Back To School, Again

Monday, November 6, 2017

Remains of our trip to Sunnys Donuts
Remains of our trip to Sunny’s Donuts

It was a very cloudy and foggy morning, but was a bright and sunny afternoon. We were up early so we could go to Sunny’s Donuts before class. Their fritters were as good as we remember. And we have a cinnamon roll for tomorrow. We tell people we come to Gaffney for the doughnuts and just get the motorhome serviced while we are here. Not quite the truth but we sure do enjoy the doughnuts.

Class started at 8:00. We had a working lunch then a break from about 4:15-5:15 and then a working supper. Class todayWe have seventeen people in the class (we think), some of which are are very, very new to RVing so there are a lot of questions. We have learned some very useful information and expect more of the same tomorrow. Fred will be in for his first service tomorrow. We don’t expect any problems to be found and plan to leave Gaffney on Wednesday morning. Class is about all we did today with only about 30 minutes of walking. Talked to Mama Ruby and Anne’s brother Jim tonight and both seem to be doing well. Thank you Lord! Praying for some good times for both of them.  Hope everyone is having a good start to their week.

A Hike Back In Time

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Webcast of LMUMC early serviceToday was mostly a cloudy day. Temps in the low 70s. There was some light misty rain early. We looked online for a church to visit this morning, but decided what we really wanted to do was stay home and stream Lester Memorial’s service online. We miss Lester when we are gone so it was really good to worship there via the internet this morning. Today was All Saints Day so it was especially nice to “be there” today. We also got to see Donna and Barry and Anna and Edu and others via the streaming. Nice! We should be back there next Sunday.

Entering Cowpens National BattlefieldAfter church we visited with some of the others here at Camp Freightliner and then went to the grocery store. Rather than going straight back to the campground we decided to drive out highway 11 which is a scenic drive through South Carolina. We were soon at Cowpens National Battlefield. We hiked between 4-5 miles going through the park areas. The battle at Cowpens was a turning point in the American Revolution. The win here lead to the British surrender at Yorktown and the beginning or our country. So glad we took the time to do the extra ride today. What a nice park. At the visitors center we caught the end of the Ranger’s presentation about weapons of the period. There was a 5 year old little boy named Max who according to his parents it very interested in the Revolutionary War. They have some educational DVDs and that’s what he watches all the time. It was obvious he knew an amazing amount about the war. He was wearing a little British Redcoat uniform. He was so cute and smart. Fun time today and a great place to hike.  We will probably go back there next year and maybe ride the bikes.  The drive was pretty with all the nice fall leaves too.

 

Just after we arrived back at the campground a couple drove up with NOMADS magnetic signs on their car. Talk about a surprise. They are here to get a little work done on their Phaeton. They have just completed their first project in Ocala, Florida. They came in and we talked about NOMADS for a while and answered a lot of questions for them. What are the chances that this would happen? We met some new friends. Great ending of the day. Tomorrow, we start class.

More fall foliage
More fall foliage at the National Battlefield

Not In Cedartown Anymore

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Marietta traffic
To paraphrase Dorothy – “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Cedartown anymore.”

Today was a travel day to Gaffney, SC. We woke up early to get ready to go and then remembered it doesn’t get light until about 7:30. It was muggy and we had some light showers. We started finishing the outside preparations about 8:00. Max had to turn all the power pedestals off, turn off the main power to the campground and then turn in all the keys. After that we said goodbye to Ken and Joyce, connected the truck and started down the road.

I85 traffic
Atlanta traffic

Traffic was nasty getting to I-75 in Marietta. Then there was a wreck on the on ramp for I 85 that had things backed up. So thankful we don’t have to do that traffic everyday.  Otherwise, it was a pleasantly uneventful trip to Gaffney. Fall foliage in SCWe didn’t stop until we got to the South Carolina welcome center. It took about 3.5 hours to get that far, so we took a nice walk and break. There were some really pretty trees and a nice hostess in the welcome center, who answered some questions about the Gaffney area. Anne then drove until we stopped for fuel at the exit before Gaffney. She had the easy section this time. We are now parked for the next few days at the Freightliner Custom Chassis Center. We will be attending Camp Freightliner Monday and Tuesday and Fred will be having his first service and oil change, etc. on Tuesday as well. Hopefully we will learn some more information that will help us take better care of Fred. Hopefully it will be a good experience.

