Friday, April 16, 2021

Another Week Is Gone!

Another week has come and gone. Wow, time sure is flying by.

Dad, Kelly Jo and I worked a bit more on the barn project that I will tell you about next week. We also had some help on electric from Gary Coffman and on griding a bit of concrete from David Butler. Like I said, I will fill you in later.

Monday morning I took the Jeep into the dealership body shop. Two week after we purchased the used Jeep, we were in south Louisiana in the warm sunshine and noticed bubbling paint in a few places on the hood. I took it to a dealership in Texas to document it the next week.

When we came home unexpectedly, I made plans to take it to the dealership where we bought it. They received approval to do the repair under warranty, but it took until now to get it in.

We have been driving a new Jeep Compass this week. It is quite a bit smaller, but it serves this purpose fine. It had 822 miles on it when I picked it up Monday. Ours is supposed to be completed today, but I have not heard from them yet.

Here are a few more pictures from the week.

We were happy to be in service at our home church Thursday night. It was the first night that I have been able to attend since my setback, although we have been going on Sunday mornings. Most evenings I am spent, but I am gaining stamina every week. Praise God!

Bro. Randy Webb was there preaching last night. Bro. Randy Pastors in Virginia and he has been a Dryden Rd. favorite for years. God used him to minister to all of us.

Thank you for stopping in today.


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Notice of Notification Discontinuation

Some of you who read Mile Markers on a regular basis, have signed up to be notified by email each night that we publish a post. I have heard from many of you that look for this email each night or the next morning. We sure appreciate that.

I received notice from Google that the notification by email will be discontinued in a few months. The email notification is slated to end in July. For whatever reason, they are doing completely away with the email service. Ugh!

I will begin researching other options and hopefully, we can put something else in place and make a seamless transition sometime in the next 60-90 days. We appreciate all of you that read Mile Markers and we want to make it as easy as possible to access the website.

However, IF you have not done so before, please bookmark Mile Markers or save it to the home screen of your phone or tablet. It may be that I will not be able to find a suitable replacement and the daily notifications may cease.

When I know more, I will let you know more. Thank you for reading each day.


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Ten Weeks?

Welcome to A Word For Wednesday. You can view this on our YouTube Channel.

Ten weeks. Did you read that right? Ten weeks. Did I figure that right? Ten weeks. Could it really be ten weeks?

Sunday, January 31, the day Odie and I tested positive for COVID and the day we packed up and left Louisiana and headed home. Two full days later, Tuesday, February 2, we arrived home, gently eased down the snow and ice covered driveway and parked the BoggsMobile in the barn.

February 2 was ten weeks ago yesterday, April 13. Wow! Ten weeks! What a wild and wooly ten weeks it has been. Almost nothing has gone according to my plan. I did not plan on being home ten weeks.

We can be in a lot of churches and travel a lot of miles in ten weeks. We had planned to be finishing up in southern California by now and headed up to central California. 

My carnal understanding might be tempted to say this is ridiculous, but my carnal understanding is not correct. It is not ridiculous. 

God has it all in control! God knows what is going on. He has been near us every day and each moment. He has blessed and helped us tremendously. He knows where we are supposed to be. 

We are consistently listening for His direction. We want to be in the center of His will and we are doing our best to walk in His light as He provides the light.

I would love to have a big searchlight that illuminates our future at least six or eight months down the road, but God did not promise that kind of guidance to us. He did promise to lead us, but He did not promise us a crystal ball.

God said that His Word would be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. A lamp to our feet. A light unto our path. That is not a searchlight, that is a flashlight. God promised enough light for my next step. Hallelujah!

Think about this a moment. Do we really need any more direction than that? He provides enough light for one more step. IF we follow that guidance, ONE STEP AT A TIME, then when we get six or eight months down the road, we will be exactly where God wants us to be!

Are you confused about the future? Are uncertain about your directions? Are you worried that as time unfolds you will not know what to do or how to handle the situations that life brings?

Me too! I have no idea where this roller coaster ends or even if it has an end. It almost feels like a continuous loop. I am completely uncertain as to direction. I really do not know what is ahead and I absolutely do not have a clue what will be going on six months from now.

