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A wonderful summer

September 16, 2017

We have moved on and saying goodbye is part of that…but goodbyes are not easy! We usually make friends quickly and this summer we have really deepened our friendship with Bruce and Melody, our hosts. We have been living on their property about 4 1/2 months. It has been a busy time and yet fun filled.

We have done some gardening with and for them…Kent and Bruce have done several projects to help, around their house or guesthouse. We have had meals together and visited and Melody and I have had times of shopping, getting our nails done, having lunch together and going to the beach and a garden show together. Lots of visits and delicious meals  also:  with their neighbors, a July 4th party, with Melody’s friends Bobbie and husband Ross, local pastors, also another couple of friends of theirs the Van Eatons. We also hosted our family, Kent’s cousins, and my niece Jana several times at their guest house! And the final fun thing together, was where we went to see an air museum and watched these old World War II planes fly in front of us!

Wow! No wonder we are a bit tired as we did a lot!  It has been a wonderful and refreshing time in the forest and seeing Mt Rainier almost all summer. I did take pictures of it to show it’s different settings. It has been a time of quietness and friendship. We will miss just stopping by for a visit and a chat and drink..we do appreciate all that Bruce and Melody have done for us and pray that we’ve been a blessing to them as well!

Goodbye is not forever as we got to see them again!… They came to visit us this week and to meet Kent’s parent’s where we are currently parked.  Yeah!!! It was so fun seeing Bruce and Melody again..we look forward to the next visit… and who knows where that will be!

Link for some pictures of our fun times:https//:vimeo.com/:234094703

Pictures of our fun time at the air museum: https//:vimeo.com/:https://vimeo.com/234135635

love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Great Summer in central northwest

September 12, 2016

Kent and I had a great summer in central Washington.we were so excited to be here. We both love farmland and the people that love these areas. We loved where we were able to park on Bill and Lynn’s little farm. We loved all the animals they had and often enjoyed the eggs from Ruth, Esther and Naomi. They were delicious!

We enjoyed the Apple industry that was all around us. We saw how the apple trees are being trimmed now to do a better job for harvesting and more fruitful as well.

We saw the area’s other industries. We were amazed at how the city had a host of different small businesses as well that not only supported the farming/orchard industry. We got to know lots of people in the church that we were helping and also in the community.

It was also interesting that Kent had three cousins in the area which we also got to visit. We certainly were not bored and with Kent’s fall and the ribs broken it slowed us down a bit, but not too much.

Here are some of the pictures of the apple processing plant we went too and some of the orchards in the area. Also a great picture of Mt Adams.

If you look carefully on the top picture, you can see Mt Adams peeking over the top. We could also see Mt Rainier at times too!

This picture of a truck is where the apples are washed in getting ready for cold storage. It was amazing watching them get washed right on the truck. The containers have slates to allow the water to pass through.  Fun times!

This area also grow lots of other fruit, such as peaches and pears, and lots of garden vegetables. We were grateful that Bill and Lynn share their garden produce with us too!

It was a very profitable and fun summer. It went by so fast that before we knew it, it was time to move on.

Watch for where we went next!

Love,

Jan of the Roaming Reimers

Ministry Trip and helping family

August 15, 2016

Within less than 7 hours after getting home from PA, Kent and I were on a plane to Phoenix for a pastors conference. It was for three days and then we stayed on with friends and Kent spoke in our large SS class in the church we attend there,. It was fun to see several friends as well on such a short visit. We flew home and had a few days rest.

Then we packed up to drive to Kent’s parents place. We wanted to see his oldest brother and be of some help to him as he was doing several major projects around the folks property. We were there for 3 days of work. It was long and grueling days of work but I believe we were a help to him. He and another friend of ours had taken out the older mobile home that had been the home of Kent’s grandmother and great grandmother years ago. It had been falling down and needed to be cared for. So the two guys with the help of an excavator took it out. Then Ron wanted to place the folk’s recreational vehicle onto the same site with a cover over it and other ways to make it more accessible. When we left it, wasn’t done but further along.

