Places We Have Called Home In 2020/2021


January 31, 2021

Temperature 75 Degrees

Worship At Our Home Church In Colts Neck

Wood Working Project – Sort Of

Naughty Has Moved Again

The picture above is the view this morning out of my living room window.  Such a beautiful clear blue sky without a cloud in sight.  The temperature was moderate but the winds were strong and would remain so throughout the day.  Just another wonderful day in Paradise.  Yet, change is in the air.  Beginning tomorrow we are going to have several chilly days with morning temperatures in the mid to low 30’s.  So be it.

Since it was Sunday morning. . .


we began our day with worship at our home church in Colts Neck, NJ.



I learned something new today, that being:  Thomas A. Dorsey was an American musician, composer, and Christian evangelist influential in the development of early blues and 20th-century gospel music. He penned 3,000 songs, a third of them gospel, including “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” and “Peace in the Valley”.

I really don’t know how they get the whole choir, each in their own home, to meld together as a whole.  I do know, though, that the result is absolutely beautiful.


We heard from one of our missionaries serving in Central Asia.  She never actually stated where she was, just the area.  Perhaps she is not allowed to say.  She has been working there now for over eight years.


Pastor’s message came from Hebrews 11:1-16.  He talked about how our whole life is a journey.  A journey that will not be completed in this lifetime.  He went on to say that we are as it were stuck in the middle where life is not always easy.  He went on to say that rather than dwell on the present we are to look forward to what will be.  We are called to put on our traveling shoes and keep on going in obedience to God’s call on our life. He ended by stressing that though along the way there may be times of uncertainty nevertheless we can count on God to guide, to support and to see us through.

We ended with this song.

What a perfect way for us to begin yet another new week.

Worship over it was time for a wood working project, sort of . . .


Some time back the bottom had fallen out of my dining room chair.  OK, I really stuffed all kinds of odds and ends in there.  And since the original bottom was only a thin piece of cardboard held on by staples it was bound sooner or later to let go.  What was needed was a proper plywood bottom held in with the proper screws.


With plans in hand Ms Barbara and I headed over to the woodworking shop.  What’s the old saying?  Measure twice, cut once.


So I measured, then measured again. . .

Then I cut.


Once back home I put the new bottom on.  I can guarantee you nothing is going to fall out this time!

As for Ms. Naughty. . .


She is in the kitchen today.  There was a bowl and spoon in front of her when she was first set up but the wind blew them away!

Then there was this. . .

Right There

Ms Barbara wanted to see if she could find our resident alligator.  Yup, that’s him, right where the arrow is pointing.  I have to remember to bring my up close lens when we go on adventures like this.  I really didn’t want to get any closer today than what I was.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  It was another great day from beginning to end.  It’s nice here.  Too nice.  If I stay much longer I’ll never want to leave.  I have to get back on the road.  That’s our life.  That’s where we love to be.  Can you sense I’m getting anxious?  Oh, I can’t wait till our wheels are humming down the highway again.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  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. A very good day! And good job on the chairs! I would not want to be any where near an alligator! I see that number going down, down, down. I can’t wait to read your posts once you get traveling. I’ll be interested in your adventures, but it also means, we’ll be making some trips, too! Enjoy your day!


  2. It looks like you have a good solid chair now. Good for at least the next 10,000 miles.. We’ve been doing some updating in the RV and hoping to get out in April. We painted the valances/cornices changed the border print and wallpapered the bedroom. Oh yes, Hoag built a headboard for our bed also. The window treatments (valances) were a dark print with black and gray border print. Now it’s so much brighter.


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