Leaving the farm

September 24, 2020

Kent’s brother was here for three weeks. After the sale of mom’s things his brother got busy sorting through piles and piles of photos.

Now you have to realize this is not your everyday parents photos.. this was three generations, as great grandma and grandma had also lived here at the farm. We even found a wedding certificate in German and immigration papers, as well as hundreds if not over a thousand pictures Brothers and sister worked on this huge task. It took about a week.

Kent and his brother also decided to put a new roof on the pump house for the well. We had some extra steel laying around that was new, due to putting a new roof on the barn last summer! So they used that and put on a new roof!

Kent’s brother worked for an entire week on sorting pictures. Kent and his sister helped as well. In the end they threw few pictures away. He even found some museums that would use some of them, as well as many first cousins appreciating pictures of their parents when they were young. So fun seeing these and thinking of a less complicated era!

We also did have mom out to church and to dinner several times.The last time, it was a gorgeous day and we had fish and chips on the patio of a restaurant by the water. So nice! when we stopped by last evening to say goodbye, she cried but Kent and I prayed with her and that helped.

We also said goodbye to our friend, Ed. Telling them both we will be back..but it is hard as you never know if you will see them again.

On this collage you see a bearded young man, that is our nephew and his girlfriend. Also our neice and me. There is a picture of the smoke, we had for several days because of fires, and even a eerie one where you can hardly see the sun. A special picture of the three siblings( one brother who still works out of state wasn’t here) with mom at the restaurant.

There is a clear picture of our mountain nearby and… the rainy one indicating the weather as we left! I also got to take mom out for a lunch and a visit with some friends. She loved that and so did I!

We had a good and fruitful four months here, it was a very busy time and full of lots of hard work. We were glad to do it, but also now very glad to go down the road for a little rest!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

More work at the farm

September 12, 2020

Well, we thought we had a buyer for the farm as we had earnest money, so we had to get in gear to sell mom’s possessions. She had told us to do it but just in case we called again before the first estate sale and verified. She said yes, sell her things.

So we had a Friday and Saturday sale and the. The following weekend we had a Saturday only sale. Lots of stuff was sold but what was left went to a local thrift store where we and mom have donated to and bought from in the past many years.

Kent’s brother who is still working and couldn’t come because of Covid issues with traveling etc. He arranged to get his old car picked up by a truck hauler. That happened and we saw that car go off to him.

I cleaned the house afterwards as the first sale was actually mostly in the house. Then Kent and brother Ron( who returned to help with the sale etc.) went through pictures and other papers. There are a few items to deal with still from the barn but most is dealt with.

We are very tired and are planning on leaving the farm end of September. Most of the work to prepare for sale is done. We pray that someone who can love this farm as mom and dad and the family have done, will buy it. Lots of good memories here for our family and many others too!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

At the farm

August 14, 2020

We all continued to work around the farm and seeing mom at least once a week. But the day came when Kent ‘s brother and wife had to leave. We hated to see them go but knew they had to get back to their live at home.

These pictures above are from some last visits with mom and family. Fun memories!

See the old picture of mom we found. It was enhanced by a friend of mine!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Cousins and other visits

August 13, 2020

We also have had some great visits with Kent’s brother nd wife, his sister and husband and mom. We have also seen three of their first cousins!

We visited and looked at pictures and just talked a bunch. And really enjoyed them all day long! They went to visit Kent’s mom for a few hours, which she really enjoyed too.

We had such a fun day. These cousins live about two hours away from the farm. We did look at lots of old pictures as I have included one here. I missed the one cousin’s wife that I know well and missed seeing her too!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Taking a short trip

August 11, 2020

We did decide to get away from the farm a bit back in July..We have a friend that lives in Sequim, Washington. That is one of the places that grows aromatic lavender and also for oils. Since the big festival could not be held this summer..but the lavender still was growing and looking pretty. Donna was a recent widow and we had not seen her since her hubby had passed. So we decided to go and see her.

We needed to have some time to relax too. Donna was great to visit and we were so glad to see how she is doing. Lots of her family are surrounding her and so we felt she was in a good place. It was so good to see her again!

We went on a short ferry ride on a beautiful day. We also got to walk in a forest and beach too. Fun, fun!

Next we drove to see our good friends Bruce & Melody. We got to be with them for two days and nights. They have been friends since we met on a trip 5 years ago. They have a ministry to missionaries and pastirs by providing a home to get away in and relax for a few days. Their ministry is called Dorlinda. We were able to use their guesthouse while with them! We also enjoyed hanging out abd seeing the new things they have done on their beautiful property! It was great to see them again too!!

A few days away in July and we came back feeling much better!

This blog was meant to be published here in July.. but user error caused it not to be. Soo these pictures were taken in July not recently. The fires all over the Northwest have caused the air to not be this clear now in September! More later!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Working on mom’s farm

August 9, 2020

We have been doing several other things around the farm. We did painting and cleaning up some shrubbery. The men did several electrical projects to make the house safer too.

One of the pictures shows us visiting our dear friend, Ed Karber for his 94th birthday! With Covid we had to stay outside but we were able to take him a peanut butter blizzard.

So you can see we have not been relaxing too much this summer.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Saying goodbye to an old tree

June 30, 2020

Yes, that is right! A tree!

Kent’s parents moved to their farm in Washington state in 1959. There was a good sized maple tree was on the property then. Kent remembers that there was a chain around it ho,ding some the branches together back then.

