Archive for the ‘Overcoming Obstacles’ Category

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

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 every 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

I am so grateful for my husband

February 5, 2020

In many ways I am grateful for my husband, but this past week especially for his handyman skills! He was thoroughly cleaning our roof, which needs to be done about once a year. We had been parked under a huge maple tree on his parents farm and we got a lot of sap and then leaves and also rain and mold on the roof. So a thorough cleaning was needed. He took his time to clean it good and in the middle was ill for a few days so it took a bit longer.

I was very glad to have him finish this project as the height made me nervous, but he had no worries!

During the time that he was working on the roof, one morning our toilet flusher broke completely off. He first tried to glue it back but it still broke again, so then the option was to replace the entire thing. Now this is not a toilet that we can buy at Home Depot so, Kent he spent several hours running around town to the RV dealers trying to find an appropriate one. He could not, so that meant ordering online. So Amazon to the rescue and in two days we had it and Kent had it installed a short time! Yeah! Yes, we had to sort of “Jerry rig” it to use it for those two days…but we managed and I was and am very grateful for a proper flushing toilet now!

So for those of you who read this blog and think that living in the road sounds sooo seamless. These kinds of repairs happen all the time. Kent also recently repaired one of our slides as it was out of alignment. Again in a short time, Kent was able to fix it!

That is why I am soo grateful that he has these skills and tools. It makes our life and these little issues a lot less problematic! he is amazing!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Yea! Two years and counting…

March 22, 2019

Two years ago I had the unexpected and unpleasant news that I had CANCER. I had not been feeling well, I had some unexplained pain, so had seen a dr. When she told us the news, I was stunned! I try to eat healthily, exercise and other things…but still I got the diagnosis of cancer.

During a week or two after that I prayed a lot and thought about alternatives and how I wanted to pursue treatment. I remembered that the four of my siblings that were diagnosed with cancer ALL died within two years of their diagnosis. I wanted to have a different outcome…

I found a good GYN/Oncologist and after seeing her felt good about the total hysterectomy that she suggested.. My surgery was April 6, 2017. When all the tests came back that other organs were NOT affected by the cancer, my dr and Kent and I were pretty positive too. I recovered from surgery but still feel that I have less energy than I used to. Oh well!

So today it is two years since I got this diagnosis, and I am CELEBRATING, first that I am ALIVE and HEALTHY! Also celebrating that at this point my cancer is in remission! I wish I could say gone, but there re regular blood test checking for cancer cells and I have been diligent about doing those.

THOUGHTS FROM THIS JOURNEY:

I try to live each day with gratitude for that day!

I try to be kind to everyone I meet, even if they are not kind to me. Who knows what they may be dealing with?

I want those that I love to know it…experience my love for them and not ever wonder about it.

I am planning for a future and I have hope that I may live a long life.

I try to tell my husband and my loved ones that I love them very often!

I pray that, you will be aware of some of these things too and learn how to live life with gratitude for every day! There is so much to be thankful for!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

It took awhile to get out of our RV site

October 4, 2018

We had problems getting stuck in the grass and getting into our RV site in Lexington. We were parked on grass so we kept hoping and praying for sunshine to dry things out before we left.. well we got about two days in the first part of our time there that it was sunny! But most of our visit it rained! Some days or nights it even rained very HARD! There was flooding in the area.. Apparently Lexington had 18 inches of rain above the average for the month of September! So we had a very hard time getting out of our spot.

Kent’s brother had his truck and boards of all shapes and sizes and we added our boards that we use for under our jacks that hold us up when not attached to the truck..

We inched Ali g into the place where our truck and the RV hitch could be attached.. it took a lot of maneuvering to get it there plus 3 Hours of patience for all of us…BUT finally we got it hitched up.. you can see the final result was that we could pull out of the space and after checking to see that all was good and loading the car..we did indeed go on to our next destination!

We had a great time in Lexington and with Kent’s brother Ron and wife Jan…but if we ever return we do hope that there will be less rain!

Enjoy the video showing our progress!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers