The day after we returned from NC, we were saying goodbye to Ron and Pat, who had spent much of the winter at Faith. Their handiwork was evident in almost every building on campus, and we would miss their presence. (Of course, they missed us a lot as well when they arrived back in Iowa to blowing snow and cold temperatures. ) Pat and Fred stayed another week, and we scrambled to get as much done in Peeler before their departure. Cathy joined Pat under the floor to put the last plumbing joint in place before closing up. (You can see a video of the finished work in 2 parts (part 1 / part 2). It’s not that exciting, but you probably have a lot of time on your hands these days. )
Before we left NC, Dave and Pastor Barry were already talking about the new approach to Sunday services without the ability to meet in the sanctuary. The church had decided to do a drive-in service, with members that could do so sitting in their cars in the parking lot. They also wanted to broadcast the service over the internet. Dave started learning how to create a livestream via Youtube.
The demand for Beyond90’s services has understandably increased as jobs are eliminated and offices closed. This was especially in evidence for the clients of Beyond90, who have the added challenge of language barriers. To be able to continue to serve them, Lori Chelf came up with an idea to place plexiglass as a barrier between her 2 rooms. Since the panel wasn’t tall enough, we cut another panel to fill the gap and then taped it in place. With a baby monitor to allow sound to pass through, the solution worked well. So well, that we were back a couple of days later installing another panel, so she could have another worker helping out.
Unfortunately, the lack of access between rooms now created another problem. The lock on the middle room door wasn’t keyed to any key that Lori had. To fix that, we removed the lockset on all 3 rooms and keyed them to a new key that was unique to Beyond 90. While we were at it, we finished the work that we had begun for the preschool, re-keying the locks on the school’s bathrooms so that they could keep them private for their charges. Since it had been several weeks since our last locksmithing exercise, it only took about 5 attempts to create the first of the locksets, but we did eventually get smooth at it.
In an effort to avoid any unnecessary contact with people, we started ordering supplies using delivery or pickup services. Our first attempt was using Instacart for Aldi, and we were very pleased. We could watch while the items were placed in the cart. We got prompts to approve suggested replacements or suggest other alternatives, and we could watch her progress on the way to us. Our Wal-mart order was a little rockier. Only Walmart grocery orders are brought to your car for pickup. We had placed a Walmart.com order as well, but the instructions said to go into the store to get it. After several phone calls, we managed to get the inside order brought out to us, but we know better how to handle it.
One casualty of the new restrictions was the cancellation of the procedure to remove Cathy’s port that had been installed for her chemotherapy. It’s unclear when that will be able to be done now.
We were pleased to have a brief visit from Miami and Shelly, who were on their way to the Keys. We got to spend some time catching up without getting too close. Miami even spent some time completing a repair in a trailer during his brief stay. They were here for the Sunday drive-in service as well before heading out. It was a treat to get to see them, and they made it to their spot in the Keys a couple of days later.