Another Work Week In The Books

Thursday, December 6, 2018

It was 28 degrees with a heavy frost this morning. It was cold! So glad we weren’t working outside today. It’s cold again tonight. About time for us to head south. We really didn’t think it would be this cold while we were in Lumberton.

Lee shared with us for our devotion today. She used a reading from the Upper Room. Isaiah 40:27-32. She reminded us that God gives strength to the weary. Several of us felt that was an appropriate reminder for a NOMADS Friday (known to some as “Thursday”). Some of us are weary by this time of the week. The reading Lee shared was a story of a burned out caregiver. God is always there to see us through. Lee reminded us that the people we are helping usually have multiple problems, such as health problems and flooding, or financial problems and flooding or something else and flooding. We must share with them who gives the strength to make it through.

Since we completed Elsie and Bruce’s house yesterday, job assignments changed today. Anne and Gene went to Jim and Mary’s, Max and Cindy stayed at the warehouse to build a pump house cover for Jim and Mary, while Mary Ann, Dave, Bruce and Lee went to Jackie’s. Philip was under the weather and not working and Carol had to go back and see the therapist and orthopedic doctor.

At Jackie’s they were working on general cleanup, installing towel rods, shower rods, toilet paper holders, installing transition strips and mirrors. At Jim and Mary’s, Anne set nails in trim, cleaned and caulked. Gene installed the lavatory, the faucet, but when we turned on the water it leaked. After spending much time he found the faucet to be defective. Oh well, we will try another Monday. We also finished installing the base board. Max and Cindy built the new roof for the pump house including installing the shingles. It will get painted or stained Monday. It looks really good.

Tonight we all went out to dinner together since Lee leaves us tomorrow. This time we went to Village Inn. It is located down by the fairgrounds where our rigs were parked last year. We remembered going there last year after we got inside. They serve barbecue and seafood. The barbecue is not like Alabama’s, but it was okay. It was just too finely chopped for us. Most of the others got seafood and reported it was very good.

We accomplished a lot this week. We will all enjoy our weekend. Hope you do to.

Ceiling Is Finished!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Another very cool, cloudy day, with sun part of this afternoon. They are now talking about some possible mixed precipitation later this weekend, but it probably (hopefully) will stay north of us.

A sign we see every day at the church
A sign we see every day at the church

Dave and Carol led devotion time today. So glad Carol was able to be back with us today. She even worked today. Her hand is slowly improving and we are thanking God for every improvement. Carol talked about Emmanuel. God with us. God IS with us, in us. What if Joseph and Mary were all blinged out and Bethlehem had been blinged out like Hollywood? How would the world have reacted? But that’s not how God chose to enter this world. He entered through people more like us and is now with us. Dave shared a reading from Max Lucado’s book When God Whispers Your Name. So good! It was about making your way through DFW airport and ended by reminding us even though life can be hard, we can’t give up because we each have a flight home we don’t want to miss. And always remember, Emmanuel, God With Us.

We discussed where each project stands. Hoping to finish Mary and Jim’s house tomorrow. Gene and Cindy were going back out there today to install trim and do some additional painting. The vanity has to be reinstalled as well. Dave, Mary Ann and Bruce (who we were also glad felt better and returned to work today) and Carol went to Jackie’s to continue work on the final items. Carol started the cleanup phase today. They were working to get left over supplies back to the warehouse. There was also caulking to be done in the bathrooms and shower heads to install. Lots of little things.

Lee, Anne and Max left devotion and went back to the campground to check out a power problem for Lee. We wanted to be sure everything was okay because it is suppose to go down to 28 tonight. She just needed a breaker reset and now she has heat again. We told her that if she has trouble tonight we will just put her on our sofa so she doesn’t get too cold, but hopefully her problem is solved. It all worked great because when we arrive at Elsie and Bruce’s they were just eating breakfast. They had both slept late. We were very pleased with the appearance of the ceiling we textured yesterday. It was dry and ready for paint. After moving the furniture again and covering the carpet really well, Anne and Lee painted the ceiling with Max’s help keeping us in paint and light. He moved ladders and lights so we could just keep on painting. We were through in time for lunch and by the time lunch was over, the paint was dry enough to reinstall all the trim. That too was a three person job but it went smoothly. The rest of the day was spent in cleaning, vacuuming, wiping down baseboards, etc. and then moving all the furniture back into the room. There were pictures to re-hang, and all the small decorative items to be put back in place. That was more work than we anticipated. However, when we were done, Elsie and Bruce were so happy. Elsie started crying when we were getting ready to leave. She was glad to have her house back but she didn’t want us to leave. We assured her we would see her again next week. We plan to do the Bible presentation and take them some cookies next week. It has been such a treat to work at this home of two precious elderly people who just need a little help. So glad God could use us to make life a little better for them. And so glad Elsie no longer has to worry about the ceiling falling on her head while she is resting on the couch. Today was a great day!

Texturing Tuesday

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Today was a blustery, cool day. The high was 56 with the wind blowing most of the day. No rain today. YEA!! The sun was out for most of the day. Hoping it will help dry up some of the standing water.

Anne and Max led devotion today using today’s advent devotion from Seedbed Daily Text. We talked a little about advent and then Jesus, our light and hope. We had some sharing and then our prayer time. Our prayer list is getting really long. So many people with so many health problems. Thanks, Gene for our music again today.

