Saturday, January 22, 2022

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES.....JANUARY 2022

1-22-22 Saturday 7:16 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile Retreat Cabin" - In the Mountains of East TN. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


STAYING WARM.....


When a good friend, Mark Scarbrough, told me about a huge maple tree that died and he offered to give us the firewood....I rejoiced!!



Our firewood had been getting low when this offer was made.  


Wow, that was a win-win deal.  Mark took down that huge maple tree and totally replenished our firewood supply.  


Now, here we are in a COLD WINTER and have plenty of firewood to keep us warm.


So, today I'm in a cozy cabin doing ministry paper work and filing and receipting and thankful for the warmth on this chilly morning.


GOD IS GOOD....ALL THE TIME!!


And, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!


Air Mobile Joe




1-21-22 Friday 7:29 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile Retreat Cabin" - In the Mountains of East TN. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


BRRRR......


Well, most of the U.S. is under a freeze warning thanks to Winter Storm Jasper.  


We'll be in the teens and low 20's here at the "Retreat Cabin" for the day.


Here's more - WINTER STORM JASPER'S TIMING - SNOW & ICE FORECAST 


Again, it's a perfect time to do paper work and organizing in the Air Mobile Office.


I'm so THANKFUL to have a good internet connection here at the "Cabin".


Received a call yesterday from Haiti.  One of our Rescuer water purifier needed some attention.  We're able to get a replacement into place and get that clean water flowing again.  


PRAISE GOD FOR GOOD CONNECTIONS!


Stay warm today and as always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!!


Air Mobile Joe  


1-20-22 Thursday 8:09 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile Retreat Cabin" - In the Mountains of East TN. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


SLIPPERY.....



Well, with the rain and freezing temps, comes ice.  We'll be staying close to home for the next few days.


So glad that we loaded up on firewood during the spring and fall.  The "Retreat Cabin" is warm and toasty.


So, have plenty of paperwork to do and will enjoy the warmth and comfort.


GOD IS GOOD....ALL THE TIME!!!!


As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!


Air Mobile Joe


1-19-22 Wednesday 8:14 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile Retreat Cabin" - In the Mountains of East TN. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


A PERFECT TIME FOR....OFFICE/ PAPER WORK


Been taking advantage of the the snow and ice and just plain old cold weather to catch up on Air Mobile paperwork.  


Even getting a bit ahead of preparing my taxes (an extraordinary event).


We've got some more cold weather ahead along with more snow.  OK, I really do enjoy the snow and the old wood stove.


So, if you've made a donation to Air Mobile in the last few months, you'll be getting a tax deductible receipt in the mail in the next few days.


And....as I say every single day, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!!


Air Mobile Joe


1-18-22 Tuesday 7:59 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile Retreat Cabin" - In the Mountains of East TN. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


READY....


After our difficult bout with COVID, Cindy and I are finally regaining our strength and getting READY for our "Next Mission"....wherever or whenever that might be.  


PRAISE GOD for HIS HEALING!!


Here at the Retreat Cabin, we're getting ready for some more COLD WEATHER!  



Forecasters are saying that for the next week, temps will be very low.  Time for more firewood.


Here's more - ANOTHER WINTER STORM POSSIBLE THIS WEEK



Meanwhile, we'll enjoy the beauty that surrounds us and we'll keep the old wood stove stoked.  


As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!


Air Mobile Joe





 


1-17-22 Monday 7:17 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile Retreat Cabin" - In the Mountains of East TN. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


WINTER WONDERLAND.....



Oh my, such beauty and peace.  Just love it.  


Now, I'm from Louisiana where it rarely ever snows.  Spent most of my life in the deep south or Haiti.  So....snow is a wonder to me.


Now, my Cindy is from Massachussets and knows snow.  She just smiles at me.


We have the old wood stove bringing us glorious heat and can even cook a big pot of beans or soup if we want.  


Now, our Tennessee neigbors and friends just look at me and shake their heads.  But that's alright.


