Places We Have Called Home In 2020


December 26, 2020

Temperature 43 Degrees

A Quiet Christmas 

Gooooooooooood Morning World!

This morning I’m just sitting in my favorite chair, cup of coffee in hand, sun on my shoulder and reflecting on our Christmas Day.

We had a very quiet Christmas Day.  In the morning we called our kids to wish them a Merry Christmas.  We also called my sister Cindy and spoke for a bit.  Time with family, if only on the phone, is oh so precious.  Maybe, just maybe, as my sister Cindy says next year we’ll all be able to get together and have one whale of a Christmas party.

I spent the good part of yesterday reading another book that I had started.  I finally finished it by early afternoon and have now moved on to another Tom Clancy book.


We also spent a good part of the afternoon playing Mexican Train.  Thankfully, we never tire of this game or I don’t know what we would do.

Ms Barbara also got caught up on all the laundry.  She is by her own admission so glad to have the washer/dryer back in working order with no leaks.  To this day I have no idea where the water came from but I’m just glad there is no more to worry about.


We really had no idea what we were going to have for Christmas dinner.  Until we discovered that the park was offering a full meal for only $8 dollars each.  We each had a salad, garlic bread, lasagna and dessert.  It was delicious.  With the added plus that there were no dishes to wash.

Come the evening while we may be in Florida it sure didn’t feel like it.  The cold front


that had been forecast came through.  We would eventually go down to 28 degrees.  It was almost like we were further north, maybe like in Wisconsin.  The good news is two fold:  nothing froze overnight; and, we only have one more night like this to get through – I hope.


This is our new secret weapon nicknamed Tiny Tim that we purchased to fight off the cold.  Originally I was going to use it as a third heater running off an extension cord from the power pedestal.  We discovered, however, that despite its small size this heater puts off more than enough heat to keep us warm.  It consistenly keeps the inside living room area about 30 to 35 degrees above whatever the outside temprature is.  When we go to bed at night we leave it running in the living room throughout the night.  Then, in the morning if necessary we’ll use either the furnace or heat pump to bring the tempature up a bit more if necessary.

That was our Christmas Day on The Road of Retirement.  As for today, not much different.  Ms Barbara is making a crock pot full of stew.  The perfect meal for a chilly day like today.  I’m spending my time reading and doing some planning for next year’s Tour 2021.  The question right now, though, is will we be able to get the COVID vaccination before we’re due to leave on April 1st.  That could throw a monkey wrench in everything.  We’re holding our breath, so to speak, and trying to remain positive about the whole thing.

Thanks for checking in with us 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. It sounds like you had a very relaxing Christmas day. The place you’re staying just keeps getting better and better – a delicious Christmas meal for $8! So glad the washing machine is back in business, and Tiny Tim is working for you. What would Christmas be without a little cold? Enjoy your day!


  2. A nice relaxing Christmas shared with family, even if only on the phone, makes for a good day. Just think if you had precipitation with those temps you could have had a white Christmas. So happy for Barbara that she has her washer/dryer working well.


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