Monday, September 19, 2022

Good-bye Sweet Pup

 It is with a heavy heart to inform you that Mike and I said good-bye to our beloved Abby a few weeks ago.

She was 15 and having issues... back legs not working well, could not do stairs (up or down), pooping in the house and in the truck; plus falling down and having a hard time getting up.

God blessed us with her unconditional love for 13 years. She was loved and we will miss her deeply.



Thursday, June 16, 2022

From Florida to Montana - Spring of 2022

 We got a late start from Florida to Montana this year.  Our departure from John Prince Campground was early March, from there we went to Orlando for two weeks.  Thought it would be nice to get settled back into our home on wheels and my new work schedule.  We stayed at the Orlando Thousand Trails.  This campground is huge and the accommodations were nice, but the hot tub was lukewarm, definitely not Hot.  Mike and I did a lot of walking around the park and we ventured to Orlando to do iFly (indoor skydiving) for an early birthday celebration for me.





From Orlando we went to Crestview FL for a week to visit cousin Ryan and his family.  As always we had a wonderful time visiting with family.  My work schedule worked well with the boys school schedule since Crestview is in the Central time zone and I work Eastern.


From Crestview Florida we tracked to Mississippi and the Lord blessed us with safety from tornadoes that were near us.  We did get prepared because what they were predicting was going to be windy and rainy.  As we waited in anticipation, it turned out to be north of us and east of us… Thank you Jesus.





From Mississippi we journeyed to Texas and boy is Texas windy in the springtime.  We stayed outside of Dallas for two weeks and every day was windy and hot.  I like Texas but only in the early spring (February NOT March) and late fall, like November.  We stopped in Amarillo Texas for a week and were blessed that our paths crossed with our RV friends, Rob and Marie, so we went to the Big Texan Steakhouse to eat and catch-up with each other.  While in Amarillo we experienced a dust storm, witnessed a huge dust devil and went to the Cadillac Ranch.  Did I mention Texas is windy!









On our way to Page Arizona we stopped at Red Rock Campground outside of Gallup NM.  We stayed at Lone Rock Beach Campground outside of Page Arizona for a week before making our way to Montana for the summer.  The water of Lake Powell is so low that there is no water around Lone Rock. You can walk to Lone Rock.






We learned that when we head west from Florida we have to do that in early February to miss the tornadic spring storms, the wind and the heat.


Mike, Abby and I made it safely to Montana where we will be all summer.  Safe travels and God bless.


Friday, April 1, 2022

Winter in Florida

 Mike, Abby and I spent the winter in Florida from November to March.


We arrived at cousin Ryan’s home in Crestview on November 20th and stayed with them Thanksgiving week.  From there we made our way to West Palm Beach area for most of the winter.  My parents live in Delray Beach just south of West Palm.  We decided to put the camper in storage for a few months and live with them, this way we could spend more time with them plus God gave us discernment on what was going to happen this winter when we reserved our storage spot a few months prior.


So on Sunday, December 5th we put the camper in storage and on December 7th my Dad was admitted into the hospital because his defibrillator was malfunctioning.  They fixed that by changing his defibrillator to a pacemaker and did ablation on his heart.  He came home on December 10th.


On December 16th while scanning Indeed, I came across a job posting that read as if my former employer posted my previous job description; so I decided to submit my resume for the position.  The next day I received a request for an interview.  Had the interview the following Monday and was offered the job the next day.  I work for an IT company out of NJ as the IT Administrative Assistant.  My job is full-time with benefits and a 100% remote.  My supervisor calls me her Christmas gift, little does she know that the job is my gift from God.  God’s blessing comes in His timing.


On Christmas eve, Mike got a call from his step-dad, Jerry, that Mike’s mom, Mary broke her hip and had to have emergency surgery on Christmas day.  Jerry, himself healing from some health issues, asked Mike to come to help them, not only around the house, so they can heal, but help bring Mary’s spirits up as well.  This was the discernment from God - to put our camper in storage and for us to stay with my parents.  So Mike flew to Montana, January 6th while Abby and I stayed with my parents in Florida.  He was there for almost 5 weeks.  He flew back to Florida on February 8th.


While Mike was in Montana I stayed busy with my new job, plus still doing work for our business, Devine Web Design and being the newsletter editor and social media creator for Christian Motorcyclist Association (CMA) Montana.  While staying with my parents, I met new friends in the condo complex, we played cards and bocce ball twice a week.  Also visiting with Uncle Tom is always a lot of fun and a ton of laughs.





Mike and I took a Motorcycle Training Class while in Florida, to get our license endorsements.  For Mike this was easy, since he rode dirt bikes as a kid and knew the fundamentals of riding.  Me not so much, we all know how I did on the quad at roads and trails.  If not check out that blog post…  https://www.enjoyingourdevinelife.com/2021/09/roads-trails.html. Mike got a 100% on the written exam and riding exam.  I got an 88% on the written but failed the riding.  I need practice as this was my first time riding a motorcycle, but I am happy with my progress.  I know how to ride a bike with my feet on the pegs and didn’t dump the bike.  I can turn it, speed up and brake without freaking out but need more practice to build up my confidence.  Overall I had fun and plan to practice this summer and get my endorsement next year.





