Today was hard for us. We had to leave. After our morning ritual of serving coffee and attending church, we started to gather up things in the unit to leave with various people. Pastor got all the canned food, soup, toiletries and other supplies, while we gave some to Andrew and emptied our unit of tea and spices to cook with. He was pretty happy about that! I guess Andrew is one of the few people out there who actually likes to prepare and cook proper meals. He is a bit of a health nut, and it shows.
Then we loaded Connie up with jars of coffee, powdered cream, hair shampoo and conditioners, body lotions, soap and food. I wanted to make sure she had enough to get by on until her check arrived. We also entrusted her with about twenty bags of food and toiletries to hand out others as she saw the need.
After we had everything cleaned up, Doug saw Janet From Another Planet outside and told me I had a visitor. When I opened the door she was actually leaving and I spotted a gift on the windshield of the jeep. She had been up the night before and made me a bouquet of beautiful paper flowers. I called her back and she said that she knew we didn’t have a lot of room in the unit but wanted me to have something to remember her by. Of course I cried, as I did when we said goodbye to many others. Especially Connie. I felt like I was abandoning her. We had become such tight friends, and I knew that when we left she would find it difficult. I assured her we would be back in ten days to take Hercules back to the vet for a follow up exam before we went to Yuma to have some dental work done.
I also told her that I would be writing to her every couple of weeks or so. She was so excited at the thought that she was going to get mail. Pastor Dave thought it was a great idea because it might give Connie a reason to be more involved with people in church. When letters came, we knew she would be running over to share with our new friends.
We were quiet stunned at how many people either walked by or rode by on bikes to wish us well and tell us that they wished we were staying. We knew then that we had a second home of sorts.
It was terribly hard to leave, but as hard as it was we had something exciting happening in a few days! We had a VIP coming all the way from Russia to meet us. We had never personally met her, but we were really looking forward to meeting her and showing her what it was like to travel and live in an RV. She would be arriving at the LA EX Airport, and we would be picking her up at a friends not far from the Pachenga Resort where we were returning to.
Oh, I forgot to tell you that there was another torching last night of someones home across the street from us. I took video so you can see how big the fire was. A large number of us gathered in the dark and watched while the Niland Fire Department tried to put it out. Apparently it was the about the third attempt to burn this man out of the Slabs. Doug will load the video soon so you can see how frighting a fire can be in the desert…… and why Connie does not sleep at night. Too bad it would be so hard for her to get out of there and find a safer place to stay If you read the post comfort cor Connie you will understand why it’s probably better for her to stay. We will be adding a donate button to that page soon because we desperately want to find an old unit to drag out and set up for her. She really needs a home guys.