Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Careful What You Say… We May Just Show Up

When we were in Indiana last year, our niece and her husband, Shelda and Brad, invited us to park our 5thwheel in their driveway.  Looking back, we are just hoping they were serious.  When we decided we needed to come back to Indiana to see George’s mom; we decided to take them up on their offer.  They were not expecting us until August, however, when Hazel ended up in the hospital we felt like we needed to move our plans up.

We called Brad and Shelda and they graciously let us stay at their home.   From the first time we saw their house, we loved it!  It is a single Ranch style house with a basement.  The rooms in the house are very spacious.  It is a red brick house, which we love!  There is a breezeway leading from the house to the garage—which provides great separation.   They are both very talented and skilled and so they continue to do little home improvements.  They have painted much of the house and were having a new roof put on while we were there. 

They have a very large lot, with beautiful green grass and large trees AND there is a long driveway!  It is a really nice neighborhood.  We are thrilled to be able to stay here.  They even installed a 30amp breaker for us, so we had enough power to run our air conditioner and most everything else in the RV.  Did I mention how great they are???!!!
We certainly appreciate being able to save the money on a campground.  But for us the bigger benefit is being able to spend additional time with this family.  The more time we spend with Brad, Shelda and their precious Kylie; them more we just love them!  We have not run out of things to talk about and are thrilled to take any opportunity just to visit for a few minutes or over dinner.

When we stay on the property of friends and family, several things are important to us.  We want to be the smallest inconvenience possible.  We know we are going to take up much of their driveway, but we try to park in such a way that it leaves as much space for them as possible.  We want to spend time with our hosts, but not make them feel like they need to take care of us or entertain us.  We use as little power as possible.  We do not run unnecessary appliances; and we are very conscious about saving electricity.  We also try to give them a little money toward their electricity bill—because we essentially are an added house plugged into their electric meter.

We are planning to be back in August and look forward to seeing them all again.  
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