Mondays are for Memories – March 2007

Still pretty gray and drizzly here in East Texas – so it seemed only right that I took a peek back to March of 2007 and a beautiful day that included a couple of waves and lots of blue skies!
A Day in the Sun – March 26, 2007

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I figured it was about time we actually saw some of the beautiful area that is all around us and get these toes into the Gulf of Mexico , so armed with the Reader’s Digest The Most Scenic Drives in America , bookmarked to Drive 116 (Gulf Coast Drive) we started out early Saturday and headed toward Tallahassee. Our first destination was the Apalachee Savannahs Scenic Byway. It was a beautiful drive toward the coast through “longleaf pine flats, cypress bogs and grassy savannahs”. But before we had traveled too far we took a little side trip to the “The Garden of Eden Walk – Apalachiola Bluff and Ravine Preserve“. It seemed like a do-able hike (3 miles round trip), and after all, this is Florida right? How hard could this be? So off we set, me in my slip-on sandals and Gary in his docksides.
It started out nice and flat….
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Then the terrain started to change (you know you’re in trouble when the trail guide says -“Do you notice the change in temperature?”)
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and then the ups and downs started…..(get it – ravine and bluff) IMG_7225

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…the only problem was the 1.5 mile hike back to the car! It really was nice hike – though a bench or two along the way would have been nice for us out of shape (and badly shod) adventurers. A good start to the day, though.
Back to the Scenic Byway :-), until we came to Fort Gadsden Historic Site. A small but interesting site of Florida history (of which I know very little) and a nice little side trip.
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OK – enough of the pines and live oaks with beautiful spanish moss. On to the BEACH! There were several choices, but we opted for St. Georges Island State Park – and it was a very good choice.
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Need I say more.

After our beach fix we headed to Panama City where we joined friends for dinner and then headed back home to Bonifay. It was a full day – and a very very good one.
You can see the rest of the day’s photos here, if you’d like! Lots of Flora, but no Fauna – and lots of Blue Sky!

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Sabbath Rest – Come, Thou Fount of every blessing

Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
mount of thy redeeming love.

Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.

Oh to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.

Words – Robert Robinson – 1757
Melody – “Nettleton” John Wyeth
Performed by Fernando Orteda

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Bridges

We’ve driven over some pretty impressive bridges in our travels.
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The bridge to Prince Edward Island
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The Golden Gate Bridge
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The last wooden bridge on the Alaskan Highway
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Some crazy bridge near Exit 308 on some highway as we drove to Washington. (It was 2009 – I’ve slept so many times since then!).
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The Deception Pass Bridge (also Washington in 2009, but this one was labeled!)
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London Bridge (Lake Havasu City, AZ)
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The Mackinaw Bridge (Michigan).
There have been high bridges, low bridges, long bridges and short bridges.
But the bridge we just drove over today might just be one of the most memorable.
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Now, you probably don’t even see the bridge. It’s not very long – but the trick is, it’s not very wide either. Here’s a shot of Gary directing a Fifth Wheel over it (taken from the other direction).
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See what I mean?
Today as we departed Camp Cho-Yeh it was my job to guide Gary and the house over this bridge.
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Oh, yeah, baby – you can do it!

Plenty of room, right?
Of course!
We’re getting nicely settled in at our campsite on Lake Livingston, and even though it’s cloudy and cool, we’re sitting around a sweet campfire, looking forward to our friends joining us momentarily.
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All good, friends, all good!

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Wrapping it up!

We pull out of our parking spot in the woods tomorrow morning,
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heading for a little camping break at Lake Livingston State Park before our next project. But before we leave,  I thought I’d do a little wrap up of our work here at Camp Cho-Yeh.
The guys have been busy, as you can see!

They finished up that little lean-to in the back
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which will be home to a washer and dryer. :) (Thank you, Camp Cho-Yeh! Your RV volunteers will really appreciate that nice addition to the camping area!)
Once the little “annex” was finished up, they moved to the inside. They got the center wall enclosed and then it was time to move on to framing and enclosing the stalls.
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Oh, and installing the lights.  Always a good thing in a windowless room. (The hole in the wall is for the A/C.  Remember, this is  for summer camp in Texas!) Then it was on to the shower side.
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Due to a scheduling conflict, Gary was pretty much working on his own this last week. So I was glad that I was close by working on sewing projects while he was busy hammering and sawing. And occasionally he even called me over to be a second set of hands. Jim, our fellow SOWER, will be working next week, and while Gary got lots done this week, there’s still plenty to do!
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Fortunately,  another group of volunteers is coming next month, so work on this bathhouse will continue.  Summer’s a comin’!

Oh – before I forget. Remember those decoys floating on Lake Evelyn?
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Well, they weren’t for encouraging wildlife, as I had guessed. They are marking the places and anchors of all their lake “toys” –
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Man, it would be fun to see this camp in full action!

We’ve really had a good month. We’ve worked with great folks (both SOWERS and staff) and really got a sense of the heart of the camp. Their mission is to be “a place where Jesus Christ transforms lives through meaningful relationships and outdoor adventures.” And from what we could see, they do it with great enthusiasm and joy!

Thanks for stopping by! We’ll have a busy morning tomorrow as we batten down the hatches and move over to Lake Livingston for a bit of R&R.
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Sea Glass

Do not be confused. We are nowhere near the sea. Sea Glass is the name of the quilt pattern my sweet daughter asked me to make for her baby.
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As beautiful as this pattern is (and I really did love it), my first thoughts were “Wow, look at all that applique. And is that hand quilting?” True confession – I’ve been quilting (in various degrees of intensity) for about 40 years, and I must admit that applique has never been my strong suit. And I hadn’t hand quilted in many a year.  But it was just a small quilt (I said to myself), and it was for Little Miss (now we know her as Alexandra, but at the time she was Little Miss) so I took on the challenge! Lara and I were able to shop together to choose the fabrics, and before I knew it I was cutting out all manner of pink petals.

It went together pretty well (thank goodness for fusible web) and I have to admit that the hand quilting was quite therapeutic. I’d forgotten the quiet joy of handwork.
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All in all – in spite of my insecurities – I think it turned out quite nicely!
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Alexandra wasn’t too impressed, but I think her mom was pleased.
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And for now, anyway, it’s found its home on her wall.
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If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in our years on the road – in regards to sewing/quilting, anyway – is smaller is usually better. Or at least easier. And making quilts (or placemats or snack bags or Christmas stockings or purses or whatever) for a grandbaby (of any age) is always a joy!
In fact, this little pile of cheer
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is fast becoming a baby quilt for this little guy.
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No pictures of that until he gets it!

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