On Friday we stayed in and worked around FRED and rested – trying to get over a persistent cough we both have. Possibly contributed to by the daily pollen alerts we get here. We did get out long enough to go to the grocery store and pick up a pizza.
On Saturday we were a little more active. While Anne worked on NOMADS Board business, Max drove out to check out the trails at the Frenchtown Road Conservation Area which is about 15 minutes away. It looks like it might be a fun place to hike when it is drier. Later we drove to Forest Community Park and walked for a while on the concrete sidewalks. Not exactly our favorite hiking environment but better than mud.
Today the team attended church at Francis Asbury UMC again. It’s always good to be with this welcoming congregation. After service the team went out to eat at City Café again. Unfortunately, this time we had to wait a good while for a table for 12. About 3:30 pm Lisa and Mark arrived – completing our team for the next two weeks. It was great to see them again.
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!
Today was an on again, off again rainy day. We are again where the ground is just staying soggy. There are beautiful flowers.
Janet 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.
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.
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.
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.