After A Long Absence

I’ve been away from my blog for a while. Spent the summer with the grandkids. I’m a senior citizen and they wear me out, but they are great fun. Choosing between them and blogging–no contest!

I am currently in NC, getting ready to attend the wedding of one of my best friend’s daughters. I have another wedding to attend in KY in about three weeks. I seldom get to see my friends so this is a special time.

My husband and I used to live here many years ago and our former pastor nearly died of pancreatitis a year ago. When we visited last September we happened to be at the church on his first day back in the pulpit. What a blessing that was. Seeing him last Sunday, without the wheelchair, looking more robust (had gained to a healthy weight), and his voice as strong as ever, was a thrill to our souls. I was able to share pictures of our grandkids with he and his wife. I must put in a plug here for my favorite pastor, John Hill, Jr. and the church he has pastored for thirty years: Hughes Grove Baptist Church, in Thomasville, NC. Though we have been away for most of those thirty years, we are welcomed each time we come back, and the love and enthusiasm of the people is as strong as ever. We also really enjoy the teaching, preaching, and singing.

I will try to post pictures of the wedding this Saturday.

A note to all of my friends: I have deleted my Facebook account. Someone keeps cloning me and I’m tired of spending so much time trying to fight it. I will keep writing and using my other social media connections.

I intend to get back to working on my novel between now and the next wedding. If any of you have any suggestions about how to develop an interesting newsletter, please let me know. I’m hungry for feedback. If you email me regarding this post, please use the subject¬†blog¬†so I don’t delete it. I have over 2,000 emails so the ones that don’t reach out and grab me are being deleted for now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1997 We Took a Little. . .

Oh, wait, this is 2016. My how time flies. In 1997 we put our house in Maryland in the hands of a real estate agent, gave power of attorney for the sale to a friend, and off we went to wild, barren, desert west: Quartzsite, Arizona. Back then the town’s population was just over 800; yet, at the height of the winter season over 500,000 RV’s and tourists would come through. The rock and gem show coincided with the RV show and lasted about two weeks. That was then.

This past winter (the first trip west since winter ’99-2000) things were quite different. Sweet Darlene’s restaurant was no longer in a tent; it was in a metal building. There were three semi-permanent RV sales lots in town, plus the RV show came in about the first of February. The rock and gem show came in during the second week of the RV show and it lasted about ten days.

The population, according to the librarian, is now around 2500. There are fewer vendors in the desert area, more RV parks, and JJ’s New and Used RV Parts, sad to say, had moved to Apache Junction.

Our first two trips out, our primary source of communication was the CB. That was before cell phones. Now we use cell phones and don’t get together for CB breaks so we can meet the people we’re talking to. We already know who we’re talking to. Many of our old friends had passed on to the next life or had developed health problems that prevented them from coming back. Still, it was good to catch up with a few that had settled there.

We sold our Airstream travel trailer three weeks ago and will drive our motorhome out this winter. Change is inevitable, but so is the fun. Thanks for reading along and taking a little tour with me.

I would love to share some of my photos but I don’t seem to have an option for that anymore. Sorry.