. Patrick’s Day feast at the Moose. Corned beef and cabbage will be on the menu and there are 23 of us going with reservations for dinner. Sounds like another great evening.
After that event is the final RV Park event, The going home can party. Through the season the park furnishes an open dumpster for everyone to deposit their aluminum cans. At the end of the season all the money collected from recycling the aluminum cans is used to throw a party. Beverages are available, along with munchies and music. And every year a few end up in the pool with all clothes on. As we will be departing a couple days later for the drive home, we usually take it very easy at that function.
So this season has passed by pretty fast. We are not in a hurry to get home but we both know that when we do get home it feels right to us. We are both looking forward to the trip home to see our family once again.
Until next time, be safe and God Bless.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Anyway, being with friends makes it just that much more fun to watch the game. This year we were fortunate enough to be invited to attend a party under the stars.
Everyone bought a dish to pass and their favorite beverages. The host supplied hot dogs and the TV's.
Monday, January 30, 2017
We didn't notice it had given up the ghost until our second cup. That's when we noticed the coffee just wasn't as hot as the first. Checking the hot plate on the coffee maker it was confirmed that it gave up the ghost.
The weather outside was cool, only in the low 50's with passing rain showers every once in a while. A perfect day to go shopping for a new coffee maker and some other groceries we needed.
Off to Walmart we went and for under $20 we are now the proud owners of a new Mr. Coffee.
Wilma said that it even made better coffee than the old one. Saying the coffee doesn't taste burnt.
So I guess you could say, "Couldn't have happened at a better time".
Until next time, be safe and God Bless.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Bring a wrapped gift to donate, unless it's something you created yourself, then it should not be wrapped.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Meet Terry from Canada singing a slow song “Wish I Was 18 Again”. Kind of a fitting song to sing in a 55 and over RV Park in Florida don't you think?
They pass the mic around and each musician plays a song of his choice. It may take 10, 15 seconds before the rest join in and play along. I don't know how they seem to do it as each musician has his or hers individual style, but it works.
This gent travels 45 minutes one way to attend. He is the only one that plays a flute and most of the time Betty joins in with her instrument. Have a listen with the link below.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Monday, January 2, 2017
It has been a struggle for her these past 7 weeks with Shingles, and we both are so happy she is feeling much better.
We thank all those who have kept her in their prayers for a speedy recovery.
Now, on to enjoying life as best we can here in Sunny Florida.
Until next time, be safe and God Bless.