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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

We had to make some changes.

 Cullman,  AL  

We are continuing on our hosting of Boondockers, but with some minor changes.

We have been happy to welcome our RVing friends to park on our sites when traveling this area.  Many RVers we've met on the road have stopped by.   In each case, we have remained friends.  Also RVing friends from PA and NJ that we knew before we moved here have stopped and visited and used our sites.  We built those sites for that reason.   We wanted to host friends and family.    We would never expect, accept nor want them to pay for a site.   We would consider that an insult to our friendship.    We just want to see them and keep in touch.

Continuing on from my last posting meet the most recent guests.   These are folks who found us on the Boondockers Welcome website.

This is Dave.   He traveled from Ohio where we works at a campground in the summer to Florida where he works at one in the winter.   He travels with his sweet Border Collie mix, Holly.  

Next is Mary and Conrad, heading south from Indiana.   This is the couple that responded just 2 hours after I joined Boondockers Welcome as a host.    Wish we had more time to spend with them.

Now this was really fun.  Chad and Sarah have 4 active boys that they are home schooling on the road.  The boys and Biscuit had lots of fun.  By the time they left, Sarah was looking online for a Beagle.

Meet Susan and Joe.   They just came from Leonard's area of Louisiana doing mission work through Billy Grahams mission and Samaritans Purse.

Joe and Quinn have recently started their Full Time adventure.

We truly liked each of our guests.   But we find we must make changes.       We've hosted Boondockers Welcome members ten times.     On our profile I state donations welcome.   I explain the RV sites are on same account as the shop.  That account is charged at a higher commercial rate than the house.   We are also on metered water.   Hence donations.   We are not doing this to make money.   

 Each older couple worked until retirement. Now are living their dream.  Some younger people choose to live their dream now, often working online.   Most guests gave us a donation.  Very much appreciated.   Two couples stayed four nights and  choose not to donate anything using full hook ups.  That is their right to do.   We understand.  We were not demanding a donation.

But after checking the KW usage on house and RV sites, and the RV sites using twice as much as the house in those instances we had to come to a difficult decision and change from donations gratefully accepted to a small per night charge.   Hated to do this. 

We still look forward to hosting.   But not going broke.

Until next time.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Sickness, Sadness and Sweet Visits

Cullman,   AL

So much has happened in the short time since my last post.    

When we learned the severity of Leonard's sister Lydia's condition, he needed to go to Louisiana for a final visit.     He flew down on a Monday and back Friday night two weeks ago.    Considering his health he did quite well. 

He and his brother Jerry had the visit with Lydia (Monkey) then afterward enjoyed each others company over lunch.

As expected Lydia's time was short.   She passed just days later.   Her funeral in Louisiana is today.  Leonard is so thankful he had that time with her.    

Last Sunday afternoon he started to feel ill.   Slept all night.   On Monday I could see he was running a temperature.   He was cold but had no other symptoms of Covid.   No headaches, body aches, shortness of breath, did not lose sense of smell or taste.   But he was extremely fatigued.   He slept most of the day.  We called his doctor who would set up a Covid test.     His temp once got as high as 105. 

He was called to come to the testing site on Tuesday.   Still running high temps, but not as high.  He was less fatigued.  He stayed awake and read most of the day.   Temps were fluctuating.

On Wednesday we decided to call UAB and talk to his cardiologist office down there.   They said if his temp rose high again to bring him to their emergency room.   And if his COVID test was positive, bring him to their emergency room.

On Thursday he no longer had much elevation of temperature.  Again, no chills, no severe fatigue.  Again, he read most of the day.   Then the doctor called..... no COVID,

Yesterday, Friday, he felt so much better he cooked a pot of gumbo.   That is the Cajun medicine I've learned.     Today he feels fine.  We are grateful for everyone's concern and prayers.  We could feel it.  

He felt so good yesterday he had to feed his fish.    It is now a battle ducks VS catfish for the food.  We  see a lot of perch in the pond.

  When I signed us up for BoondockersWelcome.com,   I had no idea how many people would want to stay at our sites.  I am shocked at the response.   Here are the last few.

From October 27 to October 30 in their Motorhome.   Hans and Theresa on way to Florida to get new Motorhome.

 From October 31 to November 4 Rick and Nancy

From November 4 to just getting ready leave now meet Carrie and Matt and Rusty

The night of November 4  were Fred and Renee.   They are from South Africa.  They came here, bought a car and RV and are traveling the country.   Here they are set up and having their cocktail hour.

In about an hour we expect another guest.   A man traveling alone.   Later this afternoon a family arrives, young parents and their SEVEN children.     All these will be just here for the one night.

On Monday another couple for a few days.   Then on Friday 13th two more couples for 4 nights.  This will be fun.   Both men are retired Marine.    They are not traveling together.   A cool coincidence.

So far no bookings until mid December.  Yet.

Until next time.