Archive for the ‘Projects’ Category

Planting Flowers in November

November 12, 2012

Yes, I have been busy planting flowers since we arrived in Phoenix last Tuesday.

I was glad to get to work right away. Our weather has been so nice and warm in the high 70’s and even some days in the 80s. Then we had a night of rain and the temps went down a bit. So I was planting to get the flowers into the warm soil. I got 420 flowers planted since Wednesay. I am glad that much is done. I do have to buy some more and put more in. there are pots all over the cmapus and I had forgotten all the places to put in flowers.

I do need a bit of time to decide what to put into some of those pots that will look good for the kind of sun and water and shade they get. So I do need to think a bit now.

Kent and I went out with our dear friends the first night we were in town. And on Sunday we saw lots of other dear people to us. It was good to see these people that have been friends to us in our small group, in our church and at the college for over 5 years now. We are grateful that we are able to park in the same place now for the 3rd year in a row too. We have good neighbors there as well. God has blessed us in these many relationships.

I will have to get back to the planting soon . I will try to take some more pictures.


Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Helping out our daughter and son-in-law

September 26, 2012

Kara had asked her dad to come and help her and Nick with a kitchen remodel. Here was their kitchen when we arrived. Kara had already torn out the flooring,  getting ready for the tile floor.


They had to tear out their old kitchen cabinets , removing the appliances and then repair the wall and floor and install a tile floor and new cabinets.  It was fun to work along side Kara and Nick when he wasn’t working at his job. It was a lot of hard work but very worthwhile and fun to see their new kitchen.


I told Kara that I would stay in Bellevue but she asked me to come and help with food, cleanup and her garden. So that is what I did. We so appreciated that Kara and Nick paid for our flight to Denver and back just to help them. Thanks guys!


Since they have a blog of their own I only put a few of the pictures here. I know Nick or Kara will come up with a great presentation of their own. Then you can see the step by step.  Kara did a great ob of working right alongside of her dad. It was so fun to watch them plan and work together.

Kent did not put in the granite countertop so that came this week. I am sure Kara is glad to get a kitchen that is workable again.  It was worth all the hard work.  It looks beautiful!

Love to you,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

New baseball field for the college and friends visit

February 18, 2012

I volunteer for a Christian college here in Phoenix now named Arizona Christian University. We used to park our RV on the campus property along with other volunteers. Here is a picture of our rig with some other RVers that were also volutnerring on the campus a few years ago. There were a lot of this year.

RVs on campus

Last year the college made some new plans for that area and asked the volunteers to move off campus.

There was also a cactus garden on one end of the area. You may remember I wrote about moving these cacti last spring to another are of the campus. Here is what it looked like before.

Old Cactus garden

Now all of that is gone except the palm tree and a large mesquite bush. And the college built a beautiful baseball field where we used to park. It was constructed in a few short months and just finished last week. The first game was a celebration and much fun! Everyone was in a festive spirit!

Here are some shots of the new field with a game in progress.

OUr team at bat

Our team in the dugout and they won the game too!

First game -our team


We had some good friends who also happen to be supporters in town and they love baseball and so we all got to go to the first game. That was very special.

Mike and Daylene and Daylene’s mom Edna have come to see us a few times. We always enjoy them and we laugh so much together. This time was no different. We seem to find the simplest things funny!

Mike, Daylene and Edna wth Kent and the dogs

They travel in their RV with 4 Shih Tzus. Here three of them are waiting for their evening treat. They sure are cute and we enjoy them as well as their family does.

I do hope you having a good winter. It feels funny to talk of baseball in February, right? Well many professional teams come here for spring training. So if you come here for to see one their games come and see us too. It is nice to have the sunshine.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Planting flowers in November

November 3, 2011

We are back in Phoenix and settled in. The very day we arrived I headed to the college to see the plants. There were some plants that had made it through the summer but were looking a bit old. So I pulled them out and added some fertilized soil to help the new plants do even better. Then I started planting. I only got the long rectangular boxes filled for now. BUT the weather is so nice even a bit hot at 90 degrees, so I am dressed quite differently than last year.

Check it out how I was dressed last year

Jan '11 planting flowers at ACU

This year

Planting Nov '11

This afternoon I got these boxes done. And I must say after planting almost 300 plants in 3 days…I am tired.

Each box is pretty much planted the same way. So here is one of them with a closer look.

Here is an overview of all of them.

Boxes  Nov'11

Kent and I were gone for the weekend as Kent is speaking at a church south of Tucson. Then I have two days before we fly to Denver for another conference. So I am trying to get all of this planting done now. The college has an event for which they want the campus to look really good. That is why I pushed to get these planted now. So it is an experiment to plant this early. We will see how it goes.

