Service and celebration

Since we aren’t hosting at the RV park this summer, or at least not right now, we weren’t sure what we would be doing at Golden Bell. LeRoy had a reputation with previous staff of being someone they could count on in maintenance, but this year’s management is totally new except for our friend in the office. I’ve worked in the gift shop in past years but the gift shop isn’t open now. Monday morning when we showed up for breakfast, I was asked to help serve. In the past, food was on a buffet line but due to Covid, everything has to be plated and handed to the person by a masked, gloved and aproned server. It was easy that first morning, with only the summer staffers and volunteers. The first residential campers of the year arrived that morning. The next morning, LeRoy and I both served breakfast to 150 or so people. It’s amazing how tiring that can be!

Monday after breakfast, I started washing venetian blinds and the windows behind them. The camp was started more than 50 years ago and if I didn’t know better, I’d be convinced that the blinds haven’t been cleaned since then! That project has been sort of catch as catch can, because as soon as the summer staff stripped beds in some of the rental units, I started doing laundry and didn’t get back to windows until Thursday afternoon! The laundry is done in a little room in the swimming pool building, and serves as a passthrough to the pool equipment at the other end. There are three washers and four dryers and from Monday morning until noon Thursday, all were in use. I’ve always known that everyone has their own way of folding, so it didn’t really surprise me that Golden Bell sheets, towels and blankets are folded just so. The instructions for each are laminated and posted on the dryer doors! One afternoon LeRoy came to help fold sheets but other than that, I was by myself. I know those instructions by heart!

We work a combined 10 hours a day for four days with plans to take off on Friday to celebrate our anniversary. We thought 55 years was worth celebrating! I’m not sure how that happened, because we still feel like newlyweds! We spent the day running around in Colorado Springs. My new computer (this is my first blog on it) arrived Monday and we wanted to get Best Buy’s Geek Squad to change files over from the old Dell to the new HP. Turns out, we couldn’t get an appointment to do that until next Friday, so we’ll be going down the hill again. The day we left the Landing, LeRoy discovered that one of the diamonds in his wedding ring was missing and he didn’t find it, so we took it to Helzbergs for repair since that’s where he got it five years ago. They’ll tell us when it’s ready and if we play our cards right, we might get another trip to the Springs on another Friday. We learned to enjoy Culver’s food when we were in Tucson and since there was a Culver’s almost across from Best Buy, we had lunch there. Still as yummy as ever!

Friday evening we made reservations for dinner at the Swiss Chalet in Woodland Park. It is a very nice restaurant with both inside and outside dining space. We had a table on the deck and enjoyed the mountain scenery around us as we waited and ate. We each started out with sweet chili corn chowder that was so good we think we’ll try to replicate it. LeRoy had a ribeye steak and I had pork chops with crispy fingerling potatoes. There was enough left over that we’re having it for supper tonight. It was a wonderful evening and we feel very blessed to have each other after all these years.

Tonight we’ll go to the lodge for chapel with the other volunteers and summer staffers and then tomorrow is another day. Last week, I found myself singing a scripture song that goes “His strength is perfect when our strength is gone. He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on.” I can attest that it is true and we will both depend on it again this next week!

About 2010liberty

Retirement agrees with us! After traveling in our 40' Silver Eagle bus conversion, whose name was Liberty, since 2010, it was time for a change. Now we spend the winter in Yuma, AZ and travel during the spring, summer and fall setting the Pace!
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