We all headed back to work at the same places we left off yesterday. Lee, Anne and Max were back at Bruce and Elsie’s house. We moved the TV out again and covered the floor with our tarp and then started sanding the ceiling. Some of us will probably be sore tomorrow from all the over the head sanding but in the end we were pleased with the outcome. If we were not going to texture the ceiling, we would want to do another layer of mud but with texture we will be fine with just the two. We were able to get a coat of Kilz on the drywall before we stopped for a late lunch. By the time lunch was over we were able to start applying the texture. We used a 3/4” fluffy roller to apply the drywall mud for texture and it worked fairly well. We worked late tonight in order to complete the texturing. Once we were started we didn’t want to stop until it was done. Hopefully we will be pleased with the results we see tomorrow after everything is dry. The living room is rather dark with no overhead lighting so we want to see what it looks like by the light of day. Elsie was happy with just the unfinished drywall so we hope she will be even happier once we get the textured ceiling painted.

We don’t know what everyone else accomplished today because everybody was already settled in their rigs by the time we got home a little after 5:30. We will find out tomorrow at morning meeting. It may be an ibuprofen kind of night tonight.

Back To Work Again

Monday, December3, 2018

Nice warm day today. It did rain for a short time this morning but it was 60 when we got up and our high was 70. It’s already down to 54 tonight and the next few days will be cold again. Seems we are having cold weather a little early this year.

Gene shared our devotion today. He plays guitar for us every day which adds so much to our devotion time. Our scripture today was Rev 21:1-7. Gene talked about snow today, and the different reactions we have the first snow of the season. Some enjoy the beauty, some think of the fun winter sports, other gripe about having to go shovel the drive, but most would agree there is beauty in a new snowfall. Gene reminded us from Rev 21, God makes all things new. Through Jesus, we all have the opportunity for new life. Mary Ann closed with the poem, “Heaven’s Grocery Store“. Thanks Gene for sharing and singing and playing.

After devotion we headed back to work. We missed Carol and Bruce today as they are both under the weather. Mary Ann and Cindy went back to Jim and Mary’s to work on the drywall finishing. They also did some priming and then headed back to Jackie’s. Dave, Gene and Joe worked at Jackie’s all day. They installed the kitchen sink and the bathroom vanities. When the ladies got there they painted the front porch. The house is looking good.


Anne and Lee mudding ceiling
Anne and Lee mudding ceiling

Anne, Max and Lee went back to Bruce and Elsie’s house. We sanded and then put a second coat of mud on the ceiling. Of course, after completing the mudding, we cleaned everything up again and removed the tarp, and reinstalled the TV so Ms Elsie could watch it this evening. We then drove back into town and spent the remainder of the day at Jackie’s helping with a few little things there.

We are hoping to complete two of the houses this week and Jackie’s will hopefully be complete before we leave in 2 weeks. Fun times coming when we get to turn houses back over to their owners.

Busy Weekend

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Yesterday we had a busy day and didn’t get back until about 11:00 pm so, sorry no blog last night. We started Saturday by making breakfast for Dave and Carol. They gave us some cinnamon apple brioche. So we made cinnamon apple brioche eggnog french toast and had Carol and Dave over for breakfast. We had been hunting the brioche and they found a loaf while shopping the other day and brought it to us. It made good french toast. Thanks, Dave and Carol.

At the gymAfter breakfast we took care of some business and then went to the gym. (Needed after the French toast breakfast.) We are really trying to get more faithful with our exercise. We got good exercise five days last week and over 10,000 steps 6 days. Sometimes we are just too tired when we get home from work to go to the gym but we are trying. It is certainly easier if we can hike/walk from where we are camping but the area of Lumberton where we are parked has no sidewalks.

Christmas Cactus signLast night the entire team went to see the play “Christmas Cactus” at Theater Now in Wilmington. Wilmington is about 1.5 hours from Lumberton and it rained the entire drive there and back. Hard drive. However, the dinner theater was worth the drive. The food was good, as was the acting. “Christmas Cactus” is a comedy murder mystery. There was lots of laughter during the play and good conversation for dinner. As usual, when NOMADS are doing things together, we were having fun.


Today, it was still raining when we got up this morning. And the temperature was already above 60. It was cloudy until about noon but then we had some sunshine this afternoon. However, we will probably have more rain overnight. It sure is wet around here. Unfortunately, the Lumber River never dropped below flood stage and now is again rising. They expect it to continue to rise until about noon Wednesday.

Bell Choir at CSUMCThe team went back to Chestnut Street UMC for church today where the sanctuary was fully decorated for Christmas. The Chrismon tree was lit during the service along with the hanging of the greens. There was also the lighting of the advent candles. The hand bell choir also performed today. It was all very good. Pastor Herbert brought us a wonderful message of hope from Jeremiah 33:14-16. We only have one more week to worship at Chestnut Street and we will miss this welcoming community of believers when we leave. But we will also be glad to have a few weeks at our home church before we start our 2019 mission projects.

Barry working on the Star
Barry working on the Star today

Thank you, Barry and Donna for getting the Pine Mountain Star turned on today. We missed being there to work on it. (Click here to see last year’s blog post about the Star.)

This afternoon we returned to the gym. Rested. Welcomed Mike and Lee back for another week and watched another Christmas movie. It was a good day. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.