But I am OK with that. I am perfectly fine with that. I have determined that I do not need a searchlight. God's Word as my flashlight is enough! He is shining the lamp for my feet. He is shining a light on my path.

Listen friend, that is enough! He is showing us where to put our foot down next and that is really all we need! Trust God's Word. Trust God's lamp. Trust God's light. One step at a time, He will lead us through this vale of tears and we will be home!

That is our Word For Wednesday.

Thank you for joining us.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Getting Big Wheels Ready To Turn

I told you last week that we arrived home in early February with a few bus things that needed attention. IF we are ever going to leave, some items must be crossed off the list. I told you about the door lock and now I will spin another tale for you. 🤣

When we arrived in Sweeney, Texas the third week of January, I noticed I had a small oil leak on the outside of the passenger side tag axle. Upon further investigation, I discovered the hub cover that holds in the gear oil, was leaking and needed to be replaced.

I ordered one from NAPA and had it sent to Bernice, Louisiana. As you may know, our revival in Bernice was canceled last minute due to our positive COVID tests. I called to let NAPA know I would not be there when the part arrived and I had one shipped to a NAPA near home.

I had the part in hand a few weeks ago, but last week time and opportunity met strength and gumption so I waded in.😁

The two front wheels and the other tag axle had already had the hub cover replaced in the past, but this one escaped notice until it began to leak. The replacement is a different type that matches the other three.

The old one removed.

The new one installed.

I am not very mechanical so I regret to inform you that it took a little longer to complete the project than the pictures suggest.😎

For my information in the future, the part number is 3434024 and I used this Permatex Aviation Form-A-Gasket to hold things in place as advised by Jeff Rowe.

The same day I did that, I also changed the oil and filter and fuel filter on the generator. All of those tasks I could do sitting on a folding chair, which I did. 

Before I leave I will need to check the pressure in the tires and changed the batteries in the pressure sensors, then the BoggsMobile should be ready to roll.

Thank you for spending a few minutes with us today on Mile Markers.

1995 1996 Prevost XL Vantare

Monday, April 12, 2021

The Weekend Write Up 4/12/21

Our weekend was more of the same with a little activity each day and then rest coupled with trying to get stronger. There is no doubt in my mind that I am gaining stamina in my body. I am very thankful for that. I would say that my breathing is about that same and at times a little improved. We are still praying about improvement in that.

I felt noticeably more strength by Friday. My legs felt much better. We did not ever work really hard, but I probably did too much both Friday and Saturday. By the time Sunday rolled around, I was pretty beat up. I am hoping that my strength has returned today.

Odie snapped a few pictures from some of our activities earlier in the week.

We went to our home church Sunday morning and heard our Pastor teach and our Assistant Pastor preach. We really enjoyed the services. We are hoping to go more and more as I continue to improve by God's grace.

Today begins with taking the Jeep into the shop. It has a little paint bubbling along the edge of the hood and the dealership is finally getting around to the repair. It is supposed to be in the shop most of the week and we should be driving a loaner.

Thank you for stopping by today. We are always glad to have you on Mile Markers.


Sunday, April 11, 2021

View Out The Front Window 4/11/21

This is our view out the front window. We moved the BoggsMobile outside so we would have a little room in the barn for a project.

Sunday Morning Sanity
I don’t feel very much like Pooh today, said Pooh.
There there, said Piglet. I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.

I don’t feel very much like Davy today, said Davy.
There there, said KJo. I’ll bring you tacos and salsa until you do.

I hope you have a super great Sunday.


Saturday, April 10, 2021

Visual Journey

Hey Friends,

This is Odie reporting in today. I hope you are doing great this weekend. Can you believe that we are speeding through April 2021? Time seems to be flying by faster with each passing day.

Seven years ago this month, in the blink of an eye, my life suddenly changed. If you are a new reader click here to see the full story. It was an extremely terrifying time.

Many of you remember that time in our lives. You helped pray me and my parents through that season. I will forever be grateful to all my brothers and sisters in the army of God! You rallied around my family and went to war on our behalf! 

The prayers and support worked! We came out victorious and I do not want to lose sight of that victory! Reflecting on what God has done for me with my vision caused me to look back at the big picture of my journey.

