Ahhh! What a beautiful day. I am lying in my bunk after waking up from an hour nap. It is actually really nice. The humidity is low and temperature in the 80s. After getting up early in the morning and saying goodbye to everyone, I crawled back into bed for more sleep. I knew another camper was leaving later and promised she would say goodbye before she left. I have to admit it was weird waking up to no one in the bunk house and just plain empty bucks around, with the exception of mine and Susan’s down at the other end, but it was also wonderful to wake up to nature and quiet, not people stirring about. I showered and got ready for the day. Threw my sleeping bag outside on the line to air out, threw pillowcase and towels and some other stuff in laundry bag, and threw stuff under my bunk on the top bunk to make it easier on the cleaning lady as was not sure when she was coming. Then I walked over to Grace House to get some breakfast. The other girl was just finishing her breakfast so we chatted for a bit. Paul was there and said he would appreciate help going to St. Paul Builders to get supplies and deliver them to a site. I of course said yes.
So after we said goodbye to this weeks last camper, Paul, Susan, and I got to work. We went and got our OSB board, tin, and a few other things. Then, we went to the site. On the way, I was told that it was the site I will be working on this coming week. It is out further than anyone else as we are way out past Dante, but it certainly looks just like Dante. I will also be on Team Susan…Yeah!! We are doing a roof again! The only bad thing is because of the pitch and the fact that we will have 2 youth girls working with us, Paul wants us to wear harnesses. Susan and I reluctantly agreed haha. Yes, we need to model safety. I think I am going to end up wearing shorts instead of jeans, too. Usually I wear jeans to prevent scratches and cuts from the old shingles and the new tin. But guess what people?? They are calling for mid 90s and hot humid weather. It was hot enough out there taking measurements. I will also wear my sneakers rather than workboots, as Susan said they would grip better on this roof. However, I am super excited to be back on Team Susan and back on a roof. At least this week I know I will be working hard and using power tools. Woo hoo!
After that it was time to go back to Grace House, grab our laundry bags and head off the mountain to the laundromat. Paul, Susan, and I had great co conversation while grubby, sweaty clothes were being washed and dried. Then, we went and got some lunch. Technically, Grace House is closed on the weekends. Of course Anita and Jerry said we could go in. We usually only grab breakfast on Saturday morning though, to be fair and not use their food. After some lunch and more great conversation we headed up the mountain. My home sweet home is ready for this week so it was naptime.
I know I did not blog yesterday and I must tell you about it. It was a super de duper, wonderful, fantastic day!!! We finally finished everything on our to do list at our host family’s site. That always makes you happy when you finish the task you are given. We finished early and a team member wanted to go to Dante, as people were talking about it. So, we went. I said that we had to go by the house that I worked at last year and if they were out I wanted to see them. Guess what? We drove by Ray and Nancy’s house and they were out on their porch. I was so excited I made the driver stop. I got out and Ray and Nancy smiled. We said hello and we hugged. They invited me in to check out what they had done to the place since I was there. Oh my goodness people, it was AWESOME! Their living room looked like a living room. It was much cleaner. The drywall we did had been mudded and painted. They had curtains up. The bathroom did not have a hole in the ceiling and roof anymore. I was so, so happy. I took pictures and they made me promise that I would share them with other members who were there. I promised I would and actually did send them last night. I got a response and they were happy too. I would have stayed longer talking to Ray and Nancy, but knew the people waiting in our van wanted to go. The sad news, is they told me that Ray had lost two brothers since last year and Nancy was still having her dizzy spells. I invited them up to the picnic tonight, but they said no. I knew they would not come as they never did, but I tried. I promised them that if I was working nearby in the next two weeks I would stop by again and visit. They said ” you better sweetie honey.” That is what they called me last year haha. Unfortunately, this week I am not. Maybe the last week I will, but I am not sure. It was just so great to see them, see how they are doing, and visit with them for a bit. As soon as we got back to Grace House I ran in and told Anita, Jerry, and Paul what happened. I showed them the pictures. I was so happy. The third week we have someone coming back who worked there last year so Paul said I had to show them. I will.
Anyways, Friday night’s with EAM at Grace House are special. We invite our host families up for a BBQ. We can also invite other families that we have worked for. Some come up, and others do not. Either way, it is great fun as we eat, chat, and then Anita and her family sing for us. This is the first time my host family has come. So, I was excited and went out to great them after I had showered and cleaned up. Also, one of the girls had brought up a dish she made using the vegetables from her garden. This family is so proud of their garden. I made sure I ate some, and it was really good. I told them that. After we cleaned up from dinner, it was time for more fun. Anita and her family were going to sing. I was not sure if Anita’s brother, Robert, was going to come or not. I worked at his house last year, too. That is also when I was on Team Susan and we put on a new roof. He had a mushroom fall off his tree and I had told him I paint on them. He gave it to me. I promised him that I would paint it and bring it back. He told me to keep it but I said no, it was his. Well, he came to sing for us!!! After they were done singing we had a wonderful chat. He said that his house is dry and the roof no longer leaks. Yeah I said. I told him to wait as I had something for him. He said did you bring that mushroom back? I said wait and see. I ran to the bunkhouse and got it. When I gave it to him, he was speechless. He hugged me and said he would cherish it. Susan made sure she got our picture together. Robert wanted to give me a donation to help with my fundraising to come here, but I said NO! Then he told me he cut that tree down. WhAt??? I said. He just laughed. He said he has more mushrooms that he will bring to me before I leave that I can paint and try to sell to help raise money for next year. We shall see if he comes through. He said that he will be coming up all of the Friday nights to sing. So, I will be seeing more of him.
As you can see, yesterday was totally awesome. I was so excited. I also stayed up to late visiting and had no time to blog, so I apologize. Today though, I had some time to unwind and relax. As a matter of fact, I think I will go for a hike up to the outside chapel. I get great phone service there. I am allowed to go alone now😀. I have graduated from being a newbie. I have about 5 voicemails. I should also call Dad to see how he is doing and how my cat is doing.
So, I will sign off and go get that done before we leave for dinner in about an hour. We go to this amazing, yummy Mexican restaurant. I can’t wait to dig into their taco salad. It is amazing. I hope you are all having a great day!