We have had showers and thunderstorms the past three days but no severe weather in our area. With the intermittent rain we have also had a little cooler temperatures. Nice!
Monday was busy with dental appointments for both of us and then errands and business meetings. We also continued to work on downsizing our stuff at the house. The first time you work on purging your closet it’s easy. The second time through it’s a little harder. Anne says she still has too much to fit in Fred and it’s getting hard. It does feel good to walk in to the closet and see all the empty space. Making progress.
Tuesday we had family meetings for both the LOLs at the Rehab center. Nothing really new going on there. The staff has taken care of some of our concerns and they are providing good care for our dear aunts. We also took care of more errands in Oneonta, shopped for the ladies, took donations to Hope House and stopped by the curb market for fresh veggies and water melon. Love our Alabama veggies.
After one more dental appointment today, we decided to go to Hollywood. Hollywood, Alabama that is. It was an uneventful 2.5 hour drive and we arrived and hooked up Fred just before the afternoon thunderstorms arrived. We will begin working Friday or Saturday preparing for the start of a new church building in Dutton, Alabama a small community a few miles from the small community of Hollywood. Dutton does not have RV parks. Hopefully tomorrow will be a day of relaxing.
This week everyone is happy that most areas have had rain. The temperatures have been more moderate too – highs in the 80’s rather than 90’s. There has been some flash flooding but nothing that bad in Tuscaloosa. We brought Fred back to Blount County late yesterday and we have had more rain in our area again today.
Last Sunday we took our scanner back to Tuscaloosa after church and started scanning family pictures. We spent about 2 ½ days scanning pictures. We also continued to work in the house, emptying it of over 50 years of our family’s life. It was hard at times and fun at times. Many of our readers have been through this same process. It’s just been very tiring. However, we finally feel we have really made some progress in giving Anne’s mother’s most precious items homes with various family members. We have decided to forego an estate sale. Based on further research and scheduling problems and placement of more items with family members, we decided we would rather just donate to various charities. We will make more calls over the next week or two to schedule pick up of various large pieces of furniture. Hopefully there are no more hiccups.
We came home for the day on Wednesday to check on the LOLs. Anne talked to the NP Monday morning and expressed her concerns about Helen’s cough and Jean’s hand. While we were in Oneonta, we went to Walmart for the Weather Radio event sponsored by Channel 6 and EMA, assisted by the Oneonta Fire Department and Blount County 9-1-1. It gave Max an opportunity to visit with old friends from the National Weather Service, media, and a number of other friends from his work days in Blount County.
Today we went back to Lester Memorial for early worship and Sunday School. We celebrated Pentecost, the gift of the Holy Spirit, today. It was another wonderful worship service with a large crowd. We have two mission teams out today – one in the Philippians, and another in Honduras. Pastor Harvey read an email from the Honduras team reporting two professions of faith were made at services last night and we Skyped with the Philippians team at the beginning of worship. It was great to see and hear them all. Great work happening in both locations. Our 42 member Appalachian Service Project team leaves next Sunday for their week of working on homes. Love the work everyone is doing.
We saw the LOLs again after church today and are happy to report both ladies are improved. Helen’s cough seems to have resolved and Jean’s hand is slowly improving. We will have a little time at home this week before leaving for our project next week so we decided to spend the afternoon going through some kitchen cabinets. We have decided to downsize and dispose of things we don’t need or not using. We don’t want anyone to have to go through what we have been going through to dispose of our stuff in a few years. Should be another exciting and hopefully not too painful journey. Hope you all have a good week.
We have had nothing but hot, dry days since arriving in Tuscaloosa. It is definitely summer in Alabama. It came a little early this year but it appears it is here to stay. We actually have some areas of the state that are already having drought problems. It may be a long, hot, dry summer.
Friday we spent with Anne’s brothers at her Dad’s office and warehouse and started the process of emptying many years of accumulated “stuff”. There are all sorts of tools (working and nonworking, old and not quite so old) and construction materials in the warehouse. We each found a few items we thought we could use or just wanted for the memory. We then did a sort of inventory of what’s there and agreed to call the trades program for the schools – carpentry, plumbing, electrical, etc. – and offered to give them what they could use for their programs. Hopefully they will be able to use some of the tools and lots of the materials and supplies.
After lunch we decided to escape the heat and return to Anne’s Mom’s house to work on items there. Again progress was made. All day Saturday was spent working at the house. There were times of laughter and of tears. We did finally decided on a realtor and all three of us signed the listing contract on the house. Now, to just get all the stuff out.
Today, Max and Anne went back to Blount County to go to church and check on the Aunts. We saw a really nice sunrise this morning. Our worship service was again a great service of music and teaching as we remembered the ascension of Jesus. Great day at Lester Memorial.
