Places We Have Called Home In 2020

Home Is Where We Park It:  Escapees Rainbow Plantation, Summerdale, Alabama

August 31, 2020

Temperature 79 Degrees

Two More Projects Completed

Lunch At Stacey Old Tyme Soda Fountain

Just A 20% Chance

I awoke this morning a man on a mission.  It was time to get serious and finally resolve once and for all two issues that had been getting the best of me.

This is our washer/dryer in its designated cabinet.  As I’m sure you can see it is impossible to get to the back of it from here.  There is no room on either side nor by going over the top.

But get to the back was my mission.  Why?  Because the pesky dryer vent hose had come off again.  Yup, that is it way in the back, you can just see a little bit of it, it is the silver colored tube way back there.  This time I was determined to get it on once and for all and make sure it didn’t come off again.

This is the access door in our clothes closet and the only way to get to the back of the washer/dryer.  The drill goes something like this:

empty this end of the closet and push all the clothes down to the other end,

climb into the closet, once in stick your right arm in through the little door and shake it all around – wait no, that is not it – but you do have to stick your arm in through the door,

feel around until you locate the vent tube on the other side of the machine and behind all the water hoses which are in the way

 now carefully slide the vent tube on to the collar that it is supposed to be fastened to,

finally using a screwdriver that is about a foot long tighten the clamp and you’re done.

Trust me, it is easier said then done.  But I believe I have it securely fastened this time.  Next load or two of wash will let me know.  When it comes off our bedroom becomes a sauna – really hot and humid.  You know immediately what has happened.

Next project was getting rid of this.  It is a tank for a reverse osmosis system.

It used to sit right about there.  It was installed by someone before me and I could never find out how it worked.  I wanted it out because it was blocking my access to all my kitchen water lines.  So this morning, away it went.

Two more minor projects completed.

Time for lunch.

Stacey’s was established in 1929, and is known far and wide for its

its old time soda fountain.

 When you walk into the door of this historical building, it’s like stepping back in time.

But, unfortunately, it is not the same as it was last year when we were here.  On Feb 25th of this year after over 100 years in business the pharmacy which was located in the back of the store closed for business.  And when it closed a lot of the really neat decorations that were here, there and everywhere got packed away for good.

I did a little investigating and I found everything shoved into a room in the back.

What did it used to look like?  What were some of the neat things that were here?  Take a look.


One thing, thankfully, has not changed

They still know how to make a great BLT and a Root Beer Float!  Yes, the store may no longer have the pop that it once had but it is good to know it is still a great place to have a delicious sandwich.

OK, one more stop which I’ll share with you tomorrow, then we headed home.

Know what this is?  This, in Alabama is defined as 20% chance of rain!  Oh come on now I don’t believe they ever get the forecast right in these parts.  As soon as we opened the car door and headed for our front door the heavens opened up.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  We enjoyed ourselves from start to finish.  I got a couple of things accomplished.  We took a trip back in time and had a great sandwich at the same time.  We listened to the thunder roll and as the rain fell we were reminded of the showers of blessings we continually receive from God’s hand.  Ah yes, tis a great life that we have the good fortune to live.

Thanks for joining us today.  We always appreciate your company and your comments. Keep safe, keep healthy, enjoy the day that God has given you.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her 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!



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