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Last Week

Man, this month has gone by fast! We’re in our last week of work here at Twin Oaks, and this week has turned out a bit differently than we expected. Oh, it’s still all good – just different.
Last week Gary worked on installing a new air conditioner in the director’s residence (part of the camp).
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Since the office (where I was busy scanning and organizing receipts) is connected to the house, it was kinda nice having him nearby. And I even got to help a bit when he needed another set of hands – or someone to open the door! Just call me Hannah Helpful!
This week, with the A/C good to go, the director decided it was time to add three new RV sites. And while that is pretty easy to say, accomplishing it is another story. It involves a backhoe, a new electrical panel, sewer pipe, hundreds of feet of electrical wire, lots of conduit, and fair bit of playing in the dirt.
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Gary was concentrating on the new electric panel and let the other guys do most of the dirt work. (For all of Gary’s skills, running big equipment is not one of them. And he was pretty happy he wasn’t in the driver’s seat when the first scoop of dirt broke the sewer line. Yep, he as happy as a clam playing with wires!)
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He let me help a bit
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when he needed someone to test the outlets and yell when the thingamabob started beeping. He really does need me!
Meanwhile, back in the office I was learning the ins and outs of Google Calendar, printing brochures and posters for an upcoming men’s retreat, and continuing on with the scanning/organizing. For me, it’s been a good month all around!
Oh – even F. Stanley stopped by to see what Gary was doing…..
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Two more days – I can hardly believe it!

Flat Stanley

Have you met Flat Stanley? Apparently  he’s been around for several years and grade schoolers (in our case, a certain 3rd grader) from around the country send him off to friends and relatives so he can learn about different communities.  He arrived in our little neighborhood earlier this week
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and we’ve been doing our best to show him around.
Just yesterday we took him into town after we stopped to show him the Antioch Colony marker and building.
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This was a settlement of freed slaves following the Civil War. There isn’t much left of the settlement – mostly just that building, but it’s a pretty interesting piece of history. Stanley seemed pretty interested in it.
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From there we headed into town to a sweet fabric store I thought he might like.
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I know I did.
And since we wanted him to experience more of the flavor of the town, we stopped for some coffee on the way home.
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Nothing like a $4.00 cup o’jo to start off the relationship!
He started to check out the antique store next door, but got tangled up in the greenery and didn’t make it inside.
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Today I showed him around our more immediate neighborhood, and he thought everything looked just fine.
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He’s been really pleased with the nice mild weather here, even though he knows he’ll have to go back north in a week or so. And he’s very excited that tomorrow he’s coming with us to San Antonio to see some good friends. We might not make it to the Alamo, but he’s ready for whatever adventure we might find!
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You just never know what might happen next!

PS – Happy Birthday to our sweet little Taran, who turned two today. TWO!!! Oh, My!
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Looks like you had a pretty good day!!!
(Photo creds to his Mom.)