Friday, March 22, 2013


On Wednesday Larry went over to Phil Campbell to the house we were at last week and put in a new water heater in the old home. Hers had broken on the weekend and she was without hot water. She called that evening and thanked him for she had just taken a HOT bath. The Christian Aid team were working on the new home laying the block, they really have it down to a science.
I waited with our motor home hoping to hear they were going to start the work on it. No call. No call Thursday all day but Thursday evening they called and said have it at bay 32 at 6:45 Friday morning.  They fixed the leak around the front door,  fixed the heat air transfer box switch on the dash,  replaced the leaking seal on the toilet,  replaced the rip in the mattress on our sleep number bed,  replaced the corner piece on the slide and adjusted the slide. They were done by 11.  We are now in Haleyville parked at the Methodist church.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


 We stopped at a Walmart on Friday evening and made it to Red Bay Saturday afternoon. We just moved the clocks ahead an hour last week and now we had to move it back, central time.
 We thought there may be a lot of Tiffin motor homes  here for service on their way home for Easter and we are here without an appointment.
 We all look alike! Even though there are a lot of motor homes getting serviced they say we should be able to be worked on in the next few days.
 We took a bike ride around town when we got here. The Dollar General store has upgraded to a Dollar General market. I never saw one before.
 Sunday we went to the Red Bay Methodist church.
 It is one of the 32 churches on the Hallelujah trail in northern Alabama. Each church is at least 100 years old, is on its original site and is still holding service today.

 On Monday we drove over to Phil Campbell to see where we will be working. This house is almost unlivable, although a woman is living here. the roof was blown off in the tornado and they weren't able to get down the road to it for three days so there was lot of water damage inside. We are going to build a new house behind it.
 Notice the sky,  we had severe thunderstorms and heavy rain but the tornadoes were in eastern Alabama today.
 The foundation was just poured on Friday, we are hoping they can get it under roof  in a week or at least by April 1,  so we can be have our teams of NOMADS finish the insides.This is our assignment. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013


 We leave tomorrow to head to Alabama. I've been enjoying my week of dancing and Larry has been playing  pickleball, although a little cold and windy.
 I enjoyed a last massage from Jean on Tuesday. We were told about her from Keith and Marie, she is really good and I would recommend going to her if you see their 5th wheel with her sign on it in the park. ($45 for an hour)
 Larry wanted to get the RV washed before we left town so Hotties Detailing came today. We had them do it when we first came down in November. They do a good job. So if you are still at Clermont TT you might want to give them a call.
We leave tomorrow to go to Alabama, seems funny leaving so early.

Monday, March 11, 2013


 We begin with a sad note for Marty Young died on February 27. There was a nice  Masonic service on Monday night and then on Tuesday his inurnment was at the Atonement Lutheran Church in Sebring. He was very active in this church and with the Masons. Our Blue Heron group will truly miss him and will keep Audrey in our prayers.

 The Blue Herons camped at Toby's in Arcadia March 6 to the 10th.
It was the weekend of the Arcadia All-Florida Championship rodeo.  Larry and Jeannie, friends who also were camping with us, decided to bike to it. Only 3 miles with a nice bike path half the way and we avoided the traffic and parking.
 Our seats were in Y section, right over the bulls,
 and below the announcer.
 Perfect seats to see the cowboys get ready to ride and coming out of the chutes.
 The rodeo began with the Tater Hill Bluff Gang and a good old fashion shoot out.
 There was bareback riding
 quadrille (square dancing on horseback, I really liked it!)
 calf roping
 and the rodeo ended with bullriding. Rockin' Robbie Hodges was a great barrelman and funny guy.
 Our seats were right where we could see them getting ready.
 The barrel is down and that means the bull went after it, He took quite a few hits.
 Ride 'em cowboy.

 We had our business meeting Friday night. This was our last camp out for awhile for we head to Alabama in a week and then next year we plan to be out west.  Dick and Roberta also announce that this is their last camp out for they will be selling their rig. Dick is quite an inspiration to us all at 95, but his vision is going so he needs to stop driving the RV.  Jim will be wagon master next year and Jan will be secretary. We are so glad they agreed to do it and I know they will do a great job.
 Jan, Tam and Jo made a great breakfast Saturday morning.
 Larry , Jeannie and we rode our bikes back into town and watched the parade Saturday morning.

 Lot of Shrine representation.

 I almost forgot that on Thursday the guys went golfing while the ladies went in town for lunch at Mary Margret's Tea room.
 We enjoyed looking in some of the antique shops along the street.
 On Thursday afternoon Larry, Larry and I went to Joshua orange grove in Arcadia and had a tour.
 We learned all about how they hand pick the fruit and those who pick it.
 All the fruit starts on a sour orange root and then the plant is grafted onto it. (different types of oranges, grapefruits, lemons, tangerines).

Larry, Dottie and Larry in the orange grove.  We learned a lot.