Joe had arrived a few days before us, spending several days blowing off some of the many roofs at Faith. However, when we arrived, we joined forces on our first project. The highest lights in the sanctuary have needed new light bulbs for some time. However, how to reach them has been a problem. Joe devised a modification to an extension ladder that allowed him to climb up high and reach all but one. As his helpers on the ground, we steadied the ladder, passed supplies up and down and remained extremely grateful for his willingness to work up high. The chancel area is now brightly lit and looks great.
Since time was of the essence, we loaded the wreath into the back of Pastor Barry’s truck and headed over to put it in place. To our delight, it looked pretty good. And it brought some Christmas to the parsonage lawn. Pat and Fred had barely had time to take a breath before they finished their first project.
Dave is the go-to parts guy for all this maintenance activity. And since we were heading north on the 12th of December, he did what he could to ensure those staying behind had what they needed to keep going on their projects.
Shortly after arriving at Jacksonville, the latch on a large drawer in the galley broke off and would no longer secure the drawer shut. Luckily this happened after we were done moving for quite a while. Cathy ordered some replacements and worked to install them. While all of the “how-to” videos show how easy the installation is in a cabinet, the demos were not being done upside down inside a drawer. After much too long, she managed to get the replacement installed. However, since the latch was slightly smaller, it didn’t grab as tightly as the one it replaced, and this was a very big drawer (almost 3 ft). To ensure it stayed closed underway, she installed 2 latches equally spaced from the center line to give more holding power.
It was our second year visiting the Disney Hilton Head resort for a few days in mid-December. The time there was spent relaxing and enjoying the beautiful area around the resort.