Four Fabulous Days

Did you ever come to a particular place in your life when you want to pinch yourself because you can hardly believe you are getting to do something? Gary and I often feel that way as we travel across this country – even with all the ups and downs, we still feel incredibly blessed to be able to do what we do.

Well, that’s how I’m feeling about my current circumstances.  Last week  I spent a Fabulous Four Days with two of my closest SOWER buddies.
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Jenny flew in from South Dakota, Kim and I picked her up in Burlington, and we spent four kick-back, chocolate-eating, pool sitting, coffee on the deck days at a condo at Smugglers Notch Resort, Vermont.
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We slept late (well, late-ish anyway), lounged around, and had a major gabfest for those four days!
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We checked out a local farm market,
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visited the fabulous (if you like this sort of thing) Hope Cemetery in Barre
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and even (ok, I insisted!) took a beautiful drive to The Cabin, where my SOWER sister world collided with my Sister sister World.
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And oh what a glorious collision it was!
When our four days were up, and we’d said our last ‘see ya later’ s, I headed back to the cabin (to be happily reunited with Gary) for our annual business meeting.
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Although not all of these people were actually at the meeting, they were there for a wonderful family meal. It was an amazing afternoon!
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(Thankfully only 4 of us were spending the night!)
We were back in Montrose by Sunday evening, and back to work Monday morning.
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But my anticipation level was still running high, because tomorrow (YES – TOMORROW) I’m deserting my sweet, precious, oh-so-patient husband again, and going on a seven day New England and Canada cruise with my sisters!!!
Oh. My. Goodness.
When we started talking about this cruise last summer (“Let’s put down a deposit, we can always get our money back if we change our minds.” I said.) we had no idea just how precious this cruise would be. With Elna’s recent cancer diagnosis (she’s doing really well – virtually no side effects from the Opdivo therapy 🙂 ) we have all become aware of how quickly our lives can change. To say we are relishing this next week, would be quite the understatement.

So to the 4 husbands who have (mostly) joyfully shared their wives with me last week and then next week, I can only say thank-you, thank-you, thank-you and thank-you. And to my sweet husband who has had to do double duty of ‘batchin’ it’ I say – You’re the BEST!!!

Oh – and another reason to pinch myself? All of Gary’s cardio tests came back with that lovely word “Normal” attached. The cardio Dr. doesn’t want to see him again for year, and we already have regular appointments with our Primary Care doctor for later in July. Thank you for your prayers – our God has been very gracious to us!!

Thanks for stopping by! It’ll be quiet next week, because I’ll be crusin!

PS – If you’d like to see more of my SOWER sisters and I having a grand time in Vermont, you can check out additional pictures HERE!. (Warning, there may or may not be food pictures involved!)

Flag Day and the answer

Happy Flag Day everyone!
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Have you been having a good week? Aside from an excursion to the cardiologist on Wednesday (tests went well – but no word yet.), I’ve been busy helping with the Big Bed Shuffle here at the conference center. Remember all those mattresses that were delivered a week or so ago?
UntitledWell, the new queens are going into the rooms in Lily Hill (the motel), and the newer doubles that had been in Lily Hill were moved to replaced some older doubles in Dreyer. Then all the twin beds were replaced with new. In other words, just about every room at the conference center got some type of new (or new to them!) beds. It was a good chance to do some behind the beds cleaning,
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and then ALL those beds had to be made! Ah, job security!
Gary, who has been on ‘light duty’ since this whole heart thing started, kept busy making all the bed frames for those new queen beds.
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Neither he or I were actually involved in the shuffling of all the mattresses (thank goodness!). Just the pre- and after-math of said shuffle!! All in all, it was a good and productive week!
This weekend we head to upstate NY for a weekend visit with our good SOWER friends, Joe & Kim. =) At the end of the weekend, Gary will head back by himself and I’ll hang around in NY until Kim and I pick-up our other dear friend Jenny at the airport on Tuesday for a much anticipated Girls’ Getaway!!
Watch out – here comes trouble!
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Oh – the Where in the World Wednesday location? I had a lot of good guess over on Facebook, and lots of them got it right away.

Mount St. Helens in Washington State.  The mountain missing it’s main peak since its 1980 eruption.
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Where in the World Wednesday

Hi! We leave bright and early this morning for the 2nd stage of Gary’s nuclear stress test and his echo-cardiogram, but I didn’t want to miss posting this weeks mystery location. Gary’s been giving me lots of grief about how ambiguous the photos are that I’ve chosen, so I thought that this week I’d pick one that (I believe anyway) is a bit more distinctive.

 Any guesses?

PS – About Gary’s tests – so far none have shown any red flags. So no answers yet, but no scary answers yet either! Thanks for praying!

