A Few Things

Just thought I would update a few things ~

Theresa & Rick ~ Theresa came through surgery and is awaiting results of the tests performed. She is home and recuperating. Thank you for your prayers for them both.

New job ~ started my new job on Wednesday. It is going well and I like being back in the office setting. Lots of new things to learn but am catching on quickly. Have had a couple of good talks with Rob and think working with him will be great. My first big task was learning how to input the time into the computer. The job itself is fairly easy just have to be really careful not to mess up as it has to do with people’s pay.

Ron ~ is also learning a couple of new things. One of them being how to set up, troubleshoot and close out the ATM every day. This is something Rick was going to teach him and now Rob is doing that.

Our schedule ~ is somewhat back to our regular hours. We opened at 3:00 yesterday and open today at 4:00 so we didn’t have to report till 1:30 on Thursday and 2:30 today. It has been nice to sleep in till 10:30 the last two days.

Special thanks to Kristy and Norm for picking up my prescriptions and bringing them to us here in Marysville on Saturday. It will be good to see them and they saved us from trying to figure out how to get my medications refilled. We so appreciate you both.

Also want to send out BIG thanks to Dee for being such a great mail lady for us during this season of travel and work. It is such a relief to not have to worry about the mail piling up and getting those wonderful packages. Thanks for the great job you are doing.

We received a special blessing the other day when a friend of ours gave us a 150′ power cord. It has eliminated the problems of blowing the breakers every so often.

Today Ron is taking the time to clean our our large storage compartment to make room for the new power cord. It calls for moving the bathroom storage tote to under our table and reorganizing a few other things. Ron had initially thought he would put the new cord in the carrier on top of the motor home but after a lengthy discussion it was decided it was too heavy to be lifting that up and down at each stop so is necessitating the cleaning out of the large storage compartment. I just opened the bathroom tote and found 3 bottles of wine. Wondered where they had disappeared to. One is now nestled in the fridge chilling to be ready for tonight after work 🙂

The weather here in Marysville is beautiful! Woke up to sunny skies! It seems like it has been so long since we have seen that yellow round thing in the sky. It is so nice to be out of the mud and muck of the Rose Festival. Hope that means the nasty weather is behind us now for the rest of the season. One can hope can’t they?

Would appreciate your continued prayers for Rick & Theresa as well as our whole unit with the change in supervisors and expectations. As typical in a place where lots of people work the rumor mill is flowing well. Ron and I have learned to remember the source and to check out things that just don’t sound right.

One thing Ron and I do each time we do a jump (move from one location to another) is to ask ourselves if we had to make the decision to do this job (travel and work with the carnival) for a second season would we. The answer has always been a resounding yes! We are so enjoying our time here, the people we meet, the jobs we do and the areas we have seen. Now relax, this does not mean that we ARE going to do this again next year. It does mean that we like what we are doing right now ~ all aspects of it.

Well I just noticed the time and I need to get to making our lunch and ready ourselves for another day of work. Know that we think of each of you often and we love to hear from you all. Enjoy the day the Lord has made and rejoice in it.

20 responses to “A Few Things”

  1. I don't think there is anything boring at all about reading about your life with the carnival!! Thanks for keeping us updated. Kristen

  2. I agree, hearing about your life with the carnival is not boring. Too bad about the wet, muddy conditions. This weather has been terrible! We missed part of it while we were on our trip, but the weather is still bad. We're ready for some sunshine!See you on Tuesday!Carol

  3. Lynhda Clemons Avatar
    Lynhda Clemons

    Just write the way you want to write. If someone doesn't have the courage to leave his name, his criticism should not count for anything! If a person does not want to read your blog, there's no gun to his head! Miss you. Lynda

  4. I wonder if there is a way you can just take out the anonymous option? I had problems when there wasn't a \”Name/URL\” option because my google account is all messed up. Now, I just put my name it and it works great. Too bad some people have to be pills, huh?Love you tons!! Miss you more!!dee

  5. Hi Ali: sorry you guys are having so much rain up there in Portland. Hopefully, it will dry up soon. Your new format for the blog is nice. Easy to read. Nothing boring about your blog. I'm always interesting in what the workampers are doing out there!Have a good weekend.

  6. Glad to see the word verification gone. Wish everyone would do that. I can't understand why anyone would make unpleasant comments to you. You seem like a good hard working person.I never find descriptions of anyone's day boring. You are doing something I will never do, but some of your experiences are the same as when I used to do outdoor art and craft fairs. Hard work, variable weather, port-a- potties!

  7. I had to start monitoring our comments also. We kept getting some Asian comments and when we clicked on there were pictures that were not appropriate. Sad isn't it?You are not boring…it is very interesting to hear about other full-timers and what they are doing. You write and we'll read.Take careMike & Gerri (happytrails)http://freedom2roll.blogspot.com

  8. Ali, thank you for your comment on MY blog. I have the same frustrations that you do…people that don't have a reply email address. LOL!We will be off on our cruise to Alaska from 6/6 to 6/21. How long will you be in Maryville? Would love to meet for lunch. You should be able to email me from my link. (I'm hoping). If not, you can from my Google profile page (I'm pretty sure).

