Back To Work

Monday, August 27, 2018

Today was our first day back to work so we were up early to walk a couple of miles. The temperature was 73 so it was a nice walk. It’s been a while since we worked a three week project so we felt a little out of practice getting ourselves organized this morning.

Monday Morning Devotion TimeMorning devotion was at 8:00 by Dave. He had us thinking/talking about our life journey and how God brought us all to this place today for His purpose. After devotion and our prayer time, we all were assigned our jobs for the day. We both worked with Kitty on the one of the cabins. We are going to be installing laminate flooring and making other needed repairs at the cabin. We first removed the base trim and assess and repaired the damaged areas (water leaks) of the flooring. We got all that done and will be ready to start installing the laminate in the morning. As we were cleaning up at the end of the day Kitty went to the cabin next door to get a broom and found a lot water in the floor. It seems the toilet was over flowing. Max got the water turned off and we spent the next hour sweeping out the water and then vacuuming up the water. An unusual end of our day.

Other projects for our team include building a new set of steps for the infirmary. Shannon, Mariel and Carol are working on those and made good progress on that project today. The rest of the team, Dave, Dale, Peggy and John are working at the barn. They will be building a maintenance/tool room in one part of the barn. They worked on installing forms and placing the pea gravel today and tomorrow will be pouring the concrete. Concrete is to be delivered at 1:00 tomorrow. Lots accomplished today but much more to do. It’s going to be a good three weeks.

Camp Director giving us a tour of the tool shed
Camp Director giving us a tour of the tool shed

First Sunday in Oxford

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Today was another bright sunny day in Oxford.  We haven’t found a good place to do our fast walking at the camp yet.  Maybe after tomorrow when we tour the camp.  This morning we walked down the county road past our RV park.  We never saw a car.  Don’t like walking on the road but early on Sunday morning it was okay.  We will continue to try to find a better location.

The team went to the modern (contemporary) service at Oxford-University UMC this morning.  The church is located next to the campus of University of Mississippi.  It was a very good service – good music and message.  Would definitely return to this church.

On the way home we stopped to pick up a few groceries.  We had a light lunch and then washed all the bugs and butterflies off the front of FRED.  We seemed to have killed a lot yesterday.  We don’t feel like we are really set up until we get the front clean.

Opening Team MeetingOur first official team meeting was at 5:00 tonight and began with a nice supper provided by Carol and Dave our team leaders.  It was very good.  Thanks so much Dave and Carol.  Rich the Executive Director of Camp Lake Stephens met with us tonight to review our work plan.  It will definitely be a busy three weeks with lots of work to be done.  We will start tomorrow converting a portion of the barn into a tool storage area and working on one of the cabins.  This is going to be another good project.  Please pray for the team’s safety as we begin work tomorrow.  Hope you all had a great weekend.

Back On Purpose

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Friday we were up early for a wonderful walk in 68 degree weather. Wow, much more enjoyable walk than some we have done lately. We then headed to Oneonta. We had estate business at the court house and while there visited with some EMA friends. We then visited with the aunts at the rehab/nursing home. They both seem content. Such a blessing for us. They are doing as well as we could hope at 92 and 95. We had a nice visit. After lunch we headed to Pine Mountain to check on the houses and pick up the mail. It was then an uneventful trip back to Tuscaloosa in time to show the house. However, the person we thought was coming to see the house didn’t show.

Entering Mississippi

Camp Lake Stephens signThis morning we were up early for another nice walk and then raised the jacks and headed to Mississippi, finally, back to RVing with a purpose. We will be working the next three weeks at Camp Lake Stephens, a United Methodist Church camp just four miles from Oxford, Mississippi. Most of our team arrived today and we have already started getting to know each other. When we first arrived we had to level up one of the RV sites that looked like an RV might have gotten stuck in and left a trench while it was driving out.

We went downtown this afternoon for dinner at Boure, local restaurant recommended by the staff here. It was a very good meal with great service from a sweet young lady who attended camp at Camp Lake Stephens “when I was young.” Still just a kid by our geezer standards. After dinner we, of course, found an ice cream shop. Already really enjoying our time with our team. Great to be back with NOMADS. Really looking forward to these next three weeks.

After we returned from town we walked down to the lake and around the camp to familiarize ourselves with where we will be working.

Busy Two Days

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Thursday SunriseIt has been another two very nice days here in Tuscaloosa. This morning was 70 degrees when we walked. Very nice. We walked a total of 8.1 miles today and 8.3 yesterday. That was divided between our morning and evening walks and parking away from the stores when we shopped. Two good exercise days. Today we had a beautiful sunrise as we walked.

Sausage, onion and cheese omeletteYesterday after our morning walk we tried out Mama Ruby’s ceramic skillet by making an omelet. It was a really good omelet and the skillet certainly was nonstick and cleaned up easily. We may have to consider ceramic for our next skillet.

Yesterday we met with the real estate agent about Mom’s house and another property. We have spent most of our time working on Juno’s estate, and Mama Ruby’s real estate in Tuscaloosa the past two days. There is just so much to do as those of you that have done this know. Just when we think we have something almost completed something else comes up. However, we know we are making progress. We are just ready for it to be done, finished, marked off the to do list.

Tomorrow we go back to Blount County to take care of some things for Helen and Jean. Praying for safe travel.