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.

Celebrating our 45th Wedding Anniversary

May 16, 2020

Yes, we are celebrating being married 45 years! It sort of feels unreal as that still sounds like our parents and not us! Hah! But it is us! We had a wonderful trip planned for this event but due to Covid 19 it was cancelled.

We are going to be able to go OUT to eat though as we are in a state that just opened it’s restaurants for dine in! So we will still have a small celebration and I will enjoy someone else cooking.

I made several collages of some of the pictures over the years. It is easier than a movie, sooo. Enjoy them!

Jan, for the Roaming Reimers

Short Video of my mom

May 14, 2020

Opps, I do have trouble getting this blog all together sometime! Here is the video. Again no audio until at the end where there is a picture of my parents graveyard and a wind chime ringing nearby. I was grateful that my niece visited my parents grave last week and caught this on camera.

Celebrating my mom

May 11, 2020

My mom passed into heaven 9 years ago, right after her 90th birthday. Each year I remember her on her birthday which just passed and since her birthday is always close to Mother’s Day, I also think of her!

My mom was an amazing woman! She was the mother of 10 children, YES 10! I am number 8 and only the second daughter. She not only cared for us kids, when I was a child, she also worked full time in a garment factory. She could sew on any of the machines there, so she was very versatile and fast! After I graduated from high school, she encouraged me to try working in that same factory. I only lasted for three weeks. I could not stand all the noise of the machines and also the gossipy women workers. BUT it gave me a glimpse into my mother’s working world.

My mom took me and other girl neighbors to a girls club each Monday night. She never missed even though I know it wasn’t always easy. One time my dad took the car when it was time to pick us girls up… mom showed up with a huge truck of my dad’s. We did indeed get home, and I realized my mom would do what it took to help me.

At age 16 I wanted to fly to Chicago by myself to visit a Christian college there. My dad didn’t want me to go but mom convinced him to let me. I saved the money and had it all planned out. Mom trusted my judgement. It was quite an adventure!

My mom took care of my dad, her husband for most of their marriage. He had damage to his lungs when they were newly married and so had many health issues in that area. He did die of lung cancer but not until he was 70. So they had almost 50 years of marriage. Mom cared for dad all of those years!

I especially appreciated my mom even more when I was having my children. She even saved her money from growing peas early in the spring and selling them. Then she came to visit me and my family in Alaska not long after our daughter was born. She and my dad both visited 2 years later when we all traveled around Alaska together.

She helped me and came to all the important events in our family’s life. She was the only person who was able to visit our son Josh when he was born prematurely. She came and supported us at that time! She and my dad visited us in Brazil when we lived there. She had also visited us in Alaska.

She even came with us to Kent’s parents 50th wedding Anniversary party. That was a fun trip too! Kara’s college graduation and then she traveled home with us to Kansas City, where Josh proposed to Teresa. Of course she was there for Josh and Teresa’s wedding and Kara and Nick’s wedding.

Mom had 20 years as a widow but she found much joy in those years. She traveled! She came with our family to Ireland, then with her sister in law as well. She traveled with a sister to Japan.

She was able to go on Women’s retreats with her sisters. One time I asked her what she liked about it? She said” We laughed, we played games and we sang! It was fun being with my sister! And the other ladies! “. Yes, I could tell she enjoyed it very much!

I miss my mom, but she is with my dad, my sister and three of my brothers as well as her parents in heaven. I wouldn’t wish her back, but I sure miss her. Thanks mom for good memories!

Here is a short video of some pictures of my mom. I don’t have too many so I treasure each one of these! Some are out of focus and there are a few of me as a girl first and several pictures of our family. There is NO music for most of the pictures but at the end there is a wind chimes playing near her gravesite that my Neice just recorded for me. Enjoy that!

Thanks MOM for all the good memories!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

We bought a place in Phoenix

April 7, 2020

Yes, we did! We have been looking at places for several weeks and drove around several mobile home communities in the Phoenix area!

We were looking for something to live in for the winter months. We love having the sunshine and warmth in Phoenix these past 13 years in our RV. We love our church family here as well!

