Backtracking

Since my life has been such a whirlwind lately – and my blogging has been less than regular – I feel like I need to do a bit of backtracking to get caught up. So let’s start out just before I made that first drive to Vermont back in late February.
Wrapping up our time at Lake Swan –
We ladies finished up our month with (you guessed it) painting! Only this time we were painting brown benches brown –
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and the best part was we were doing it outside on a beautiful day!
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Gary finished up his shop bathroom renovations-
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not that the renovation was actually complete, but it was as far as he was going to be able to go with the supplies on hand.
We wrapped up our time with a lovely campfire before folks began to head off to their next destination.
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It was a good month working with some lovely SOWERS!
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Next up was that trip to Vermont – you can read about that HERE!
While I was in Vermont, Gary moved the rig to the FL SOWER Rally where he somehow managed just fine without me.

I know. Somethings just defy explanation!
Next was our March SOWER project at H.E.A.R.T. Institute in Lake Wales, FL.

This is a training center for missionaries heading into third world countries. Attendees live in very rustic cabins and learn about all types of gardening, animal husbandry and how life is sustained in those situations. Oh, and pit toilets. There wasn’t a session going on while we here, so it was pretty quiet. But we did enjoy the guinea hens and the goats and pigs and other critters that were being raised there. We were not quite so impressed with the roosters who did not seem to possess any sense of when would be an appropriate time for crowing. We ladies started out with some gardening.
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(OK, it was more weeding than actually gardening.) But the second week we moved to one of the cabins with the directions to paint everything except the furniture and the floor.
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Let me tell you what – there are a LOT of surfaces there! While Gary was working on another project over in the garden area, the other two guys joined us ladies with the painting project. Because, yes – some of those areas were just too high for us to reach.
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And the color? Well, when a 5 gallon bucket of premium Glidden paint is on sale for $30.00, THAT’s the color you decide would be just perfect in that cabin!
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Gary did need the fellows occasionally for some additional manpower –
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and by the end of the project the new (as yet to be covered with vines) arbor/trellis was constructed.
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What a good month! Lots of turquoise paint, crazy animal sounds all through the night, and wonderful SOWER friends who are now family!
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And that brings us up to ….bedtime! Lots more to share, but it will have to wait until tomorrow!

See ya then,
Steph

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