  9. Hi Alice, Good to read the latest and to hear what you and Ron are up to! Yes, the rain here has been a real challenge for us too but hopefully summer is just around the bend! Noah played with Vallivue Varsity team in the Madison tournament over by Idaho Falls yesterday and Friday! Jon had his 4 wisdom teeth out on Tuesday, after graduating last Saturday! He has recovered now and is doing better. You know I love to read what you write and look forward to what you have to say! I have been wanting to keep up with writing to you. Will try to do better this week. God Bless You and Ron! Love you,Roxine

  10. It seems there is always something to rearrange in a motorhome. And there is always a way to fit what needs to be fit inGlad your friend gave you the cord. It will be nice to have along.Good to hear you are enjoying the job. You both seem like people who would stick it out even if you didn't because it was a commitment. That is honorable.

  11. Praise God the surgery went well!!I'm glad you like your new job..it can be difficult if things aren't happy in a office situation.Have a great weekend!Cindy and Walker

  12. I'm glad things are going well with the jobs, Ali. You guys are learning a lot of new skills that you will be taking away with you when you do decide to leave the carnival jobs. Good luck and enjoy the weekend!

  13. It's a blessing when you can live in the moment and appreciate your current circumstances, no matter what they are. You have a great attitude, Ali, and it speaks well of your character. By next spring, something entirely different may or may not come along. Your prayerful decision about the carnival job has paid off!Here's to warm, sunny weather!

  14. I'm so happy you are enjoying yourself but you are not allowed to do it again next year! We miss you too much!!(just kidding of course…kind of !)

  15. \”Also want to send out BIG thanks to Dee for being such a great mail lady\”Aw, shucks, ma'am. T'aint nothing. I, too, was happy to see the sun shining this morning! I was hoping that meant good weather for you, too. love you tons,dee

  16. Sounds like a lot of people would be missing you all.Sure that you will do great doing payroll. As a former Human Resource Professional, people are REALLY touchy when it comes to their paychecks being right. LOL

  17. Glad the new job is working out and you all are enjoying it. Each new experience in life prepares us for the road ahead. You all take care!! Mike & Gerri (happytrails)http://freedom2roll.blogspot.com

  18. Hi Alice, (From Roxine) Just a note to check in with you. We've been super busy with going to basketball. Ethan had camp last week Monday- Wednesday at Vallivue. So fun. Then Noah had the Varsity tournament at the Idaho Shootout, also at Vallivue on Thursday to Saturday. We helped with the concession table and putting away things, including the big score tables and chairs at the end. Some good talks with Coach Chatterton and hearing some negative stuff about Hoop Dreams and how they are having some problems. It is interesting seeing who Noah knows and how many of those going to be Freshmen are making their Varsity teams. Noah knows a lot of the kids and there is so much going on with people moving so their kids can play for the schools that will have them play all 4 years, or so they hope. Right now we don't have a house in Vallivue school district and living in Emmett is too far to commute, so unless the Lords provides the housing, we don't know how we will get Noah on the team, but he is invited to go to BYU this coming weekend and play with the Varsity again. The guys are all such good role models for him and his playing abilities are such that they appreciate him on the team. We really appreciate Coach Chatterton and his commitment to the team and the boys, individually. Also, Coach McNabb.

  19. (continued from Roxine) It is disturbing to hear things about the coaches we have supported over the years and how they have changed and are all about the money. Money does that to people so much. Not having it, I mean, makes it hard to keep the focus on what God wants us to. WE know how that is. Trying to be as dilligent as possible in our business right now. I'm always out potting up plants and filling orders. We have things listed online at Idaho's BOunty, a virtual farmer's market! That and the 3 farmers markets in Boise, Hailey and Ketchum (Kurtis goes to that tomorrow) is what we are doing. The Cherry Festival was this past weekend and now we have lived here for 17 years. It was Cherry Festival the year that we came into town. We always remember that. We used to have time for doing things like that but this year all we did was see them setting up and then again yesterday, taking it down. I thought of you and Ron as I saw the rides being folded back up and watching the big trucks and motor homes packing up to go to their next place.

  20. (conclusion from Roxine) It is a lot the same as us with the markets. It feels good to be home no matter where home is. It sounds like you've adjusted so well, Alice. I know that is the Lord being with you and helping you. I have been needing Him a lot lately just dealing with so much pressure to get things done. This weekend we're going to Tim's graduation in Los Altos. He is getting his Associates degree and wants to transfer someplace, not sure where yet. Jon doesn't know if he will get an opportunity to go to college now or not. He is willing to work to help us keep the farm. It is so hard seeing the kids have to work so much too, as so many of their friends have it a lot easier. I just hope that sometime the Lord will bless these kids for their help to us and having to miss out so often on things that they would enjoy. God knows. Kurtis spent Father's Day weeding the property so as to catch up from being gone to Noah's games. I feel that we are always behind like that. At least tonight he went to bed earlier as he has to get up early and drive to Ketchum. We don't want to be grumblers or complainers. We just praise God for the good work, the weather now has been so pleasant and that helps so much. The harvest is looking to be plentiful and the markets are thriving. The Boise Market made the change to accepting foodstamps via small tokens that the buyers can exchange their foodstamps for and the vendors can trade in for cash. I still have mixed feelings about the whole foodstamp program. IT helped us a lot this winter get through and for that I know to be thankful. Also, I pray that all who get them know that it is a blessing to be able to give so others have enough to eat also. Continually praying for you both and with you. God Bless you! We love you. Thanks for writing your page & keeping up with telling your story! It is really fun to read about your adventures. Roxine

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