Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!

Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
Traveling...Resting...Relaxing...Working...On Our Way Somewhere...Where We Land Nobody Knows...

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Keeping Up with it All

It’s not like we are busy…not even when we were traveling we were not that busy but for reasons unknown to us it has been difficult to keep you all updated in a timely manner, and for this we apologize and we do hope that changes but not likely at this time in our lives. Writing no longer seems to be a big priority and I miss that terribly but we all do what we need to do and apparently this is what we need at this moment.

Currently we are working part time in the Café at Fountain of Youth in Niland, California where the daytimes highs have been in the 60’s to 70’s and the lows in the 40’s, a bit nippy at night but what wonderful daytime highs. We have had a few days of nasty winds that are usual in this area and a few days of much needed rain, compared to other weather around the country we won’t complain!


We have been taking advantage of the soakings in the magnificent springs and hope our bodies at least feel a lot younger when we leave. My knee is NOT back to normal, whatever normal is…it still aches and being on my feet for too long takes its toll on me. It makes it really nice to only be working 5 hour shifts, 4 days a week, leaving us with 3 days to recuperate our bodies and enjoy all the area has to offer.

We are pursuing more travel in our plans for 2016 and have a few companies we can work with to make this happen. As for Maggie, she is holding her own, we had to replace her fuel pump since she began spitting and coughing and this time changing the filter and adding additives did not fix the issue and she sputtered continuously. We had the work done in Indio, California at Al’s Automotive and they were reasonable, friendly but the time it took them was outrageous. They diagnosed it quickly...



Then ordered the part immediately and said while they were waiting for the part to come in they would go have some lunch. The part arrived within the half hour but they took a two hour lunch and then when they pulled out the part they thought a piece on it was crooked so while attempting to bend it, it broke. They went to get another part which had us WAITING once again. Took only 15 minutes to install the part but over 3 ½ hours of just WAITING…



On our drive back to our site we had been discussing our plans to head to Quartzsite for a few days during our time off this week and celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. At the same time we were discussing Jerry giving the undercarriage of Maggie a thorough once over since it had been awhile, plus we wanted to check on the work they did and that is when the Universe once again kept us safe.

While checking things out he seen that the drive shaft hanger bearing was stripped and was just hanging there ready to have us stranded somewhere down the road or worse. We ordered the part from Amazon and it will not be here until next week which cancels our Quartzsite plans but we will not complain since it saved us much more hassles. Life just always works out that way for us and we are so grateful for the intervention. We continue to get better about following our guts and listening to that soft voice within that usually guides us in the right direction.

For now until we make our decision we have been purging, remodeling and making Maggie more comfortable for us…we got two new recliners, some wine accessories, created a sign holder from PVC pipes and arranged our light garden for our night relaxations.





It still hard to think about trading Maggie in since she has been the best for all these years and we are still up in the air on which direction to take, so many options and not enough clear directions. With more of the opportunities for different types of work that are coming available to us, our set up now will just not work. We are just playing the wait and see game, knowing it will all work out as long as we continue to listen to our guts and follow our hearts.

1 comment:

Ali Workentin said...

So glad you found the issue of the drive shaft...ours fell out just as we were going through a light ~ that was when we were working for the carnival and heading to Sequim, WA.

I so understand what you mean about writing has taken on a new meaning...the same has happened with me. I hadn't written for four months and am slowly feeling the tug to write again.

God be with you both as you work and make plans for the future. Talk to you soon.