Halfway and a Day

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As  so often happens, our time here at Shoshanah Camp is rushing by! Their summer classes begin in July and while we are very disappointed to be missing the opportunity to sit in on some of those courses, we are very pleased to be able to help get the camp ready for the students, families, and instructors who will be arriving by the end of the month.  The campus here is over 800 acres, including a large pond, and there are many cottages, classrooms and gathering spaces that all need to be “made ready”. Our primary responsibility has been at their new large pavilion, located just above their beach area.

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The SOWERs who were here last summer were a huge help in the construction this pavilion – and our job has been to ‘button it up’.
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Gary got busy preparing the door openings
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while I was busy putting a couple coats of sealer on the doors!
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Once the door openings were ready, then it was time to prepare the other openings for screening!
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And then it was time for the screen!
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We are the only SOWERs here this month, but thankfully there is another couple volunteering here and we used all the help we could get with that screening. Hanging 5ft. wide screen, keeping the tension good, and getting it all stapled, was no joke! After the first couple of sections, we had a system down, but it still took three of us!
But with the exception of the door sections (we’re waiting for narrower screening), we got it done in just two mornings!
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Teamwork makes the dream work, right?
Our job this week so far has been to rip boards into 1/2 inch strips to cover up all those staples!
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It’s really going to look nice once all that finish work is done!
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And even though the view of the pond is somewhat diminished with the screens up, the black flies and mosquitoes are quite legendary up this way, so that screening will be very appreciated! So far I have rescued one robin and a lovely butterfly (a red-spotted Admiral, I believe) who have been caught on the wrong side of the screen. Why can’t they ever find the open spots????
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Hopefully once it’s all enclosed this will not be a problem! The pavilion will be used every weekend for cook-outs and fellowship – and we’ve been honored to be a small part in getting it ready!
The smaller screen will be here next week, so I’m pretty sure we can get it all buttoned-up before we finish our time here. And that will feel very good indeed!

We do have one more day this week, but we’re headed to the Cabin for the weekend! It’s less than three hours away (big ol’ Lake Champlain is the biggest obstacle) and no one else had signed up to use it so we’re headed that way! And – I don’t think Gary has many things on his list!  Whoohoo!

Thanks for stopping by,
Steph

Stephanie at the Cabin

Let me tell you about Stephanie at the cabin.  Her time at the Cabin is significantly different than Gary’s . While Gary concentrates on The List, Steph concentrates on Documentation. Oh, she stays on top of the dishes and even manages to put food on the table, but her main job is watching Spring spring. For example, every morning on her first trip to the outhouse (or maybe on the way back depending on the (ahem) urgency of the trip, she pauses to take a picture of the morning.
First Morning
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Final Morning
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Proof that spring has sprung!
She always takes the classic Cabin reflection photo –
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It’s not just because it’s one of her favorite views, but it’s also fun to see the progression of the landscape over the years –
May 2011 –
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May 2017
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See – documentation of these changes is important!
She also documents other signs of spring at the Cabin –
the first sighting of a Jack in the Pulpit –
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the bluets that dot the lawn before that first mowingIMG_6640
and then the buttercups that spring up after that first cut.
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And of course, there are those pear trees – which can only be seen in bloom in early May.
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If she wasn’t there to document it, how would we know how beautiful that is?
This year, she also took a moment (I think it was when they were all packed up to go, and the interior was all neat and tidy) to document the interior –

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They cram a fair bit of stuff (and memories) into that little space, don’t they?

