No ditch digging or electrical projects were on the agenda for Droz’ visit this year. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t busy. He had signed up to be head cook – i.e., chef – at the Wednesday dinner during his visit. Since he was well into a culinary class at school, he rose to the challenge of planning and preparing a meal for 50 people.
The meal was a big hit. And what leftovers there were managed to disappear over the next couple of days. There were already discussions about maybe a repeat next year. .
The Sunday after Easter, we were surprised by a visit from Cathy’s Mom and 2 of her sisters, Carolyn and Chris, who joined us for Sunday service. They had arrived in St. Simon’s Island GA the night before where the “girls” – Cathy’s mom and her sisters -- gathered later that day for a few days to celebrate Mom’s 90th birthday. With our arrival, the weather turned blustery and gray, but we had a great time relaxing and reminiscing together while we celebrated Mom’s milestone.
While the project work continued, the pace started to slow as more of our members prepared to leave for points north. More staining and painting was done, and at this point, there is almost no bare wood left on campus. Bobbi and Sandy continued Karen’s work on the front pillars, powerwashing them so the rest looked as good as the first few she had done. Don got the surface cleaner working again, requiring a series of new parts, repaired yet another bathroom fixture, a log splitter tire, deck boards etc. And Fred repaired doors, the parsonage AC, and made seemingly endless repairs to the golf carts. In the process, he worked with Jahaziel to help him learn how to keep the carts running and maintained while the Nomads aren’t around. We’ll see how he does.
Dave worked with several members of the church to transition to a new website and calendaring system, and managed to help Pastor Rigo finalize his local pastor application. It may not have required all the creative work of writing the many pages of papers, but his talents were essential in making sure they were submitted for review by the deadline.
Shortly after Droz returned home to go back to school, Fred, Don and Bobbi packed up and headed out. It was still pretty cold up north, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
With the eventual launch of Orion Jr getting closer, our attention is increasingly focused on getting her back in shape. Cathy finished making all 5 windows for the enclosure (finally!), and then did some stitching on the bimini to reinforce the zippers. With all the sewing work done, the canvas was stowed in preparation to return the mast to the deck.
As the campground emptied out, we moved the boat to a spot out of the trees, powerwashed the foredeck and washed and waxed the hull. In the process of moving the boat, we tested the trailer lights and brakes. You guessed it. One of the sidelights didn’t work and the brake battery was questionable. More replacements were ordered. Opening up cockpit lockers to stow some new PFD’s, caused a chain reaction of activities which resulted in cleaning both lockers, changing the fuel filter (and ordering a replacement), and restoring the fuel tanks to their operating position.
With still more to do to get the boat ready to go and RV ready to shut down, we decided it was time to go to Universal Studios and see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – a delayed birthday present for Cathy. The boat stuff will still be there when we return.
Hemingway couldn’t be left out when everyone gathered in the courtyard before sunrise on Easter Sunday. She found a way to become the center of attention – as always.