July 14 – Day 64 – Friday

July 14 – Day 64 – Friday

Psalm 73:23-24
Nevertheless I am continually with thee:
thou hast holden me by my right hand.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel,
and afterward receive me to glory.

. . . we are continually upheld by thee; and while in thy right hand, we shall not be utterly cast down.
. . . Thy counsel – thy Word and Spirit, shall guide me through life; and when I have done and suffered thy righteous will, thou wilt receive me into thy eternal glory. Clarke’s Commentary

6am in Arkansas
Probably the prettiest sunrise I’ve ever seen
but, of course, I haven’t seen a great deal of sunrises.
I’m really good at seeing sunsets.

Later when I got up for the day

The first route Micosoft Streets and Trips chose
would have us leave Arkansas about 11:00am-
but I chose a longer drive in AR to hunt thimbles.
We stopped at Crossett, AK – Nope.
We stopped at Strong, AK, 1st shop – nope

2nd shop had about 1-18 thimbles in a bowl.
I pawed through them and found

a metal thimble with a snowman and show flakes,
it reminded me of all the times
the Farmer said, “Don’t want to live here.
There’s a snow plow in the yard
or still hooked up to the pickup.”

We drove the business 82 loop
around Eldorado, AK,
looking for something
besides McD’s or KFC, no luck.

So drove on south to Louisiana


I wish I had a dollar for every time we saw this sign

before a bridge like this.
It would really help with the gas expense.

Even flags sometimes feel like this,
but it is still a flag.

At Rustin, we found lunch ,
a good catfish platter with onion rings for me
and a grilled veggie plate for the Farmer.
I took home a serving of bread pudding,
but I’ve been spoiled by Alyce’s Bread Pudding,
should have saved my $.
On the next block was a closed antique store
and an open Fabric Shop.

So Louisiana’s thimble is brand new,
no history, no memories,
never-been-used thimble.
this style I’ve never seen before.
It’s kinda pretty and I was tired.

It is the only one that will go in my thimble box
that might get used.

At Shreveport KOA RV park
we discussed Saturday’s drive,
it will be our longest driving day, I think.
And we discussed when to do our grocery shopping,

at 7:30pm we left to find a Whole Foods Market
25 minutes away, the Farmer shopped.
Then we went down the street to Krogers’
where I shopped.

My view

The Morning and Evening of the sixty-fifth day.


July 13 – Day 64 – Thursday

July 13 – Day 64 – Thursday

Psalm 71:14
But I will hope continually,
and will yet praise thee more and more.

I shall expect deliverance after deliverance, and blessing after blessing; and, in consequence, I will praise thee more and more. As thy blessings abound, so shall my praises. Clarke’s Commentary

Did I say we camped by the train?
I didn’t look at the clock so I’m guessing,
but THREE trains went by between 6 – 8 o’clock!
Loud and long.
The roar of the A/C couldn’t drown those whistles out.

I had spied an Antique Mall
on the way to camp,
so first thing a thimble hunt.

A little metal one

with a raised clipper ship on the side

and a compass on the top.
How cool is that!

A perfect reminder of our visit
with the Saints at the ‘Ol’ Ship of Zion’
with the compass pointing straight toward Heaven.

I can hear Sis Joy Nice
” I’m Glad I’m on Board! Are You?”

Arrived again in Mississippi
without crossing a river.
Many states borders are rivers.

We hunted for a thimble for Mississippi
with Google’s help.
The towns we went through were small
and devoid of Antique Shops.
Finally in Greenville, I came up with
1st one – we couldn’t find even with directions,
found out later the directions were wrong.
This is not the first time this has happened.

2nd one was in a cute house in a residential neighborhood
with not room for parking a sub and a trailer.

we did see



a darling little house
with a sunflower in front

and the Mississippi River

So we just went on in Arkansas

to Pecan Grove RV Park.
i tried on more time with Google
‘Greenville, MS, antique mall’
Bingo, Greenville Mall.
‘Can we try one more time?’
the Farmer unhooked the trailer
and we drove 25 minutes back into Mississippi.
Greenville Mall was just that – a mall.
‘Why not try the little house,
since we don’t have the trailer to park?’
the Farmer agreed,
the good man that he is

The door was locked.
the Farmer used the intercom,
‘My wife is looking for a thimble.’
‘We don’t have any, but wait’
Cheryl let us in and I explained my need.
No thimbles.
Cheryl ‘the ex-seamstress had some,
let me check to see if she left any’
No thimble.
Cheryl ‘ I have a thimble.
I use it when I make tassels,
let me see if it has a design’

It was just a’ plain jane’ useful thimble.

Kind-hearted Cheryl ‘you can have it, if you want it.’

I could have purchased one just like it
at Walmart or Joann’s
but not one of those would be filled with generosity.
Thank you Cheryl

We drove back to Arkansas and slept sweet.

The Morning and Evening of the sixty-fourth day.