Saturday, December 31, 2016

Wandering With The Wrights

It has been almost a month since the last blog - how time flies!!  We had two more weeks on our NOMADS Mission Project in Ray City, GA.  We replaced 12 very old windows and each one had to be custom fitted.  The guys did a wonderful job removing, replacing, sawing and trimming the windows.  The ladies removed nails, caulked, primed, removed nails, painted, washed and did I mention removed a lot of nails!  The end result was awesome.  Our leaders prayer most every morning at devotions was that people would look out the windows and see God's creation and be strengthened in their belief in Him.

Me and my guy - it is wonderful working together for others

We have enjoyed worshipping at the UMC Methodist Church in Adel, GA.  In front of the railing around the alter the women have made individual covers for the kneelers.  Each one is unique and beautifully done.

The couple that run Camp Tygart, the retreat center we worked at fed us delicious meals for lunch everyday. One morning we also got homemade biscuits and gravy along with fresh eggs.  Not good for the waistline but was all so yummy!
The state park we stayed at had a lot of Christmas decorations but the only one I got a good picture of was the cute bear that welcomed us into the park each night.

We passed this house every day - looks like a two story split in half with a single story middle - would love to know why it was built this way - there has to be a story.

Jay is a retired Methodist Pastor and was on team with us - he did a wonderful communion service the day he and his wife Harriet left.  They left two days earlier than the rest of us to get home to see one of their grandchildren's Christmas Concert.

This is Harriet as she and Jay left the project - we were all sad to see them leave.
We become fast friends with the people we work with on these projects.

The kitchen windows all replaced, blinds, new rods and curtains hung!!!!

The living room is used for prayers at the Emmaus Walks held at Camp Tygart

The guys relaxing after all the work was done!!  It was a successful 3 weeks

Jerry and I relaxed for a few days, readied the motorhome for us leaving it for 11 days and headed to Illinois to celebrate Christmas with our family and friends. 

My son and his girlfriend Juliette and our new grandson who is due in February

Found snow way to soon when we headed North.  We were really blessed with relatively warm weather (20's & 30's)  It had been much colder the week before.  We only had two light snow showers while we were there.
My brother Brian, Taylor my niece and my nephew Keenan came up from Peoria and we had a great lunch and visit where my mom lives.  I didn't take many pictures which I regret but my other brother Bruce, Sister-in-law Nancy and my mom were all there also.
My mom's apartment is small so some of us were in the living room and some hung out in her bedroom.

Not the best picture but we had a wonderful pizza night with our grandson's dad Chris and his parents
Peter & Becky  

Jerry, Calvin, Chris, Teddy and I and the HUGE teddy bear Jerry bought Cal before he was born

Jerry's son Robert and daughter-in-law Amy - so enjoyed spending time with them

We also spent time with our dear friend Diana and had dinner at Laura & Eric Main's house the night before we left along with our longtime friend Shirley.  We spent Christmas Day at my brother's house in Zion with his wife, her two sisters and my mom - another wonderful time to visit and catch up.
There were a few places we went that we thought it was best not to take Teddy so our friends Linda and Joan watched him for us on three occasions.  He loves them dearly and I know the feeling is mutual.
Joan snapped this great picture of him.

Spent an evening in Elgin with my son Steve, Juliette, my mom and Juliette's 4 daughters.
Our little guy was a real trooper doing 10 hour days to get home.  He is the best travel dog ever.

We got back to Adel, GA and our motorhome on Thursday Dec 29th - we had a wonderful trip but as always it is good to get home.   We will be here two more days and then will head to Florida for the next 6 weeks or so.

 It is New Years's Eve as I work on this.  Jerry and I hope that 2017 is a healthy and happy year for each of you.  We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our grandson in February and we will be back in Zion at Illinois Beach State Park to be camp hosts in late April or early May for the summer.  We have been working on some exciting plans for fall - stay tuned!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Wandering With The Wrights

We were meeting some friends in a small town just west of Tifton, GA for Thanksgiving.  We went a day early as I wanted to drive over to Albany, GA where my youngest son, Stephen was born, while his dad was in the Navy.
Guess what - it changed a lot in the 45 years since he was born :-).  The Navy base is gone and we found the housing we lived in.  It was new and beautiful when we lived there.  It now looks like Section 8 housing and leaves a lot to be desired.
While driving around Albany one of the bikes fell off of the bike rack on the back of the Jeep.  We were on a quiet road and Jerry was able to retrieve it easily.  Thank heavens it didn't happen the day before on the highway.  A man even stopped and asked if we needed help - southerner's are so friendly.
Just a few days before Thanksgiving our grandson Calvin's Grandma Becky and I figured out that Calvin, his dad and Grandpa Peter would be coming very close to where we were in Georgia on their way to to Florida to spend Thanksgiving with her and Peter's mother.  Becky got ahold of Peter and we decided to meet at Cracker Barrel and to surprise Calvin.  So when he walked up on the porch we were sitting in rocking chairs waiting!!