So, we'll just enjoy the warmth in our snug Retreat Cabin and THANK GOD for His goodness!!


Air Mobile Joe


1-16-22 Sunday 7:43 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile Retreat Cabin" - In the Mountains of East TN. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


SNOW & ICE & AN OIL / DE-ICE DELIVERY & A WARM CABIN....



A powerful Winter Storm is upon us and Dave Walen, "slipped" into our hangar for the delivery of a great gift.


Barbara Walker arranged for Air Mobile to receive a wonderful donation of Aviation Engine Oil and 100 gallons of De-Icing fluid.



Yahn Gray (our Chief Water Mule) met us at our Tennessee/Virginia Hangar to unload this wonderful donation.


Well, today, we're staying home, as the roads are becoming icy & slippery as I type.  



Perfect day of rest and simply enjoying our wood stove in this warm, snug "Retreat Cabin".


PRAISE GOD for HIS GOODNESS & REST!!


As always, THANK YOU your precious prayer, love and support!!


Air Mobile Joe 


1-15-22 Saturday 6:26 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile Retreat Cabin - In the Mountains of East TN. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


LATE BLOG.....


Cindy and I got up early this morning.  Had a cup of coffee and lit a fire.  There's some wicked cold weather coming with a lot snow.


After that cup of "Joe", went upstairs to just lay down for a few minutes and...slept hard for 3 hours.  Must have really been tired.


Cindy and I both went through COVID and our bodies are fighting hard to regain our strength.


Meanwhile, Barbara Walker (Rambo in the Blue Dress) and Dave Walen met at Barb's home near Albany NY.  



Barb arranged for wonderful donation of aircraft oil and other lubricants as well as nearly 100 gallons of De-Icer for aircraft.


Dave will be driving that load of lubricants right here to our Hangar in Tennessee this afternoon.


Yahn Gray and I will meet Dave to unload this wonderful donation.


PRAISE GOD for this gift.  May very well get us out of an icy & slippery situation.




As I said earlier, we're expecting heavy snowfall and icy conditions.


We hope to get Dave unloaded and heading south (where it's warmer) ASAP!


Glad I was able to sneak in those 3 extra hours of sleep this morning.


As always, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!


Air Mobile Joe




1-14-22 Friday 6:47 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile Retreat Cabin - In the Mountains of East TN. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


REST.....& SOME VERY SAD NEWS


Finally, back at the "Retreat Cabin" and looking forward to a day of "Rest".


Will also be laying up a good supply of firewood.  We're expecting a very, very cold weekend.  Our old wood stove will keep the "Retreat Cabin" toasty warm.


Not sure when the "Next Mission" will launch, but....we have the pieces in place when it does.


For today....will simply rest and recoup from a busy week.


Oh, we had some VERY SAD news yesterday.  Our Primary Care Physician, Dr. John Short, passed away yesterday.  


Dr. Short was a  GREAT DOCTOR and precious Brother in Christ.  He will be sorely missed!!


Please PRAY for his family, as they deal with this terrible loss, along with  our little town of Sneedville, where Dr. Short was the classic and wonderful "Country Doctor.


OBITUARY, DR. JOHN SHORT - 

  https://www.mcneilfuneralhome.com/obituary/DrJohn-Short


So, on this sad day, I rest and pray.


THANK YOU, as always, for your precious prayer, love and support!


Air Mobile Joe





1-13-22 Thursday 8:29 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile On the Move"- Bristol, TN. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


71 YEARS AGO TODAY....


A little Cajun Momma named Evelyn gave birth to a baby boy in Baton Rouge, LA.  His name was Joe.  He's the one typing this "Rambling Blog".


Well, I hit the road in South Carolina yesterday morning.  My destination:  Bristol TN where Cindy, Ari, Peter & Ron were waiting for me.


I rolled up to our Bristol AirBnB right on time and we celebrated a day early.  It's good to be with my family again.


Today, we'll be heading to the "Retreat Cabin" where we'll be settling Cindy's Dad, Ron, into his new home here in the Mountains of East TN.  So glad that Ron is with us.