I know that most of you around the country are thinking, “Planting flowers in November. What is she thinking?” But this is Phoenix, Arizona and they seldom even get freezing weather so we can.

I do hope you are having a good day today too, no matter what the weather is like where you are.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Farewells and old friends

October 7, 2011

Kent and I said our farewells to our new friends at SAMBICA Camp last week. It was hard but we do hope to come back next spring.We are so grateful that we made some good friends here too this summer.

Before I left though I had one more project to see accomplished. My boss helped me to get an old pond filled in with dirt and I wanted to see it planted. Here is what it used to look like:

Pond before filing in with dirt

So even though Monday was rainy, I was ready to plant. So I went out in the yellow rain gear and boots that you see me in here. I understand that is what you have to do a lot here in the Pacific Northwest…

Planting flowers in the rain

So here is my job when done…these plants will grow to fill in this area. Should be very pretty in the spring.

Pond area planted

I got pretty muddy by the end of the day but was very proud of getting that job done. God gave me the strength and I give Him the glory for all the flowers planted and how pretty the camp looked this summer. I was a small part in helping to make it pretty.

So after saying our goodbyes…we took off. I knew that we were going to be able to see some good friends that we have known for over 30 years. We were excited to see them. We met this couple when we were all young almost newly wed couples when our husbands all did aviation school together. We had a great time of catching up with Don and Claudelle.

Don& Claudelle

Kent and I also had a special time with the other couple we had met in Tennessee at aviation school. Jan and Jim had come to Seattle this summer. The three couples were pretty close when we all were at aviation school together.

Jan and Jim in Seattle

It struck me today that we have shared much life with these friends over the years. We knew each other before any of us had children. And now between all three couples we have 8 children and so far 9 grandchildren. So much has transpired in our lives in all this time. We do not see each other very often but one thing we do hope is that all three couples can find a way to see each other together the next time.

So in reflecting on this it made me realize that we have to visit and be in contact with good friends whenever we can, as life and time just flies by us and these relationships are what matters most.

May God bless you.

Love Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Ministry at Camp SAMBICA

September 11, 2011

We are “parked” at a Christian camp called SAMBICA in Bellevue, Washington and enjoying it. They held 9 weeks of kids camps. Wow, what a busy time that was! But God was working, as over 600 kids made first time professions of faith in Christ and many other kids committed their lives to Christ anew. That was wonderful to see and be a part of!!!

Kent is busy working with local pastors to encourage more mission involvement in the churches. He continues his works with individuals who are interested in joining the mission as well.

I am busy with the flowers on the camp. In fact, I had a nickname during camp…The Flower Lady. What else, right? So I thought you might like to see a few of the flower beds I have been working in. As I work, in the flower beds and as the kids come by, I pray for God to work in and through me and this camp for His Glory.

This flower bed was created to cover some concrete pillar bases after the pillars were removed.

Flower bed before planting

Here is what it looked like once I got all the 200+ plants planted in it.

Baby plants

This is the way it looks now that everything is blooming well. And it will look even better once we put in benches to cover the remaining concrete pads.

Flower box full of flowers

I also planted many other flowers and plants around camp. Here are some of them.

Along the road to parking area
Big pots along road of dining hall

In front of the dining hall
flower bed infornt of dining hall

In front of the main office area
Under the tree on berm in fornt of office

My team of co-workers and boss even removed a tree the other day and we are getting ready to fill in an old pond that had become septic. We had concerns about safety with a pond on a children’s camp. So we had decided to remove the danger.

Tree and pond

We also wanted to take out a tree that was blocking the sun from this space. We needed to use the backhoe for this job.

Getting help from the backhoe

Even so the tree was slow to give up it’s space…

The tree being pulled out

My boss on the backhoe pulling on the tree

My boss using the backhoe to pull out the tree

Finally the tree gives way and it is loose.

Tree down and out

I will plant some appropriate perennial plants here so it will be looking pretty good fairly soon.

All of the flowers are still looking nice and we are grateful for the way God has allowed Kent and I to “flower” here in the Seattle area. We will only be here for a few more weeks before we start our travels south.

May God allow you to “bloom” where He has planted you.

Love from Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Living and working at Camp SAMBICA

May 29, 2011

I can hardly believe that we have been settled for over a week now. We are in Bellevue, Washington. For any of you who know Microsoft, we are a few miles from their headquarters in a nice suburb of Seattle.

Our RV house is parked on camp SAMBICA grounds. SAMBICA stands for Sammamish Bible Camp. We are planning on being here for 5 months.

Here is our new location.

