End Of Week One

Pretty tulip tree we have been driving by all week
Pretty tulip tree we have been driving by all week

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Today started as a cool, damp, cloudy day. It ended bright and sunny. At least for a little while. The forecast for Friday and Saturday doesn’t look too good but maybe we will see some sunshine.

Today was a very busy day. Of course we started with devotion, today led by Dave and Rita. It was taken from Upper Room with basis in John 1:1-18. The light of Jesus shines through all of time. We were reminded to let His light shine though us. We were reminded as NOMADS we do that with our interactions with our homeowners. Thanks, Dave and Rita!

After devotion we had a guest, Kyle, come speak to us about Mardi Gras. We learned a lot about the Krewes, the parades – the family friendly and the not so family friendly – the trinkets that are thrown and the general time of celebration. We really appreciate all the beads Kyle brought to us. Wish we had a scale to weight the huge bag she left us. We learned a lot. There is a really good night parade scheduled for tomorrow night. We will see what the weather does. We would love to go but not enough to stand out in the rain for 3-4 hours.

We then all headed back to our job sites. Anne, Anne, Bob, Gary and Nancy work to complete Clyde and Paula’s house. Anne and Nancy installed the last two pieces of base and did some caulking in various places around the house. Gary installed the range hood. Anne completed and painted the area of drywall that had been a problem. The last door knob was installed and we all worked on the end caps for the kitchen counter. Once everything was complete we had a prayer circle with the family and team and the Bible presentation. This is always such a special time. Yes, there were a few tears. As we told the family, we will be praying for them and will keep them in our hearts forever. It was shortly after lunch when we finished up. We loaded of the tool and supply trailer and helped get it back to the church.

We then headed over to the drywall house with the rest of the team. We started filling in where we would help as well as just helping with the clean up. The drywall is almost complete and as much of the corner bead we had on hand was installed. The joint compound was delivered today and guess we will start the finishing next week.

After work, Max and Anne went to view another job site that some of us will begin on Monday. It will be another big job. Most of the large pieces of drywall are up but all the windows need trimmed out and then some scattered other work, and the finishing was started but now needs lots of sanding. This one will not be completed in a week. It was a very good week!

Making More Progress!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Today was an on again, off again rainy day. We are again where the ground is just staying soggy. There are beautiful flowers.

Harry and Janet provided music for our devotion timeJanet and Harry led devotion this morning. Janet plays a harp and Harry joins in on the autoharp. We really appreciate the added dimension to our devotions. They used Luke 18:17-18 as the basis to talk about the song “Jesus Loves Me.” The song was first written to comfort a dying child. Sometimes we just make things so complicated. We need that child-like faith. Thanks, Harry and Janet!

We again all headed back to our usual job sites. We hope to finish the St. Amant house tomorrow. Today, Bob got the last door hung and trimmed out. All the crown molding is now in place. We have just two more pieces of base to install. Thanks, Nancy and Gary. So thankful Nancy is feeling so much better. Thanks for all you prayers. Anne, Nancy and Gary worked on the kitchen ceiling and we are very pleased with how that turned out. Anne A painted the master bath border, and removed more tape in the other bath. Anne O did a great job on a problem drywall located in the kitchen. It should be ready to paint tomorrow. We all are feeling good about this job. The family will be so glad to have their home back.

Drywall crew working in the kitchen
Drywall crew working in the kitchen

Max and the drywall team of Jean, Larry, Rita, Dave, Janet and Harry did just that. Installed lots of drywall. They have a system down now and can really work as teams to get it in place. Max worked on patching holes in the ceiling. The dining room and bathrooms are about all that is left to hang. Of course since our scope has expanded to include finishing the drywall and installing the bathtub and handicap shower we will be there a while longer. We are pleased that it is going so well.

Rita bought us a delicious king cake after work so we got together for a few minutes this evening to enjoy that and just to visit. We have a great team this week. Hard working and so very talented. Praying we finish the week strong but most importantly with no injuries.