So, it's time to bundle up on this chilly morning and head home.


As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!


Air Mobile Joe




1-12-22 Wednesday 4:34 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile On the Move"- Orangeburg, SC. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


A "REST STOP" ALONG THE WAY & A COMPUTER GLITCH....SOLVED


After picking up used tennis balls from Tommy and Mason / Ball Jars from Joyce, I passed by the airport one more time to check on the "Little Donkey".  


All is well and the sweet bird is "Ready to Go".....when the call comes.


I hit the road and after about 7 hours of driving... ran out of energy  in Orangburg, SC.  That episode with Covid and that wicked spider bite have drained me.  Found a comfortable hotel and settled in for the evening.


When I pulled out my laptop out and set it up, to my great dismay....the keyboard died.  I couldn't write the blog.  


Now folks, I've written a Blog every single day for over 11 years....and not missed a day! 


I sat in this room determined to not let this day be the first day I've missed writing the Blog in all these years.


Got on the phone with my son, Christian and Yahn.  After diagnosing as far as we could, the final verdict was....go find a Walmart and buy  a stand-alone keyboard.


I rushed to the closest Walmart, which was about to close and bought a wireless keyboard for $19.00.



Came back to the room, plugged it in and....


IT WORKED!!


I'm typing on that $19 keyboard right now.  PRAISE GOD!!

  Another day & another Blog.  


You know, never cease to marvel at our Lord's grace and wisdom to keep this "Old Rambling Blog" going after all these years.  THANK YOU JESUS!!


Well, it's time to wrap it up and hit road for the final 5 hour drive home.  So looking forward to seeing my Cindy and Ari.


And...as I say every single day, and truly mean with all of my heart, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!!


Air Mobile Joe




1-11-22 Tuesday 6:54 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile On the Move"- Satellite Beach, FL. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


ANOTHER RESCUER DEPLOYED....


As a result of speaking to the Rockledge Presbyterian Men's Breakfast on Saturday, Air Mobile was able to place another Air Mobile Rescuer destined for Haiti.  PRAISE GOD!!


It was a pleasure meeing with RP Higgins who will be directing that unit to a surgical hospital in Haiti!


After that meeting with RP, I headed to Dr. Lance Maki's Medical Office for my Flight Physical.  



I am very pleased to say that I PASSED!  My Medical license is now current through 1-31-2024! 


THANK YOU Dr. Maki for an excellent physical examination!


Well, it's time to pack up and hit the road.


I'll be stopping by Tommy Blair's home to pick up a bunch of used Tennis Balls.  The kids in Haiti love these used balls!


Then, I'll stop by Sister Joyce's to pick up a buch of Mason / Ball Jars for Cindy's canning.


Then...on the road for the 11-12 hour drive to Tennessee.  Have sure missed my Cindy and Ari.


Please PRAY I have a safe journey home.  Will likely be leaving the sunshine in Florida for some Tennessee Snow.   


And....as I say every single day, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!!


Air Mobile Joe


PS - Early yesterday day, Dr. Steve Badolato took a biopsy of my arm where the poisonous spider bit me twice nearly 7 months ago.


We're determined to get to the bottom of this and biopsy will give us more information.  THANK YOU for your PRAYER for COMPLETE HEALING!!


Joe




1-10-22 Monday 5:55 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile On the Move"- Satellite Beach, FL. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


SEEING AN OLD FRIEND.....


Peter, our son and Ron, Cindy's Dad, are on the road to Tennessee.



After loading up our little red trailer, I headed to the Titusville Airport to check on an old friend...."Ti Burik", 
The Little Donkey. 


Sure have misssed that sweet little bird.  Paul,our mechanic has it in great shape and "ready to go"....on the Next Mission.


This morning, I'll be in several Doctor's appointments.  Dr. Steve will be taking a biopsy of that "wicked" spider bite from 6 months ago.  


