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Places We Have Called Home In 2020


December 6, 2020

Temperature 71 Degrees

My Favorite Place In The Morning

Worship At Our Home Church In Colts Neck

If Man Made It, Man Can Fix It

Gooooooooooooooood Morning World!

So, let’s just say the way I’ve been feeling lately is a bit off the mark.  But then I saw this. . .

ferris wheel

and it was just the pick-me-up that I needed at this point in my life.  Now, I’m hanging on and hanging in there and enjoying the ride once more.


This is by far my most enjoyable place in all of Elvira.  It’s my recliner right next to the living room window through which the morning sun streams in during the morning.  Oh does that sun feel so good on some of these cold mornings we’ve been having.  With a cup of coffee in hand I prepare to face the wonders of each new day.


Our Sunday began in our usual way with worship with our home congregation in Colts Neck, NJ.


Pastor Scott opened with our Call to Worship.



Our first song.


The lighting of the Advent Candles.


We did likewise with our own Advent wreath and candles.




Special Music by our choir.


We celebrated communion together.


Service over, Scott delivered the Benediction and we were on our way.  Well, in our case we closed our internet connection.

Now, the time was at hand.  Back to Project Number Two, the entrance steps.  Which got me to thinking about my Dad and some of what he taught me growing up.  As a teen and later as a young man I honestly belived that he could fix anything.  In fact he was often fond of saying If man made it, man can fix it.

Some of my most treasured memories are of the times we spent in the garage behind our house fixing all sorts of things.  He taught by example and by letting me make my own mistakes.  He often watched me tinker with something and put it together only to find out that I didn’t really fix it.  Then and only then he would say something like Now what do you believe you did wrong?  At that point he would take me step by step through what I had done, and what I might have done differently.

He also instilled in me a wonderful sense of curiousty for how things worked.  Which led me one day while he was at work – and had left the car home – to remove and disassemble the car’s carburetor .  Imagine his surprise when he came home and found it laid out in pieces on the workbench.  But I digress.

The entrance steps.  Last night I spent hours on the Newmar forum gathering suggestions, troubleshooting steps, and flow charts of what to check, in what order and how.

Armed with all this information I went to work again.  Immediately, I noticed that there were three ground wires that for some reason had been disconnected.  By whom and when I have no idea.  But all that I read stated that they must be connected to a chassis ground or the steps would not work.  I connected them.  I reinstalled the step motor.

The result this time?


Now you see them.


Now you don’t.  Proving once again If man made it, man can fix it!  Thanks Dad.

As for Ms Barbara. She made a delicious meal of baked chicken, dressing ,and vegtables for our main mid -day meal.  Plus, in honor of my fixing the steps she baked me a big pan of brownies.  I need to keep fixing things that is for sure.

Next project.  Well, there is still the new OTA antenna to install.  The slide to fix.  Finally, the washer/dryer.  Hopefully, that’s it for the time being.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  A much different day than yesterday.  It always feels good to have accomplished something significant.  Thank you Lord for the joy and wonders of this day that you gave us to live.

Thanks again for stopping by today.  We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives 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!





  1. Hip Hip Hooray!! Those steps are fixed! And you got brownies to boot! That baked chicken sounds delicious, too! Life is good. Good luck with your next 2 projects. Everything will be in tip top shape when you are on the move again. I also start my days in a recliner with the back massager going, and a glass of diet coke. Have a great week ahead!


  2. Now that is the comfortable way to enjoy the morning message in your robe, blankie on your lap and cup of coffee in your hand. Hallelujah the steps are fixed. Life is Good.


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