Day 2 – Much Like Day 1

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The rain held off until this afternoon. It was cloudy and cool all day. The rain started as just a fine mist but then we had real rain. It’s been raining intermittently this evening. The forecast for tomorrow isn’t very good. 100% chance of rain. We shall see.

Gary brought our devotion today. We missed Nancy. She threw her back/hip out yesterday and went to the chiropractor yesterday afternoon.  She is feeling a little better but wasn’t able to join us this morning. She needed to rest today. Gary used today’s reading from the Upper Room based on Psalm 46:1-5. Gary reminded us that others are watching us. They see how we react to adversity and problems. They hopefully see Christ in us. Thanks Gary for the reminder.

We all headed back to the same jobs we left yesterday afternoon. Max and the drywall crew continued to hang drywall and prep for additional drywall. They still have at least two days of work left. Also today the scope of the work was broadened. Now we will probably be doing all the drywall finishing so we will not complete that house for some time.

Crown finished in one bedroom
Crown finished in one bedroom

Anne and the rest of the team returned to the St. Amant house. They continued to install crown mold, baseboards and doors. They also continued to remove all the painters tape that has been up too long and touching up all the spots where it pulled paint from the walls. The repair on the kitchen ceiling was also begun. Today we put a skim coat on the wood to cover the knots and seams. We hope to complete our work in St. Amant this week. There are other homeowners waiting in line for assistance. It was another good day of work.

Working – Day 1

Monday, February 18, 2018

Today was not nearly as nice as yesterday. We had clouds all day but the rain held off. It was not nearly as warm today, 57 compared to yesterday’s 82. We have rain forecast for the next 10 days. Not the way we would like to start this project but maybe the forecast is wrong.

As is our custom, Max and Anne led devotion time today. We then decided on job assignments. We picked up tools from the tool room and headed out to three job sites. Anne, Gary, Nancy, Anne and Bob headed to Paula’s house in St. Amant where we were working on installing crown molding, doors, and making a repair in the kitchen ceiling. There was also lots of painters tape to remove. It was a challenge because the tape had been on for a week. We still have several rooms to go. Bob and his Anne hung one of the closet doors and will install the trim tomorrow. Nancy and Gary worked on the crown molding. It makes the room look so much better. Anne removed some of the kitchen ceiling tiles and has the area ready for drywall.

Larry and Jean worked with Charles again today. They were here last week working as a drop in and Darryl wanted them to finish up the insulation and underpinning they started then, since we probably won’t have weather for outside work the rest of the week. They completed that task mid-afternoon and joined Max’s team hanging drywall. Harry started the day breaking up the old, heavy (300 lb) castiron bath tub and the rest of the guys helped get it out of the house. The team then worked on taking down the decorative beams in the living room. After those two items were marked off the list everyone began hanging drywall. They made great progress today but there are still a lot of sheets to be installed.

Our evening surprise from the conference staffThis evening we were surprised by the Teresa and Linda, who work for the conference disaster team, with a pecan praline king cake with cream cheese filling. We talked about it this morning during our meeting when Teresa came by to greet us. Most of the team had never had king cake. Teresa say they don’t eat doughnuts when it’s king cake season (Mardis Gras) because the cakes are better then doughnuts. Now that was hard for us to believe. So we all had king cake tonight. It was very, very good. Now we understand. Thanks to Linda and Teresa.

We had a good start to the project today. Lots still to do but we will take it step by step.

Getting Ready To Start

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Today was a beautiful, warm, 82 degree spring day in Baton Rouge. I’m sure we will have more cold, dreary days and that spring is not totally here but today it was spring. Just in the past five day it is amazing how many things have bloomed. So pretty.

FAUMC Morning WorshipThe entire team went to worship at our host church, Francis Asbury UMC. Again the church was very welcoming. Pastor David was out of town today but Rev. Johnson filled in beautifully. Using John 15:1-8 her message was “Connected in Christ Jesus.” Pastor Dave had asked her to speak somewhat on the Special General Conference to be held Feb 23-26 and she did a very good job of explaining the various options the church could take at this meeting. Of course as she stated, it could all change when they get there and people start making amendments. We are just trying not to worry about this but just be in prayer that the Lord’s will be done. Saturday is designated as a day of prayer and those of us who are Methodist certainly need to be praying earnestly for the decisions that will be made.

