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Final Week Frolics

Oh, my! What a busy last week we’ve had!! We ladies continued  cleaning rooms and buildings for this weekend’s guests, and the men were busy finishing up (and starting it seems) some great projects. No need to post any pictures of us ladies cleaning, but let’s just say that cleaning during a pandemic gives a whole new meaning to phrase ‘getting things ready for the next group’.

The men didn’t quite finish that slip’n’slide, but they got pretty close.
I think it’s ready for the final vinyl finish!
They not only finished up expanding the dock
they also designed and built a pretty nifty kayak rack on the new section.
All done!
These guys just went from task to task to task- stairs, gutters, decks, docks, signs…. and did a great job of gettin’ ‘er done!  What a crew!
But about those kayaks…
Judy and Mark (our brand new SOWERS) had already taken a kayak out on the lake a couple of times, and had been encouraging us all to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful lake. It was now or never, so what started out as a ladies’ afternoon activity turned into 5 couples donning life jackets, grabbing some paddles and heading out for a kayaking adventure!

(Only Mark was brave enough to bring his phone on our adventure, and we’re so glad he did!)

It was a perfect late afternoon unwind.
But then Gail yelled over to Gary – “I’ll make a $10 donation to SOWERS if you climb up on the trampoline and jump!”
In that moment, what started out as a calm time of fellowship on the still waters of Lake Placid, became a challenge to remember!
You can check out the You-Tube videos if you want to see it in action, but here are a couple of stills so you can get the gist of just what this entailed.IMG_0655


Yes, pretty much my face says it all!

Miraculously, the kayak never went over – and I’m pretty sure those brand new SOWERS will never forget this early introduction to the 2020-2021 SOWER President! (I’m also pretty sure he should’ve held out for a bigger donation!!!)

There’s more to share about that last week, but it’ll have to wait for another day! It’s been a great project – and we were so sad to see the first rig pull out this afternoon.
You’d think I’d be used to the ‘farewells’ after all this time. But we’re so thankful for the time we got to spend here, for the new friends we’ve made, and for the opportunity to serve at Lake Placid Conference Center.

And for a kayak that did not tip over.

It’s been a good month indeed!

Thanks for coming along on our crazy kayaking adventure!

Week One Fun

I’ve mentioned before (I believe) that Gary and I really enjoy doing different projects.  So this is our first time here at Lake Placid Conference Center.  And so far we’re liking this ‘new flavor’!

First of all, we are here with 5 other SOWER couples. Mostly new to us (one on their very first project!)with only one couple that we’ve worked with before. But as an added bonus, there is another group of volunteers here called ROAMers (RVer On A Mission I think!) that are affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene (and this is a Nazarene camp). There are over 15 couples in that group! That may seem like a crazy number of volunteers but with the drastic reduction of paid staff due to COVID-19 layoffs, this ministry is especially grateful for all of the help!
We’ve pretty much morphed into one group,
with one project manager for the men and one for women, who then delegate to our Group Leaders, who then direct us. More or less anyway! Many of the ROAMers have been here many time before (and many months in a row), so I’m happy to veer just a bit from our usual protocols to join in with this well oiled machine! Fortunately, the SOWER contingent is largely working together or in SOWER teams as the work has been assigned. Most of our ladies have been rotating between housekeeping and painting, and by some magical designation,  but I (and my trustee sewing machine) were tasked with finishing up the last three sets of curtains (made from drop cloths!) for one of their historic buildings.
(That’s Margaretta down at the ironing board, my trusty co-curtain maker! She’s from New Hampshire and has a little family cabin property in NY, so you know we were best friends pretty quick!)
Once we had the curtains completed, we had the pleasure of hanging our three pair plus the dozen or so completed by the previous Sewing SOWERS!
And after curtains, came rags.
Rags? They take stained towels (or ones left behind) and cut them up for rags. But they all need their edges zig-zagged or hemmed, or they just fray away. It’s one of the few times I wish I traveled with a Serger!
I’m just going to be really honest here and confess that I was delighted (and almost felt guilty) to be tasked with sewing chores instead of housekeeping chores. But than again, who knows what the weeks ahead will hold! I dare say I’ll get to clean a couple of toilets before the month is out!
I don’t have any photos of the ladies working, but it was really fun to watch our guys progress through the week on their project!
This is a giant Slip-N-Slide the camp is hoping to use this summer. It’s been used before, but it was determined that the kids really needed to start from a bit higher up to have a really fun ride (and save the counselors’ backs from starting them down the slide). The plans were drawn, and the SOWER men got to work!
Platform built – Check
Materials on hand – Check

Two days later the platform and stairs were done
and they were moving on to crafting the chute, complete with a bit of a curve!
Next up were the railings (both on deck and on the chute).
Just when they thought they were in the home stretch, they realized they would need a lifeguard chair to be safe! No problem for our SOWER team!
Next week they’ll be dressing up the platform with lattice around the bottom, and if the actual slide material arrives they’ll be installing that too! I hate to mention this, since most of the country these days is in a deep freeze, but I think there might be a line of (old) ladies vying for the first trip down!
(It’s unseasonably warm here – 88 today!).

As “First Weeks” go, this one was a winner! It’s truly amazing to see the work that is accomplished by the different teams throughout the camp.  So thankful to be here, and to be part of this ‘great cloud of witnesses’ serving at LPCCC!

Our Valentine weekend was pretty sweet too, but I’ll save that for another day! Stay warm, dear friends – I’ll try not to mention the stellar weather we’re having here too often!