Unfortunately, Helen seems to have developed a summer cold and Jean’s bad hand is looking really bad again. We will be talking to the nurse practitioner in the morning and keeping a closer check on the ladies for a few days. We then had lunch and checked on the houses on the mountain. We returned to Tuscaloosa to meet with an antiques dealer late this afternoon. We still haven’t got our walking in today, but that is next on the agenda. Another long day. Hope everyone has had a great weekend.
We finished our service visit to the Tiffin Service Center yesterday afternoon a little too late to drive to Tuscaloosa. After a visit to check-out (where we were surprised to find out that, once again, we owed nothing for the work) we got Fred mostly ready to roll and then walked around the campground talking to the people we had met during this visit. It’s always fun to meet new people and talk about NOMADS, RVing and Alabama.
This morning, after a before-the-heat walk, we made the short trip to Tuscaloosa where we will be for the next few days working on estate and real estate business with Anne’s brothers. And, yes, we have already been to Cook Out for a shake.
Things are moving faster than we expected here at the Tiffin Service Center. We got a call just after lunch to go to an express bay as soon as we could. We were in the bay less than an hour with a new air conditioner installed and tested. We have to go to a chassis bay tomorrow to try to track down a loose wire in the dash.
It has been a very busy week. Also a very hot week. Close to record highs each day. We are 10 or more degrees above normal for this time of year every day.
We hit the ground running after the long day of driving last Friday. On Saturday Max worked on the drive way that had washed a little due to all the recent rains. After that he was on the bush hog until about 7:30 Saturday evening with a little break for lunch and lots of breaks for water. Anne worked on laundry and started the process of emptying closets in preparation for selling the house. Sunday we met dear friends Barry and Donna for breakfast before church and then went to church and Sunday School. We heard a great message from Pastor Harvey. During the Sunday School hour the Director of Kids International Mission, the children’s home and school in the Philippines our church supports, spoke to everyone about the work being done and needing to be done in the Philippians. It was a wonderful time. After church we headed to the nursing home to visit with Aunt Jean and Aunt Helen. They seemed very happy to see us and we had a good visit. Randy and Debra, Max’s brother and his wife, arrived Sunday afternoon. They came with materials and tools for working on Max’s grandparent’s house.
Monday morning we started bright and early working on what we all call “Granny’s house”. It’s a farm house that is now over 100 years old. Therefore, it always needs work. This time we worked to cover the fascia boards with metal, replace some of the masonite siding with cement board and replace the ceiling and lighting in the kitchen. We worked twelve hour days more like Constructors for Christ projects than our NOMADS schedule. We were able to complete all our tasks late Thursday. It was a hard week but we got it done plus some additional items that came up like getting our air conditioner repaired, repairing a toilet at our house and two at Helen’s. Debra and Anne also began work on cleaning out some of the items we quickly moved to Helen’s when Jean had to go to the nursing home. They also put together some birthing kits for our mission team to take to the Philippines next week. We then took Friday for all four of us to visit with the Aunts, friends, and run a few errands.
That brings us to today. Randy and Debra left around 9:00 heading back to South Carolina and we left shortly after that heading to Red Bay, AL. This evening we are again parked in the Tiffin Service Center campground in Red Bay. Our rear air conditioner is not working properly (remember how hot it is?) Fortunately, the problem developed now because our two year warranty expires June 7. Hopefully we can get it replaced early next week. Maybe we can get a little rest while we are here.
The past two days were beautiful although a little too hot. Yesterday we didn’t really do that much. We decided to go to the Chatham Cafe for breakfast. The country skillet was just as good as we remembered it. Glad we also remembered to split it because it was even larger than we remembered. We went to the Interurban Trail that runs from Chatham to Springfield get our exercise. We didn’t get the bikes out but did some good walking. Otherwise we cleaned out the truck, put tools away and readied things for travel today. Richard and Dianne came for a visit and we said our “see you down the road” with hugs. We have really enjoyed spending these last few days with them. All four of us have been through a lot of stuff since we were last together in 2016 but as it is with good friends, we just picked up like it was yesterday. We will really try to not let three years go by before we get together again.
Today we were up early, completed our packing and were on the road before 7:00. We originally planned to make it a two day trip home but just kept driving until we got home at about 6:30 this evening. Long day, but we shared the driving and stopped and walked around every few hours. With no bad weather it wasn’t too hard. Now it’s like we gained a day because we can get some work done here tomorrow. There is always so much to do when we get back to Alabama – lots of grass to cut. We are so thankful for another day of safe travel. Hope everyone has a great weekend.