NOMADS Annual Meeting 2022

Sunday, September 25, 2022,

A lot has occurred since our last post.  We have been busy.  After our trip to Red Bay for Fred repairs, (The slide is still working beautifully.) and returning to Pine Mountain, we spent several days on estate business and Aunt Helen’s house.  We then headed back to South Carolina hoping to pick up the little van/RV – BB/Beyond Blessed.  She was not quite ready so we were able to spend Labor day weekend with Randy and Debra.  We learned the repair shop had to reorder the rear doors 3 times before they received doors that were not damaged.  BB was repaired – looking good – the following week and then we headed back to Alabama after Randy re-installed the undamaged rack.  It was just in time to pack her up to make a trip to West Virginia for our annual NOMADS meeting.  We felt like we were finally back on the road again.  We overnighted at a Cracker Barrel and arrived in Lewisburg, WV the next day to make final preparations for Anne’s last NOMADS Board meeting.  We were in Lewisburg for the meetings 9 days.  It was a busy but fun time.  We saw friends we had not seen in several years due to COVID.  It was so GOOD!!  Anne turned over the gavel to the incoming Board chairman Thursday.

On Friday we left Lewisburg for Middlebury, IN.  We overnighted at a wonderful Harvest Host farm in Ohio.  The couple that owns the farm were so friendly and sweet.  It was a great overnight out in the country.  Very quiet and peaceful and we made a purchase of some really good, creamed honey and chicken salad.  Never tried creamed honey before but it’s very good on toast.

BB has an appointment to be seen tomorrow at the factory to get the last of her warranty work completed and to be sure the guys here don’t see any further damage from the wreck.  We are hoping to head south Tuesday or Wednesday because we need to get Fred over to Camp Sumatanga this weekend so we can begin a 3 week project with NOMADS Sunday afternoon.  Since Anne won’t be so busy with NOMADS business, we hope to return to more frequent blogging, projects and seeing the country.  Maybe another trip to Alaska next year – or Nova Scotia since we had to cancel that one this year due to BB’s injuries.  Can’t wait to see what happens. Hope you will continue to travel along with us.

Repair Update

Monday, August 29, 2022

We were parked at Convenient Campground in Red Bay last night.  It’s just a gravel parking lot but we were off the road enough that we had a quiet night, slept well.  We were back up at 6:00am to be ready for the Tiffin supervisor who always visits you at your RV sometime after 7:00 am your first morning.  We were still sitting at the table finishing up breakfast when the phone rang and the person on the other end asked us to come to Bay 7 ASAP.  What?  No visit from the supervisor?  Nope.  Straight to the bay.  Guess our problem description was adequate.  Talk about going from a slow relaxed morning to top speed in less than a minute.  We made it to Bay 7 in about 20 minutes.  As usual we had two very nice young men assigned to our coach and they began work on our slide out immediately.  Since you are not allowed to stay with your RV, we spent the next three – four hours roaming around Red Bay, visiting the grocery stores, the Tiffin Hospitality Center, the parts store and getting our walking in for the day.  Shortly before lunch we received another call asking us to return to Bay 7.  The work was complete and we were good to go!  They found a wire from the slide controller to a motor had come disconnected inside the wall. Apparently a known issue because they had a retrofit on hand to apply to keep it from happening again.  So relieved and the cost of the repair was much less than we expected.  We grabbed some lunch and were on the way to Pine Mountain.  We will get some estate work done here tomorrow morning then we plan to return to SC.  It was a good day.

Month In Review

Sunday, August 28, 2022

So… Another month has slipped away.  It’s been a busy month and a hard month in some ways.  The estate sale at Aunt Helen’s house is now complete and the house is now empty.  We are thankful that project is complete.  We have spent time cleaning out and then cleaning up.  We are praying that God will bring the family He wants to have the house, to make Pine Mountain their home and be good members of the community.  Of course, we want that to happen NOW, but… we know that God’s timing is perfect timing and that’s what we want.

