RV Gardening

Every now and again I get a random request from someone to use one of my photos for a travel brochure or an online something or other. Oh, no money has ever changed hands, but still – it’s nice to be asked! Recently I had a request to use this picture of my dashboard garden in a blog post about RV gardening.
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(I confess this has been a favorite ‘dashboard’ picture of mine since it includes a picture of my family, a fabric rendition of The Cabin, flowers given to me by my hubby, my traveling dashboard plants, and over in the corner my small collection of rocks. Plus – it’s sitting on a little quilt! It’s like a small collection of my favorite things! (And it looks so tidy – not a common state of the dashboard!) But to get back on topic…..)

Sure, I said! And asked for a link to the article when she published it.  That happened last week, so if you’d like to check it out – HERE you go! It turns out there are many, many, MANY options for maintaining a green thumb while you’re traveling!

Truth be told, I don’t really have much of a green thumb. My little collection of dashboard plants seem to thrive even with my blatant neglect. This summer, for the first time in about forever, I splurged on a couple of potted plants to spruce up the ‘yard’. And in an effort to give my indoor plants a bit of a summer vacation, I’ve moved the jade plant and the aloe plant outdoors to keep them company.
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Guess we’ll just have to see how this new gardening endeavor goes!

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Speed blogging

You’ve heard of “speed dating”, right? Well, hang on – here comes the speed blogging whirlwind!

Oakridge Ministries – Anadarko, OK  4/10 – 4/22
Great SOWER project! Wonderful time spent with friends, old and new, big electrical job completed, big drapery job hung and hemmed, house renovation begun, deck built and stained, many peanuts eaten.
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Time with the Kids in Ohio – April 28 – May 8
Snuggles and giggles and swing sets and gymnastics and ballgames. So good to spend time with these littles and their parents!

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Michigan Quick-Trip – May 2-4

Right in the middle of our Ohio Kids Week, we took a quick trip to Holland, Michigan to connect with friends we hadn’t seen in several years. Such a sweet visit – with very little picture taking!
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And on our way back to Columbus, we picked up Lizzie, who had been hanging out outside of Dayton getting a new exhaust manifold. That’s what emergency funds are for, right?
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Girls’ Week 2017 – May 13 – 20
We were only settled in Montrose for a couple of days before I took off for Girls’ Week, which held several bonuses. It started with visits with friends and then our Canadian family, included time at a sweet cabin near Joie’s, helping out with soft pretzel making at the school where Joie teaches, and wrapped up with a sweet visit with some of Joie’s kids and grands.

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Man, I love these ladies!
So blessed to not only call these ladies sisters but also dearest friends. We're wrapping up Girls Week 2017 - such wonderful memories!! One of the very best weeks of the year! #bffs #girlsweek #sisterlylove

 

Cabin Visits – TWO!!
I ended up at the cabin at the end of Girl’s Week, and then Gary and I returned last weekend for another quick visit. After being away from the cabin last summer, it did my heart good. Really good!
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An added bonus to the second trip was spending the morning with my siblings
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and then finishing off the weekend with our friends Joe & Kim.
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All good. So very, very good.

 

Montrose Bible Camp – May 11 – Aug ??
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It’s good to back at our favorite (this year, anyway!) summer SOWER spot – Montrose Bible Camp. There’s lots of work for us to do (as always), and I know we’ll be kept busy. Gary’s big job right now is doing the electrical and ductwork for the dorms that are being renovated. We’ve been joined by another couple this month, and are expecting another couple in August. Yippee!!! All indicators are that it’s going to be a great summer!
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I’ve been working in the kitchen
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and also folding the never ending supply of sheets.

And that, my friends, brings this corner of the internet up to date. I’m a little out of breath from all this Speed Blogging – thanks for hangin’ in there with me!

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Never Forget

Memorial Day 2011
I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.
~Benjamin Harrison~

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Cruisin’ Musin’

There were lots of things I LOVED about our very first cruise. (Royal Caribbean, Liberty of the Seas, sailing out of Galveston, TX with stops at Routan, Honduras, Belize City, Belize, and Cozumel, Mexico for you seasoned and curious cruisers.:))
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  • The ship was amazing! To us (with nothing to compare it to), it was luxurious and gorgeous.
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  • Our room, though small, was a marvel of “well-used space”.  Remember, we live full-time in 300 square feet, so we KNOW small space living!
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  • As for on-board activities, there was something for everyone –
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    Kids Pool
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    (A pitiful picture of)The adult side – Honest, there were two large hot tubs, a nice quiet pool, lots of deck chairs and no kids under 16.
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    A walking track (and more deck chairs)
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    And even with all the people on board, it was still possible to find a quiet corner when you just needed some peace and quiet. (That’s Gary in the orange shirt.)
  • The food was abundant and delicious
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    and the servers were attentive and fun
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  • The entertainment was varied – everything from ice skating
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    to rock bands
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    to a very hilarious juggler. No picture – we were too busy laughing!
  • Our excursions (though they seemed expensive to us novices) were lots of fun –
    We did a monkey refuge tour and zip-lining in Routan
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    and enjoyed some snorkeling and a private island off of Belize.
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    Our time in Cozumel wasn’t quite as successful. We opted to just get a cab to a beach and were a bit disappointed in where he took us. Ah, the unsuspecting tourist. But we still salvaged the day (though Gary did loose his glasses in the ocean) and made the best of a less than perfect morning.
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    And we made it back to the ship before the lunch buffet closed, so all was not lost.
  • But of course, the very best part of the cruise was the people we were with! So much laughter, so many giggles, so much fun!
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The things that surprised me about the cruise (and cruising in general, I suppose) was the emphasis on shopping. Diamonds, designer watches, art auctions (who knew?), clothing, cosmetics – the options were endless. I left the ship with a $10 dollar scarf and a $7.50 lanyard (really, they couldn’t have supplied that?) so all was okay on my end. But the shops seemed busy each evening, so I’m pretty sure most of the folks came prepared to take home some cruise swag.

Just looking through the photos to put together this post brought back such wonderful memories and I was reminded once again how blessed we are to have been able to take such a special vacation with such dear friends.

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If you’d like to see more of the fun we had – there are plenty more pictures HERE! And trust me, I really whittled them down!

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Home again, home again, jiggedity jig

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The last 8 weeks have been about as fabulous as possible, filled with family, friends, and frivolity, but right now nothing is feeling quite as lovely as being home.
My own bed.
My own shower. (yes, it’s small, but it’s mine (ours!))
My own clutter.
My own stuff.

It’s past time to get my life back into some sort of routine, back into taking care of life business, and back into SOWER work. While I’m working on making all of that happen, I’ll just share a time-lapse of Gary and I building some ductwork for the project here at Montrose. You’ll just have to imagine the racket that was involved!
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And now I’m off to do some Cruisin’ Musin’

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