Friday, May 3, 2019
Sorry for no post yesterday but we were tired. It was NOMADS Friday and everyone seemed very glad. The additional heat and humidity has made it more difficult this week. Thursday was another nice day. Cloudy at times and a sprinkle or two but nothing to bother us.
Janice brought us our devotional yesterday using Mathew 23:23, “woe to you hypocrites”. She used the analogy of washing dishes. Do you wash the outside and then use the cup again or should you not wash the inside first? We need to allow God to clean us on the inside first and then do good works. Thanks, Janice.
We all went back to work at our regular houses. Janice and Marvin worked on painting the base boards that were delivered Wednesday. They completed about 2/3 of the boards. Janice is originally from Minnesota although she has been in Texas for over 40 years. She calls the boards “mop boards”. Says they have always been called mop boards in Minnesota. Bless her heart. Anne and Pat began the day working on the master bath ceiling again. Max worked on installing doors with Pat assisting. She learned to use the trim nailer and did a great job. Roger worked on installing the faucets in both bathrooms and the kitchen. He did a great job working in the heat inside the cabinets. He couldn’t complete the installation because we didn’t have all the parts needed for the drains but he got the rest of the installations done. A lot was accomplished at Norwich last week. There is still a lot to do but we are continuing to plug away.
At Groom Road we understand the bedroom vinyl flooring was completed and work began in the hall. Progress was made in the kitchen as well. They also did a lot of staining of the wood walls in that house. The scope of work has expanded on this house so we are not sure how close to completion they are. Sadly, at this point we don’t think either of these homes will be complete when our mission is over next Thursday, but there are people coming after us that will get the joy of completing what we began.
Since we had three couples leaving this morning, we all went out for a nice dinner last night at Bass Pro Shop. Great fun!
We said “see you down the road” to Janice and Marvin, Pat and Roger and Ruth Ann and Dave this morning. Travel safely, dear friends, and we hope to see you soon.
After saying our goodbyes, Bob and Virginia invited us to visit Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. It was really surprising to find a swamp in downtown Baton Rouge. It is a 103 acre facility in the heart of Baton Rouge, dedicated to conservation, education, and tourism. There are gravel and boardwalk trails out through the swamp and some really good exhibits inside the nature center. We saw fish, turtles, the largest barred owl we have ever seen, and numerous other birds outside along with all sorts of turtles and snakes in various terrariums inside the center. Lots of fun!
After returning to Fred, we ran our errands for the week because tomorrow predicted to be stormy. On the way back we stopped at Rice & Roux for some gumbo and fried fish. Hope you all have a great weekend.