You might wonder about Kent after his fall a short time ago. Well he did help but was careful to not do any of the really high work. I power washed the folks RV and then re-washed by hand with a solvotion that kills the mild, mildew and algae that had been growing it. We hope putting the RV under cover will help with this problem too. We also did other little jobs and I worked in the garden some too. Kent’s sister also was there for two days so the three siblings got to talk some as well!

We stayed with a dear friend of ours too! Ed turned 90 while we were on our trip to Phoenix so we had missed his birthday party…of about 170 people. So we took him out for some prawns which he loves! At the restaurant the waitress couldn’t believe he was that age…we can’t either! He is doing pretty good and is such a really special friend! He and his wife Goldie have been like another set of parents to us and grandparents to our kids! We just love him and Goldie so much! Goldie has Alztheimers and is being cared for in a great home. So she couldn’t be with us, as in many other times.

 

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It was a good and fast trip but we wanted to see his brother who doesn’t live around here. We will be moving our RV house there for about a month soon as well and we will be able to continue to do whatever will help them this fall.

We also got to see my oldest niece on our way back to our house. It was a great visit and none of us realized how the time flew until we decided to leave and wow it had been 4  1/2 hours ! A great visit! And since she is living in the NW now, we hope to see some more thus fall.

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We pray that you are well and seeing God at work in and through you today as well.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Kent’s parents and helping at their farm

October 4, 2015

We got some news a few weeks ago that Kent’s dad had a fall and broke his hip. He had emergency surgery to repair the hip and a few days later went to rehab and after only two 1/2  weeks was able to come home and is improving each day.

Here dad is at the rehab

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We already were planning on coming to Kent’s parents for about a month and were a bit delayed, but when Dad fell hired a RV towing company to tow us to their front yard. We have been here for a few weeks now.

Kent’s sister LeAnn was here with Kent’s parents and had to leave to go and finish a move of her own from one town to another about 200 miles. So she has been coming and going in between this moving. We are here to help with the folks as well. Taking mom to see dad and helping out in other ways too.

One of the first things we noticed when we arrived, was the trees that had partially come down in the back of the barn. There were three trees there that dad had asked us earlier this summer if we could help take down. Well, a wind storm hit the northwest about a week before we got to the folks house and took down the tops of several of those trees. One large branch fell onto the barn and Kent’s brother and sister helped by a man from mom and dad’s church with a large chainsaw got that off the roof. BUT it still looked like a war zone when we arrived.

There was a huge willow tree about 30″ across and perhaps 200 feet tall. You can see it was huge and I was so glad when it was on the ground as it had places that branches had come off before the storm too. Once on the ground then Bob, our friend from church went to work taking off limbs and cutting up the big stuff. the debris I piled on piles for the work day. In all it was at least two week of work. Bob would come for several hours a day and I worked almost all day. I sure did sleep well these two weeks.

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So Bob and I (jan) were getting ready for a big work day of people from mom and dad’s church. Bob, who knows about lumbering, fell all the trees. That ended up being 4 trees and some little ones too around the property.  I moved a lot of logs out of the way so the trucks etc could get to the places to work. There was a tree already half cut down and that was stacked behind this front pile of wood. Kent’s brother Ron and sister Leann had helped with that before we even got there. But you can see there was plenty to do for all of us.

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On the work day we rented a debris chipper for the day and Kent had put an ad online for anyone to come for chips. We chipped a lot of debris this day. Some of this also was from a trimming that Dad Reimer had done on their huge Maple tree in the front yard. That is Josh in the red shirt working a smaller log splitter with our friend Hans.

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Kent and a friend feeding the chipper. I even got to use that machine too. I liked that thing as it dealt with a lot of debris in quick order. Kent’s sister, LeAnn also got into the work too.

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All the workers that day, who wanted chips or wood got some. We also took three huge loads of wood to their church for anyone that needed some fire wood for winter. Who knows where all the stuff went but at the end of the day there was a small load of wood yet but otherwise all those trees were down and people will be kept warm from all that wood. What a long hard day of work but a good one. It was incredible to see all the help come out too. Thanks to all!

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Our son, Josh flew out from Michigan to see us and his grandparents and to help with this work day. I was soo encouraged by that. Kent has been having shoulder pain and was thinking it might be a rotator cuff tear. So he did some work but was a lot limited in what he could do.  So having Josh work alongside us was wonderful!!!