We have parked under it for over 13 summers/ falls now. But the family have had many picnics under it, taken many family pictures under it in the past 61 years. It was a landmark in the community too.

I had warned Kent’s father about some insects we saw crawling around the ground and going up the tree several years ago, we had also seen some rot on one of the huge branches. So we knew that someday it would have to come down. While we were gone on our trip to see our son, a HUGE branch fell down. Narrowly missing our RV. In fact if we had parked 10 feet closer as we had in other years, we would have been hit and could have been killed in our bedroom. The electricity was ripped from the pole at the road and some damage to the barn in several places. We are SO grateful NO one was hurt as no one was on the property at this time. Praising GOD for that!

Well, first thing we moved off the property as much work had to be done! Kent, his oldest brother who arrived with his wife, and his sister and husband all worked tirelessly on restoring electricity to the property. It took two weeks and much work! Things had to be put in new as the old farm needed updating to certain codes now.

Also we have a good friend with a chain saw that also rented a boom truck to cut down the tree. I and my sister in law got rides in it too! We think the tree probably was planted in 1880 or around that. It was close to 150 years old. That is pretty old for a Maple. It was 25 feet in circumference at the base and the width on the top was about 100 feet across. As we cut it down, we found a ton of rot… so again grateful no person was hurt as it broke!

So I tried to get pictures of the process. It sure looks different on the yard now but… it needed to be done to be safe.

All three couples worked hard on this project and also our friend with his equipment too! We are now back on the farm and working in other projects and trying to keep it neat and clean. Mom got to come for a family lunch in her kitchen.

We found the chain, and the hook. The inspector came quickly and right behind him the electric company hooked up the power!

Grateful to God for his protection!

Many memories over the years of this tree!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Helping our son

June 29, 2020

We flew in masks to help our son on a total remodel of his basement. We had a real surprise when Kent’s cousin was our pilot! That was fun too.

Josh and family had been busy getting stuff done on the remodel but we thought we could help move it forward a bit and we like to help with projects!

This trip also included a special birthday celebration for our son, Josh. it is hard believe that he hit this milestone! Since there could not be any kind of party because of the coronavirus restrictions still in place. We took a day off and as Josh requested we all went to see the Naval academy at Annapolis. Again because of Covid, we could not do a tour but the grounds are beautiful and so is the city. We did get to eat out…literally outside but it was a beautiful though warm day. We all enjoyed being away from the project too for a day of rest!

I was trying to help Teresa out with ideas on her flowers, bushes etc.. and then I saw a wooden Adirondack chair that needed some work. I thought maybe I could paint it. But when Josh looked at it he realized that it needed more. Sooo with Kent and Josh’s help we took it apart and remade it into a firewood holder. Fun project!

So fun to be with Josh and family for a week!

Traveling from Arizona to the Northwest

June 29, 2020

We left hot Phoenix and traveled through several states to get to the Northwest. What a beautiful drive it was!

We even had a free place to stay that we could have a small campfire. That was nice.

We did get into a dust storm in Monument valley which tore loose our awning. Kent pulled over and did what he could to secure it for our travels. Duct tape helped too!

We arrived at Kent’s mom’s farm and had a few days before we went to help our son and family. That was our last blog.

A video of our travels!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

What are you doing these last few months?

May 23, 2020

Well, most of us have “stayed at home” as requested by our president and governors. We did too, although with a twist!

I wrote earlier here that we bought a 1983 mobile home in a mobile home park. It was in GOOD shape but could use some updates. It is only 2 miles from our RV home so, we sheltered there as well as our RV every day. We went daily to our mobile and worked there for 8-10 hours. The former owners left almost everything needed. All the furniture, linens, dishes pots pans etc. They also left some paint, don’t most people. so we used that up and when needed went to Home Depot a mile from us for supplies. Also open and doing a HUGE business in paint at this time!

First off, Kent installed good Thermopane windows and trimmed them out beautifully inside and out. Then the trim was painted as well. We also repainted all the kitchen cabinets and installed a unconventional backsplash. We painted the entire great room walls.

I stripped the wallpaper AND THE GLUE from the master bathroom walls. It was a Arduous and messy job, BUT it is now done! It revealed some really ugly wallboard behind.

Kent did many smaller jobs as well as putting in shelving in our master bedroom HUGE closet. He made the entire closet into a great storage area!

We were able to sell the king sized bed and bulky dresser that took up too much room in the master bedroom. The. Kent took off the paneling chair rail and then repaired the walls where the builders had cut huge round holes in the Walls to install outlets and fixtures. The removal of paneling was easy, but the repairs took a lot more work. After several layers of plaster, sanding and then finally painting, we are done for now! But I do like the way it looks now!

We never had trouble sleeping during this time! We were too exhausted at the end of each day for that. We were able to attend our church service, in fact we went to two most Sundays. As we went to our church service in Washington and here in the valley of the sun!

We also were able to internet attend a dear friend’s memorial service on Friday. He was 91 and died of a stroke! He was a special friend and very open about his relationship with Jesus. We miss him but know he is in a much better place with the savior he loved and served.

So we are done for now! We are leaving on Monday to go to greener places! We got a lot accomplished and have a little more to do when we return. But it was so good to have a project to work on.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A video of some of our work. The first pictures are of Kent visiting the former owners and how they had decorated their house. It looks quite a lot different now.