Visual Journey
Here is a brief recap of my vision history. My first visit to an eye doctor was back in 1999. The doctor prescribed reading glasses. Once I had my reading glasses I  found that they were extremely helpful. 

I no longer had headaches every day after school. Turns out all of the headaches were not Algebra or Science related like I had thought. My reading glasses saw me through both junior high and high school and into my twenty's.

By 2006 I realized that I was wearing my glasses most of the time. I could feel my eyes straining without them. I decided it was time to get my eyes checked again. 

I made an appointment with an eye doctor in Pittsburg, Kansas. That doctor gave me the expected eye exam. Then he also expressed some serious concerns that worried him. He encouraged me to find an Ophthalmologist and have some specific testing done. 

That was the beginning of my in-depth eye journey. The concerns that the doctor in Kansas voiced really worried me. Our precious friends at Faith Tabernacle in Weir, Kansas prayed for me that night. I remember that God visited me with a special blessing during the revival service.

A few months later we were home and it was time to get the tests done.  We spent many hours at the eye doctor as they performed a series of tests.

The conclusion: My eye pressures were high and my optic nerves are misshapen. I was given the title of a Glaucoma Suspect at just twenty years old. They decided to just keep checking routinely and watch for changes. The doctor said that the anomalies in my eyes might be Cerebral Palsy related and might not give me any problems.

Eye doctor checkups became normal for me every time we were home. Thankfully things stayed the same. My prescriptions would change from time to time, but nothing dramatic happened.

Then in April 2014, my life changed! I woke up on a Sunday morning to find my vision was gone in my left eye. I felt like I had a massive black smudge over my eye. Suddenly we were navigating uncharted waters. We were trying not to drown in worry and fear. 

Why had my vision suddenly left? Was this because of the other issues the doctors were watching? Could my vision loss be corrected? Was I going to be completely blind? Would I now have to navigate life blind and physically handicapped? Those were just a few of my questions and it was so hard to find the answers.

Every moment that we walked this unknown road we prayed and believed for a miracle from God. On the ninth day, God began to answer those prayers. My vision began to return! It was a real miracle! Within a few months, my sight was better than it had been before it left! 

I want to stress that to you. My vision is better in both eyes now than it was before I had the period of blindness! Hallelujah!

During my time of vision loss, I prayed for God to heal me and or direct me to the correct doctors that I need. I can honestly say God answered both of those prayers.

The doctors diagnosed me with Optic Neuritis, which is where the Optic Nerve is inflamed. Optic Neuritis is a strange ailment. It is hard to pinpoint the actual cause and impossible to prevent it from happening again. There is not a promise that vision will return after Optic Neuritis, most likely never fully return. Praise God I am completely better!

The Optic Neuritis does not seem to be connected to the existing issues. The Glaucoma Suspect worries are probably linked to trauma at birth or Cerebral Palsy. 

We personally say that my sudden vision loss in 2014 was an attack from the enemy. We rebuked the enemy from attacking my life while praying with a friend, and we pled the blood of Jesus over me. My vision instantly started to return.

I have continued to routinely have checkups with my fantastic eye doctors. I am blessed to have Dr. Amy Kopp on my team. She is genuinely concerned about my vision health. She is not afraid to say that God has worked a miracle in my case.

Last month I went in for a checkup with Dr. Kopp. They did the routine vision checks. My prescription changed slightly. My eye pressures were perfect. The pictures of my optic nerves were unchanged. We will continue to monitor things with the checkups.

All of the periodic tests are normal to me now. I do always have a knot in the pit of my stomach when I go for these visits. Getting the good news helped me tremendously. I value my sight. I thank God every day that I wake to find my vision to be clear!

Thanks for coming on this visual journey down memory lane today. I am always grateful that you take the time to read my post. See you next time!


Friday, April 9, 2021

Keeping Busy With Small Projects

IF I am ever well enough for us to leave, there is a list of things that must be done in order to be able to hit the road. While I am waiting to get better, I need to be working like I am already better. Does that make sense? Whether it makes sense or not, those are the facts.

