Today was another cloudy, gray day. No rain, but it’s been a while since we have seen the sun. Actually two of our home owners commented today on how they hoped the sun will be out tomorrow. Fortunately, the forecasters have changed the predictions for the weekend and we will not be having any low temperatures but will have 20-25mph winds.
Max, Anne and Rita have continued to work on the flooring at Gilberto’s home the past two days. We are making progress. We now have all the bedrooms completed. We completed the living room and hall today. It is looking good and the family is very pleased. Monday we will be working in the kitchen and things will move slowly because of all the things that require moving – refrigerator, washer, dryer, deep freezer, stove and china cabinet. The pantry will also need to be partially emptied so we can replace the flooring there. Gilberto’s wife Eva is very sick and we are anxious to complete the work so that she can have some peace and quiet. Besides, we only have four more work days in Falfurrias.
Diane, John, Roger and Dave went back to Josefina’s to continue working on the exterior siding and trim. We drove over there this afternoon to take a look and take some pictures. We visited with Josefina for a few minutes. The house is looking really good and she is very pleased. The peacock blue with white trim looks really good.
When we returned to the church we discovered that the church was flooded. A pipe had broken and when a member was driving by this afternoon she saw water running out the front door of the sanctuary. YIKES! We quickly started helping clean things up. We rented two Rug Doctor machines to pick up water as well as using some of our personal wet/dry vacuums. Some of the church members brought some fans and Rita and Anne drove to Kingsville (over 60 miles round trip) to purchase two large fans. There were many gallons of water removed by the rug doctors and we left the fans running tonight and we will see how things are in the morning. The leak was caused by a compression fitting that failed. This was not one that the NOMADS installed but is was in the same area where we have been working. Hopefully things will dry out more over night.
We have now completed week two of this three week project. A lot has been accomplished. We still have a lot to complete. Tonight we are all very tired.
It wasn’t as cold today, but still no sun. It rained or threatened rain all day. It’s raining tonight and is predicted to rain all day tomorrow. But it is warming up a bit so that is nice – as long as you don’t look ahead to the weekend forecast.
We led devotion today using 1 John 5:14 and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 as the basis for our talk. We began talking about using the tools from our tool bag yesterday to remove base boards, completing the job and putting them away, to pull out the next time we need them. Then we talked about how if we all really admitted we often use prayer in our lives and in the church as a tool from the tool bag. When we need God to do something, when we need something in ministry, when we desire to have something accomplished, we go to the spiritual tool bag because we know prayer is what we should use. We pick up prayer, we pray the prayer, and then we put prayer back in the tool bag until we need it again. But prayer is intended to be so much more than this. So often we use prayer as a vehicle to get us to a desired destination. But what if prayer is not the vehicle that brings us to our destination but rather what if it is the destination. Prayer is not simply a step of the journey, prayer is the journey. It is a continual conversation with God. He waits for us to talk to him. He waits for us to listen to him. (Taken partially from a devotion by Brian Sutton in the YouVersion Bible app.)
Since it was a cool rainy day, work assignments changed today. Diane and John went back to Sara’s house to make a repair on her shower. It was leaking and damaging the flooring below. They think they got the leaking stopped with some cleaning and patching. When they finished there they joined Dave, and Roger back at the church to demo two small restrooms in the narthex of the sanctuary. We will be replacing the flooring, toilets and sink in these two rooms. They made great progress today. Bev and Jodi worked on clean and painting baseboards for Gilberto’s house and cleaning, staining and putting a coat of polyurethane on the beautiful old trim from the restrooms. Anne, Max and Rita went back to Gilberto’s and completed bedroom #3 and started the prep work in the living room which is also where Gilberto’s wife’s hospital bed is located. This makes installing the vinyl a little more complicated. We have to work around and move a lot of furniture and move the patient in the hospital bed from one side of the room to the other. She is a sweet lady who is on hospice and has declined over the past week. Hard situation. Hopefully we can complete their house quickly so we can be out of their way. We are working hard and making progress. Everybody stay safe and warm this week!
Yesterday was cloudy and chilly. Today was cold. Of course it’s not cold like a lot of you are experiencing but it sure is cold compared to Saturday. And sadly the sun did not show itself.
Yesterday was church, then lunch with the team again at Strickland’s and relaxing. We did note that its sad when Strickland’s has to start putting Roy Rogers and Dale Evans name on their posters. Guess it shows how old we are.
Today we worked really hard but it was one of those days when it just didn’t seem like we were making progress. Everything seemed to take longer than expected. Stel, Max and Anne returned to Gilberto’s home and completed bedroom two – completed the flooring and re-installed the baseboards. We helped Gilberto move everything from bedroom 3 to bedroom 2 and then cleaned the room, removed the baseboards, patched the concrete, pulled up the tack strips and started installing the vinyl planks. Jodi took the baseboards back to the church to clean up and paint because of the cold. Rita, Dave, John, Diane, Bev and Roger went back to Josefina’s to work on the siding. We all came back to our RVs for lunch today to warm up.
When we got back to the church this afternoon we decided to make a key lime cheese cake in the Instant Pot. It is currently in the refrigerator chilling so we will have dessert when we get home tomorrow. It’s a new recipe for us. We might have to sneak a taste before bedtime. Everyone stay warm.
Today was an absolutely gorgeous day. Hard to believe it is January 12. We could get used to this. We will definitely have to consider another winter in south Texas. Of course next year if things go as planned we will be in south Florida, and we still have to do Arizona one winter. Anyway, we know that the forecast for next week is for cooler, more seasonal weather but we enjoyed today.
We had a leisurely start to the day and then mid-morning started our drive to Corpus Christi, about 78 miles. We chose today to ride the Corpus Christi Bay Trail. The northern end begins not far from the USS Lexington and runs south to the Texas A&M CC campus. It is about 16 miles round trip but we only did 14 miles today. The northern end is all concrete trail, off street, through parks. The more south you go the more you ride in bike lanes beside the traffic. The bike lanes for the most part are fairly wide but we just really don’t like riding in traffic. The closer to campus we rode the more traffic there was around us. It was a wonderful ride beside the bay. The scenery was beautiful. The weather perfect, 76 and sunny with beautiful blue skies and blue water. We enjoyed watching the ocean going tankers coming and going. We would definitely do this ride again. We enjoyed the view and enjoyed the people watching as well. You do have to watch out for all the people on the electric scooters. There are 100’s of them along the trail that people rent using an app on their phones, ride as long as they want, and then just leave beside the trail for others to ride. We considered trying them out just for fun but we were riding our bikes today. Maybe another time.
After our ride we headed back to Falfurrias stopping along the way for dinner, Lowe’s and Walmart. It was a great day for which we are very thankful!