Before Mike went to Montana we found a church in Boca so Mom and I would go every Sunday while he was away.  Mom even got baptized the Sunday we left their condo and moved back into our camper, February 27th.


After getting settled in the camper again, we decided to move up to Orlando for a couple weeks before moving up north and west to Crestview to visit cousin Ryan and his family for a week before our trek west to Montana for the summer.





While in Orlando, Mike decided to treat me to my 50th birthday present in advance.  We went flying (indoor skydiving).  On my birthday we will be miles from nowhere, so why not extend my birthday into a month + celebration.  Originally we wanted to go to Alaska but with the COVID thing that put a wrench in our plans.  Flying was a lot of fun, I highly recommend it.  Worth it!





With my new job our traveling has changed. We slowed it down; travel on weekends to work during the week.  Also, you will notice that we are not on social media as much and our blog post will be maybe once every few months.  Life is busy and we will do our best to keep you posted.  Remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get noticed when we update our blog.


As always God bless and keep you.  Safe travels and enjoy your life.


Monday, December 20, 2021

2021 Year in Review

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


As tradition, this is our annual year in review newsletter.


Since we have been full-time RVing, we spend winters in Florida visiting my Mom and Dad.  While in Florida this year we met YouTubers Wayward Waggs, Dustin and Leslie at the Peace River Thousand Trails Campground.  Mike and I also went to the Tampa RV show.  Our friends, Keith, Susan and their son, Mark came down for a week and we stayed in Vero Beach.  Vero Beach is less than an hour away from Cape Canaveral, so we visited Kennedy Space Center.  We witnessed another nighttime rocket launch from Cocoa Beach.





Due to Covid, we decided to not visit New York this year, so from Florida we headed west and visited friends in Texas, Arizona and California.  Mike, Abby and I hung out in Las Vegas for three weeks waiting for a break in the weather to head north to Montana.  While in Las Vegas we met YouTubers, Switch It Up, Todd and Sheila.


We made it to Montana for Easter and my birthday, early April and stayed there until November 1st.  While in Montana, Mike and I got baptised at Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Butte, MT.  We became Christian Motorcyclist Association (CMA) Members.  Yes you can become a member and not have a motorcycle.  Well we don’t have one yet as there is alot of logistics… we would need a new rig.. A toy hauler 5th wheel and a new truck to tow it.  We visited family in Butte, Lewistown, Helena and Great Falls.   While visiting Aunt Betty we went to a rodeo at the Lewistown fair.  That was my first rodeo… ha ha ha.  We attended the Montana CMA State Rally and the CMA Roads and Trails.  Mike did some modifications to the RV, like changing our valances, put a friction hinge on the door, painted trim and a wall.





Mike and I started a business, Devine Web Design LLC (www.devineweb.net) and created the website for the Abundant Life Fellowship Church (www.theuptownchurch.net) and manage their social media (Facebook and Instagram) accounts for them.  We also became the monthly e-newsletter editor and social media managers for CMA Montana State.


As in life, not everything is good news as Abby had an issue with vertigo early this year and that was a scary and costly vet visit.  She also had a UTI early this summer.  But we are blessed to still have her with us as she is 14 and half now but you would not guess as she is still very active just alittle more grey, like the rest of us.  I fell off a quad during Roads and Trails because of my cockiness.  Just some scrapes and bruises.  Nothing major, thank God.  Mike’s Grandma Bea and his step-mom, Yvonne passed away this spring.  We miss them so.  Our parents still have their health issues but hanging in there and we are so grateful to God for that, as that is the reason for our RV life.  We also had to replace all the rims on the truck as we had seven of eight lugs shear off while driving.  It cost us money, but it could have been alot worse.  For more on the lug issue check out our blog post… https://www.enjoyingourdevinelife.com/2021/08/our-worst-travel-day.html 





This fall again due to Covid we decided not to visit New York, we left Montana and headed south to Arizona to visit friends, then east to Texas and Arkansas to visit more friends.  While in Arkansas we decided to visit CMA headquarters in Hatfield.  Hatfield feels like home or maybe I say that because of all the signs and greetings that say “Welcome Home”.  From there we headed to Mississippi then home to Crestview Florida, where we stayed with Mike’s cousin Ryan and his family for Thanksgiving week.  Then home to Delray Beach Florida to spend Christmas and winter with my parents.


Mike, Abby and I want to wish you a blessed Christmas and New Year.  Let there be healing, prosperity, blessing, favor, peace and joy for you and your family in 2022.


God bless and keep you,

Melissa, Mike and Abby

Devine


Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Our trip from Montana to Florida

 After six months in Montana, Mike and I trekked our way to Florida this November.



