Archive for May, 2020

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