It just won't heal up.  We're believing God for great WISDOM and HEALING!!


THANK GOD for great friends & doctors!!


And THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!!


Air Mobile Joe




1-9-22 Sunday 6:34 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile On the Move"- Satellite Beach, FL. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


BREAKFAST WITH ROCKLEDGE PRESBYTERIAN....



Thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Rockledge Presbyterian Men's Breakfast yesterday.


We have collaborated with this group to keep CLEAN WATER flowing in an orphanage in Honduras for over 10 years.



So good meeting with my dear friends.  When I opened up for questions, was amazed at the depth and understanding in this group.


We're looking forward to placing more Air Mobile Rescuers where desperately needed.  It was a wonderful time together.


After speaking to the Rockledge Men's Breakfast I headed to see Dr. Steve Badolato.  


After he examined my arm, where I was bitten by the poisonous spided 6 months ago, he determined to take a biopsy and see why it is not healing up after all this time.


I'm so THANKFUL to have such a great Doctor.  THANKS AGAIN, DR. STEVE!! 


Today, Peter and I will be meeting to help pack up Ron, Cindy's Dad and move him up to Tennessee.  We love Ron and are excited to have him with us.  


And...as I say every single day and mean with all of my heart, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!!


Air Mobile Joe


1-8-22 Saturday 6:04 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile On the Move"- Satellite Beach, FL. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


CALLING "WATER MULES" 


Yesterday evening, I had the wonderful priviledge to present the Air Mobile Rescuer to a great church, Christ Luteran Church in Cape Canaveral FL.


These folks, led by Richard Shoar (AKA: Ship to Shoar) wanted to know more about the Air Mobile Rescuer.  


It was indeed, a great opportunity and the "Rescuer" is easy to present & the Church "got it"!


This Church will be raising the funds for several Rescuers to be deployed where more needed.  PRAISE GOD!!



Earlier yesterday, Cherie & Christian and 5 of my 10 grandkids had a delightful lunch.  What a JOY!!


I'm up early getting ready to speak to Men's Breakfast at Rockledge Presbyterian church.


These folks funded their first Rescuer for an orphanage in Honduras nearly 10 years ago and...it's still delivering CLEAN WATER!  


Since then, they have funded another Rescuer and may even be funding more.


Well, it's time to head out and go have breakfast with the men of Rockledge Presbyterian.



In between "Speaking", I rush back to the Badolato's Condo on the Ocean at Satellite Beach.  What a nice place to "re-group"!


As always, THANK YOU for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!!


Air Mobile Joe 


1-7-22 Friday 7:37 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile On the Move"- Satellite Beach, FL. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


PERKS.....



Our great friends, Dr. Steve & Millie Badolato, offered their Condo on Satellite Beach, FL.  What a great PERK!!



After the 12 hour drive in the Ford Escape, from the "Retreat Cabin" in TN, arrived at this lovely spot around midnite.


And of course, Dr. Steve has been our "Florida Doctor" for many years and all I can say is....THANKS for being our great friend in Christ and what a gifted Doctor!!


Today, I'll be having lunch with my daughter, Cherie and son, Christian and my grandchildren.


Then, this evening, I'll speaking at Christ Lutheran Church in Cape Canaveral.  Looking forward to that!


Well, it's time to....chill out and watch the waves roll in on Satellite Beach.


As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!


Air Mobile Joe


1-6-22 Thursday 6:47 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile Retreat Cabin"- In the Mountains of East TN. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


ON THE ROAD AGAIN....



Up early, packing my bags and heading down to Florida....just ahead of a snow storm.



Will be driving our trusty Ford Escape and towing the little red trailer.



Will be speaking in several Churches down in Florida.


 And then will be bringing Cindy's Dad, Ron, back to the Mountains of East TN where he'll be living with us.


It was Ron who originally put Cindy and I together.  For that, I'm eternally grateful.  


BTW, it's a wonderful story and one of our Lord's Divine Providence.We love Ron and look forward to our days ahead.


