Places We Have Called Home In 2020

Home Is Where We Park It – Escapees North Ranch, Congress, Arizona

May 10, 2020

Temperature 82 Degrees

Remembering Mom on Mother’s Day

Worship at Colts Neck Reformed Church

It Really Does Rain In Arizona


Today was Mother’s Day and my thoughts immediately turned to my mom who is no longer with us.  She wore a smile no matter the challenging circumstances that she faced.  It defined her and made her who she was, a ray of light in an often dark world.


I remember oh so well the hours we sat and played Mexican Train the last summer we spent together.


I was so thankful that I was able to celebrate my last birthday with her.  She could cook, and oh could she bake.  Mom, thanks for the memories that I hold of you and our time together in my heart.


Today being Sunday we went back to our home church for worship.


Instead of a message for children, they featured The Cherub Choir singing He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands.




They had different children at different times in different locations singing and illustrating the song with their hands.


He’s Got The Whole World 


In His Hands.


Since it was Mother’s Day


pictures were shared of Mom’s past and present who have been and are today a part of the congregation.


Pastor’s Message was from the Book of Esther.  He challenged each of us to remember this faithful woman who rose to the occasion during extremely challenging times.  He challenged us to be like her, willing to be faithful to God and to be his ambassador no matter the time or place we may be living in.  He asked us to consider During these challenging times what is God calling you to do for him?  How can you share His love for His people?  What role is God asking you to fulfill today in this divided and fractured world we are living in?  Can you deliver a box of food?  Check on a neighbor?  The possibilities are endless.

The rest of the day was spent napping, playing Mexican Train and hey guess what . . .


it really does rain in Arizona!  Late afternoon we had a storm roll through complete with thunder, high winds and driving rain.  The temperature just before the storm was 89 degrees but within 30 minutes it dropped to below 75 degrees.  However, after the storm passed it bounced right back up again to were it had been.

OK, plant lovers everywhere help me identify this.


This is the plant I have in my small turtle planter.   Barbara told me it is a succulent but what in the world is that?  How big should it get to be?  How long do they typically live?  Anyone?

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  It was a causal, relaxing day that was fulfilling in every way.  Word on the street is that the excessive heat of the past week has broken and temperatures should be back to a more normal level.  Meaning somewhere in the vicinity of the 80’s during they day and the 60’s at night.  How sweet.

On the lighter side.

Remember to Set Your Scale Back 10 Lb This Week | Meme on ME.ME

Thanks again for joining us today.  Hope your day was as great as ours.  Keep those comments and suggestions coming.  Keep safe.  Wear your mask – if not for yourself then for someone else.  Remember, six feet apart or you could end up six feet under. Wash your hands often.  Catch you tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Elvira 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. I am so blessed to still have my Mom so we could celebrate with a window visit. That was nice getting the kids involved in the message during the service. Your plant looks like a Jade plant, which is a succulent. They can live decades, so treat her right.


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