A Sabbath In Red Bay

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Today was another wonderful fall day. The forecasters got it right today. 38 this morning, about 60 this afternoon and dropping again now that the sun has gone down. Brisk evening for a walk.

We went to worship at Red Bay UMC which began at 10:30. We visited here when we were having work done in September. Again the congregation was very welcoming and we met another couple that are here at the campground just a few sites from us. They are full-timers. There was a guest pastor today from Asbury UMC in Madison, Rev. Doug Wooten. His message was from Mark 4:1-9, 13-20 with a final question of “what fruit are you bearing as a disciple of Jesus Christ?” Good question for all of us to ask ourselves. God has blessed us all to be a blessing to others.

RVs continued to come in all afternoon. The camp ground is close to full but still has maybe 8-10 sites based on our walk around. A lot of people have come in the past two days. We were good today and ate healthy at home and then walked around meeting and visiting with our neighbors. Some are new RV owners and have lots of questions. Fun to chat and share.

We really hope you have all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends this weekend.

God Bless.

Quiet Day At Camp Red Bay

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Boy, the forecasters got it wrong today. It was predicted to be another gorgeous fall day. It was totally overcast when we woke up this morning and we had nothing but clouds until about 3:30 this afternoon when we saw a little sun. Due to the clouds it stayed cooler than predicted as well and if the wind was blowing it was down right cold.

We got a slow start to the day for a change. Max fixed us a wonderful omelet for breakfast and then we did some work on our personal accounting. Later we went to the local grocery store (Piggly Wiggly) for some milk and a few other things. It is a small store and prices are a little higher but we do like to support the local businesses. We walked around the campground checking to see if the campground was filling up. More coaches coming inIt’s not full yet but there was a steady stream of coaches coming in today. One of the times we were out we met our next door neighbor. He is from South Carolina and was hoping to watch the Clemson vs South Carolina game tonight. Unfortunately, he left his satellite remote at home. We just happened to have an extra we were able to loan him so he could get to the correct channel. BTW, for our Clemson graduates, he was pulling for Clemson. They also work with the Campers on Mission.

We then prepared dinner. When we were last in Publix, Max picked up a new recipe for Roasted Potatoes with Bacon. We decided to try it out today to go with our left over turkey. It’s was a keeper even though it’s not very healthy with four strips of bacon. It was good, as was the leftover turkey. 


Finished product with some leftover turkey
Finished product with some leftover turkey. (We added the cheese sour cream and fresh chives, just because.)

After our not so healthy potatoes, the sun finally came out and we walked to town again. It’s over 3 miles the route we take, so with the other walking we did today we probably got 3.5-4 miles. Some work, some rest, some visiting, and some exercise. It was another good day.

Back to Red Bay

Friday, November 24, 2017

Entrance to the Tiffin Service CenterToday was another short travel day. A gorgeous day, although a little chilly most of the day. We left Tuscaloosa at 6:55 this morning in route for Red Bay, Alabama. We will spend the weekend at the Tiffin Allegro Campground and Service Center awaiting service the first of the week. We have some additional warranty work to be done. As was last time, nothing major, but we do think we may have a hydraulic pump leak and we would like for that to be repaired before we head out for more projects the first of 2018. This pump operates our jacks which seem to be working okay but if we are parked for a three week project they seem to leak down slightly. Anyway, the other things on our list are primarily cosmetic but since we are here we will ask that they be completed. We had an uneventful drive to Red Bay with the exception of a herd of deer along side the road a few miles out of Red Bay. We did have to use the big air horn to get them to run back into the woods. Hated to scare the pretty things but they were too close to the road and looked to be considering crossing in front of us.

After arriving at Red Bay, we registered in and went to the local Jack’s for a late breakfast. Back at the rig we completed all the paperwork for the warranty work we are requesting and had the afternoon to relax. A nap, and a nice long walk took up most of the time. We have not gotten much exercise the past few days so the walk to town was great. We were blessed with a beautiful sunset to close out our day. Hope y’all didn’t overdose on the black Friday sales and are continuing to enjoy the holiday weekend. Sunset in Red Bay

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all had a wonderful day. Our day started about like yesterday with cool temperatures and having to use the furnace in FRED to stay warm, but soon the sun was out and it was another beautiful fall day.

Cooking the side dishesAfter breakfast Anne and her cousin Nancy started back in the kitchen. There was dressing to make, along with sweet potato souffle, English pea casserole, fruit salad, sauteed squash, green beans and asparagus with lots of clean up along the way. There was also a lot of visiting and good times. Anne’s brother Jim picked Mama Ruby up from assisted living and brought her to the house for the day. Later in the morning David and Andrew, Nancy’s sons, arrived from Atlanta. They reported an easy drive this morning. The catching up with each other continued as we worked and laughed together. Jim got busy on the preparation of the turkey and then the frying. Jim has an indoor electric turkey fryer, that he uses outside to avoid the mess in the kitchen. Jim has been using his fryer for several years and can cook a great, moist, flavorful turkey.

Thanksgiving DinnerEverything came together and the seven of us sat down to a feast about 2:00. While we were still at the table Anne’s nephew Tray, his wife Malia and their two children arrived. They had already eaten but had a little with us anyway. It was great to see them. The kids are growing up so fast and we enjoyed hearing what Tray and Malia are doing these days. None of us needed it but after the meal we shared coconut, pumpkin, and pecan pie along with some wonderful brownies a neighbor brought to us. Later in the afternoon Anne’s brother Sonny and his wife Jan stopped by for a visit. So, Mama Ruby had all her kids together for part of the day. She was a happy Mom. It was so good to see her enjoying everyone. She became really tired by about 4:30 and so we took her back to assisted living and got her settled back in there. Praying that she rests well tonight and that we really didn’t get her too tired today. Sonny and Jan were leaving as we returned to Mom’s house and Jim headed back to Atlanta with David shortly after that. Nancy and Andrew are staying the night and will be leaving in the morning as will we. It was in some ways a bittersweet day. It is strange to be at Mom’s house with out her. It was hard to take her back to assisted living and then return to her house without her. But, we are so thankful for our family and wonderful memories made today. It was a good day.