Finished in South Carolina

Monday, April 19, 2021

Sorry for the delay in posting.  Last week was a very busy week.  Tuesday we all returned to Wallace to continue our work.  Sara repaired drywall in the kitchen of the house.  The water leaks made the seams on the drywall pop loose and some of the texture was damaged as well.  There was also a few areas in the living room that needed some work.  Anne again was working in the bedroom.  There was some pretty major damage in one corner but the entire ceiling needed some love.  After the drywall repair, they began painting the ceilings with the help of Elaine on Wednesday, finishing up on Thursday.

Stel, Jodi, Randy, Mary and Lou continued to work on the trailer.  The kitchen floor was all shored up and is now very solid.  Stel and Lou then worked on the back steps.  The steps that were removed were a disaster waiting to happen but the new steps were in place before the end of the day Thursday.  They look great and are safe.  Randy and Mary continued to work in the bathroom which, as is usual for mobile home baths, presented several challenges.  There were a least two leaks that had to be repaired.  Max made several trips to the hardware stores getting necessary parts.

Thursday afternoon after work the team had the joy of having Leo’s Bible presentation.  He seemed pleased and very thankful for the work done on his home.  Thursday evening for the first time since last March, the team went to dinner together.  We were blessed to have a team with all members fully vaccinated.  We were in a separate room and apart from others.  We felt safe and the food at Captain Larry’s was fantastic.  Hope to go back there some day.

Friday morning, Carolyn and Gene arrived to take over leadership in Tatum and we began our trip home.  We stopped to visit with Randy and Debra Friday afternoon and made our way back to Alabama Sunday.  We will spend the next three weeks preparing our house for sale.  There is a lot to be done and we got a good start today.  Hoping all goes well.

Starting Week 2 in South Carolina

Monday April 12, 2021

Friday morning we said goodbye to Sharon and Gary as they headed back to Alabama and we assumed leadership of the team here in Tatum, SC for the next week. Last week we were not sure Stel and Jodi would be here as they were in Red Bay getting some work done on their RV but Tiffin did a great job of taking care of everything and they arrived Friday afternoon before the rain.  It was great to see them again.  We even got hugs because we are all vaccinated.  Such a blessing!  Saturday Mary and Randy arrived before the predicted rain.  So thankful to have everyone parked before everything was muddy again.  We haven’t worked with Mary and Randy for a couple years so great to see them again too. Stel and Jodi and Mary and Randy have two puppy dogs each traveling with them so we are getting our puppy fix too.  Most of the rain went around Tatum but what we got did bring down a lot of the azalea blooms.  This morning at Leo’s it was like a blanket of blossoms on the ground.

This morning, Steve our construction coordinator joined us for our morning devotion and meeting.  He shared some of the history of this little town and some funny tales of small town South Carolina.  After the meeting, Mary, Randy, Sara and Anne returned to Leo’s to finish up the ceiling.  The lath strips were installed, the storage building cleaned out, the kitchen cleaned and everything returned to its place.

We then returned to the RVs for a late lunch and then joined Elaine, Lou, Stel, Jodie and Max in Wallace, SC to work on our two newly assigned homes.  They had been working in the bathroom of the trailer to begin repairs on the flooring, and shower.  They also worked on some “soft flooring” in the kitchen.  The trailer is located in the back yard of the house and the homeowners are related.  Both residences had roof damage and water damage from the intense rain from Hurricane Florence.  We made very good progress today but have a lot more work to do this week.

Our two new houses in Wallace

Another NOMADS Friday!!

Thursday, April 8, 2021

The weather this week has been delightful.  The pink dogwoods, white dogwoods, azaleas and wisteria are all in full bloom.  Horrible pollen and dirty vehicles, but beautiful landscapes.  We have worked at the 100 year old home all week.  Leo is the sweet homeowner and he is very happy with his rebuilt back porch.  Tuesday we installed the drywall, exterior lath strips and built the exterior porch.  Wednesday there was painting inside.  We also built the steps and installed a hand railing and enclosed the space above the siding between the exposed rafters.  Today we installed the kitchen ceiling drywall and painted it.  The lath strips are painted and will be installed on the ceiling next week. A lot has been accomplished for Mr. Leo this week and we should probably finish up one more day unless other tasks are added.  We will be moving on to other houses next week.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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Monday in McColl

Monday, April 5, 2021

Yesterday was a beautiful, spring day in Tatum.  We went to Bennettsville (five miles south of Tatum) to First UMC for their sunrise service.  It was a rather cool, outdoor service, with coffee and snacks afterwards. We always try to attend outside services Easter morning and it was a good service.   Everyone was friendly and we met several people and were able to share the NOMADS story with them. When we got back to Fred, we watched our home church live stream Easter service and then attended the 11:00 service with the team at Main Street UMC, 5 miles north in McColl, SC.  Love Easter Sunday!! For us it’s the most important and meaningful day of the year.

Today we had devotion at 8:00 across the street in an old church building that is now owned by the town.  They allow NOMADS to use the building while we are here.  Since we didn’t have a team meeting yesterday, this morning also served as our orientation meeting.  All the team members already new each other and had worked together previously.  This week we have a seven member team in 4 RVs.  We are working on a small house that is about 100 years old and back in the day was a “mill” house. It is in McColl, close enough to Tatum for us to return to the RVs for lunch.  Last week the team did some inside work and removed the back porch and began the rebuild.  Today we began by installing OSB flooring (to have flooring installed later) and installed the last three studs.  Then we installed the siding and insulated the exterior walls.  The door and lock and ceiling light were installed.  It was another beautiful day.