Well, it's time pack up and hit the road.  As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and support!!!


Air Mobile Joe


1-5-22 Wednesday 6:38 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile Retreat Cabin"- In the Mountains of East TN. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


A WARM FIRE ON A COLD WINTRY DAY....



There's always chores to be done and things that one feels are so important to do.  But....there are times to just light a fire and watch it burn.


Cindy and I are still a bit weak, but having no symptoms of COVID and slowly getting our strength back....for the days ahead.


We'll just take it easy and enjoy the fire on this chilly day and...it's going to get colder and more snow tomorrow.  We've got plenty of firewood.


As always, THANK YOU for your precious prayer, love and suppport!!!


Air Mobile Joe


1-4-22 Tuesday 6:07 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile Retreat Cabin"- In the Mountains of East TN. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


BRRRR.....


A little more snow and a lot of ice this morning.  I need to run over to Knoxville today to tend to some aviation business.



Need to beware of the "black ice"....can be a slippery situation.  It's a brisk 21 degrees.


Meanwhile, OMI-CRON cases are soaring and....this may have a silver lining.  



Here's more - OMI-CRON CASES HITTING NEW HIGH, BUT NEW DATA PUTS THE END IN SIGHT


In preparation for what might lie ahead, we're ordering components to make more Air Mobile Rescuer water purifiers.


We're also getting the Little Donkey ready for flights ahead.  NOW is the time to PREPARE!!


It's so good to be re-gaining our strength.  Cindy and I are both feeling better and we're so THANKFUL for your invaluable prayer, love and support!!!


Air Mobile Joe


1-3-22 Monday 8:14 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile Retreat Cabin"- In the Mountains of East TN. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


SNOWY MORN.....



We awoke this morning to a glorious and beautiful "Snowy" morning.


We had a 40 degree temperature drop and frontal passage that resulted in this lovely snowfall.



The "Old Wood Stove" has our "Retreat Cabin" snug and toasty warm.


You know, it just feels good to feel good.  Cindy and I went through a pretty rough round of COVID and now we're feeling so much better.


Can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate your precious prayer, love and support!!  THANK YOU!!!


Air Mobile Joe






1-2-22 Sunday 8:08 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile Retreat Cabin"- In the Mountains of East TN. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


A NEW DAY....


Well, on this 2nd day of 2022, we go forth THANKFUL for healing and returning strength.


For the first time in weeks, Cindy, Ari and I will be attending our local church.  


We're so THANKFUL for the prayer support, as well as soup, and meals and shopping and love.


THANK YOU, Little Mulberry Baptist Church and especially Pastor John for all that love and support!!


We dodged a lot of bad weather last night.  We've had a lot of rain and wind.  No damage.  


We pray for those who have been impacted by this line of storms.


Tonight, the temperature will drop significantly and we'll likely get some snow.


So, time to get ready for Church and as I say every single day and mean with all of my heart, THANK YOU for your faithful prayer, love and support!!


Air Mobile Joe  


1-1-22 Saturday 7:59 AM (U.S. Eastern Time) -   "Air Mobile Retreat Cabin"- In the Mountains of East TN. Report submitted by Air Mobile Joe


HAPPY NEW YEAR....A VERY "BLUSTERY DAY"!


The winds have been howling all night and will continue to blow throughout the day.



This video captures the fast moving storm just "grazing" us here at the Retreat Cabin.



We THANK GOD for HIS PROTECTION and we PRAY for all in the path of these storms!!


As we usher in 2022, we PRAY for a better year and the end of the "Pandemic"!


Cindy and I are very THANKFUL to be over COVID and we're especially THANKFUL for your faithful prayer, love and support!!



May you be EXTREMELY BLESSED in 2022!!!


Air Mobile Joe


PS - IF YOU'RE NEW TO THIS "RAMBLING BLOG" AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW WE'VE GOTTEN TO THIS JUNCTURE OF THE JOURNEY, JUST CLICK ON "OLDER POSTS" BELOW. 

Air Mobile Joe