Another beautiful and cool Sunday. We again walked in the early morning coolness before getting ready for church. Church today was an outdoor service with a picnic following. As one of the church-goers said “Feed them and they will come”. Well, there was a larger crowd today for the service and picnic. The increase may have also been because they were paying tribute to their retiring organist. It was primarily a music based service and we closed with the organist’s favorite song, “Freely, Freely”. The hot dogs, brats, and sides with lots of desserts were really good. It was a fun time. In the afternoon we rode out to a new job site to take a look around. The home owner was not there but the person there told us how to get in tomorrow and where we are suppose to be working.
Later in the afternoon Nancy got us all together to play a new game which was a good time for us to all start getting to know one another. Then we had another wonderful meal by Roxy of homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s just cool enough here in Wisconsin that we all really enjoyed this comfort food meal. It was then time for our weekly meeting and discussion of the project and then back to the rig for our hot tea. Looking forward to another productive work week. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.
It was 46 degrees this morning. A little too cool, requiring heat from Anne’s perspective. It warmed up quickly and we were in t-shirts before lunch.
Today Norm pulled out shortly before 8:00 and we had two couples, Betty and Tom from Arkansas and Sue and Richard, fulltimers from Florida, coming in so we stayed at the church except for going to the post office to pick up our mail. We cooked some of the cinnamon rolls we bought yesterday in the Dells for breakfast, and they tasted just as good as the ones Roxy prepared for us last Sunday. Yep, it’s at least a 5 pound project.
After doing a little work around FRED, we worked on patching/finishing some drywall at the church while we were waiting on our arrivals. Sue and Richard arrived early afternoon and Betty and Tom got in about 6:30 this evening. We took both couples on little tours of the campground and church and then left them to settle in for the next two weeks. Our team that is now here will be here for the next two weeks. We are looking forward to working with them, and by being the hands and feet of Jesus, bring hope to this community. Don’t forget to pray for services tomorrow.
It was another cool morning when we went for our walk and then said our goodbyes to Harry. He is headed back across country to Idaho and maybe to Washington. It was great to get to know one of our newest NOMADS and it was also great to hear he has already signed up for several projects.
We had tourist-like plans for today. We first met Nancy and Gary at the Carr Valley Cheese shop and factory in Mauston. There was a very nice lady working in the store today who was willing to let us sample many cheeses, different honeys, cheese spreads, butters and more. She also graciously answered all our many questions. We were surprised at all the different butters – cow, goat, sheep, and various blends. We actually like the blend of the three the best. The cow butter, what we usually purchase, was easily better than the butter we buy at the grocery store. We sort of made a list of the items we want to go back and purchase before we leave Wisconsin. There are so many good choices but we have narrowed it down.
From Mauston, we drove about 20 minutes to Wisconsin Dells, and met Stel and Jodi at the parking lot for the boat tour. We took the two hour tour of the upper Dells on the Wisconsin river. The scenery was lush green trees with sandstone cliffs, and interesting rock formations. The pilot and tour guide were very knowledgeable about the area and shared a lot of history of the area along with a bunch of corny jokes. We made two stops for short hikes to view more of the formations, the first was Witches Gulch and the second Stand Rock. At Stand Rock there was a dog that jumped between rock formations. Pretty impressive. This “act” is traditional in the Dells, but in the past people did the jumping. In fact this place is called the birthplace of stop-action photography. In the 1880’s H.H. Bennett invented a camera shutter fast enough to take a picture in a fraction of a second instead of the five minutes required by most cameras of the day. In 1886, to show off his camera he had his son jump back and forth to Stand Rock until he captured the perfect photograph. We were told that picture and Bennett are credited with starting the tourist industry in the Dells.
After the ride back down the river to the dock, we disembarked and headed out for lunch. We walked down the street and found High Rock restaurant where we shared a meat loaf sandwich that was served on a seeded wheat bread with honey glaze that was probably the best we have ever had.
We will be looking for that bread in the stores. Walking back to the cars, we just happened to walk by a Dairy Queen, so of course we had to stop. From there we went to Holiday Wholesale to see if we could purchase some of the cinnamon rolls that Roxy baked for us last week. We were able to snag a bag of the frozen rolls and we just hope there are as good when we cook them. Wonder what we will have for breakfast tomorrow?
Stel brought our devotion today based on Habakkuk 3:17-19 and focusing on the word “though” in the passage. She ended by asking the group to think about times when God met our needs during difficult times.
Max and Nancy returned to JJ’s house and finished the floor and trim there a little after 10:00 am, then Nancy went to Rhonda’s and Max went to Nate’s where he helped Stel, Jodi and Harry finish getting the bathroom ready for the plumber and electrician. They got both new windows installed and all the walls framed. We got word that the plumber should be there Monday.
Anne, Gary and Norm spent the day working on doors, trim and siding at Rhonda’s. There is still a lot of work to do there, but the homeowners are so thankful for the work NOMADS have done.
Tonight Roxy and the ladies prepared another delicious dinner. This time honey garlic chicken, sauted vegetables and Asian salad. They outdid themselves with desserts also. Three pies and a German chocolate cake. We also celebrated Norm’s birthday so we brought a cake. There are plenty of leftovers for the weekend.