Stephanie is also always at the ready for when Gary needs that extra hand. Ok, it’s not that often, but she’s READY! And as you can see from the previous post, she also documents what Gary is doing.
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Aside from the important(ish) documenting that Stephanie did this spring, she also freshened and tidied up different areas of the cabin – like the Game Shelf.
Before –
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After –
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=) Sometimes it’s the little things that count!
Oh – and she keeps track of the sunsets!
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Yes, Stephanie’s time at the cabin is a fair bit different than Gary’s. But somehow it seems to work for both of them, and there’s no point in trying to change them at this point!
Thanks for stopping by,
A casual observer

Gary at the Cabin

Let’s talk about Gary at the Cabin. Every morning, he’s up before me (full disclosure – he’s up before me every morning even when we’re not at the cabin, but still…), has brewed a fresh pot of coffee, and has a crackling fire waiting for me.
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Trust me, you want that early morning fire in May at the Cabin!
He stays quietly reading not to disturb my quiet time, although if I sleep especially late (unlikely, but not impossible!), I may also awaken to the sound of the lawn mower or a power tool!
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As usual, he had his List of things he wanted to accomplish – Kayak rack,
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redesigning and launching the floating dock,
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tree and debris clearing
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to name just a few.
And just when he thought maybe he was done, I asked him to paint the conduit to the light because it ‘bothered me in the pictures”!
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But please rest assured – this is the epitome of “love language” to my sweet Gary! There is nothing he does at the Cabin that isn’t done from his heart.

I don’t have any photos of him in his favorite spot on the back porch, but I did manage to catch a rare photo of him sitting inside by the fire (playing a game of Sudoku, no doubt).
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Yes, Gary at the Cabin is a sight to behold! We head back at the end of June to do final preparations for our big Family Reunion – so I’m pretty sure I’ll have more photos of Gary doing what he loves most – working at the Cabin!
Thanks for stopping by – and next time I’ll share what I was doing while he was ever so busy!
Steph

Apparently I took May off

From blogging, that is! I was so content in my Cabin bubble, that it was hard to break out the computer and generate thoughts. And as May progressed, it just seemed more and more unlikely that I would be able to encapsulate thoughts into words and words into sentences. But here it is – JUNE! Time for a fresh start!
We are safely parked at our June SOWER Project – Shoshanah Campus and are looking forward to starting work on Monday. Shoshanah is a ministry that teaches the Scripture from a Jewish perspective. Their conference season doesn’t start until after our project ends, but we’re excited to be able to help get things ready for this dynamic ministry.
But there is a small glitch. I have zero cell phone service (which means I also have zero internet), and the closest wifi access point is down at the dining room. (Full disclosure – as I write this, I have not actually located said access point. But I am confident that by the end of the day I’ll be able to get this post on line.) Even with this inconvenience (what a first world problem, right?) I’m going to make a strong attempt to get back on track with this blogging thing! I must have lots of material, right? After all, something must’ve been happening in May!
Thanks for stopping by – especially after so long of a pause!
Steph

Sabbath Rest – Come Unto Jesus

Life is pretty simple here at the Cabin. Early morning fires, chores done at our own pace, and quiet evenings. It’s easy to forget that the world around us continues to be in a chaotic swirl. But even in that chaos – Jesus is enough. Amen and Amen!

Come unto Jesus, all you who are weary
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel
Here bring your wounded heart, broken and needy
Come unto Jesus, mighty to heal

Joy of the comfortless, light for the straying
Hope of the penitent, peace in our strife
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying
“My yoke is easy, My burden is light”

Come unto Jesus, come unto Jesus
Lay down your burdens, He is enough
Come unto Jesus, rest in His love

Come, taste the Bread of Life broken for sinners
Drink from the cup of His promise made sure
Feast at His table as sons and as daughters
Grace overflowing is yours evermore

Come unto Jesus, come unto Jesus
Lay down your burdens, He is enough
Come unto Jesus and rest in His love

Come now and follow Him, this life forsaking
All that was gained count as nothing but loss
And trade all this world for His kingdom unfading
Come unto Jesus and take up your cross
Come unto Jesus and take up your cross
A life everlasting He offers to us

Come unto Jesus, come unto Jesus
Lay down your burdens, He is enough

Come unto Jesus, come unto Jesus
Lay down your burdens, He is enough
Come unto Jesus and rest in His love

Come unto Jesus, come unto Jesus
Lay down your burdens, He is enough
Come unto Jesus and rest in His love
Come unto Jesus, rest in His love
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