Good friends that Anne worked with invited us to Destin a few weeks ago.  As we were preparing to make the trip south, we realized we couldn’t remember when we had last slept in a house that didn’t have wheels underneath.  They have a beautiful new home there where they can walk out their door, onto their deck and into their boat.  It was a great weekend of visiting and catching up.  Of course, we also had some great seafood and fun time on the water.  So blessed to still have friends from the years at Cullman Internal Medicine.   We plan to stay in closer contact since we both have plans to have extended time on the Gulf Coast.  BTW, we were able to sleep just fine in a house without wheels.

We decided to take a few days “off” to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary in Maggie Valley, NC.   We are so blessed!  We were able to meet up with Barry and Donna on Saturday for a hike and lunch.  We share the same anniversary day but different year.  After lunch, while walking around in Cherokee, a large herd of elk walked out of the woods and into the town.  The huge buck stayed in the edge of the woods for a while then began bugling, and shortly, all the ladies and children rejoined the buck and wondered across the parking lot and back into the woods.  Such a treat to watch!  We also got to meet some NOMADS for dinner on Monday night.  It was a great few days of celebrating our 40th.

As we were preparing to leave Maggie Valley, one of Fred’s slides wouldn’t retract.  Max was able to bypass the motor and get some help to push the slide in so that we could drive Fred and meet Randy and Debra for a few days of fun at South Cove County RV park in Seneca, SC.  There we had fun visiting, resting, kayaking and of course eating.  We played mini golf for the first time in a very long time.  Oasis Ranch mini golf was different than any we have played before.  There were water hazards with large fish, sand traps and all sorts of curves, inclines, and dips.  It was also nicely shaded and lots of fun.

We left South Carolina yesterday and are now back in Red Bay, Alabama at Tiffin Motor Homes factory service center hoping to get Fred repaired this week.  We are fortunate that we can live with the one slide in but sure will be glad when we have that added space again.  We usually enjoy our time at Red Bay and have already returned to our favorite pizza place and visited with the owner there again, and then back to our favorite ice cream shop.  Now if we can just get good news in the morning about the timing of our repair.  It’s really not fun to have both RV’s in the shop.  We will keep you posted.  Prayers appreciated.

We’re Still Here – (In Alabama For Now)

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Wow, it’s been a month since we posted a blog entry.  That’s about as long as we have ever gone without a post.  But we haven’t been working on mission projects so not much has been interesting enough to blog about.

When we last posted we were both sick with COVID. YUK! We both had relatively light cases with none of the serious symptoms of shortness of breath or the like.  But, we certainly would not have wanted it to be any worse.  It took Anne about two weeks to be back to normal with Max a much  shorter time. After returning to health we had a visit with family in South Carolina. While making  one of our return trips to Alabama to work on estate stuff we were rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light outside of Atlanta.  We were driving the van and now we are waiting for parts to arrive for the repair.  Almost $10,000 damage but could have been so much worse.  Most importantly everyone is okay.  Unfortunately, no van meant we had to cancel our planned New England trip and NOMADS project in Maine.  Maybe next year.

We were able to go camping with Randy and Debra as they were learning more about their new-to-them travel trailer. They are ready to go out on their own but we will gladly go with them anytime!  Always great to spend time with them.  We had a good time at Modoc Campground which is a Corp of Engineers campground in South Carolina about 45 minutes from their house.  We enjoyed camping by the lake and watching all the critters.  We saw eagles most days as well as great blue herons and ospreys.  It was a relaxing few days, although too hot for much hiking except early morning.

We really were not planning to stay in the hot south this summer, but…we make plans and God laughs.  We stayed in South Carolina so we would be out of the way during the estate sale at Aunt Helen’s house.  The sale was over last weekend and now they will be cleaning out what was left.  Hopefully that won’t take too much longer and the house will sell quickly after that.  We still have other estate work to do as well.  Anne has also been busy with NOMADS work.  We are staying busy but hope to be back to some fun travel soon.  Hope everyone is staying healthy, safe and cool!

And to update you on this year’s Constructors for Christ project which finished up last week:

Click here to see a local TV news story about the project.