There’s a long story to that moving thing. All three of the couples who are camp hosting the RV park here at Golden Bell are full time RVers and all of us are South Dakota residents, using the same mail forwarding service, My Dakota Address. That is, until late this week when one couple got an email from the business saying that they were going out of business on July 31st and that the post office would be returning our mail to the sender as of the 25th, which was already past when the email arrived! Since the other two of us hadn’t heard from the company at all, we contacted them and learned that, sure enough, we were now homeless! My Dakota Address had suggested another service, but we decided to do our own research. We know that our vehicle insurance rates are at least partially based on the population of our city/county of residence, so we didn’t want to transfer to a larger city. With the recommendation of a fellow full timer, we checked out My Home Address. Their rates were very similar to others we checked and the owner was very helpful, so we are now residents of Emery, SD. Since we aren’t allowed to just send the post office a change of address, we have to personally notify everyone who sends us mail. So consider this your official notification. Our new address is 411 N. 6th St., #4958, Emery, SD 57332. Now on to the multitude of businesses and individuals who don’t follow this blog!
On a brighter note, though, we had a wonderful visit yesterday with friends from the long ago and far away. Back in the early 1970s, we moved to Osborne, KS for LeRoy’s first professional job after college. About the same time, another couple moved there right out of dental school and started a dental practice. Jim Caldwell soon became a friend, as well as our dentist. He and his wife Joyce had two children about the age of ours. When we moved there, we brought with us a dune buggy habit that we shared with several other couples, including the Caldwells. We traveled together the 5 or so hours to the Little Sahara sand dunes in Oklahoma every few weeks. We moved to western Kansas in 1978 and they moved to Colorado shortly after that. That’s about the time we lost track of them…until Facebook! Jim and Joyce live over toward Buena Vista, just an hour or so west of where we are now and they came to visit us yesterday. What a time we had catching up with them and their kids and learning about their grandkids, all of whom live in Colorado.
We’ve had lots of rain (and more than our share of little hail) this week, enough so that the fire ban has been reduced from Stage 3 to Stage 1, so campfires and grills are permitted again in the campground. Since many of our sites are filled with tent campers, it has been a real hardship for them not to be able to cook outside. In all the years we tent camped, we never ran into that. I wouldn’t have wanted to be in a tent with this stuff on the ground!
We try to support the local fire departments whenever we can since we’ve been in Teller County many times over the years when there were fires to be fought. Yesterday we went to the Florissant Fire Department’s annual pancake breakfast. The pancakes, eggs, sausage and biscuits and gravy were very good. Apparently we were not the only supporters.
We’ve been in touch with Raymond and several of his caregivers this week and he seems to be doing pretty well, all things considered. It has become more and more difficult to understand him as his treatment has progressed. Currently the hospital is trying to find a new place for him. If he can pass a swallow test and be able to get rid of his trach and feeding tube, the assisted living facility in Truth or Consequences will take him back. With a couple more weeks of treatment still to come, though, it will be a while.
Baby Rae is doing better all the time and everyone is hoping that she will soon be able to go home. I suggested to Jordan that she take a picture of the nursery at home and show it to Rae as an incentive! She is gaining weight and now weighs more than 6 lbs. but still doesn’t seem to want to have to suck to get her food. Prayers would be appreciated!
We’re short timers here at Golden Bell. In less than a month we’ll be headed back to Kansas. We’ll try to stay warm until then!