January 01, 2010 after meeting Al and Kelly and talking about what needs to be done around the ranch, we went in and met Belle. She was very pleasant and welcomed us into her home. We sat in her kitchen for a bit talking, then Dave and I left to go get our RV so we could get set up.
When we got back, I knocked on Belle's door, to let her know we were back. It was late afternoon, so we just got set up, walked around to see the animals and the rest of the property.
Tomorrow, the real work will begin!
We worked outside from after breakfast until dark, not stopping to eat lunch. At dusk we come in eat supper and Dave crashes. I am up all night responding to emails and trying to figure out, which job to start tomorrow. Dave and I did this for one week, we didn't play a game of cards or sit down to do anything with each other since we got here. Our focus has been to get as much done for Belle as possible.
She is a remarkable woman, she
her all of my life.
One day I took a break from mucking the pens and helped her on her computer. She wanted to learn how I wrote on my pictures, so we downloaded Picasa and I gave her a lesson. I learned that she likes earrings, hm... something to think about!She cracked me up, when I closed out all the programs and asked her to show me how to get back to the photos, she said something on the lines of, "what did you do that for" and I told her I wanted to make sure she knew how to get back to that program, and she took the mouse went click, click, click and looked at me like she was saying TADA!
I just laughed, she is 80 something years old! Most people that age, don't know how to turn on a computer, let alone retain information regarding something new! Anyhow, we got a chance to talk a lot that day and she is such a wonderful person.
While working on the computer, there was always time for the indoor animals, even though she had a couple of cats, 2 puppies, 2 birds, and 2 dogs living in the house with her, of course their was room for Shadow!
So Shadow came in and posed for a few photos, but his fear of the puppies, left him packing for the door!
Working until sundown had it's rewards...
I believe that Belle is in Great Hands, Al and Kelly are awesome, and a cousin of Belle's is coming down and some friends from California are also coming to help.
Belle was upset at the news of our departure, but she also understood. She thought that we were leaving to take a job where Dave was going to be making money, but that was cleared up. We are not making money at our next job and we will be doing the same type of things we are doing for her. When we left Belle tried to give us money for our work and time. Needless to say, she didn't get too far!
One last thing, a good bye present for my newest friend. Actually it was a card, it may not have been a Hallmark, but it made out of things she really liked... Earrings!
We got up the next morning and by 9:00 we were back to work. I found myself by the horses and started mucking the stalls and brushing the 4 follies.
Shadow was happier, he met some knew friends himself and again gets to be a dog, he loves the freedom and roams all over the property!
This family has also been taken by others who were claiming to help, and they like Belle are really struggling.
Work campers are required to work 12 hours each week for a place to park and plug in their RV. Well day five we have put in 65 hours!
So that is why my blog isn't up to date yet and why I haven't emailed the family!