Monday, March 19, 2018

Weekend Woundup and Weview March 19, 2018

Before I get into our weekend, I need to tell you some sad news. Pastor David Webb text us last night to let us know that Bro. Austin Hawkins passed away Sunday evening. Please pray for his wife and his dear daughters. They need God to help.

We were blessed to get to know Bro. Hawkins and his precious family last spring in Hodgenville. They won our hearts before we even knew Bro. Austin had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. We watched the Lord anoint him and his family one night in a tremendous way.

It was only after the service that someone informed me of his diagnosis and prognosis. I was amazed at his perseverance and his wonderful spirit. He will be terribly missed. Please pray for his family.

Weekend Woundup and Weview

Friday morning began early for us. We had a bunch of things on our list of things to do before we could hit the road. We scratched one item at a time and finished almost everything on the list.

Eddie, Phillip and Jordon Deane stopped by about 8:00 AM to take a few pictures and say goodbye! It was super great to have them with us and sad to see them go. I will try to put together a post with more pictures of the floor later this week.

Not only was our list getting done but J and S Septic was getting a lot completed as well. They were ready for inspection Friday afternoon and the meticulous inspector gave them the thumbs up! Hooray! I will have pictures of all of that another day too.

A man from the counter top company came about 1:00 to double check my measurements. He was there for nearly two hours. He measured everything by laser and then with a tape measure. The counters should fit correctly!

We finally wrapped everything up about 6:30 PM with the help of our family. Dad worked all day and others stopped in to shake and howdy or work. We hated to leave them but I wanted to hit the road before dark. We beat the sun going down and we left at 7:20.

I snapped this picture of the bus and the house from the barn door.

Some one took this picture about 3 miles away from the barn as we were leaving town. I think it was my nephew Jonas.

We drove about 3 hours and 40 minutes and 210 miles before I gave up. It was late by the time we climbed into bed but we all slept pretty good in the rest area near Horse Cave, Kentucky.

We shook ourselves awake and headed south Saturday morning. Nashville traffic can be worrisome but Saturdays "should" be better. Thankfully it was good. Traffic flow was kind of heavy but not slow.

Early in the day we set our sights on lunch/supper at Ruby Tuesday's in Alabaster, Alabama. The restaurant is about 25 miles south of Birmingham and is right next to a Walmart with a big parking lot. We were hoping to meet Bro. Phillip Deane there on his way home to Florida.

Bro. Phillip had further to drive and he was also caught in traffic in Knoxville. Because of that, he went through Alabaster 3 hours and 15 minutes after we did. We stopped to eat anyway and snaked our way through traffic and finally parked at Walmart. While I was idling and going through my process to shut down the BoggsMobile, the girls walked over to Ruby Tuesday's.

We were only a few minutes from diving into their salad bar when they found out the restaurant was closed due to a plumbing problem. Ouch! There was nothing to do but reverse our course and snake our way back through traffic to the interstate. That was a 35 minutes diversion and our stomach's were still growling.

Since Ruby Tuesday's was closed, we drove to the next rest area about 30 miles away. Kelly Jo prepared a good meal and we ate it at our leisure. I would have taken a nap but I knew we had two more stops to make.

Our third stop of the day was in Clanton, Alabama to add a little go-go juice to the BoggsMobile. Our last fill up was also in Alabama. It was at Pilot in Tuscaloosa two weeks before on our way home for Bro. Houston's funeral.

We are supposed to preach tent revival for Summit Holiness Church north of Montgomery, Alabama beginning April 11th. Since we were going right by there I stopped for about 30-40 minutes to inspect the proposed tent site and visit with some of the folks. That was our last scheduled stop of the day.

We could have spent the night at the Walmart nearby but it is about 120 miles from the church in Dothan so we pressed on. I do not like to drive very far on the day we begin revival. It is always easier to begin revival when we are fresh and a long drive is the best way to "kill" fresh. 

After driving a few minutes, I began to regret my decision. The traffic was heavy in Montgomery and I was sleepy. There was nothing to do but keep driving. When I pulled into Walmart in Troy, Alabama, I breathed a big sigh of relief and felt the pressure lift. We had only driven about 438 miles but it had taken us about 10 hours to do it.

We went to bed early!

Here is the BoggsMobile the next morning.

We stopped at a Rest Area between Ozark and Dothan to empty our holding tanks and pulled into Mount Sinai Holiness Tabernacle about 1:00 PM.

The church is beautiful!

We spent the afternoon getting ready for church and setting up the sound equipment. Church began at 5:30 and we had a good service to kick off revival.

We love being with Pastor Dewayne Watson and his family and church. We are looking forward to five more great services!

Sis Bridget Watson and Pastor Dewayne Watson

That wraps up our weekend! Thank you for tuning in today.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

View Out The Front Window March 18, 2018

I snapped this view picture out the front window of the BoggsMobile as I cranked it up about 7:00 Friday evening. The house looks great!

This was our view out the front window at a rest area in Kentucky Friday night.

This was our view last night as we arrived about dark at a WalMart in Alabama.

Here are the links to our posts from the last week. Please take a moment to check them out.