We left Montana on November 1st, our first destination for the night was a Cabela’s store in Idaho Falls.  Then the following day we traveled south of Salt Lake UT to a Harvest Host for the night.  On the third day we traveled to Lake Powell and Lone Rock for the night.  That was more than we had planned for.  This is a national park but we decided not to get the pass as we were not planning to visit a national park, so that cost us $30 to get into the park plus $14 to stay the night with no connections.  The water level was very low so the pictures were not that great.  After our Lone Rock stay we traveled through Page Arizona and visited Horseshoe Bend on our way to our four day destination of Mesa Arizona to visit our friends, Victoria and Keith.


After Mesa, we trekked northeast to stay overnight at a Cracker Barrel in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  At a truck stop, Mike noticed a sign at the pump limiting the number of gallons per fuel up.  Next was Texas for a few days before visiting Christian Motorcyclist Association in Hatfield, Arkansa.  We met up with our friends, Rob and Marie, and Tammy and Alan outside of Hot Springs Arkansa for a few days and made new friends, Tina and Charlie.  After Arkansas we stayed in Mississippi for a few days before making it to Florida.  We visited Mike’s cousin, Ryan, and his family for Thanksgiving week, then off to Delray Beach, Florida for the winter (until March).


Year in review will be posted next week.  Enjoy the Christmas season with your family and friends in good health, protection while traveling and many blessings from the Lord.


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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Products We WOULD NOT buy again:

 Here is a list of 5 products we WOULD NOT purchase again and why.



#1 - SureCall cell booster kit


Well like so many we had a misconception of what this actually does.  We thought the $486 system would have increased Internet speed so we could work from the road, but it does not.  We found out that all it does is help strengthen the cell signal for long range.  We used it once in the two plus years we have it to get one bar on our cell when boondocking.  We have a Pepwave system ($1,000) to increase Internet speed.


Check out Mobile Internet Resource Center video called mimo vs boosters: Do cellular boosters provide the best signal and data performance.


#2 - LevelMate Pro (not the pro plus)


So we got the LevelMate Pro device and app to save us time at setup, but from day one it never really worked.  Took time to connect to our phone app and sometimes would not connect.  Called LevelMate to troubleshoot the issue, they indicated that the receiver might be out of range, so we moved it not once but twice.  Finally moved it to the basement near the water system and still not worth the hassle.  LevelMate Pro cost us $140.  We purchased the bubble levels that stick to the outside of the rig for less than $11 and use them all the time.  I noticed that a YouTube channel is promoting using a level when setting up, not the levelmate pro; as they were before.


#3 - RV Trip Wizard


Mike wanted this to give it a try.  Me; I was happy with all the free apps to help plan our trip and map our routes.  So we paid $49 for a year and well… we will not renew.  Most campgrounds have dirt or gravel roads, so if you have the setting set to not route you on those roads it takes you out of the way and we found we double checked it and trusted Google maps more than RV Trip Wizard.  So paying $49 for a year of service and double checking against a FREE app everytime does not make sense to us.  Next month I will have an article on the free apps we use to plan out trips.


#4 - automatic transfer switch


Well after 1 ½ years our GoPower automatic transfer switch stopped working.  So what was automatic, now became manual due to a relay control board failure and because there is a parts shortage.  The automatic transfer switch cost us $150.  We had to purchase a manual switch anyway and that cost $26.  So you see where I am going with this?  


#5 - KOA membership


The KOA campgrounds are nice but pricey.  We really don’t have anything against KOA campgrounds, we just don’t seem to go to them.  These parks are great for families. 

The amenities are nice, people are friendly and the parks are clean and well maintained.  The main reason we cancelled our $39 membership is because of the price of the parks, they just don’t fit our budget.  Overnight stays cost between $40 to $100 per night, depending on where and when you stay and you do save 10% with your membership.  But for us it's not worth it.


Do you disagree?  What products did you purchase and now wished you hadn’t?  Let us know in the comments below.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

RV Decorating Mods - Summer 2021

This summer we did four decorating mods in our RV.  All these are budget friendly that anyone can do.


#1 - Valances





We changed the valances and I outline how to do this in the blog post link below.  The curtain panels we used from Walmart were about $11 for 2 panels, enough for all the windows in the RV.
https://www.enjoyingourdevinelife.com/2021/05/changing-our-window-valances.html


#2 - Painting the slide trim on all three slides


Mike painted the trim on each slide (three) black.  It looks like a dry brush and it looks so much better.  We had the black paint so no cost, just time to do this mod.







#3 - Painted the bedroom wall blue 


Mike painted one wall in the bedroom blue to add a bit more color.  We used the same blue paint  from the kitchen / entry walls; so no cost, just time to do this mod.



#4 - Dining chair seat covers


We re-covered our dining area chairs.  I picked a blue pleather to make them easy to clean and keep with the blue color scheme.  Purchased the pleather from Amazon for about $10.





Not happy with the chairs but will do for now. Plan to replace them with a brown pleather storage ottoman for more storage. Like we have on the side of the loveseat.



What do you think?

Thank you and God bless.