Our new location Summer 2011

Our first weekend here, Kent had a Finishers Project conference. So I went along to help him represent WorldVenture. It was a good and productive weekend. We met a neat couple that also has a love of Brazil and is wanting to go there and work someday. We even had dinner with them at a Brazilian restaurant. That was really delicious and fun!

Finisher's Forum in Seattle May 2011

After the weekend I met the staff and got busy working for SAMBICA. I asked to work outside on grounds and if they wanted flowers that I could help with that.. Well, there was much to do and so I got started right away.

Here is one area that I tackled first, as it is part of the entrance to camp. Here is what is looked like before I started.

Camp front corner before cleaning up

After the weeding

After picture of front corner of SAMBICA

That was done in one day, BUT then I needed to plant flowers. That took 3 days of planning, buying and planting. I am happy with the final result. I think I planted about 50-60 flowers in here.

Flowers at front corner Sum 2011

Another shot and you can see some lilies about the bloom in the left hand corner. I was glad they were there already.

Another pic of flowers Sum 2011

I am very happy with the results and now I need only to be watering and waiting for God to make them grow. Yeah!

Jan for the non Roaming Reimers at the present.

Caring for flowers

April 25, 2011

For those of you who don’t know, I care for flowers in order to pay for our RV monthly rent. I am doing that for the campus of Arizona Christian University(that is the new name for Southwestern College) in Phoenix now. I love what I do and am always on the watch out to do all I can to make the campus look better.

The flowers that I care for

More flowers

This past week I and a few students moved a cactus garden from one part of the campus to another more central location.

Here the cactus garden was sort of hidden

The old cactus garden

It was quite a job moving something that is so full of thorns. But I had a good crew to work with.

Ready to move this cactus

Digging out the roots

Moving the cactus with the tractor

Getting ready to place it in the hole we dug

The NEW Cactus Garden

A young Saguaro cactus

Barrel Cactus

Prickly pear cactus

Everyone loves the new cactus garden. I enjoy going by it too in this new location.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Flowers for the college

January 15, 2011

Kent and I have had our RV house parked at South Western College for most of the last month. Last year I planted and maintained flowers for the college in exchange for our site with electric, water and sewer. We had hopes of doing that again. So last Friday we bought 450 flowers for the college and I started in planting them. I love doing this and was really enjoying myself.

Here are the flowers waiting to be planted

Flowers waiting to be planted Jan '10

Here I am planting the flowers. The flower beds are looking much better.

Jan planting the flowers Jan '10

On Saturday afternoon we had the news that the college was going to build a baseball field and it would take out the RV park. So all of the volunteers living in RVs there would have to move to another location. This was fairly disturbing news to the volunteers but in light of the tragedy that had just occurred in nearby Tucson, it gave us perspective on it.

Kent and I already had a trip of nearly two weeks planned and so we were going to leave on Friday anyway. We just don’t know for sure where we will come back to after the two weeks. We know that the Lord knows these things and we are trusting Him for that. 3 other couples of RV volunteers for the college are all settled in a nice RV park not far from the college. So there is that possibility for us too.

In the meantime we are on a journey of trusting God for all these future things. Kent has been doing a ton of interviews of new candidates by phone. One couple we had over for a meal a few days ago. So God has work for us to do here and He knows all about all of these things. Kent even got to share the gospel with someone we just met the other day. May God keep working on her heart.

Thanks for all of you that stand behind us as we continue to serve the Lord here in Phoenix and the surrounding area. I hope to still be able to care for the flowers but God may have other things for us to do.

I do pray that God blesses you today as He has me.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Off the Grid

March 17, 2010

I’ve had a little project going the last few weeks. Because of our type of ministry, we are finding ourselves increasing at places without adequate hookups. Like Church parking lots, campus parking lots, as well as along the road as we travel from place to place. So with the drop in prices of Solar equipment prices, I have undertaken to get us off the Grid.
It started with totally rewiring our Battery boxes. One of the things that I learned on my quest to accomplish this project is that battery wiring is often overlooked. I upgraded all of the battery cables from a #4 wire to 4/0 cable. This is a significantly larger cable. Then I hooked up a shunt to connect a meter so I could monitor the actual amps and volts.

When the boxes were finished I wired in the Solar Controller. This basically controls the amount of electricity that goes to the battery. Not wanting to overcharge it on a sunny day and wanting to make the most of a cloudy day.

When all of the wiring was done in the basement… I went to the roof.

Moving the panels both into place as well as mounting them in such a way that they will not have a shadow fall on them is very important.

Well it took about 40 hours to get the project finished and when I through the switches… it worked. I went out and pulled the plug and we were off the grid. Except for running the air conditioner and the clothes dryer, we are set up. Thanks for reading about little project, I have simplified the process but I am very pleased with how it turned out.