Sunday, May 16, 2010

Week of ups and downs

It's a good thing I like adventure. Uphill climbs and downhill slides. Hard days and easy days...or is that EZ DAZE?
This is our current home away from home. It's a nice RV park and I like it here. I'll show you around in a minute, but first, let me ask you...What's wrong with this next picture?
If you guessed the door is open and the light is not on you got it right. There is a very wrong odor in there too, but you couldn't tell that from the picture could you? (Be thankful!) Our refrigerator went on the fritz while we were on the road last week so when we arrived here, things were thawed and warm. As of today, I've been over a week without ice, cold drinks, and the pleasure of unspoiled food.

The part of the refrigerator that makes it a refrigerator and not just an insulated storage hole leaked a bunch of yellow gunk...oh never mind. I'll not bore you with the details. If I think about it too much I get grumpy.
After a few days of  almost 80 degree temperatures inside my insulated storage hole, I decided to throw out the molded lettuce, wilted carrots, and this whole carton of eggs. It was obvious that the vegetables needed to go, but the eggs looked perfectly fine. I was concerned, though, about how one might smell if I cracked it open. Would it stink up the place worse than it already smells?

Then  my brain went on a bunny chase. These eggs are a lot like people. They look perfect on the outside, but you can't tell what they are like on the inside, if they are good or rotten, until they are broken.  Maybe that is why God so often finds it necessary to break us. It's just a thought.
Anyway, I've called an RV repair guy, he has ordered the part, it has been shipped (supposedly) and I'm waiting, as patiently as I can, for a call telling me he that he is on his way to install it. I'll keep you posted.

In the mean time, I'm keeping a  few country style pork ribs and some lunch meat cool in this little 12v cooler. (The water bottle is there as a reference so you can see how big the cooler is NOT.) And I bought a couple of these shelf stable meals.

That dinner looks pretty good in the picture on the package, but when you open it up...
The first bite was a bit disappointing. By the third bite I was wondering if I could make myself take the fourth bite. When I stabbed a BIG blob of something that was the color chicken breast (this was supposed to be a beef meal) but the texture of soft tofu, I fished the cardboard packaging out of the trash. I read the list of ingredients. No tofu. EWWWWWW! I pitched all the remaining bites, and the eggs, here.
You can tell a lot about a campground by it's dumpster. If the area around the dumpster is this clean and neat, you can pretty well count on the rest of the place being well kept.

I've visited this area of the RV park several times. It is a covered patio complete with rocking chairs, BBQ grills and picnic tables. Notice the ice machine. Yeah, I come here for the ice. I've spent $8 on ice to keep $4 worth of milk cold.

Adjoining the patio is the pool,
and at the end of the pool is the hot tub inside that little building. The pool sure feels good on a hot, humid Mississippi afternoon.

Can you see the third rig on the left? The Silverado? That's us. I tote my dirty clothes down this little street...
to the super clean laundry room. The take-a-book-leave-a-book library is in that filing cabinet.

I've already spent a good bit of time here, and I wasn't reading.

One of my favorite places in the park is here.
Every weekday morning one of the staff members  leads a short prayer and devotional time. All camp residents are invited to attend. It is a great way to start the day and a great place to meet like minded people and make new friends.

Meet our new friends! The Walkers. God is so good. Not only did He provide us with work, He also put us in a nice place with some really nice people. Sadly, our new friends left for their home this morning, but I intend to keep in touch.

There ya go, a summary of our first week back to work in Mississippi. It has been a really good week, and I'm praying for many more.

If you get an urge to tour Graceland, sniff a magnolia blossom, or just enjoy a few EZ DAZE, come visit us. I'll be happy to offer you some room temperature water and a shelf stable Hormel dinner!



Ida said...

Looks like a very nice place to stay. I've already been to Graceland. Didn't lose anything there (meaning we won't be going back). Would love some of that hot, humid Mississippi weather. Winter keeps trying to return to SW Kansas. It's great to have a place with morning devotionals.

Cindy said...

WOW with the exception of the ref. this seems to be a great place away from home. I am glad that you can stay at such a great location. Jon will actually be clsoe to Graceland this week with work but it will be a very quick trip. Only about 24 hours. Enjoy your time and don't get to much sun by that pool. LOL.

Karen said...

That park looks great! Not so much the micro-meal...

I have an award for you on my blog...

Deanna said...

Ha! I love it! A great representation of EZ Daze. I left a stack of Guideposts in the take-a-book-leave-a-book file cabinet. Do you read those? BTW, a good thought you had on comparing people with eggs! Thanks for making my week fly by...Deanna

Talkin' Texan said...

Hi Ida,
We drove by Graceland yesterday when we went to church just so we could say we did. I don't really care anything about paying $30 dollars a head to see it up close. I'd rather visit the zoo!

Thanks for the award! I'm glad you enjoy my blog. Yeah, I can't decide whether to throw that other micro meal away now, or heat it and open it first. LOL

Thanks for the heads up...I've got to do a load of whites today so I'll check out the cabinet. Yes I like Guidepost. :)

Faith Imagined said...

How awful on the broken fridge and that meal... yuck!

The RV park is beautiful!

Edie said...

I like that little campground! I'm so glad God put you in a place where He was worshiped and you could make new friends! Just a little reminder that He still has His eye on you. :)

Tori said...

Sorry to hear about the fridge problems!
That pool looks like a great place to spend some time. I could really enjoy doing some Bible study there!
Have a super week!

LaVon Baker said...

Really good post, LaVonda. I particularly love your egg analogy. May I use it? I promise to give you proper credit.

Talkin' Texan said...

Alisa, Edie, Tori, and LaVon,
Thanks for the comments and encouragement.
Yes God still has His eye on us all. In good times and bad... :)
And yes, LaVon, you can use my analogy.