Wednesday, December 11, 2013

His Ways Are Not Necessarily Our Ways

Well that was a short retirement. Joe went back to work at 8:00AM today. The roads were treacherous. Freezing fog and 28 degrees. 

He isn't back at work permanently just on call..... and they called. I needed the car today so I had to drive back in this. Very carefully. I have spent most of the last two weeks battling a sinus infection but I'm pretty much over it now, feeling great and sleeping good again.

This is his boss Shelly. Do you think she was happy to have him back?

I'm thinking those are tears of joy and relief. 

This little Poster was hanging over his desk.

I took this picture from the foyer, looking down the wing where the activities office. But lets get on with other news.  Our travel plans have changed. We will not be going South this winter. More on that later. We didn't put up a tree or decorate the house this year because we weren't going to be home. Then the deep freeze hit and we were "stuck" here. Highways to the beach, freeways, they were all a mess. So I have really enjoyed others decorations. The best part........I don't have to put anything away when Christmas is over.

This beautiful grand piano sits right in the center of the foyer where Joe works. It is also a player piano, remote control even.

We are very OK with the direction The Lord is leading us. Both of us feel a real sense of peace.
 Right out side the front door of Miramont is a beautiful fountain/waterfall. I think it is even more beautiful when the water freezes. 

This is the back side of the fountain and what you see when you open the front doors of the building.

The entrance to Miramont is like a circle. You pull up to the front doors, Load or unload passengers, then as you leave you go past this little area where on a nice day residence can sit outside and enjoy the view and the weather. But today was a beautiful, biting cold, silver looking day.

After dropping Joe off I headed slowly (no one was going very fast) for Costco to finish up our Christmas shopping and get gas. ($3.09 for regular gas)  Driving in this kind of weather isn't my favorite thing  but with the Lord's help, I got the errands done and had no issues at all. By noon, the roads were clear even though the trees and bushes remained icy.

So for those of you who are wondering what are we going to do now, well we plan on spending more time in Washington, with Joe's son and daughter and the grand kids, and my sister.  In April we will be in Hawaii for a couple of weeks. When we get home we're going to roam the back roads all over Oregon and Washington. I'm going to enjoy being around my kids and grand kids more, and great grand kid number seven will be here the end of June or first part of July .Joe wants to attend a Graffis reunion in Fargo, North Dakota August 4th. Our birthdays are the 8th and 12th so that will be a fun birthday. We still have dreams and plans of being in the desert next winter. We'll just have to wait and see what the Lord has in mind by then. But I can tell you, the wheels on the RV are going to go round and round in the mean time. :)


  1. You know they say that if you want to hear God laugh.....just tell Him your plans!

    That must have been a big belly laugh. Don't you just love it when the plans change and you say,"it's your directions God. You point the way and we will go, with grateful heart."

  2. Glad things are working out for you - even if it is different from what you had planned. One day at a time!! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas visit with family.

  3. I am so glad to hear you are feeling lots better!
    The wintry days there are very pretty. And what a nice facility that is where Joe worked.

    It's good to know you will have the wheels turning and oh my, a trip to Hawaii...sounds wonderful!

  4. You are right. What a change in plans! We change ours all the time.

  5. Well, we're half-way thru Washington St. now and we haven't run across that nasty weather yet so I hope it continues for us this morning.

    Glad to see Joe got a big welcome back to work - hope he doesn't get the urge to 'hang around'.

  6. One of the big lessons that Lord has taught me in the RVing life style is that flexibility is the name of the game and there are times when He takes our lives in very different directions than we thought. But that's okay. So enjoy your time with your family. They are probably glad you're still there.

  7. Joe's former/current work place is absolutely beautiful. I'm saddened that your plans to go south have changed!! I was looking forward to meeting you. Enjoy the activities you have planned, and we'll meet next year instead.

  8. I sent this recipe to Jojo (daughter in California that has a lemon tree as tall as her house.

    She cans lemons for use later and they work great in recipes.

  9. Sure has been cold down here in Eugene. Glad that you're o.k. up there. I'm certain that they were really happy to have Joe back to drive folks around in this weather. He's such a good driver. Take care.

  10. A change of plans. Good that you don't fret. I always say to my husband: You never know why it is good for you. First when you look back later you see that it was for the best.
    Most of the time at least.

    Isn't that nice when you are welcomed back to work with tears of joy!

  11. I can 'see' that you're feeling better by the tone of your post. Great news. And, in the true spirit of Christmas, Joe is helping out at his job he newly retired from. Hope it won't be for too long so he can get back to relaxing and having fun with you. After my recent time in Oregon, I know there's lots to see and do; you're going to have a ball. Where are you going in Hawaii? Is this your first trip there or are you old pros?

  12. First, I'm happy you're feeling better.

    Second, beautiful photos of the ice fountain.

    Third, have fun spending more time with kids and grandkids.

    The two of you make the best of each situation, so I have no doubt you will be happy no matter what you do.