Last Weekend in Baton Rouge

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Another rainy Saturday morningAs expected, Saturday was a rainy day. The rain began about 5:00 am and continued until early afternoon. There were times of very heavy rain and there were tornado warnings for parishes to our south and east but things never got bad here at Francis Asbury. We were glad we decided to do our shopping and errands on Friday. By mid-afternoon the sun was out and that’s when our new team members arrived, Joe and Charley. They are relatively new NOMADS and this was our first time to meet them. We look forward to working with them and getting to know them better.

Since we didn't want to go out in the rain Saturday we made a smoked sausage and cheese omelet
Since we didn’t want to go out in the rain Saturday we made a smoked sausage and cheese omelet

Today, of course we went to church here at Francis Asbury. During the announcement time pastor David surprised us all by announcing to the church that the Bishop had made the appointment for their pastor for next year and that it was Rev. Anne Armstrong. We all got a good laugh at that announcement and he was just thanking Anne for filling in for him last week. Today was communion Sunday and Pastor David brought a message about truly communing with our Lord through the service of communion.

After church the team decided to go to Rice and Roux for lunch. We have enjoyed all our visits there over the past two years working in Baton Rouge. They ownership and staff there always thank us for our service to their community and the owner gives a 20% discount to all the volunteers working the flooding disaster. They also routinely give the same discount to all the fire and police. Tonight we had our regular Sunday night meeting and we will meet again at 8:00 in the morning. It’s been a good weekend.

Another Week Complete

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.

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center signAfter 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!

We also found one geocache in the park
We also found one geocache in the park

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.

Still More

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Another beautiful day but it’s getting really warm and humid. High today was 93 so we were thankful for our shade and breeze. We still don’t have power in the Norwich Drive house – so no air conditioning. The electrician is hoping to call for the final inspection this week. Hopefully the delay from his call to the actual inspection is complete will not be too long.

We all headed back to work at the same houses as yesterday. The group at Groom Road are making progress. They are coming along on the flooring and cabinets but found out today they have also have to do some drywall hanging and finishing. They have finished the painting with additional drywall to install they will also have additional painting. At Norwich, we finished all the laminate flooring except the master bedroom. We are not installing that flooring until after the texture people return to re-texture the wall that had to be removed to install the roll-in shower in the master bath. Since the shower installation is now complete, the final drywall has been hung and we worked on finishing that drywall today. We will be close to complete on that by tomorrow afternoon we hope. It’s not looking good for us to complete either of these houses since the team is split but we will continue to try. We will have to trust God to provide someone else complete what we started.