Traveling some more

October 13, 2020

We left Oregon and started south to California but stayed on the eastern side of the Sierra Mountains. It should have been a beautiful drive…but the fires this summer and therefore the smoke from them impeded most of the views of the Sierras. Also because of Covid many museums etc were not open. We traveled on highway CA 395. We do WANT to go back someday.

Since the places that were open were the parks and we decided to go and see the Bristlecone Pine Forest near Bishop. I had seen brochures about this park and was very excited to see them! Apparently these trees are some of the oldest in the world. They were very interesting for sure!

We had to drive up to the Bristlecone Pine forest which was at over 10,000 feet elevation but where we had stayed the night was 4,150 feet. So it was quite a climb and our little Smart car did great! At about 9,000 feet we stopped and took a short hike. It felt like we were on top of the world although these pictures don’t show the awesomeness of this view. We could see several mountain ranges.

We walked to the edge to get this picture!

After we got to the top, there were several hikes you could take. We decided to do the 1 mile hike. As we climbed there was additional 300 feet elevation, and at some points quite a climb. I was a bit winded at the top, but it was a great view of these old trees! The trees are very gnarly and very old. Think of all they had to survive at this altitude over 10,000 feet elevation and it is believed that they are some of the oldest trees in the world.

The walk down on the path had some places where it was actually more than a little precarious! If you slipped off the path, there was nothing to stop you from falling several hundred feet! I must say I was very glad to be down but still was very glad to have done the climb!

This forest is a must see for people that love trees!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Traveling to see friends and rest

October 1, 2020

We left the farm in rain. We traveled in rain for two days, but thankfully since we have found some sunshine!

We were in a bit of a hurry at first so we could see friends along the way for lunch. These friends, both the couple and lady in the picture have hosted us often. It was so nice to have a lunch then continue down the road.

We then traveled to an RV resort we have been in many times. In our 14 years in the road, we think we have been here at least 7 times. We have several friends here as well. Phil we have known since we lived in SE Alaska almost 40 years ago. Last fall Phil and the family lost his wife, Jeannie from cancer. Well, then we had just found out that Phil was diagnosed with cancer too, Phil, helped Kent to do the major modifications to our truck to carry our Smart Car about 5 1/2 years ago. He is a dear friend. So we stopped by to see him. He also had a project for Kent to do. So you can see the picture of him overseeing the work.

We also had a former colleague from WorldVenture here. Doug and his family are such a testimony to us. They served with WorldVenture in Congo and left during the wars years ago after being threatened at gun point for their lives.

Doug even served as our boss for several years. He was preaching at a church nearby, so of course we wanted to hear him. And Doug had just lost his baby sister at 54 year of age, to something in the brain. She was healthy and very active, playing with her teens and suddenly collapsed nd died. This us sooo hard for a family to deal with this sudden inexplicable death. Doug had a great message about “ Casting all our concerns onto the Lord.” It was good for me, as well as very appropriate for their situation. It made our visit with them so sweet!

After our lunch with Doug and family, we decided to go visit the ocean. I LOVE the ocean but we seldom get opportunities to see it. Since we were only about 20 or so miles from the beach, Kent indulged my love!

So you can see a picture of me on the beach near the water, and also one of my in sandals and bare feet and Kent in his shoes! He really doesn’t like sand between his toes!

We then had a few days to rest! Yes, actually rest. We are parked in some beautiful evergreen trees nd are walking each day among them and around this RV park. My body is feeling refreshed from all the work this summer on the farm and my soul and spirit are being refreshed from more time in God’s word and good songs!

I also got to catch up on some correspondence. And time to write this blog.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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!