Category Archives: SOWER Projects 2016

Making an attempt…..

Somehow between slow internet, busy working days, busy playing days, mostly cloudy skies and cool days (which makes me more apt to pick up a book and snuggle under a blanket than to cozy up to the computer when I have free time), and a SOWER newsletter that always consumes the first part of every month, I have sadly neglected this little blog. In effort to do a little catch up, I thought I’d scroll through my phone and see what little snipped of life I can share from the last week and a half (give or take!).
Chickens
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I got a little tour of the YWAM chickens when we first got there. They are still on the young side so there haven’t been any eggs yet – but they’re checkin’ every day now!
Work
I’ve been working away on the blue trim throughout the camp, and Gary has been working his way along the roof….
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Fourth of July
Did you have a good 4th? Ours was a bit on the quiet side, but quite lovely nonetheless! We ran some errands over in Sequim (rhymes with Skim not sequin as you might think), including a fun breakfast out,
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(hello, Mr. Squirrel)
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enjoyed a fun picnic with the staff,
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(and this was before the grilled salmon, chicken and brats were added!)
and enjoyed listening to the fireworks from our rig. (They didn’t start until after 10PM and the temps were dropping fast. Yes, we’re wimps!)
Discovery Bay
I finally made it down the ‘cliff’ to explore Discovery Bay!
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Lynn (my fellow painter of the blue) and I had a lovely afternoon walking along the water’s edge and collecting sand dollars and shells.
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Dungeness Spit
Friday (wow, just yesterday!) we ran errands over in Sequim again, and since the clouds looked like they were beginning to clear, we took a little drive to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.
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While we enjoyed some beautiful overlooks,
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and I trekked down to the beach,
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we did NOT hike out to the lighthouse at the end of the spit (about 6 miles down the spit).
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It was a beautiful day to do a bit of local splorin’.( Plus we were able to combine it with a stop at Costco!)
And that brings us up to TODAY!
We hit the local farmers market, picked up some lovely fresh fish at the fish market
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(OK, we bought filets, but these were much more colorful for the photo op.)
and are now looking forward to a yummy dinner with friends tonight! So – all that being said, it’s time for me to wrap this up and start tidying up the house. After all, we’re having company!

Thanks for stopping by (and for your patience with the sporadic nature of these posts!). Check over on the Photo’s page if you’d like to browse through some of the other pictures from the last week (or so!).

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a foggy, misty morning here outside of Port Townsend and since my SOWER task involves scraping, cleaning and painting door frames, I decide to finish up my work hours after lunch when the sun is promised to be shining.
Usual view across Discovery Bay –
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This morning –
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My assignment (and 15 or so like it)
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So – this afternoon it is!
With an almost free morning (which is disappearing fast), I thought it might be time for a bit of an update. In a nutshell –
We’re HERE!
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YWAM, Discovery Bay offers three month discipleship training courses, courses on teaching English as a second language, and also courses concentrating on foreign missions – the School of Frontier Missions. Between YWAM events (courses), the facility is used for area retreats and camps. Right now they are in one of those ‘in-between’ times, so it’s a great time to get some maintenance done. The guys are working on some roofing issues in the office that require pulling down the ceiling in the said office (yuk – the mess), and we ladies are busy sprucing up the cabins by painting the trim.
Since we’re parked behind the buildings
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so we don’t have a view of the mountains and the bay – but last night we had a evening visitor which was kinda fun!
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(The lines in the bottom right corner are our windshield wiper. Guess having a big ol’ RV or two in the neighborhood is no big deal to this guy. Or the young doe that followed him!)

We’re getting familiar with the area and are looking forward to a great month! There is tons of stuff to explore – from the artsy Victorian seaport of Port Townsend
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to the Olympic National Park, to taking the ferry into Seattle!
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(Photo taken from Port Orchard – you can’t actually see Seattle from Port Townsend!)

At any rate – it’s time for lunch out here on the West Coast, and then it’s back to work for me! Thanks for stopping by – you can check out some other pictures of our first days here over on the photos page if you’d like a bit more detail!

Black Lake Wrap-up!

We are getting ready to do our 100 mile trip to our next project (YWAM, Discovery Bay, in Port Townsend, WA – up on the Olympic Peninsula), but I wanted to do a quick wrap-up…
(OK – packing up to move the house apparently trumps blog updating, so I’m happy to report that we have safely arrived at Discovery Bay. The slides are out, the levelers down, and lunch has been eaten. Now where was I…..Oh right -)
quick wrap-up of our time at Black Lake Bible Camp.
First of all – these people!
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Old friends – New friends – Forever friends! We had a great month working along side these folks. Lots of laughs and lots of work too! We discovered the Wednesday $9.99 Steak Dinner special at a local restaurant and we may or may not have gone each Wednesday we were there. That’s the kind of group this was!
The staff here was also exceptional! Very welcoming, loved to share about their ministry, and even the director could be found doing whatever needed to be done. Like the day we saw him painting new lines in the parking lots. I love that! We had an especially nice time sharing several meals with a staff family that had 4 adorable kiddos – very close in age to our grands. No pictures – too busy enjoying the time!
But we did get some work done, honest!
As often is the case, I didn’t get many action shots of the guys actually working, but trust me, they were very busy! I already mentioned the tables and chairs and decks and even some roof work they got done, but there were also ramps, railings, electrical work and that bathroom that got remodeled (virtually single handed-ly by Roy) that was added to the Jobs Done list.
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We ladies also managed to complete our to-do list. Lola redid any number of pillows, Glenda worked her creative magic on those camp store signs and the dunk tank,
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(How cute is that!!)
and I finished up the painting in Alderwood and then Lola and I cleaned it up and put it all back together again (with lots of new furniture! What fun!).
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I think the guests will like it! It was great fun to see it from the beginning (well, with all the old furniture piled in the middle at least) to getting it all spiffed up for guests! We also worked on cleaning and re-decorating another small cabin that will be used by the summer staff chaplain and his wife. It’s really tiny – but pretty cute!
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Although I do think this toilet/shower configuration might get a little old after a while!
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Just sayin’.