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And Josh did get to see some other special friends while here, Ed and Goldie Karber have been almost life long friends. Goldie is in a facility now but we still stopped in to see her  too.  What a wonderful son to fly all across the country to help with this big work day was awesome. THANKS Josh!

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There were about 14 people, lots of extra trucks, cars,chain saws, log splitters, and excavator and rakes etc…It was again like war zone until an area got cleaned up. BUT what a good day of work and what a blessing to us and mom and dad. It is still nice to look at what was such a mess and see how neat it looks now.

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Dad was still in rehab but he was getting stronger every day. He has been home now about a week and each day is improving more. He went for a half a  mile walk yesterday. We are so grateful for how he is improving and God is healing him. Mom Reimer has be doing so much to make it safer for dad and for him to be able to get around easier in the house.

Well, we are here for a few more days. We ask you to pray for mom and dad and the family.  We all need lots of wisdom in helping the folks to stay where they want to. THANKS!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

I am so proud of my husband!!! Look what he and his friend did!!!

July 29, 2015

Yes, I am  very proud of Kent and our friend Phil as they tackled something that I could only be sooo awestruck about. What am I talking about? I will tell you!

Our RV is a big fifth wheel towed by a BIG truck. In fact our truck is a old Walmart Semi truck. When we bought it we had some modifications made on it to make it easier for us. Now Kent had been thinking for several years about doing a serious modification on our truck! He wanted to do this with our friend that we have known since we lived in Alaska, Phil. So Kent has been researching for years to learn much about this. He wanted to lengthen our truck’s frame and move the axel back to make room for a small car on the truck…and only one small car would fit and that was the Smart car.

So for you to realize how big of a project this was..let me show you what our truck used to look like.

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Now you can see the truck and small platform and the boxes and bikes etc as it was before any alteration. This was the way it has looked the past 8 years.

We have some dear friends that live in Oregon. Phil has been a welder and has a shop for this kind of project. He also has engineering abilities and ideas to help as well as connections in his town with like minded people that could help.  Jeannie was kind enough to feed Kent lunch throughout this process even while she had 2 family deaths and surgery herself. THANKS Jeannie!!

The first thing for us to do was to trade in our little Suzuki for a Smart car, because only the SmartforTwo is short enough to do this kind of a carry on our truck.  We did that in December..and here is the Smart. Also here is the little car “talking” to the BIG truck.

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So in moving to Oregon I drove our SmartCar all the way up from Phoenix. Not a problem, it drives great.

Now for the mechanics that see this…I am NOT a mechanic and so this explanation will be from my perspective not that of a mechanic. IF after you see this blog and you have Questions…you would have to contact Kent.

First the guys took everything off the truck frame, Kent’s aluminum boxes for his tools, air compressor and miscellaneous things he needed. Also our bikes were on the truck  and the trucks fenders.  All of these things are here waiting to be put back on.   Here is all the stuff sitting next to the truck … and also the truck frame empty and ready for the work. Note our friend Phil’s wonderful large shop area where the truck could be worked on in the shade or out of the rain.

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So after stripping the truck of all the stuff, they could get to the project. They had to add 3 feet to the truck’s frame, which also meant adding 4 feet of drive line because of moving the axel back 4 feet as well.  This was when it was all apart and for me, looking a bit scary… BUT I did trust Kent and Phil to put it back together…

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Here you can see the new driveline laying on top,  getting ready to be installed.  And Phil and Kent conferring on the next steps to do.

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Then they made a platform for the car to rest on as we travel down the road. Here Phil is measuring for the car platform  with the ramps laying alongside.

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Here Phil’s backhoe holds the platform as they are getting ready to check to see if is was ready for the painting.

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This they also painted and then placed it on the truck and bolted and welded it on. Here Phil is painting the car’s platform and (Kent is behind the camera here), and then the platform is ready for attaching to the truck.

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Here is the truck with the additional frame attached. They also have the platform on the truck at this point.

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On the passenger’s side of the platform,  they made tire chalks to keep the tires from moving when riding on the back of the truck.  They made “holders for the tires as well.