Mondays are for Memories – The Loneliest Road

A SOWER friend recently commented that they had decided to travel Rte 50 across Nevada and it brought back memories of the time we drove that road. Which apparently is (justifiably) designated as the “Loneliest Road in America”.
Here’s our memory for today –
May 8, 2010 – The Loneliest Road
When you travel about the country in a big ol’ RV, with a cute orange truck tagging along, you have to be careful about planning your road choices. Pretty much we try to avoid large cities (we can’t always do that, but at least we try to avoid them around rush hour!) and toll roads, and when possible we like to stay off interstate unless we just plain have to get somewhere and don’t care so much about checking out interesting sights along the way. So, when we were planning our drive from the Bryce Canyon area of Utah to Nevada City, CA (near Lake Tahoe), we looked at the map carefully. I80 was far to the north, but to be quite honest, there wasn’t much that went across the state of Nevada except Hwy 50, and to get to that we had to travel on what looked like an even smaller road, Hwy 21 in Utah. Another trick we have learned is to check with some “locals” about road conditions – is it “good road”, and is it OK for big rigs. (Believe me, our trusty GPS does not take into account the “big rig” factor at all!). When I asked about the 21, the answer I got from girl was that it was an OK road, but man, there’s not much out that way. Her final comment was – “It’s a lonely road”. Gary checked with a fellow by the fuel pumps about Hwy 50 – and he got pretty much the same answer. The towns (and I use the term lightly) are between 50 -100 miles apart, but it’s good road and not much traffic.
So as we set out on “the 21” we kept commenting that yes indeed, this was a lonely road.
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What we didn’t realize was that we were about to embark on a trip across Nevada on the “Loneliest Road in America“, so named by Life Magazine in 1986. And what we also didn’t realize was that we were traveling through the Great Basin. Now put on your 5th grade US geography hats and see if you can remember what the Great Basin is. Has it come to you yet? Here’s a little help –
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Pretty much it’s long (10 miles or so) flat arid valleys followed by a mountain range, followed by long flat arid valleys followed by a mountain range, followed by a long flat arid valley followed by…….
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Here are just some of the summit signs I managed to capture as we crested the different hills –
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And looking out the side window really drove home the “we are alone” feeling –
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But don’t think this road wasn’t without some POIs along the way. When I noticed a tree close to the road in the distance I figured it would be a good photo op (you know, contrasting the tree with the otherwise stark roadside).
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As we got closer, there seemed to be some sort of moss hanging from the branches.
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Some strange desert/mountain growth?
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Nope. Sneakers. Of course.
Then there was Sand Mountain
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Looked like God had just decided that HERE would be a good place to dump a humongous pile of sand.
There were also the salt flats, that stretched on for a couple of miles –
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Along much of the shoulder folks had been writing their names or messages with stone –
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We did not stop to add our names – looked to us like finding the rocks would have been a lot of work!
We discovered Hwy 50 loosely followed the Pony Express route and there were several ruins along the way with historical markers, but unfortunately we didn’t stop at any of them. And now we know we could have picked up a Loneliest Road Survival Kit before we set out. Even our road atlas has Hwy 50 marked as the Loneliest Road.
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is that it seemed
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to go on
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forever.

Sabbath Rest – Always Good

As we’ve been walking down this “oh, you might have some heart trouble” road, this song by Andrew Peterson came to mind. It was written following the tragic death of a dear friend’s wife shortly after she gave birth to their first child.  Our circumstances seem so very minor in comparison, yet still these lyrics are true –

You’re always good, always good
Somehow this sorrow is shaping my heart
Like it should
And You’re always good, always good

Do You remember how Mary was grieving?
How You wept and she fell at Your feet?
If it’s true that You know what I’m feeling
Could it be that You’re weeping with me?

Arise, O Lord, and save me
There’s nowhere else to go

You’re always good, always good
Somehow this sorrow is shaping my heart
Like it should
And You’re always good, always good

It’s so hard to know what You’re doing
So why won’t You tell it all plain?
But You said You’d come back on the third day
And Peter missed it again and again

So maybe the answer surrounds us
And we don’t have eyes to see

You’re always good, always good
This heartache is moving me closer than joy ever could
And You’re always good

My God, my God, be near me
There’s nowhere else to go
And Lord, if You can hear me
Please help Your child to know

That You’re always good, always good
As we try to believe what is not meant
To be understood
Will You help us to trust Your intentions for us are still good?
‘Cause You laid down Your life and You suffered like I never could

And You’re always good, always good
You’re always good, always good
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From Andrew Peterson’s 2018 EP entitled “Resurrection Letters: Prologue”

Always Good
Written by Andrew Peterson
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Here is a link to the full story behind this song.

Seeing the country……Serving our Lord!