Scrambled eggs, sausage, and toast today.  We needed the sustenance, for the day ahead.   The third day of the mission trip is when we waffle between thinking we’ll run out of work, to that we have too much to do, to that it will be just right. 

When Tom, our Project Manager, arrived on the job this morning, he told me that the potluck that Celebration Lutheran Church had planned for us for this evening was cancelled due to the weather.  Now, I’ll have to admit as a seasoned Iowa driver, this seemed a bit extreme.  At the time, the sun was coming out every now and then, and the icicles were melting.  But this is what we drove “home” in:

Tennessee Snow

But before this drive home, we:

  • Finished installing all of the wood flooring
  • Finished staining the trim and doors
  • Adjusted doorways and got some doors hung
  • Finished varnishing the trim
  • Sorted and mapped out where the trim goes
  • Started varnishing the doors
  • Patching and taping drywall

Raymond was around this afternoon.  He and Tom both helped install one of the vanities.  Raymond sure seems to be smiling a lot.  That’s our goal!

Judy used a gift card that she had been saving for just such an occasion and bought us pizza and salad from Painturo’s.  And she had a birthday cake for Tom for dessert.  Tom’s birthday was a couple of weeks ago and Tom’s wife had left money with Judy to get a cake.  Wasn’t that thoughtful?  The pizza was very good.  Pastor Martin from Celebration Lutheran stopped by to meet us.  We sent one of our pumpkin pies home with him; he’s going to serve it Sunday morning.  Kind of a reverse potluck!  And we got to sing “Happy Birthday” to Tom.

Pizza "Potluck"


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jan Bettin
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 09:05:08

    Melanie, Thank you so much for keeping us all up to date of your progress from day to day. I feel like I am there with you in Spirit anyway. Its still cold here but the sun is shining so that will help. Its suppose to get in the 30’s this weekend so that will maybe start some melting of the snow. Keep up the good work and I will be waiting to read your next update. God Bless and keep you all safe.


  2. Alicia Kratke
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 20:48:20

    You’ve done a great job on this blog! Its nice to hear about your days, other than my moms semi-comprehendible texts. You sound like y’all are getting a lot of work done, bummer that it is snowing there! But when you get back its supposed to be in the 40’s on Sunday! Keep up the good work!


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