After church the team went to City Cafe for lunch. We enjoyed the food at this restaurant last year and so we suggested it for our first meal with the entire team. They didn’t let us down. The food was as good as we remembered. The afternoon was spent getting ready for team meeting tonight and other NOMADS Board business. We are preparing for spring Board meeting so there is lots to do right now.

First Team MeetingWe all gathered in the church at 5:00 this afternoon and shared bowls of vegetable soup as well as some finger foods like cheese, hummus, crackers and venison sausage. We finished with a great pound cake Nancy made for us. It was still warm. So good. Thanks everyone for your help. The meeting went well and we all know each other a little better now and are looking forward to a good work day tomorrow. Please pray for everyone’s safety as we begin our work of helping repair flooded homes.

Everyone’s Here!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Ready for the team to arriveSome of our team members were scheduled to arrive yesterday, so we started the cloudy day by placing the NOMADS banner out by Old Hammond Road along with our directional NOMADS signs. Always like to see the signs out. We also did some more cleaning up of the parking area to reduce the amount of dirt and mud (when it rains) that people will track in their RVs. Anne did more accounting work on the LOL’s business. There was also some additional NOMADS Board work. Rita and Dave arrived around 3:30. So glad to see them again. Later Bob and Anne arrived. So we got those two motor homes parked and then the eight of us went out to dinner at Rice and Roux. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meal. We know we did. We had the sausage and chicken gumbo and fried fish. Good to visit R&R again.

Today we had our final two couples arriving. This morning most of the guys were tinkering around with their RV’s and Max worked on one of the power pedestals. The one for Anne and Bob’s site wasn’t working last night when they arrived. It was getting dark so we just plugged them into the site next to them because it’s much better to work on things in good light. Max found the breaker was loose so he was able to get the pedestal up and running in short order this morning. After visiting with the team awhile, we went to the grocery store to get supplies to prepare our vegetable soup for tomorrow night’s meeting. Soon, Harry and Janet arrived. So glad they made it out of PA before the snow storm hit. They stopped to visit with some of our mutual friends around Atlanta on their way south. A short time later, Nancy and Gary arrived. Now all our team is in place. Thank you Lord for safe travels for us all. We had some great time visiting and catching up and then took everyone on a little tour of the church. After everyone was getting settled in and ready for church tomorrow and work Monday, we went in the church kitchen to start the soup. It’s going to be another great project.The team is here

Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day!! It was a beautiful spring-like day here in Baton Rouge. The trees are budding out and the flowers are starting to bloom. Seems early to us Alabama folks but hopefully there will not be a freeze.

This morning we rode around with the construction coordinator to visit some houses we will be working to repair. The first one is about 30 minutes from the church and is a house that has been worked on by many people since the 2016 flood. At first there was a FEMA contract with someone to gut the house and install a bathroom, bedroom and part of a kitchen for about $3,000.00. You get what you pay for so you can sort of picture what they got. Since that time a number of others have worked on the house including a church that has come one Saturday per month and this week some volunteers from Michigan. We will be trying to tie up the loose ends and finish things up. There are still three doors to install with at least two requiring shortening, the ceiling in the kitchen needs some repair, and there are baseboards and crown molding to install. A vent fan for the kitchen needs to be installed as well. We will probably find some other items when we really look at things Monday. Hopefully we can complete that house by Wednesday.

 

Monticello house needs lots of drywall installed
Monticello house needs lots of drywall installed

Another house needs about 90 more sheets of drywall installed. There is also an old iron bathtub to remove and some decorative beams to remove from the living room. This house may take a little longer. It was a fun morning seeing parts of the Baton Rouge area we haven’t seen before. This afternoon there was more NOMADS board work, and some more prep work for the team.

Since it is Valentine’s Day, we decided to grill some steaks and asparagus along with twice baked potatoes. We haven’t done that in a while and it was a nice dinner. We also bought each other some items from Lowe’s for Valentine’s Day. It was a good day!