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They had to put on a reciever to put the winch motor in. The winch is that part that is sticking up ,but the winch motor would be stowed in one of the boxes when going down the road. They had to make a hitch for the winch to pull the car up. Yes it is a little bump on an additional rod that is attached to the car’s bumper. Notice you can see where the winch motor is attached to the car’s bumper.

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The ramps for the car we had purchased to hold a bit more than what our car weighs, 1800 lbs. So the ramps can hold 2,000 lbs each. So plenty of strength there.  They also had to re-bolt/re-attach all the parts that they had taken off. They had to remake some of the boxes to fit in new places. They also changed where some of the bigger boxes were so some of that needed some adjustments. You can see some of the boxes back in place here.

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Next they had to figure out where to put the ramps when going down the road… and to keep them from moving around so as not to scratch anything. Here they are stowing the ramps under the car. Kent then uses bungie cords to hold them in place.

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Here is the car on the truck for the first time. Now they had to figure out if there were any problems to be worked out. If any it wasn’t many. Great job guys!!

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And every time something didn’t work they way they thought..they would go back and look at it and try to figure out a new way. Both of these guys have an engineering mind and it was amazing to watch them work out these things.

Finally they tried the whole thing out.  Watch this video to see how the first test went. I must say it was EXCITING and Scary all at the same time!!! You have to go to Vimeo to see the video.

Here is the link:  https://vimeo.com/134805717

Here is what we look like all hooked up with truck and Rv and car.

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I just stood there amazed at how it all had come together… But I am very proud of Kent and Phil too for this is quite an engineering feat!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A bittersweet day

March 31, 2015

Today was my last day. Yes, I knew it was coming but even so I find that I am a little sad at this day ending. I have worked for the last 8 winters at Arizona Christian University, although it was called Southwestern College when I started there. ACU is located in Phoenix, Arizona and it a small Christian University. They have expanded a ton over the past years and now offer all kinds of degree programs.

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8 years ago when I started working here I had no idea what the job would eventually entail. Here’s the “rest of my story” about this job.

First of all, I was actually a volunteer here for these past 8 winters. That started when my husband Kent and I parked our RV house on the campus along with several other volunteer couples. That first year Kent was to teach a course at the college and then take some students to Africa for a true missions experience, Even though never happened. Kent helped out at several events that first winter as well as being part of a missions conference that the school held for several years.

I started out by walking around the campus and seeing flower boxes that need tending. I asked if I could “dead head” the flowers. “I was told, ” Yes, anything you want to do , go ahead.” I also added some flowers that first year as the other flowers looked so pitiful. Well, that was the way I got my job. People started calling me the “Flower Lady” and the name and the job kind of fit.

The college allowed us volunteers to stay on the campus for certain hours of work for them.

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When the baseball field was put in we had to move as we were sitting on the place where the field was going to be built. So those that wanted to stay working for the school moved to a Mobile home community nearby and we were still able to volunteer at the college.

I have enjoyed the work of beautifying this campus. ACU is situated on about 9 acres. But when the flowers didn’t need attention I would look for bushes to trim and other jobs. I helped with painting projects or cleaning up the shop area etc.

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But my love was always for the flowers. Each winter as I returned I had to replant the flowers as they had died in the summer heat.

The pots when I returned looked like this.

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But I would get out my tools, my wheelbarrow and my bucket and go to work and plant new little plants.

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Then I would tend those little plants and make sure they got enough water and fertilizing when needed. You can see they were happy plants.

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And they would grow

 
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Here they were especially pretty

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Even when I was away from ACU, I would be studying how to make it more beautiful. This winter I was particularly excited to help get this herb garden put in for the kitchen. The managers of the kitchen Mary and Keith were also excited about it and so they actually did the planting. I am sure they will care for it.

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I have enjoyed the relationships that I have made over the years, with students, staff and other volunteers. I will try to keep in touch but I know that when we make a move it changes these relationships. Here a pic of some of the volunteers that have worked together for most of these 8 years. It has been a joy to know these wonderful Christian friends and co-workers

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I am happiest when I can work in the flowers and see them flourish. Over the years I have added many bushes that are doing well and that also gives me pleasure. Almost every day would find me by these planters in front of the dining hall as they needed the most care.