We had a great day before Thanksgiving breakfast together!!
We had Thanksgiving dinner with Jeff & Nancy - Nancy and I both supplied food and it  was a wonderful meal.
We then drove a short distance to Camp Tygart for our next NOMAD's project.  It is a beautiful camp and conference center.  They also hold EMMAUS Walks there.  It is on 50 acres and located on the shores of Withlacoochee River.  We have completed one of our three weeks there volunteering.  
The grounds are beautiful and our camping area is perfect.

Our main job is to replace 12 windows in one of the many cottages.  The cottage is very old and so are the windows and each window takes a lot of custom fit work.
Harriet getting a stubborn nail out of a board the men can reuse

The couple that moves wood together stays together.  Jay & Harriet
Jerry was pretty proud when he got his first window done.

Harriet likes taking the frame work down.
The couple that saws together stays together - John & Mary Ann our Team Leaders
Works out well when the outside scaffolding can be placed so that two windows can be worked on at once - Jay, John and Jerry.
There are goats at Camp Tygart we get to feed -
There is a small pond and even though it is hard to see we feed the fish bread and they love it.  There are also chickens and we get fresh eggs.

This is Georgia one of the camps two Rhodesian Ridge Backs - 
This is my hand petting Georgia she is normally a real mellow dog.
 I am showing you the picture of how sweet Georgia is before I tell you about the incident that Teddy and I had with her.  The people who manage the camp told us that she can be aggressive with other dogs if they come up by their house (about a block from the camping area) so they recommended we keep Teddy down on that side of the camping area and all would be fine.  The guys had gone to an area a distance from the campers to get us picnic tables.  The other ladies and I went back to our campers, we are the only NOMAD there with a dog.  I put Teddy's leash on and took him outside the door.  We had only gone a few steps when Georgia came out of nowhere and attacked Teddy (before I go any further Teddy is fine).  Somehow I fell - don't know if Georgia bumped into me or if I tripped when bending to pick up Teddy but I ended up sitting on the ground trying to hold Teddy as Georgia came after her left rear leg.  I screamed (hard I guess because I was hoarse for several days) and Harriet and Mary Ann came running.  They pulled Georgia away and she calmed down immediately. Just sat there like nothing had happened.  The guys returned and several of them took Georgia up to the house to lock her up.  Georgia's owners were off the grounds perhaps that is why she attacked.  We checked Teddy over and he was fine - he was a little careful of that leg for a day or so so imagined it was bruised but he is perfectly fine now.  It proved that I have strong lungs and a strong heart because I was really scared.  We stayed another day and a half and they would lock Georgia up when we walked Teddy but I was still nervous so Thursday we moved over to a lovely state park nearby.  We will just drive back and forth to the project everyday and that is fine.  I am eternally grateful to Mary Ann & Harriet coming so quickly and to be willing to pull Georgia off of us.  We were very fortunate it ended as it did.  The people that own Georgia feel terrible of course but it all ended well.  So that was enough excitement, at least of that kind, for a long time.

Yesterday all six of us went to this Village Museum in Tifton - it is very well done and we all learned a lot about life back in the late 1800's and early 1900's in Georgia
We rode a steam train and got off at the different areas.
The engineer had his grandson with him - and the young man yelled "All Aboard".  He was darling

Making Wassail over an open fire
Piano in the old church - Harriet plays beautifully!

Old School House for the 28 children of 3 brothers who owned the land
The docent in the school house was really informative
The NOMADS checking out the cotton

One of the owners had 14 children and had a 4 seater outhouse!!

The docents enjoying the Wassail.
Received a really interesting tour of the grist mill

Jerry by a huge bail of cotton.  We also saw a print shop, drug store, saw mill,  blacksmith shop and 
The Tift house (Tifton, GA was named after Mr. Tift)  A northern who came to Georgia and bought lots of land that had  trees on it and made his money running his saw mill.  The home is full of many different kinds of beautiful wood.  
Cotton in the entryway of the Tift House
We stopped at a BBQ restaurant for diner and this was their version of Santa 
The gorgeous poinsettia tree where we attended church this morning

The six NOMADS all cleaned up for church
Went to the Parrish House Restaurant for lunch today - awesome home cooked southern food - We may to revisit before we leave the area
Decorations inside the restaurant
This is our little tree in the motorhome

We of course need a nativity set
Left our stockings where we were sure Santa would find them!!

We will be here for two more weeks working at Camp Tygart and then leaving the motorhome and driving the Jeep home for Christmas.  Until next time . . . . . . . . . .