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Christmas 2020

December 21, 2020

Our daughter, her husband and Ivan decided to drive to see us this winter. We have not been able to see them for a long time due to Covid and school for Ivan and Kara. Soo, this was a very, VERY special visit! They also would get to see Nick’s sister and family with two little girls close to Ivan’s age. So he had someone to play with. They stayed at a resort which gave them plenty of room and a heated pool and other amenities. So we came to them so we could enjoy being together!

Ivan did get to spend one overnight with grandma and grandpa, which was as special for us, as for him. And we did get to have a family Christmas dinner together as well. Any time we got to be with our family was so very special and are now treasured memories!

I made a video of some of our fun!

So they came and we had lots of fun, they left and on Christmas Day we were able to Skype with both families for a nice long visit. Christmas 2020 was a bit different but still very good!

May you have a better year in 2021!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting dear friends and family

November 27, 2020

While visiting Josh’s family we took off for a few days to go see some very dear friends. We have known these couples for over 40 years and have kept in touch along the way. For 6 years we all lived close and did a ton of things together like birthdays, couples retreats, card party nights and several parties at our house to thank these very special people. Two of the ladies have lost their husbands so our group is a bit smaller, but just as SPECIAL! Our friends Millie and Don who hosted us, also offered to host a meal for everyone to be together. She put together some of our favorite foods from the area too! As well as some that she had canned and frozen herself! Yum! Millie is a wonderful hostess and outdid herself in the meal! Thanks so much Millie and. Don too!

We also got to see most of Millie’s family. Those that live in the area stopped by and again Millie hosted the food. It was sooo nice to see how her family has grown up while we were gone. Fun times!

We also got to visit 3 of my brothers and three nieces and one nephew while there. These visits are good and very far and few between so I appreciate them even more! My brother Harvey and his friend were an especially nice visit! But seeing my two younger brothers, Ken and Steve was very nice too! A video of these visits!

We had only four days there. As we wanted to return to Josh and family for a few more days to finish the shed and a few other projects for Josh!

It is always so fun to see family and friends and this visit was a very special one. We are so thankful for the time with Josh and his family!

Love and gratitude,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting our son and family

November 15, 2020

We recently flew to visit our son and family on the east coast. We had very comfortable fall weather. Afternoons were warm enough to be in short sleeves.

We always ask if they have a project for us to help with. Since this is their first home that they have owned, Josh usually has something in mind! This time he wanted his dad and he to build a small storage shed to fit in their small backyard.

It seemed to go together quickly.

There are always lots of little things to do for me. I painted the floor keep moisture from seeping through and trim boards white… and finally the shed a beautiful red. All the time the guys were doing the harder work.

Here they are having Silas and me to help lift up the front side. Yeah!

After lifting it into place they had to put screws in to hold it. Silas is holding it so grandpa can put the screws in and a clamp.

I also did some trimming of bushes and other things that Teresa wanted. She and I picked up a big bag full of oak leaves as well. They have such a beautiful backyard view of a park that is full of oaks and other trees!

Josh had taken off work for the week but Teresa and Silas still had to do school from home. Teresa sometimes would study late into the early morning hours as she is working on a “mapping of data” project. So she can learn how to make her own research project. This is all for her PhD in Nursing. Her research will explore the ways that art can improve school outcomes for kids that have been exposed to trauma.

Teresa at her “at home” office!

Silas is in high school and it seems his favorite subject now is World History. All done from remote classes from his room with Gibby, their dog laying nearby just waiting for Silas to be done! They are so cute together.

We did have some time to enjoy ourselves playing some games, watching an a few old movies etc. It is always a privilege to be with them and when we can be of help, that is great too!

Silas is the cook most of the time. His mom helps often and she does the grocery shopping. So here he is getting ready to make nachos supreme for dinner.

We went away for a few days and then came back to finish things up. We got a lot done while together! We do try to get a family picture while together as well.

We flew back to our place in Arizona. And we will rest a bit before starting to work on our place again. It is always so good to see our grown children and be able to help them too!

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

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

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!

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.

Continuing to celebrate Christmas

December 30, 2019

We next flew to our son’s family that moved to Baltimore, Maryland in August. They bought their first house and we were very excited to celebrate their first Christmas in it with them! This shows several houses and theirs is the one with the evergreen trees on both sides of their walkway! Teresa was glad to get some beautiful trees on their property!

Also Josh had started a house project and we extended our stay to help with that as well. It was sooo great to see their new neighborhood and even meet a few neighbors. They also had a new family member, a dog named Gibby. He is an American Staffordshire Terrier and a sweet, gentle spirit. He also seemed very patient. In order to welcome him, I even Gibby his own Christmas stocking and had treats in it too! Of course!

We started out on Saturday by getting some tools the men would need. Also a Christmas tree! On Sunday we went to a farmers market under US 83. It was the last week until spring. We all were fascinated with the men that grew and sold micro greens. He gave all us samples and we enjoyed them so much Teresa bought a container for us all to enjoy at home. We also went to the Inner Harbor area and walked around a bit, saw a Christmas market and had lunch at a local renowned restaurant called” Miss Shirley’s “. That was definitely fun!

Then we tackled the demolition of the basement area. Josh and Silas had done some, but Josh and Kent now tackled it with fervor.

Silas and I worked on carrying all the stuff outside and piling for disposal. Wow, it was quite a chore! And all of us were tired at the end of that day! Teresa kept us going with delicious food! Here is the pile when were finished!

After this day, we cleaned up and went to a church close by that had a Christmas Eve service and we got a family picture.

Christmas Day we enjoyed sleeping in and after a delicious breakfast, we opened our stockings and presents, including Gibby!

Grandpa and Silas built a graham cracker gingerbread house. Looked really nice but it was fun to hear them planning and putting it together. The day after Christmas we also had a treat of all of us seeing the National Aquarium in Baltimore for the first time. For me, it was very first aquarium as well. We enjoyed that and after stopping for something to eat we went to see a street where almost all the houses are decorated. The street was closed to cars and people were walking around admiring the scenes and lights. Fun!

We did make 5 trips to the local dump to get rid of all the trash we removed from the basement. That cleaned up Josh’s backyard of that trash! It was a “real ” experience going to a city dump. I don’t believe I have ever seen so many seagulls in one place before and this picture only shows a very few of them!

Teresa, Silas and Gibby all left the next day and drove home to see Teresa’s family. We and Josh continued working on the basement. We took off to go to church on Sunday morning but tried to get as much done as possible. We leave tomorrow morning and Josh goes back to work for a few days. But much was accomplished in a short time, as well as fun family times too! We know Josh will still have much to do, but we were so glad to help during this time!

Again a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in 2020.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Here is a short video of our time together!