It was not as cold last night. Of course we didn’t get up as early as we do on work days so it had warmed up considerably when we got up. Another wonderful fall day. We were in need of an off day and we didn’t do much. Max fixed us a late breakfast. He is a wonderful cook! We relaxed and then went in to town to do some errands. Back at the campground we had some leftovers, and relaxed some more. We had planned to go to Rockmart and ride the bikes toward Atlanta this afternoon but it was such a nice day to just hang out at the campground that we got lazy. We did ride the Silver Comet toward Alabama for a total of 12 miles later this afternoon. Mostly we just relaxed. Sorry, no pictures today.
There was ice on the truck again this morning. Max cranked the truck and let it run to defrost the windshield before driving over to MHCC. The truck thermometer said the temperature was 34. But again we had a great day. Blue skies and sunshine. They say we will have a lot of rain Saturday and then a cold front with lows of 31, but we sure are enjoying this while it lasts.
Bobbi had devotion today and used “Our Daily Bread.” The scripture was Mark 6:7-12. It was another good time of sharing. The team seems to have opened up and more sharing is taking place this week.
Since today was NOMADS Friday, we all pushed a little extra to finish up some things and get all the areas clean and neat for the weekend. Anne, Evelyn, Cheryl and Bobbi completed the painting and cleanup in Oasis. They did not want the girls to have the disruption of another weekend with their rooms only partially painted. They worked hard and completed it all by shortly after lunch. We forgot to go back and count all the rooms but will do that next week. Anyway, they did a lot of painting this week. The barn crew got the corner pieces installed and all the stalls safe for the horses. They also determined how to best do the window trim and ordered the wood for that so they can start first thing Monday. They also trimmed some hedges/limbs that were hanging into the corral and repaired some fencing by the barn. They are becoming regular farm hands. Tom thought he was through with all the blinds yesterday but Anne and Evelyn found some additional rooms. So, Tom was back to work on more blinds when he finished at the barn, while Anne and Evelyn worked on the desk, again. There was some additional painting in Noble and the lavatory was installed in the bathroom. Joyce and Bobbi cleaned on of the ceiling fans in the break area, so there is only one left to clean. Again, lots was accomplished today. We are all pretty tired and looking forward to some down time this weekend. One more week to get everything completed. We think we will make it.
We still managed to ride a quick four miles over the hilly part of the trail after we got home. While we were riding we were trying to decide what to have for supper. That thought process was totally unnecessary because as soon as we got home Don brought us two pieces of panko chicken he had just cooked. They were delicious and greatly appreciated. We guess we’ll have to start calling him “Chef Don.”
This morning was another very cool, 36 degree, morning with ice on the truck. But again it warmed up, the sun was out and we had another beautiful fall day. The team is really enjoying this weather although we still aren’t seeing much color in the trees. Maybe we are expecting color too soon.
Ken and Joyce had our devotion today. The scripture was Ephesians 5:18-20 and the meditation was from “Disciplines” A daily devotion by Upper Room, 2015. The point was made that sometimes we become so concerned with making the world “more Christian” that we fail to notice that the church has become just like “the world”. The Lord’s will for us is neither to run away from nor to fight and conquer the world. Instead, our calling is to be God’s presence of goodness, righteousness and truth. There was again a lot of discussion and everyone wanted a copy of the meditation. Thanks, Ken and Joyce, for sharing with us this morning.
Today was the start of the second half of this project. After devotion it was pretty much the same as yesterday. The barn crew went to the barn to continue work on siding. The paint crew returned to Oasis to work on the girls rooms. It was another busy day with so much accomplished. The barn crew completed the siding today! AWESOME!!
It looks really good. Now they have to work on the end trim and the windows. That will still take a while but they have done such a great job. The paint crew is down to two rooms left in Oasis. Those two have been cleaned, patched and primed as needed. We hope to complete those two rooms tomorrow. We will get the final room count tomorrow. The rooms are looking really good. Anne primed the wall in Noble today and Cheryl painted the first coat of paint. It looks good and just needs one more coat. Tom finished installing the blinds in James Hall. So proud of what this team has accomplished thus far. After tomorrow we have only 4 work days left and still lots to be done.
Sunny and 49 when we got up this morning. Well, really it wasn’t sunny because it was still dark but when the sun came up it was another beautiful cool fall day. Really enjoying this weather.
Tom had our devotion again today and used Psalm 99 as the foundation. Thanks, Tom for sharing with us today and another good discussion.
Everyone seem ready to go back to work this morning. We had thought that we might wait until after morning break to resume the siding for the barn since it was so cool but the barn “crew” was ready to go and started back first thing this morning. They got as far as they could go on the north side but as they neared completion discovered they needed some longer material. They moved to the rear and started working there. However, that area took some planning before they really started making progress. Much of the work on the rear has to be done on ladders so is considerably more difficult. They are making good progress and now have the longer material for the remainder of the north side so tomorrow they may come close to completing the siding. Bobbi, Cheryl, Evelyn and Anne went back to Oasis Unit to continue painting. There is just so much repair work to the walls before you can start painting. Three more rooms were completed today. The painters have started on the final room on this hall. Anne went through the rooms on the second hall with Randy today and they decided only three on the rooms on that hall needed paint. We will begin those tomorrow, after the residents have had time to remove the personal items from the walls. Anne and Evelyn worked on the desk project for part of the afternoon and Cheryl and Bobbie worked on cleaning in Noble. We are continuing to make progress and the kids and staff seem very appreciative.
It’s sad that we needed institutions such as MHCC but it is a joy to be able to contribute in some small way to making life a little better for these kids.