I’ve been a SOWER (Servant on Wheels Ever Ready)for over 16 years. And if you’ve been stopping by for awhile you know I’ve done a myriad of different jobs. From landscaping (yes, I got to use a zero-turn mower) to pool cleaning to inventory counting (everything from T-shirts to airplane parts) to general cleaning to office work to painting. Lots and lots of painting! But somehow, through all of those job assignments, I have never had to paint a ceiling. Until now. Continue reading Skill Stretching
We’re getting settled (along with 7 other couples) at our March SOWER project – Camp Horizon in Leesburg, FL. It was an easy 17 miles from the SOWER Reunion location, so I just drove the truck behind the rig. The last mile was definitely the prettiest!
The camp is located right on a lake (Lake Harris) northwest of Orlando.
And while we don’t have a lakefront parking spot, we do have a lake view one!
Pretty sure this is going to be another great month!
It seems crazy to me that our Montrose summer is coming to an end. Yet here we are, with suitcases packed and the fridge organized for a quick cooler-pack in the morning, getting ready to head to the Cabin tomorrow morning! We’ve hugged the summer staff and said our farewells to the full-time staff. But before we load up the truck and pull out tomorrow, I figured I’d better give a recap of just what we’ve been doing all summer.
(Full disclosure – According to Gary, I’ve been playing most of the summer: a SOWER sister get-away, a cruise with my sisters, a surprise day at Knoebels with our daughter and family, a week with our grandgirl Maddie, and then a long Vermont weekend for a family wedding. And there is some truth to that, because those excursions were beyond precious to me! But honest, some work was done!)
My primary job this summer (when I wasn’t off playing) was to help with housekeeping. And for me that meant making beds and cleaning guest rooms.
And when I wasn’t putting clean sheets on the beds, I was making the sheets clean.
At a busy conference center there are ALWAYS beds to be made, and sheets and towels to be washed. Nothing like a job security!
Gary was disappointed that the walk-in Refrigerator/Freezer project didn’t happen as expected, but there were plenty of other projects to keep him busy.
There was the new guest room in Torrey
and a porch landing to rebuild.
He also got the new dorm rooms closer to finish (though I don’t have any pictures of that) and the last couple of weeks he worked on moving some ductwork in the Rec Hall. Again, I don’t have any pictures of the actual work, but I did get a picture of the completed job. Well, at least from the pretty side!
Those fine registers (or at least their installation) are his handiwork!
If he hadn’t already gone to bed, I’m sure he could list out more projects that he worked on.
When I challenged myself to do this “Every Day in May” posting, I wasn’t sure just how I would fill up the space. Let’s face it, my life can be pretty mundane. But I figured if nothing else I could just look through my phone photos and find SOMETHING to share. So without further explanation, here are the last Six Pix from my phone with just a caption each.
Thank goodness Gary has some young bodies to help with this foundation work! Continue reading The Last Six Pix
After my crazy (though wonderful in many ways) January, February settled down nicely. In fact, it turned out to be quite a lovely month in many way. Here are just a few of the reasons it was a Fine February.
- Family Birthdays!
Ellie turned 15! Oh my!
Taran turned 3
and Tammy turned….well, just a bit more beautiful!
We weren’t actually there to help celebrate, but we made sure they all got a perfectly awful rendition of Happy Birthday from Grams and Pops. It’s what we do.
- Although we usually don’t do much of anything for Valentine’s Day (on a good year we go to a card shop, choose a card and then read them to each other), Gary got me flowers this year!
I have to confess, it was very sweet! It’s amazing what you can find in the little town of Comfort!
- I won TWO little “give-away’s” last week from different blogs/Facebook pages I follow! I don’t usually enter those contests since I have never won anything, but for some reason these seemed simple enough and I knew they were the real-deal. So – Thank you to Happy Cloud Creations for this sweet pack of fat quarters
and to Alison Treat, Author, for a sweet one-size-fits-all $10 gift card to Amazon. Several folks asked if I went right out and bought a lottery ticket. But no – didn’t think I should press my ‘luck’!
- That same week, these two mug rugs also arrived at my place –
courtesy of my uber-talented quilting artist good friend, Lynne Croswell. You can check out some of her other creations at her website – Mountain Vistas. Thanks, Lynne!!
- Our SOWER project this month was great! We were volunteering at His Hill Bible School/Camp (in Comfort, TX) which is a gap-year (usually after high school, but sometimes after college) Bible program under the umbrella of Torchbearers, International. Our work was pretty standard SOWER work – painting, painting, and painting for the ladies and general maintenance for the guys – but the true blessing was getting to know the students and faculty. We joined them for lunch most days, and visited with kids from Germany, Brazil, several Canadian Providences and right down the road in San Antonio. Hearing their stories of how they came to His Hill and then to hear what Christ was doing in their lives at the moment, was truly inspirational. We were honored to serve there.
- Since there are several other projects in the area, we had several opportunities to have some great SOWER gatherings. Of course, they all centered around food, but hey – that’s just how we roll!