So we started looking for a place that could use a little work but not a lot! we were driving around a mobile home park and we had looked at about 20 from the outside and was going to come back to see them inside. We then saw a sign that was posted on a mobile home. It listed a phone number and so Kent called the number.. the guy realized that we were just outside so he was willing to show it to us! I liked it right away. 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and the main area had a vaulted ceiling so it seemed a lot bigger!

Well, we looked at several more, even in the same mobile home park but we kept coming back to this one! One day Kent asked me if I really liked this one… I said yes! He went and offered the guy a bit less than he was asking. He accepted! So we are now proud owners of a 1983 mobile home in the Phoenix area.

Porch on left side and a covered carport on the right side,

Here are some inside pictures. It does need updating but we are grateful everything works for now! Kent has been putting in new windows. That is why I included a picture of a white window! And we are getting ready to paint inside too. Yes, we are plenty busy even while at home. Kent now has a office desk too!

We do still plan to leave in our RV for the Northwest soon. It depends on the coronavirus and some other things. All our plans for traveling to see family along the way have been postponed until fall. We also had cancelled a foreign trip that we were planning. But we are grateful to be alive, healthy and for our new “to us” house!

Finding the blessings! May God give you grace to find blessings along the way!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Something positive in these days!

April 5, 2020

3 years ago I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer! This doesn’t sound too positive, but keep reading please! To say it was a shock, is an understatement! I have had 4 of my siblings die of cancer within 2 years of their diagnoses! So that was a great shock and quite hard to hear!

On April 6; 2017, I had my surgery and started on my recovery! And the first blessing was that the cancer had not spread to other organs. And it was not deep in the lining of the uterus so, I DID NOT NEED any other treatment! Yeah!!! Our daughter and her son, Ivan age 3 came to help for a week after my surgery and it was such a Blessing to have them. It was a special help to have Ivan as he distracted us from the seriousness of the cancer.

I had to see my dr every three months for blood work etc for the first 2 years. As some of you, who know my husband and I live in a recreational vehicle full time and have no other house nor storage anywhere…So after my 6 week check up, we were free to travel and we went to the Northwest as we have done for the last 13 years.

I was able to get a referral for a dr in Seattle from my cancer dr in Phoenix. I loved this new dr too and she treated me soooo well too! My appointments have gone well and eventually I was able to go to every six months and then ever year as I do now. If the blood work numbers go up, beyond a certain point I have to have another blood test, which happened last fall! But thankfully it was ok and things are continuing to progress well!

So the positive news! I am ALIVE! My siblings that had cancer are not. Yes, their cancers were different than mine but… the fear was still there! I AM SO GRATEFUL TO BE ALIVE AND HEALTHY!

Oh, yes I did have the flu recently. And it might have been Covid19. There were not enough tests available when I was sick so it was not diagnosed. I was very sick! But compared to dying of cancer…what is the flu? Or even Covid19?

I do pray that you ARE healthy and that you are finding blessings during this coronavirus time!

Stay healthy and share your positive thoughts and prayers with others!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Going to Mexico to a dentist

February 19, 2020

Yes, we have gone several times to Mexico, actually just crossing the border to the first town to have dental services. We did need to do that this time as well. I was able to make an appointment and even see the prices of services online. We have done dental work in Algondones before. My mouth/night guard had broken and I wanted a new one. There I can get it done in one day and it is a reasonable cost. Worth it for us.

We found a local restaurant and had a delicious authentic Mexican lunch and then my mouth guard was done. So quick and efficient.

There was even time for Kent to get his hair cut for $5 and for me to have a full massage for a reasonable rate as well. We have also gotten our eye glasses prescriptions filled here in the past. And if you needed your prescriptions filled, you could get them done here as well. We didn’t need these services but we did notice that there are also chiropractors here now too. Next time!

Our time crossing back into the US was shorter than at some times. We only waited about an hour. There are some many people crossing into Algodones, Mexico for dental, prescriptions, eyeglasses etc that the wait sometimes can be hours long.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers