Places We Have Called Home In 2020

June 14, 2020

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Temperature 89 Degrees

Christmas In June, Worship At Our Home Church In Colts Neck, NJ

Learning to Keep Elvira Cool

Everything But The Kitchen Sink – And Oh So Delicious 


Once again we began our day by worshiping at our home church in Colts Neck, NJ.


Pastor Scott started a sermon series last year entitled Through the Bible.  Over the past year he has delivered messages from various books of the Old Testament.  Today he finally reached the New Testament and the lesson for today was on the birth of Christ.  Hence, we had a Christmas In June worship service.


From last year during one December service the choir performed For Unto Us A Child Is Born.  The video of that performance was played again today.

IMG_8970For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

Using this verse, several members of the congregation delivered prerecorded and scripted homilies on the meaning of the verse.


Pastor Scott then delivered the morning message in which he


reminded us that Jesus is the light of the world and His light continues to shine in the darkness of our present day world, and the darkness will never overcome that light.  It was a wonderful way to begin yet another week with a message of hope and reassurance that in the end God will make all things right.

Regarding the rest of our day.  I’m slowing finding ways to help the A/C  keep the inside of Elvira cool and comfortable during the heat of the day.


This is our A/V cabinet and during the middle of the day with the sun directly on the roof it can and does – per my laser temperature gun – get upwards of 110 degrees in this cabinet.  The solution?  Today we found a way to mount a box fan below but aimed toward the cabinet with the breeze from the fan blowing inward.  Immediately, the temperature dropped to below 85 degrees.  I believe we’re on the right track.


Another problem area has turned out to be the area directly behind our cabinets on the drivers side.  For lack of a better description, behind the cabinets is a trough like area about twelve inches deep and six inches wide.  Again using my laser temperature gun I’ve discovered temperatures as high as 115 degrees in this area.  The solution?  Same as before, the box fan tilted upward and blowing into that area.  Once again, I saw the temperature drop to around 85 degrees.  Yup, on the right track here as well.

I’ve also learned more trick.  We have a front and rear A/C.  The front unit can and will keep the living room cool and comfortable on its own.  But it will also run continually.  How to prevent this?  The answer is to also use the back A/C but – and this is important – it must be set for several degrees cooler than the front one.  If the back one is set at the same temperature as the front one it will click off too soon since the bedroom is such a smaller area than the front.  So, set it a few degrees lower than what the front is set for and it will continue to run and help cool the front as well as the back.  I’m learning.

New toy.  Not for me – well in a round about way I guess you can say I’ll benefit from it – but for Barbara.


Barbara has been using a Griddle that many, many, many years ago she picked up on clearance for five dollars at Walmart.  Today, after she finished using it she said to me feel the plug and the wire.  Oh yea, it was really warm.  In the garbage went the old one.  Home from Walmart came the new one.  No sense taking chances.

We also came home with enough provisions for a good two to three weeks.  Meaning, we will not have to worry about staples and meat while we’re on the move for the rest of the month.


This dear friends is Barbara’s latest Crock-Pot meal which I’ve proudly dubbed Everything But The Kitchen Sink.  Into the pot went plant based butter, hot sausage, onions, green pepper, jalapenos, tomatoes, and giardiniera (which is spicy pickled vegetables).  When we arrived home and I opened the door to Elvira oh what a wonderful aroma floated out of the door.  The dish did not disappoint.  It was absolutely delicious!  My comment to Barbara was simply This is a definite keeper!

That was our day on The Road to Retirement.  The time has finally come, now,  for us to begin putting things away in preparation for getting back on the road.  We find that if you sit too long in one place – like we have been doing – so much more stuff gets pulled out.  Now, it’s time to find places for it all.  I’ve already started outside.  Why, I really have no idea since we’ll probably not leave here much before 10 am on Tuesday.  I just guess I’m getting restless.  I’m so looking forward to the open road again.

I just had to throw this one in!

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We sure enjoyed your company today. We always appreciate having you with us and we especially enjoy your comments.  Speaking of comments, thanks for the tips on traveling through Wisconsin.  I’ve added them to our 2021 itinerary.  Until 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. Dinner sounds delicious! Now there will be pancakes tomorrow morning. 😊 Have a safe trip and we’ll check in on the next part of your adventure.


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