Wow! The week is done. It seems to have gone by very quickly. So today would be Day 5.
For some reason, 4-5 people had great difficulties getting to the work site on time each and every day! Fortunately, Jim understood this and accepted it as he put it, “you’re volunteers. I’m glad to have you.” We made up for it by staying later. Anyway, we arrived to find a sign that said, “everyone over to the Campbell’s.” We found him and Jim2 hard at work patching the bathroom wall “imperfections” with mud. Today, he was hoping to get the bathroom painted. In addition, there were counter tops to be put on. At Travis and Cindy’s the hope was to prime the closet and bathroom on the second floor. So, to accomplish these things, Sarah and Robin went back to T & C’s house and, Diana and Heidi stayed with Jim.
As most of us hadn’t done work at Jim2’s, it was nice for Heidi to be able to spend some time there. Diana had been working with Jim at Jim2’s with an occasional trip to T & C’s over the course of the week. She got to see the kitchen come together that they had worked on, and much of the bathroom completed at Jim2’s. Sarah and Robin had been working all week on the upstairs so they were able to see their project through to completion.
Jim Crawford, our PDA leader, is extremely knowledgeable and, not afraid to “think outside of the box.” For many of you who have done rehab work you know that there really isn’t anything truly square. Once again this proved true. We of course discovered this the hard way when trying to connect the kitchen counters. Heidi glued two sides together and, learned that there were 4 screws underneath that also tightened the connection of the 2 pieces. In order for these to fit Jim had to disconnect the stove and move it completely out of the kitchen. As the gas wasn’t on it was pretty painless, just an added step or 2. The real trial came when trying to connect the 3rd piece with the first 2 already in place. Jim ended up cutting out a hole of drywall from the basement stairwell so that he could reach through and connect 3 screws. Heidi had done the gluing already. The last screw had to be worked on “blindly” and with very little space to hold it in place. This only took about 45 minutes and eventually all 3 of us!!! UGH. But we got it and the counters look terrific.
At lunchtime today we had a special meal. Corliss and Jim bought us lunch and we broke bread together in their living room. It was a special time to get to know these two people and their story. They really wanted to do something special for us as a token of thanksgiving. Through a few stories it was evident that they now understand better than before, that there are times when everyone needs others to help pick them up. And, that while this is an extremely difficult time, they can see many blessings throughout the recovery!
Corliss is a 4th grade teacher. She and Jim have 3 adult kids and some grandkids. Oh, and some cats: LT, Pepper and Frappachino. Pepper was always in Jim2’s lap. Jim 2 is a disabled man who maneuvers really well in his wheelchair. At one point, Pepper had gotten himself on Jim2’s right side and managed to push Jim2 over as if he was just allowing Jim2 to sit with him!!! Diana and Heidi loved interacting with the cats!
After lunch, Diana finished her painting in the bathroom and Heidi measured, cut, and mounted new drywall where Jim had made the cut in the basement stairwell. Little things were done to clean up and put away. So, the goal for the day was met! At T & C’s house Sarah and Robin worked relentlessly wanting to finish what they had started 4 days earlier. They succeeded, and even primed part of the stairwell to the first floor! Jim’s goals and, our hopes were met. Praise be to God!
We decided since Towanda celebrates First Friday that we would eat out. So we found a nice restaurant, found a table on the deck and enjoyed the beautiful evening with some live music. On our stroll home we found a spot with spider webs. Sarah loves spiders so she was explaining about them.
It seemed like a wonderful way to end a good day, but also a good week’s worth of work and fellowship. STOP THE PRESSES!!! As it would turn out, it was until Heidi and Diana got back to the church. AHHHHHHH, the bat returned! As soon as we walked into the big room in the basement this thing came flying. Diana was brave! Heidi, not so much. When the others arrived a new plan went into effect because we still had to do cleaning.
All in all there was much accomplished and we all worked well together. We met some nice people and discovered a beautiful piece of Pennsylvania. God is good!
Thanks for all of the prayers, support, cards and thoughts. We felt them all. Please continue to pray for our neighbors in Bradford County as many of them have an extremely uphill battle to regain “normalcy” and their homes.