Thank you for dropping by today. I hope you have a blessed Sunday.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Visit From Flat Stanley

Hey Friends, 

This is Odie checking in from the road. The BoggsMobile is Dothan, Alabama bound. We are looking forward to being with Pastor Dewayne Watson and our friends at Mt. Sinai. 

It was so good to be home in Ohio for several days. Check the post from this week to see the things that have been accomplished at the house that is being built for me to live in. It is exciting times at  The Lazy OD Ranch. I am thrilled that the house is almost completed. 

Have you ever heard of Flat Stanley? The book Flat Stanley was written by Jeff Brown and was first published in 1964. It has been published several times with some variations to the story. You can read more about it here.

I first read a story about Stanley when I was a little girl and I loved the story then. I have never forgotten it. 

Here is a shortened version of the story. Stanley Lambchop lived with his parents and brother, Arthur. Stanley and Arthur shared a bedroom and their father gave them a bulletin board for their room. They hung the board above Stanley’s bed and displayed their pictures and posters. One morning when they awoke the board had fallen on top of Stanley and flattened him. He was as flat as a pancake. 

Stanley adjusted to his new life of being flat. He was able to do several cool things because of his flattened state. He even went to visit friends in California through the mail because he could fit in an envelope.  He helped catch thieves because he could hide easily. At the end of the story his brother pumped him up with a bicycle pump to make him big again. 

My little buddy Drew Nicholson from Richton, Mississippi, learned about Stanley with his first-grade class. Drew sent his Flat Stanley to visit me and go some of the places I go for a few weeks. 

I think Stanley had a good time with me and my family. We have lots of pictures from some of our adventures in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Today I am letting you in on the fun. I hope you enjoy.

Here is Flat Stanley in Livingston, Texas playing piano and singing. 

Hanging out with me before church. 

He found a place to ride in my wheelchair pocket.

I knew that some of my friends would want to meet Flat Stanley. Here he is meeting new friends Scarlet and Presley. 

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana he was keeping germs away. Stanley did not want the flu. 

He loved the delicious Mexican food in Baton Rouge. Look at that smile. 

He visited Hattiesburg, Mississippi with me and Deidre. 

He enjoyed a latte from Starbucks. 

He had some Hobby Lobby fun. 

Flat Stanley has no fear. He even went swimming with the sharks. 

He literally shopped 'till he dropped! 

He is Chic-fil-A fan. 

He loved the plagrownd!

Here he is in Ellisville, Mississippi with Rylee and Kim Morris.

And eating reen eggs and ham, Sam I am. 

He joined the Cat in the hat club and met new friends at the school. 

Ethan Morris took him all around First Assembly. 

Then it was time for Stanley to return home to Drew Nicholson. Thanks, Drew, for sending Stanley on a road trip. I think he made memories that will last a life time.

Did you read the Flat Stanley book as a kid? Thank you for stopping by to visit today. I hope you have a good weekend. 


Friday, March 16, 2018

Hopefully Rolling Tonight

There are several things on the agenda that need to be done before we pull out of the Lazy OD Ranch but our intention is to be rolling Friday night if at all possible. I have three categories of things to do. 

1. Things that must be done before we leave.
2. Things that need to be done before we leave.
3. Things I would like to get done before we leave.

It will be interesting to me how far passed category #1 I can manage to navigate.

I am typing this very late Thursday night. It was another long, productive and blessed day but all my "extra" time evaporated. We have an early morning ahead and much to do so you only get a few pictures today.

The flooring in the house for Odie is installed. We have a lot of pick up and clean up to do on the floor today among a list of other things.

I did not talk to the septic guys before they left Thursday but it looks like they are ready for inspection!

We also had a great service at Dryden Rd. We enjoyed singing with the Deanes, really enjoyed listening to them sing and then we were blessed tremendously by Pastor Phillip Deane's preaching. It was a wonderful night.

That is all I have time for tonight. I will fill in the details later. Thanks for reading today.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Gaining Momentum

Our days this week have been packed with house activity so my time for posting much at all each morning is limited. Kelly and I have not been working every moment of the day but we have been staying busy. We are trying to do whatever we can do to help the Deane flooring gurus with the small stuff and answer any questions the septic guys have.

Both projects are going well and nearing completion. Hopefully by this evening the floor will be finished and the septic will be ready for inspection. IF I can, I will do a post tomorrow with more details and lots of pictures.

I told you this week would be fun. Even though we are putting in very long days, we are having the time of our lives. We are singing, working, laughing, eating and then laughing some more.

We have been to Acapulco a time or two and this was Tuesday's visit.

The meal was fabulous. It was as good as it has ever been. The portions were huge too! I think they were showing off for our guests and that is fine by me!

This is Odie in the kitchen/dining area of the house and the living area behind her. We think the flooring looks great! What do you think?

We are anxious to show you more pictures of it!

The septic tank has been set and the lateral lines have been dug. They only have a few more things to do on the septic.

It has been bitterly cold at night and very cold during the day at times. When they were setting the tank in place in the picture above the wind was blowing and it was frigid. That was the norm for the day.

We did have a few small spots of sunshine like the picture below. They were definitely the bright spots in the day but they were fleeting.

We have another full day planned today and then we are taking the Deane crew to church at Dryden Rd. with us tonight. It should be a great day.

That is all for today. Thank you for joining us.