Places We Have Called Home In 2019

Home Is Where We Park It:   UMOM New Day Centers, Phoenix 

Dec 24, 2019

Temperature 58 Degrees, Rain

Merry Christmas

Christmas Eve Candle Light Service

Two Years Ago Today.

OK, I’m a day early but since there will be no blog tomorrow let me wish a  Merry Christmas to all my family and friends.

I hope everyone takes a moment in the next 24 hours to remember the real reason for this season, to remember the love that is at the heart of Christmas Day.  For God so loved you. . . never forget how loved you are, how precious you are in the eyes of our creator.  Now it’s our turn to spread that love.  Maybe through a smile on your face.  Giving a cup of hot coffee to someone who is down on their luck.  Perhaps by giving of yourself in service in some way – serving at a soup kitchen for a day, wrapping presents for the less fortunate, the possibilities are endless.

Speaking of friends, the two of us along with Bob and Leone went to


Christmas Candle Light Service .  Bob is the one that put the wrong fuel in his tuck so they are without wheels.  Well, not exactly they do have a Harley.  However, it was raining, we were going, so we went together.


We went to Central Church in Phoenix.


This is the worship center about 15 minutes before the service.  A few minutes into the service and it was almost completely full.


After the service they had a fire going in the outdoor fireplace in the courtyard.  Cookies were just around the corner.


Hard to see – I only had my phone – but there were four Advent and a Christ candle lit in the bell tower.

It was a great service of Lessons and Carols which was made even better by the fact that we celebrated with our friends.

The evening was still young, the four of us were hungry

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and this was one of the few places open.    We spent a delightful couple of hours eating, sharing RV war stores, talking about places we have been and would like to go, summer plans next year, work camping, and so much more.  Times like this are so wonderful.  Bottom line its the people we meet, the people we come to know that makes this lifestyle the best of the best.

A milestone for us today.  Two years ago today we left NJ in Graybeard.  It was a bitter cold Sunday morning and oh boy did we have a lot to learn about our rig and the RV life.  For instance, it sure would have made sense to run the generator and the heat pump.  Did I think of it?  Of course not.  As for driving a thirty six foot motorhome.  That Bay Bridge Tunnel Complex was really unnerving.  Today, no sweat.  Yes, we’ve come a long way since then.  And we’re still evolving and learning

I’ll close with this.

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A turtle, of course!  Why are they my favorite?  Because they remind me that the only way to get where you want to be in life is to stick your’re neck out and go for it.

Another fantastic day on The Road of Retirement.  Outside, cool and rainy.  Inside, we are warm and cozy.  We had a wonderful day together with new friends.  We took time out to celebrate and remember the real reason for the Christmas season.  What more can you ask for?

Glad you were with us today.  We always appreciate your company and comments.  Catch you in a couple or days.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before

See you on down the road



  1. MERRY CHRISTMAS! It is almost 2 years that we met you guys in Georgia when our car had a dead battery. Bill to the rescue with his new Christmas gift. It was a cold foggy day but we met two wonderfully warm people and have the pleasure of retaining them as friends. Safe travels as you set out on your next adventure. Will watch for the blog.


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