End Of Week One at Bay Shore Camp

Thursday, September 26, 2019

It was long sleeve weather today, 60 when we got up and the high was 66 with wind. It was a sunny day so as long as you were in the sun it was nice but shade made it really cool.

Eight hundred people are scheduled to be at the camp this weekend. It’s a Mennonite educational conference for their teachers. All eight hundred can’t stay here but they are staying in the area and having their sessions here.

Devotion today was by Jackie and Bruce with Jackie reading a story based on a farmer’s horse running away. Friends told him how sorry they were for his bad luck. Farmer said “Good luck, back luck – who’s to say?” Horse returned with 5 additional wild horses, and friends said what good luck you have that you can train and sell the horses for good money. Farmer said “Good luck, bad luck – who’s to say?” The store continues with the point that we never know what is in our future. Sometimes what looks like our worst day turns out to be our best. God sees the big picture – the complete picture. We must learn to trust God.

After devotional time this morning, we all headed back to our work from yesterday. Jackie and Hilary, heading up our house wrap team, wrapped our cottage up today, except for the high eaves. The scaffold wasn’t delivered until late this afternoon so the eaves will be done next week. Max and Bruce completed the installation of the old front door as the back door. Anne and Jenny worked to ready the bedroom for insulation and drywall. Nailers had to be installed for the ceiling drywall as well as the removal of some of the foam insulation so the drywall can be installed flush to the rafters. Shims had to be applied had to a number of the studs because of the difference in thickness of some of the 100 year old roughsawn 2×4’s. Tom and Mike worked on the shower installation, bath vent installation and PTAC housing (packaged terminal air conditioner) installation. Suzanne worked to keep us in all the supplies we needed and was always available to help with problems. It was the end of a very productive week. We still have a long way to go on the Tibbits cottage but we have made a good start. We are all tried and glad it is NOMADS Friday. We hope to get a little rest and have some fun this weekend.

Old Sebewaing Fire Station
Old Sebewaing Fire Station

Tonight we walked to the downtown marina and checked out some of the boats. This is a big fishing area and it looked like all the boats were for fishing on Lake Huron. After the marina, we walked to the “historic” downtown area which they are trying to revitalize. It still has a lot of vacant store fronts but things are looking better. Next Thursday there will be a festival there which we plan to attend.

Wednesday Wrap

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Today was suppose to be sunny and it was for a while this morning. Then the rain came and the power went out. We have a lot of battery powered tools so it really didn’t stop us from working. We just all moved inside and found something else to do for a while. It gets a little crowded in the little cottage with all ten of us inside. Fortunately for us, the chef for Bay Shore had lunch almost ready before the power went out. The camp staff has lunch together every day and they have invited us to eat with them. It’s been really good food as well as good fellowship. Today was a chicken and stuffing casserole and a great salad and soup. We aren’t cooking in FRED or eating out very much.

The power was back on after lunch and we were back to work. The big news of the day is that the French doors on the front of the cottage are installed. The new front bedroom window is also installed. The house wrap is on two sides. The sheathing is all up too. It was great to complete some of the projects we began on Monday. There was also progress made in the bathroom and on the loft drywall. It was a really productive day.

After hours are fun too. The camp is a good place to walk and we have been playing ping pong most afternoons. One more work day this week.

Day Two on Tibbits

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Today was a beautiful early fall day in Sebewaing. We had just a light breeze today with nice blue skies. The leaves are just starting to turn here. Not nearly as far along as International Falls. The maples are a deep red and there are some yellows but certainly not the leaves we were expecting. Maybe by the time we leave.

After we shared at devotion time with Tom again sharing his music skills, we all headed back to work on the Tibbits cottage. We all started back working on the re-framing of walls and doors we started on yesterday. Two of the new windows were installed today. The French doors were delivered and we are ready to install them. Lots of progress was made. Suzanne is pleased with what we accomplished. It was a good day.

After lunch today we were able to take a quick view of the little museum of the camp. There are some very interesting photos and lots of scrap books that would take a while to look through but would be interesting.

Getting Started at Bay Shore Camp

Monday, September 23, 2019

We had rain again overnight and off and on today. Most of the day was dry but we had several short little showers. It was windy today as well. Gusts to 35 mph this afternoon and since the high was about 66 today it felt a little cool. The wind seems to blow off the lake most of the time. Reminds us of being at the beach but there is no pretty sand here. The shore line is very marshy.

The team joined for our first devotion together this morning and we are pleased to have Tom with us again, as in New Lisbon, playing the guitar. We sound much better with Tom accompanying the singing. After devotion, Jeff, the camp director shared information about the history of the camp and then took us on a little tour. The camp is over 100 years old and is loved by this community. We are going to be “remodeling” the Tibits cottage, to make it a four seasons cottage rather than just a summer place. As you will see as we go forward, it’s actually pretty much of a rebuild but it would not be politically correct to bulldoze the cottage so we will “remodel.” The cabin has already been moved across the street, a new foundation dug and then the cottage moved back across the street and placed on the new foundation. We will now build out the interior and replace all the siding on the exterior. There will also be some carpet and laminate flooring as well as new cabinets, appliances, shower and bath fixtures.

Today Anne and Jenny began by taping and mudding the two knee walls in the loft that had already had drywall hung. Max and Bruce began by removing the front door and enlarging the opening for French doors. They had to move a good deal of wiring in that process. Hopefully we will have time to build a new deck in front of those doors. Tom and Mike removed the front bedroom windows and reframed for a new window. While that was going on, Jackie and Hillary worked on determining the amount of trim that will be needed for the project. It’s a lot. Reid began the work of re-plumbing the bathroom. Anne, Jenny, Jackie and Hillary, then joined forces and removed the rest of the windows and started framing the wall where some of the kitchen windows were. Later in the day the back door was removed and it will be re-framed and the front door that Max and Bruce removed will then become the back door. So, at the end of the day, unfortunately, the little cottage look a lot worse than when we started this morning. The 35 mph wind is blowing through all sides tonight. Hopefully by tomorrow night we will see more rebuilding going on.

We had a lot of fun today. We haven’t worked a three week project since January, and then we were working on multiple houses so the team was split up much like DR projects. On this project we will all be working together on this little cottage. It should be a good three weeks.

Sebewaing is known for beautiful sunsets across Lake Huron. Tonight we finally got to see a sunset when it wasn’t raining. Nice! Hopefully we will see many more before we complete our time here.