Ice and Family

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Ice on the pond this morningThere was ice on the pond this morning for the first time this year. The predicted low was 23 but by our thermometer we only got down to about 27-28. It may have been that low in the valley. But after the cold day yesterday and the dip last night we certainly had ice and cold this morning. However, the sun returned and it warmed up fairly quickly and was a nice day, for which we are thankful.

Today was Aunt Helen’s annual Christmas luncheon at the Pine Mountain Community Center and we were certainly thankful for nice weather to get Juno and Helen to the event. It was a small group this year, only 22 because most people will not be able to be on the mountain until next weekend. When Christmas falls on Sunday or Monday we generally don’t have as good attendance. In the years past the event was at Aunt Helen’s house and we have had as many as 75. That made for a crowded house. However, all that were able to attend had a very good time visiting. And of course the food was wonderful as there are many excellent cooks in the family.

Hope you are remembering what Christmas and the Advent season is all about amid the hustle and bustle of everything. And please be in prayer for all our pastors and services tomorrow. Have a great rest of the weekend.

Cold, Gray (un-blogworthy) Day.

Friday, December 15, 2017

We lost our wonderful weather.  Today was gray, cloudy and cold. It was too cold to do anything outside. We did walk to Helen’s once, a mile round trip but that was it for anything outside today. The remainder of our exercise was inside. Otherwise we went to Oneonta to do LOL errands, get Max a hair cut and make arrangements to get our tags next month when we are in Florida. We came back home and Anne packaged Helen’s medications for another month. After that we did some more accounting and year end contribution stuff. And that was our day. Not very exciting but didn’t want to skip today. The weather is suppose to be improving shortly and maybe we will be doing some more interesting things soon.

Forecast for warmer weather
Thankfully, today was the last really cold day in the next forecast period.

Workday at Home

Thursday, December 14, 2017

We are having absolutely extraordinary weather. Yes, it’s cold late night and early morning. Tonight should be 29. Anything below freezing is cold to us. But the days are beautiful and if out of the wind, wonderful. There was less wind today.

Using our reciprocating saw on the privet hedge
Using our reciprocating saw on the privet hedge

Taking advantage of the wonderful weather Max spent half the day cutting back the privet hedge and other shrubs from the edge of the drive. It is almost ready for FRED to roll out again. Actually, we could get out now with no problem but we may work on it a little more. The weight of the snow last week really messed up all the foliage along the sides of the drive. We don’t want it to be a jungle when we return. Most of the time Max was working on the drive, Anne was working on books. It’s that time of year. We also did some additional planning for 2018. We worked on a few things in FRED and have several more things to do before we start loading out again. We finally found some rugs we like at Kohls, one of which had to be ordered. It came in yesterday and after putting those in place today, we are pleased with our purchase.

Anne spent a little time getting Fred ready for Christmas
Anne spent a little time getting Fred 2 ready for Christmas.

This afternoon we had to make a grocery run for the LOLs. While we were there we of course picked up what we needed too. After putting away the LOLs groceries and ours, it was time for a quiet evening at home and some hot chocolate with a little egg nog. Yummy.

Mama Ruby got a good report from the ultrasound on her leg today. She is still uncomfortable and has lost so much of her stamina over the past month. Praying she is able to regain some strength. The doctors are talking about doing an ablation on the left leg January or February. Not sure she is going to be ready by then. Please keep her in your prayers.

Last Moving Day – For This Round

Wednesday, December 13. 2017

Today was windy and cold. The low this morning was 26. It warmed up later in the day but the wind was cold all day. It was a very sunny day. Definitely needed sunglasses today.

Anne was up and on the road by 6:15, in route to Tuscaloosa. Before she was even off the driveway four deer tried to hit the car but barely missed, thank goodness. Otherwise, the drive was uneventful. Mama Ruby had a venous ablation on her right leg yesterday. Jim was in Tuscaloosa yesterday for the procedure. Anne went down today to do the dressing change, help with a shower and get the compression hose on Mama Ruby’s legs. They applied a large bulky compression dressing on her leg yesterday that had to be removed today. Mama Ruby also had to do a lot of walking today – 20 minutes of walking every 2-3 hours. She really doesn’t quite have the stamina for that much walking but she is trying hard. Please pray for continued healing.