Our home in Gaffney for the next few days
Our home in Gaffney for the next few days

Drop-in Day

Friday, November3, 2017

Wow! Another busy day. Our temperatures have moderated and the humidity is up. The low last night was 58. The early morning was nice then starting about noon we had some intermittent very light showers and clouds the rest of the day.

We along with Ken and Joyce decided we didn’t want to leave MHCC with the Noble breakroom/bathroom repairs incomplete. The only thing left was the shoe mold in the three rooms and a little caulking and touch-up painting. We asked Randy yesterday if it would be okay for the four of us to return this morning to finish up. He was very glad we could and would want to finish it up for them. So about 8:15 we were back at Nobel. Joyce led the four of us in a devotion and then we got right to work. Today was not part of our NOMADS project. Today was considered drop-in work. Max and Anne had decided earlier in the week that if we didn’t get quite through we would return today to finish up. Then Joyce and Ken approached us and asked if it would be okay if they stayed and worked today. So, we teamed up and made short work of it. Ken and Joyce started installing shoe mold in the front room. Max started in the bathroom and Anne started touching up some caulking in the bath and then putting some paint on the nails in the shoe mold. While doing that she decided she just couldn’t leave the baseboards without fresh paint and did that as well.  We thought Tom and Evelyn were going to leave around 10:00 but they evidently awakened early and started packing up. We returned to the campground at 10:00 to say good bye to them and help Cheryl connect her car to the dolly and Tom and Evelyn were already gone. We hate so much missing seeing them off. Bobbi said they left between 8:30 and 9:00. We saw Cheryl off and then headed back to Noble to finish. By lunch we had a little painting left and the installation of the transition strips. We went back to the dining hall for one last lunch and visit with everyone. We completed all the work about 1:00, returned all the tools to the shop and headed back to the campground. We were all very pleased with the work.

Back at the campground Bobbi and Don were still packing up. We thought they might wait until tomorrow to leave but left about 3:00. We know that Cheryl made it home safely. We are still praying for Bobbi and Don as they make their way to Jacksonville, FL for their next project. We will miss all the dear friends from this project.

Vacuuming beetles from the skylight
Vacuuming beetles from the skylight

We don’t know if this is happening elsewhere but we are having an invasion of Japanese beetles. It started yesterday and today we are using the vacuum to suck up the beetles off the ceiling, cabinets etc. When you get them all from the back and go up front and then return to the bedroom there are more. Crazy. Hopefully we have most of them now but who knows what tomorrow will bring. They are all over the outside of the rig. YUK!

While eating lunch Joyce asked Randy about where he would eat around Cedartown on Friday night. He of couse said Zorbas but then mentioned Backwoods Steakhouse about 17 miles south toward Tallapoosa, GA. What a wonderful suggestion it was. The drive was so pretty. The trees have really changed their color in the past week. It is really looking like fall now. Gorgeous! When we arrived at the restaurant we were surprised that there was no sign. Google said we had arrived but….there were lots of cars so we just assumed we were were we wanted to be and went inside. It is a family owned local restaurant that is fantastic. We all had steak and it was one of the best steaks we have had at a restaurant. We generally don’t eat steak out because Max can cook a better one at home, but this was really good. It was a nice drive, good service, great food and wonderful company. A nice evening.

Filming a TV show in Cedartown
Filming a TV show in Cedartown

We then drove back into Cedartown to see what was happening in the TV filming in town. The Hap and Leonard television show is currently being filmed in downtown Cedartown. They had the town decorate for Christmas in August and have taken over most of main street for their show. Tonight they had the store fronts boarded up as for an approaching storm. Some had sandbags. We watched for a bit. It was pretty boring and decided it was time to return home and continue readying for travel tomorrow. We are glad Cedartown has this filming going on because the downtown area is so depressed with a lot of closed stores that the infusion of revenue has to be a big help to the community.

This has been a wonderful three weeks and we hope to return to MHCC again soon. Such a wonderful ministry here. Such an honor to have been a little part of helping improve these kids lives.

End Of The Project

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Today was another nice morning with a few sprinkles early. By the time we completed devotion and team meeting was over we had sunshine and another beautiful although partly cloudy day.

