Category Archives: SOWER Projects 2022

Backtracking – Part III

Whew – we’re getting there, friends. Honest.

UntitledAside from the massive amounts of turquoise paint (did I mention that we used 7 gallons of that bold color!) and the wonderful connections we’ve made over the last couple of months, there was also a very memorable “Ladies’ Day Out”. Often when we SOWER ladies take off for an afternoon we enjoy a nice lunch and then check out the local thrift shops or other shopping venues. But last month we stepped it up a notch and enjoyed an afternoon at Bok Tower Gardens.

Not only did I go with two beautiful women (both inside and out!)
but oh, the beauty that we saw while we were there!
While the tower itself is not open to the general public, it is home to a spectacular carillon and we also enjoyed a wonderful concert. We totally understood why they call it the Singing Tower!
While we mostly just soaked in the beauty of God’s creation and didn’t take a plethora of photos, you know I took some, right?
Here’s a little slide show of some of the loveliness that we enjoyed!

For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies.

Christ, our Lord, to you we raise
this, our hymn of grateful praise.


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 –
and the best part was we were doing it outside on a beautiful day!
Gary finished up his shop bathroom renovations-
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.
It was a good month working with some lovely SOWERS!
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.
(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.
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.
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!
Gary did need the fellows occasionally for some additional manpower –
and by the end of the project the new (as yet to be covered with vines) arbor/trellis was constructed.
Untitled Doesn’t look too impressive here, but I bet it will look great once the greenery happens!
What a good month! Lots of turquoise paint, crazy animal sounds all through the night, and wonderful SOWER friends who are now family!
And that brings us up to ….bedtime! Lots more to share, but it will have to wait until tomorrow!

See ya then,

The New Neighborhood

Springtime in Georgia! We’re working this month at Marshview Bible Camp, located in Midway, Georgia.

It’s a “new to us” project, and actually has only been a SOWER project for about a year. We’ll be doing some general maintenance and cleaning in preparation for campers this summer, and there is also some new construction the guys will be working on.

We’ve only been here three days and already we’ve had two campfires
and made one trip into beautiful Savannah! Sweet!
Then tonight we were able to connect with our nephew and his sweet wife who were in vacationing in Hilton Head and providentially were in Savannah for dinner. What a treat- both the ice cream (long gone by the time the picture was taken) and the visit!
Yep, it’s gonna be a good month!

A pre-wrap of the wrap up!

So tomorrow is our last day of work here at Lake Swan Camp. When we arrived three weeks ago, the project host gave our GL (Group Leader) a great list of items he was hoping would be accomplished during our time here. We ladies would be concentrating on this building – Lakeview Lodge-
and painting, painting and painting. We started in the conference room, where we added a feature wall and then just freshened up the other walls and trim with fresh coat of paint. It was fun to all be working in the same room, and it was especially fun once we figured out how to work the heat! Kudos to Francine who figured it out (even the director who did get it to work one morning wasn’t really sure what he did to make it start heating!).
Once we wrapped up that room (and got it all put back together) we moved to the motel rooms. With two of working together in each room we had all four done in no time (ok, it was a couple of days!). It was again just adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls and trim, but we added that trendy feature wall too! 😉
This week, we wrapped up the building “refresh” by painting all the exterior doors, inside and out.  We were painting brown on brown (which is of course much more forgiving than, say, brown on green) so it a bit tedios,   but by the end of the job we had to admit that they really looked nice. Our GL said it made the building smile!

This evening I took a walk to down to the lake (and to get that picture of the door!) and thought you might like to see why this building is called Lakeview Lodge. These photos were taken from the same spot – looking at the lodge
And after a half turn
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Nice, right?
As for the guys – well, their work was a little more varied. The ‘hoped for’ plan for the guys was to begin the installation of laminate flooring that had been ordered months ago. This was going to be a massive project. Several buildings were involved and it was going to be an “all hands on deck” type of project once the flooring arrived. Unfortunately, it has yet to be seen. So the guys worked through a long maintenance list that included (but was not limited to) – installing new LED lights 13 rooms, rebuilding new stairs for the chapel, building and painting a ‘shed’ for an electrical panel on the edge of the lake, some miscellaneous painting (both exterior and interior), and re-modeling the bathroom at the shop to include a shower.

We’re still watching for a Flooring Sighting.

Enough pictures for today – more on our Lake Swan Camp month tomorrow!

Happy TwosDay

I know, I know – it’s old news by now. But I couldn’t resist the opportunity to publish a blog post on 2/22/22 that also falls on a Tuesday. Lots of twos going on it seems.

In my world, there are only TWO days left of this month’s SOWER project! Man, it goes by fast! What is not going fast right now, however, is my internet. So a full blown report on what we’ve been doing here at Lake Swan Camp will have to wait. Instead, I’ll just share TWO pictures of the road we have to cross to get from our RV campground to the actual camp. These were taken at the same time as we crossed over one evening for a game night.
Looking East –
Looking West –

Our God is a great artist, isn’t He!

Hoping for some better internet in the days to come….