So once again, it was a grand month! We were blessed to serve at this camp, we were able to do a bit of sightseeing (oh, those amazing mountains!), and we made new friends. I’m not sure it can get any better than that!

(There were a couple of other interruptions as I tried to finish up – like a trip into Port Townsend for coffee (we’re near Seattle, remember) and a bit of exploring with our new neighbors and dinner. So it’s quite late in the day (early morning for those of you on the East Coast) but at least I got ‘er done! Here’s a taste of our little jaunt into town –

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I think this month holds just a bit of promise too!)

Blogging Woes

So I’ve been having a tough time getting back into the blogging ‘rhythm’. Sorry about the long gap in my journaling. Since my last post about our beautiful drive to Mt. Rainier (us and about a thousand other folk that day), life has just continued to percolate right along. Last weekend was pretty cool and rainy, so we stayed home and worked on some home projects. I did some sewing and Gary put up some blinds and caught up with his reading. Meals were eaten and laundry was done. We both took a couple of naps, watched a couple of movies (minimal TV here – it’s pretty much DVD’s or nuttin’) – but I bet your weekend was a bit like that too! So until I get my creative juices flowing a bit more steadily, here is just a quick update of our work here at Black Lake.
Last week my co-painter (the one who does great creative painting) was away taking care of some family business, so I was left alone with my paint and brushes. I confess, it really went pretty well (for a non-painter like me!). By the end of the week the entire interior of the cabin (except the bathroom) had a fresh coat of paint, had been (more or less) emptied out, and was ready to be put back together!
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Remember how it looked before?
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The camp will be needing it for this weekend, so I’m sure the next two days will be busy!
Glenda (the wonderful painter) is back, and the camp had an idea to keep her busy this last week –
They have this dunk tank that seemed just a little boring.
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Yes, that’s me perched up there. They wanted her to get an idea of where the victims would be sitting. Gulp.
Because this is how it’s being painted –
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Isn’t she amazing? And this photo was taken early today – I’ll be sure to share the completed project. (Along with the decorated cabin!)
The guys have been busy too – I just haven’t been able to keep such good track of them! There was a bathroom remodel, a ramp built, a multitude of tables and benches painted, repaired or built from scratch –
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and any number of other items checked off their to-do list. These have been full days for the guys too! Once again, it’s hard to believe we’re in the home stretch – only two working days to go! Let’s hope we finish strong!

We’ve also had a stretch of typical Seattle early summer weather – cool and rainy. Every now and again the sun peaks through, but then moments later we hear the rain on the roof.
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Hopefully the weather will break a bit for our week ‘off’. We’re only moving up the peninsula to Port Hadlock (you can check out the map over here), so we’ll be hanging around Olympia next week with some free time on our hands. I hoping for some touristy type excursions, but Gary keeps mentioning oil changes and generator maintenance, so I guess we’ll be splitting the time between fun and function!

Till next time – thanks for stopping by!
Steph

Black Lake – Week One

We’ve already finished our first week of work at Black Lake Camp (Olympia, WA), and it’s been a good one! We’re working some ‘old friends’ Roy and Lola – folks we’ve worked with a couple of times before, and also some new friends – Tim and Glenda, who are just on their second SOWER project. (We’re doing our best to ‘break ’em in’ right!)
After a cool and drizzly weekend (hey, we’re right outside of Seattle. That’s pretty normal for this time of year), we woke up Monday to streaming sunshine and bright blue skies!
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(We’re still pretty enamored with all the GREEN here!)
And we got right to work!!!
The guys started out moving some gas pipe on the roof of the dining hall –
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Hello, Gary!! Whatcha doin’ up there?

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Looked like all the guys were getting into the roof action!
Once they got that job done, there was a new door (on the right) in the pool house to install
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and boards to replace on the dock.
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While Gary and Roy were busy sitting on the dock by the bay, Tim was busy in the shop painting boards in preparation for massive picnic table repairs that will be accomplished next week. Unfortunately, I never accomplished getting a picture of him! Sorry, Tim! Coming up next week is a big bathroom remodel – so they still have plenty on their list!
And we ladies? Well, we’ve been busy too!
We had painting and sewing on our list. Due to a medical condition, Lola can’t paint,she tackled the sewing projects.   Glenda and I put on our paint clothes and got to work. They needed a cabin (interior) totally painted. Three small bedrooms and a living/kitchenette area. Now if you know me at all, painting is not very high on my list of fun things to do. But I’m getting better – both in attitude and skill. And that’s a good thing. Glenda, on the other hand, LOVES to paint. Not only does she love to paint rooms, she also paints pictures and murals and such fun things. So while I was doing this kind of painting –
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Glenda was working on THIS type of painting –
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By the end of the week, we had the main room (almost)done and had begun one of the bedrooms
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(This was taken yesterday. Today was a photo fail day.)
and Glenda had completed her two (very excellent) camp store signs!
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Like I said – it was a good week!
The weekend weather forecast is looking pretty good, so I’m hopeful that we’ll get to do some tourist-ing after we get some chores done. The camp will be hopping with guests, so it will be fun to see it in action. There might be just a little bit of Mt. Rainier in our future!

But first – the Laundry!

Thanks for stopping by!
Steph