We normally only include our annual newsletter with our Christmas Cards, but this year it's pretty short so I decided to post it here as well.
Holiday greetings to our family and friends, we hope you’ve had a great year and here’s a little info about ours. Things continue to plug along here at the ranch and we’ve had no especially big events since our last newsletter, which we believe is a good thing.
We used the motorhome to spend our first ever wintertime away from home as we stayed in Florida for six weeks in early 2014. We were originally planning to stay for only a month, but every time we got ready to come home, it snowed here. We enjoyed this experience as well as the three weeks we spent in Charleston, SC in May, where we also hosted a week long RV rally for our club. On the way home we experienced an engine failure that, after a tow to Knoxville behind one of those giant wreckers and six weeks in the shop, resulted in a nearly new engine being installed to the tune of $21,000, all covered by warranty, thank goodness.
The coach spent the rest of the year parked for a couple of reasons – we had too much to do over the summer months and Madison decided to go back to regular school (from on-line) which tied us to the school breaks beginning in mid-August. We now have a Madison/house sitter that will give us more flexibility so we’re planning another winter trip. An additional reason for not traveling might be Larry's fear of heading out on the road and experiencing another calamity, as we’ve had more than our fair share.
There have been a couple of changes with our kids beginning with Rhett retiring from the army after 23 years and taking a job with a bearing manufacturer in Sumter, SC. The other change is the move of Eric and Ann to Napierville, IL where Eric is the new chaplain at North Central College and Ann can continue at her same job but work from home. All of the grandkids are growing like weeds and doing well in school and other activities. Madison’s move back to regular school is so-far-so-good as she is making new friends and doing well academically.
After another year of trying to survive living with a teenaged girl, I will repeat this from last year - now I remember why young folks raise kids.
We continue to be blessed with decent health and the ability to do many of the things we enjoy, although Larry’s knees continue to give him problems and he keeps putting off doing something about them – replacement required, pain involved, procrastination likely.
That’s all to report from Almost Heaven South and our wish for you is a Very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.
Beverly & Larry Doolittle