Max and Anne had devotional today and we used one of the Seedbed devotionals by J.D. Walt from last week. Our scripture was Colossians 3:1-2 and discussed moving from morning devotions to true devotion. We only chased a few rabbits and really enjoyed our last devotional with this team.

Being our last day we had lots of little things to finish up. At the barn, Tom, Evelyn and Joyce did some caulking, worked on some of the windows, cleaned up and collected all the dropped nails and screws, and repaired a stall door, They did a great job! When we talked with Jessica, affectionately know as “the horse lady”, she told us how much the horses were already enjoying the improvements. Now all the horses have a window in their stall and according to her they seem very happy about that. We did note this afternoon they seemed to enjoy sticking their heads out. At our lunch today Jessica brought us a thank you card made by some of the kids in the horse therapy program. It was a sweet thank you to the NOMADS for the work on the barn. The chief operating officer, Diana, also came by at lunch to thank us again for all we have done this past three weeks.

 

Painting doorsBobbi and Cheryl, our painting divas, painted two doors for the kitchen as their last painting project. They also did an awesome job cleaning the guest house where we had our morning meetings and took our breaks. We really appreciated that.

Anne, Don and Ken worked on the flooring in Nobel again, with Ken finally installing the last piece about 2:00 this afternoon. All the staff that have been in are very pleased with these two rooms and bathroom. This area is used for a break room as well as a room for family visits with the residents at MHCC. We are pleased with the results of our work. Max helped in Nobel as well as being the runner for the other two areas. While we were cleaning and finishing up in Nobel some of the residents brought us another thank you poster. One of the girls is a resident in the transitional living program we worked on two previous projects. She asked if we had worked on the TLP and then talked about how much she loved her room and the program. We are so glad they are making use of this remodeled space.

 

Finished work list
The finished work list for the project. Anne really enjoys drawing red lines through the completed tasks.

We met with Randy again this afternoon and he is very pleased with all the work accomplished and so appreciative of the NOMADS. We have really tried to convey our appreciation to all the staff at MHCC for their work with the residents. These kids need so much help and have had so much pain in their young lives. The staff have very difficult jobs at times and really love these kids. We are also thankful for the wonderful campground, food, and great staff we have worked with the past three weeks. This is Randy’s first NOMADS project since his promotion to being in charge of the maintenance department and he did a great job of letting us know what he needed done and supplying us with the necessary materials. Thanks, Randy for a great three weeks.

It was then time to return to the campground. Everyone began their preparations for getting back on the road. After working a while we all took time to enjoy our last evening together with a nice campfire. This has been a great team and now as we prepare to say goodbye for a while, we pray for traveling mercies and look forward to seeing each other down the road. Team Campfire

Winding Down

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sunrise over the barnAgain, another beautiful day in Cedartown. We have been so blessed with wonderful weather these three weeks while we have been working on the barn. It would have been impossible to accomplish this task of re-siding the barn without the wonderful fall weather we have experienced. We did have a rain shower this afternoon after work but it didn’t last very long.

Tom leading devotion this morning

Tom had our devotion today and used the “Disciplines” 2017. The scripture was from Revelation 7:11-17. Again, the meditation made us think and sparked good conversation.

After team meeting, we resumed where we left off yesterday.  The barn crew completed all the windows today as well as trimming out the rear barn door. The only small things left at the barn are putting in a few more screws in some windows, trimming off any screws that may have gone through the wood into a stall, cleaning up and using a magnet to find any dropped nails/screws and caulking a few places. The barn may be complete before lunch tomorrow. The floor crew completed one room today and started on the smaller second room. There are a lot of intricate cuts to be made so it is time consuming. Still the flooring should be down tomorrow. What may not be complete is the shoe molding. James Hall is now complete. Today the remainder of the donated furniture was uncrated, and the final cleanup completed. After completing James, Bobbi and Cheryl painted the shoe mold for Nobel. Max again spent most of the day making sure everyone else had what they needed to complete their tasks and offering suggestions and help as needed. Anne spent the day on her knees installing the vinyl plank flooring. It was another productive day and things are now winding down to our last day tomorrow.

 

Tonight we were invited as guests to the First UMC fellowship dinner. Again, the members were so welcoming and interested in what we have been doing at MHCC. They all thanked us for what we have done and encouraged us to return next time we are in town. We hope we can do just that.