A number of our group had to return home last night after a cookout with the group from Parsippany, so we are down to five today. Linda, Jeanne, Ruth, Sarah, and Beth returned to Sharon’s house today with the intention to finish painting. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. Sharon, a boater, said it was blowing 25 knots. We’re not sure how fast that is, but it was pretty windy. Instead, we focused on the inside of her house, removing carpet nails and debris, and sweeping up. Her house will be ready for the next group, which will work on her floors and walls. We also planted some mums in her front flowerbed. Sharon took us out to lunch at the pizza place that has been letting us use their bathroom all week. The pizza was great and it was nice to patronize a restaurant where the staff is so nice. We really appreciated spending another morning working alongside Sharon in her home. It’s been wonderful to see the hope blooming in her as progress is made.
After lunch, we headed to Linda’s house in Seaside Park to do some taping and mudding of dry wall that had previously been installed. We met Linda, the homeowner, and John, the Hands for All worker. Linda Mill gave everyone a tutorial on taping and mudding, and we got to work on one of the bedrooms. We were joined by the group from Parsippany, who went right to work on another bedroom. We called it a day when it got too dark for us to see where the mud was going, but plan to return tomorrow for sanding and more mud. We are now going to go support the local economy by going out for drinks and dinner.