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So after 8 winters, I am leaving as we will be locating in another part of Phoenix next winter to get more involved in a church that we have started attending there. I am not sure what God has in mind for me to do next winter but I have known that He has wanted me to move on to something else. So it is with mixed emotions that I said goodbye today. I will miss the relationships with those I have come to love.

May God Bless all of you that I have come to know and love at ACU. And may God bless ACU.

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With Love and gratitude,

Jan “The Flower Lady”

for the Roaming Reimers

Preserving food, yes in my RV house

November 10, 2014

So I am sitting in my nice warm RV house and looking out the window there is snow falling on us here in Denver. It doesn’t look like much will stick but it is our first snow storm in several years.

So I have some time (since I am not going anywhere in the 27 degree weather outside, brrrr) to tell you about some of the other things that I have been doing lately.

When we arrived in Denver to be with Kara and Nick until their baby arrives, Kara had some apples that had been given to her. It seems her sister-in-law has a tree on her property that was fairly tall. So they had harvested the ones easier to reach. So she and I got busy and made some apple chutney. It was delicious. It had some jalapeno pepper in it so had a little bit of a kick to it.

Then I wanted some jars of applesauce although she had already made some for them, she made some for Kent and I. We made that in her new Vitamix food processor and boy was I impressed! That tool is amazing! That was the easiest applesauce I ever made, because the tool did most of it.

There were still apples left and I wanted to make some apple pie filling and can it. Well, Kara got busy one day without me and had all those apples finished off. BUT Nick climbed that apple tree and got me some more apples so I could make some apple pie filling. It was my first attempt so I did learn some things that I would do differently but here is the pictures and my end product.

So for those people that do not know anything about apples and canning…I will tell you my whole process. First, you have to have wash the jars and rings with new sealing lids in detergent and rinse carefully. Next they need to be sterilized. If you have a dishwasher you can do it there, but since I do not have one of those, I do it the old fashioned way in pots of water on top of the stove.

Jars in boiling water, Usually I place them upside down but since there were just a few they turned sideways.

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New sealing lids and rings also in boiling water. I always put the sealing lids like this so the rubber part isn’t on the bottom of the pan.

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These need to boil for 10 minutes.

But before you put the water to boil the jars, you need to process the apples. First, wash them in water and then peel, core and slice them.

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I added my spices and 3 T lemon juice at this point. So 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg on top of the apples for nice color and delicious taste. The lemon juice helps to keep apples looking nice as well as adding a nice tart taste.

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Next you need to make your syrup.

10 cups of water, 4 1/2 cups white sugar. 1 cup cornstarch, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1 teaspoon of salt. In a large cooking pot, mix all together and cook until bubbly and thick.

Now have your sterilized jars ready and hot. Have the syrup cooked and hot..and fill the jars with raw apples, fill them up… then pour hot syrup over the apples to 1 inch of top. Continue until you use up all the apples and syrup.

Some of the other tools that I used. Lemon Juice, cinnamon, and cornstarch and sugar.

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Now you need to have a large pot for doing the water bath processing. So place jars in the water and make sure the tops of jars are covered with at least 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil(this may take a while with a large pot of water…) and boil for at least 20 minutes. Since I was doing this in Denver I had realized that I needed to boil for 10 minutes longer due to the altitude here.

So when you are done, remove hot jars from the hot water. The best way to do this is to use a special tool. Thankfully Kara has one. It is that long metal thing in the front in the picture. It has a rubberized gripping stuff on it to hold onto your jars as you pull them out of the boiling water.

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Be careful as you remove the hot jars from the hot water. I always place the hot jars on a kitchen towel out of a draft. Then listen for the Popping sound of the lids as they seal. I usually find myself counting the pops in hopes they all seal. Yes mine did!!!

Here is my end product of Apple Pie Filling.

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When you want an apple pie, make a pie crust and put at least one quart of pie filling (depending on how full your pie needs to be.) Put on the top crust and bake at 400 degrees for close to an hour. Watch for the crust to get a light brown. You will need to make slits in a full crust.