Max spent the day completing the emptying of Juno’s house and storage building. He didn’t count how many trips it took, but it is done! Both house and storage building are empty. Randy and Debra moved most of the things from the house earlier. Max asked his Mom to go look around and make sure there was nothing else she wanted moved. So until she does that everything is complete. What a wonderful feeling to be done with that project.

Anne made it home safe and sound and we thank God for her safe travel today. Don’t know what we will get into tomorrow. Check back to see.

Election Day – So Glad It Is Over

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It was another gorgeous early winter day. Beautiful sunshine, but very windy. High in the upper 40’s but the low tonight is again suppose to be 27. Still glad we winterized even though we have missed the 22 degrees predicted last week and other than peace of mind, so far it was probably not necessary. But, it’s another big thing to not worry about.

Our Polling PlaceSo what did we do today? We we walked to the Pine Mountain Community Center and voted in the infamous Alabama Senate Special Election. Alabama is once again getting awful publicity. We are so glad we will no longer be subjected to the endless and repetitive political commercials. Just think of all the good that could have been done with all the money spent on this election. Instead, the TV stations were the real winner in it all. Guess now they will have time to run more of the shyster commercials. Oh, joy.  The reason we never watch live TV – record and skip the commercials.

We spent time doing some things around the house. You know, the stuff you just have to do when you own a sticks and bricks. However, on the fun side, we worked on planning our January travels. We were able to get reservations for January 1 at Gulf State Park. We were sure they would be full but we were able to snag a water front site for the first week in January. Yea for us!! No, we aren’t going to skip Christmas and all the family gatherings because we love that too, but we’re really looking forward to a few days of just relaxing in Fred 2. We have really only used him for project travel and time in Tuscaloosa since we took delivery. After a few days in Gulf Shores relaxing and biking, and eating good food, we will head on down to Florida for our first two projects of 2018.

Sadly, no ducks today. They may have been blown away. Hope you are having a good week.

Yet Another Moving Day

Monday, December 11, 2017

Today was a beautiful sunny day. It was warm with high in the low 50s. You can’t have better December days. Really nice. The ducks are back! Only four but hopefully the other two will return in a few days. Still haven’t seen the otter again so hopefully the ducks will be able to stay. The other birds were very active today too, now that the snow is melted.

We did some online shopping this morning waiting for it to warm up a little and then it was another moving day. Today we were working on cleaning out Max’s mother’s storage building at the house where she used to live. We have one antique library bookcase left in the house and a few items left the storage building and we will have her moved. We got everything moved today that requires two people. You know those little storage building can hold a lot of stuff. We had to take apart one of the large shelving units to get it out of the shed and into the truck and then put it back together at Helen’s. It will take a few more trips in the truck to get the remaining items because they are bulky but there is really not much left. Max should be able to finish it up later this week while Anne is in Tuscaloosa. That’s it for today. Moving stuff.

Day Of Worship

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Still snow on the deck
There was still 2.5″ of snow on the deck this afternoon (and some dog or coyote tracks).

Today was a bright and beautiful day. Cold this morning, but not as cold as was predicted. Interestingly, it was 6 degrees colder down in the valley, when we dropped off the mountain going to church. Unfortunately, the heat was not working in our worship center. The rest of the church was warm. We got a message just before leaving to come dressed warmly and bring blankets. When everyone arrived it really wasn’t that cold and we still had a wonderful service and message from Barry. We could have moved the service to the sanctuary but the choir was practicing for the 11:00 Christmas musical.

After Sunday School we returned to the mountain and went to Lee’s Chapel’s 11:00 service. Max’s Mom really wanted us and Marsha (Max’s sister) to come there today and stay for their combination Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner. We all attended Lee’s Chapel in the past. They changed pastors last June and we had not met the new pastor. We enjoyed meeting him and his family and worshiping with Juno and Helen again. And the food was of course very good. It was still pretty cool this afternoon but we were determined to do some walking and ended with about 3 miles today.

Wild life sightings: The usual deer on the pond dam. They were pretty skittish today and didn’t take time to pose for pictures. Maybe they know they really stand out on the white snow. Much harder to see in our usual pine straw and leaves. Still haven’t seen the otter again and the ducks have not returned.

Thanks for the nice birthday wishes from everyone. Love you all. Have a good week.

Snow on Fred's roof
This picture was taken yesterday, but there was still about 1.5″ of snow on Fred’s roof today. Max swept it off. We are impressed with the insulation in the roof since we have had the heat on inside the coach since Thursday.