I am NOT pushing too hard. I am trying to complete one or two little projects each day. The work needs to be done and hopefully, I can build up a little strength each day. Sometimes Dad helps me, sometimes KJo helps me, sometimes they both help me and sometimes I watch.😁

We have worked on barn projects, house projects and bus projects the last week or so. Some of these tasks are so small that I should be doing several a day, but by the time we are finished with one, I am spent.

A couple of the bus projects have been months in the making. Early this year, the lock on our main entry door began to be contrary. By the time we arrived home in early February, it might lock and it might not.

It worked fine from the inside. The problem was only manifested when using the key on the outside. Armed with knowledge and advice from members of the Prevost Community Forum, I took it apart when I was feeling well several weeks ago.

I called a major locksmith in southern Ohio. I sent them all kinds of pictures and part numbers, but the news was not good. The technician told me those particular cylinders could NOT be re-keyed and that he could replace it all for $600.

Number one, I knew from the experience of other Prevost owners, that the cylinder could be removed and could be re-keyed. IF it needs a new cylinder, they can be purchased for well under $100 and then keyed.

I knew right away that the locksmith did not have a clue and I do not allow people to practice on the BoggsMobile. I do not like to pay for on-the-job training.

The whole lock job was delayed for a few weeks due to my health setback. 

This week I removed the cylinder and KJo drove me to Centerville Lock and Safe and 40-45 minutes later, the cylinder was cleaned, re-keyed and five new keys made. The keys were extra, but the lock service was $12! Yes, I gave her extra.

I could have had it keyed exactly the same, but we have two doors on the bus. They have always had two different keys. Now they use the same key. The locksmith told me the cylinder has a few years left, but not another 26 years.😍

The cylinder sticks through the outside of the door and screws into the box circled in red below. One PC member suggested I count the number of turns required to remove the cylinder (Five). I am glad he did. That made it easier to put back together.

Once you loosen several parts, you push on the square box above and unscrew the cylinder. Easy peazy.

Behind these two holes are Philip head set screws. I turned each of them 10 1/4 turns and the cylinder was free to remove.

1995 1996 Prevost XL Vantare
I put the lock back together one day earlier this week and yesterday I finished putting the door back together.

Kelly Jo mowed one day this week.

I know that I have said this before, but it worth saying again. It is amazing that the guy that hates taking care of grass the most, has grown the best looking yard on the street. Life is certainly not fair. Sometimes I feel like apologizing to my neighbors when I see them slaving in the yard.

Thank you for checking into Mile Markers today.


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Grandma Evelyn Mitchell

In 2010 I wrote a short tribute to a dear lady that we love very much. We call her Grandma and although she is not blood kin to us, we could not love her any more if she was. Tomorrow, her family and church family will celebrate her home and I do not know if I have ever wished to be in a place more than I wish to be there.

Here is that short post I wrote in 2010 for Grandma Mitchell from Wichita, Kansas. Here is a video tribute that is posted on the funeral home website. It is beautiful and I wept all the way through it. 

Sis. Mitchell was a child prodigy piano player in Austria.

I took a few screenshots from the video.

The family included pictures from when she was a small child in Austria playing piano and all the way through her life. They were gracious to include pictures with our family and Grandma Mitchell under the tent at City Reach Wichita in 2015. I loved every picture.

Sis. Mitchell lived a long full life, but she would be quick to tell you that nothing was important at all until she met Christ in her 50s and began to serve Him. She was truly converted and wanted the whole world to know it. She wanted everyone to know Christ as she did.

We met her shortly after she moved to Wichita in retirement and during our first year in Wichita. She was in her later 70s then. A few years later we began preaching revivals at Bethany Revival Center and soon Sis. Mitchell became Grandma to all three of us.

She always had an interesting story or insight to share and we delighted in her conversation. She was concerned that she might be taking too much of our time before or after church, but we were never worried about that. We always had time for Grandma Mitchell.

Please pray for our friends in Wichita. Bro. Charles, Sis. Karen and their daughter, Kelly Ann, are super precious people. We love them like we loved Grandmother Mitchell and we are longing to be with them this week.

We will all join together soon and that day shall be glorious.

Thank you for stopping by today.