From the very beginning of our new journey our intention was to not make everything just about us. We want to help others along the way.
When we arrived at Merry "D" RV Sanctuary here in Kissimmee we noticed a burned out double wide mobile home near the entrance. We were told that the house belonged to one of the co-owners of the campground who was letting a friend stay in it for the winter. Kathy, the co-owner, still had all her belongings in it when an electrical short caused the fire. The friend made it out safely but the house and everything in it was considered a total loss.
The woman who was displaced by the fire was given the use of this tiny trailer in which to do her sewing.
Kathy had been pulling a few keepsake items out, like dishes that can be washed and saved and family memorabilia including Boy Scout awards, crafts and a large grand doll house complete with hundreds of hand made pieces of miniature furniture, appliances and just about everything you would find in a house - all soot covered and smelling of acrid smoke.
When we inquired about the house, they showed us where they had put the few salvaged items. Kathy also showed us another undamaged doll house similar to the damaged one. It was fascinating to see a life style captured in miniature.
We volunteered to help Kathy to try to clean some these items that she has cherished for so long. We have been taking a box at a time to our coach. Joanie has the dexterity to wash and clean and polish all these delicate little pieces using artists brushes, mild soap and water and Scott's Liquid Gold and gentle elbow grease. The heat from the fire and chemical reaction to the soot caused some of the pieces to come apart and I made repairs with tiny dots of krazy glue and lots of patience.
The doll house was wired for tiny lights and lamps that actually plugged in with the tiniest of plugs and wires and lighted.
The bathtub had a small bar of soap and back brush. I put a tiny dab of glue under them to keep them in place.
To our amazement we found in one of the drawers of a chest, undamaged, boxed clothes from 'Best Quality Clothing' a boy's plaid shirt ...
... a girl's smock ...
... and a ladies' blouse.
Upon returning the restored items Kathy said that she has hope to try and restore the great doll house to its former glory.