Singing Christmas carols. Making cookies. Christmas parties. Visiting family. These are some of the things we associate with Christmas. And so it was with us. Our first Sunday back, Cathy joined the group from Faith that serenaded a nearby assisted living group with Christmas carols after church. On Wednesday, we boarded the church bus to head downtown for Jacksonville’s first Christmas in the Cathedral festival. Six of the downtown churches had opened their doors and there was music, an outdoor market and fellowship. It could have used a little more food though. (We never did see the food trucks that were promised.)
We are only midway through the Christmas season, but we have enjoyed it so far, and are looking forward the next 2 weeks.
At first, the RV lights just dimmed. But it took only a few seconds more before they were out. Since the AC circuits were still working (TV, Microwave, outlets), we didn’t suspect a problem with the power coming to the RV. It appeared that all of the lights in the main part of the RV had stopped working. The only exception were those in the slide, which luckily provided enough light for the living room.
Dave checked the fuses and discovered the one that controlled the lights was alarmingly hot. Rather than diagnose the problem in the dark, we decided to pull the fuse and take some time to diagnose it the next day. We weren’t done with power problems though. About an hour later, the TV flicked off. Now the AC power had shut down. Was it just us or the entire campground? A quick check of the power pole confirmed it was just us. Since we had repaired a circuit on the pole earlier in the summer, we decided it was better to switch our connections to another pole and have Ron, the electrician, look at it when he returned later in December. What next?
So, now we just need to find a way to run a new wire to the sofa lights. Hmm . . Maybe we can use some stick on lights there.
It was good to be back at Faith after our few months in Virginia. In addition to the church family, Don and Bobbi preceded us there. Herb and Peggy stopped in for a few days as well. And we were excited to see Pat and Fred in person after a longer time apart.
The new year would bring the start of our roofing project and a return to Jacksonville for Cathy’s treatments. That meant different kinds of preparations. We had visits with insurance agents and appointments to make at MD Anderson in Jacksonville. For the project, we worked with Barry to understand how the roofing work would be balanced with other high priority tasks. Cathy took an inventory of the paint supplies and Dave worked on campground and team assignments.
By the 16th, we were packed and ready to board our train to head north. We changed out of our shorts and packed winter coats and hiking boots. We would be making a lengthy circuit of friends and family, with the first objective being Cathy’s treatment in Frederick – the last there before returning to Jacksonville in January.