This can also be used to make apple streusel, apple crisp, apple tart whatever apple dessert you want to make.

I made this three times. After the first time I changed a few things. First, in the apple pie filling, when making the syrup I added the apples to the syrup and made them all hot before placing in the jars. I did like this better and feel it turned out.

The other change is that I threw out all the apple peelings the first time. I decided I would put the less desirable apples with the peelings and cook them all and make applesauce out of all of that. Yes, it was more work but I was glad to do it. I got applesauce that before would have been thrown out. So I felt better about all of that and am enjoying the good taste. This applesauce was much redder with all of the peelings. I again used my handy mini stick blender to puree the apples after thoroughly cooking them. I also added spices to my taste.

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I do think every time I do a recipe I sort of look for ways to “tweak it.” I am sure that you will too.

Now you know what I did on one day last week. We have already used some of the apple pie filling and eaten some of the applesauce too. YUM!

Here is the end result of all of that day. 7 quarts of Apple Pie Filling and 2 quarts and 4 pints of applesauce.

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Deliciously finished!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Seattle Mission Fest and visiting our former church

October 18, 2014

We left Mom and Dad Reimer’s house and drove to Seattle. We spent the weekend in Seattle at the Mission conference that is held yearly. This is a fun conference. In fact, a few years ago I really felt God speak to me as this particular conference, so it is a special one to go to.

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The fall colors were out and right in front of the church it was so pretty. Just had to take a picture.

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Kent and I and two colleagues from WorldVenture were there. Ginny(on far right) and Kent both did Seminars. And Kent asked Adrienne(second from right) to join with him as well. Kent is always good at the booth answering questions and just a good listener too.

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I also was able to catch up with some missionary friends that we have known for a long time.Thier oldest daughter and our daughter Kara are good friends too. So it was fun to catch up with each other during one of the breaks.

Sunday morning we packed up our Rv house and went down the road to Issaquah, WA. We had attended Living Hope Bible Church the two summers that we were parked at Sambica Camp. Since then they have moved into a church building as they had been meeting in a school for many years. The building is so nice for them and the church body is growing. We had not been able to stop and see them for about 2 years. So it was a wonderful time to see everyone and hear what God was doing in their lives.There were several new babies that we got to see too. That was fun as well! It was a blessed visit!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers
Stay tuned as we are back on the road…Travels ahead

Our next stop was Kent’s parent’s place

October 14, 2014

We moved from near Portland, to further north to where Kent’s parents live. We moved here over a month ago.

When we first arrived..there was a big pile of brush from dad having had the huge maple tree trimmed. We worked for several days removing that brush.

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All brush gone and the grass can grow again.
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I have been helping dad outside. With trimming bushes, harvesting in the garden, having meals together and having some good visits.
Some garden produce about to be made into dinner. Yum!

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We went to Mt Baker one sunny day as well.

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Dad and Mom have raised Dahlia flowers for years now. This years crop wasn’t as big but so pretty. I took some in to grace our table for dinner
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Here are some in the garden.
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We had a good month helping mom and dad. But watch for the final event!

Love, Jan from the Roaming Reimers

Leaving Portland area.

October 13, 2014

We had such a good summer here. We enjoyed the small Mobile home park where we lived for the summer that had some spaces for RVs. We got to know a good number of people there and in fact about 15 people were out there waving to us as we left. Sweet!

Here is what our site looked like when we arrived… I had to add some flowers to that empty space…

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so here is the end result.

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I even grew a tomato plant that grew taller then myself.. Good tomatoes too!
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I spent about half of the summer helping Kent’s sister in her house.
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We got most of her house packed up and also did outside chores as well.
Here is LeAnn tackling the blackberries that grow wild here. I helped but I had to get a picture too!
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The guys knocked down the popcorn ceiling
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I cleaned up what fell around the tarp.
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I did some work around dad and mom’s house too but not as much as Leann’s this summer. Here is dad and his garden about the middle of the summer.
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So about a month ago we moved on to the next stop along the road, that is about 5 hours north to Kent’s parents place.

It was a good summer living in the Portland area.

Jan for the roaming Reimers