Places We Have Called Home In 2019

Home Is Where We Park It:   Tucson Metropolitan Ministries Family Services

Oct 15, 2019

Temperature 93 degrees

First Project – Day Two, Finished

Second Project – Day One, Apartment 3201

Second day, same as the first.  Up early, can you say 6 am, a quick breakfast, then off to the activity hall for devotions.

It’s 8 am and our team is gathered for devotions.


Devotions over and its time to get to the project site.  Within a few hours of arriving we were hard at work putting the finishing touches on the yard.    I was given the weed wacker which no one until now had been able to get to work properly.  Ha!  I figured it out and used it all morning without an issue.  In fact I was able to clean both the remaining section of the back yard but also the front yard using it.  This project is now complete.  The cabinets are gone and the yard is spotless.  Time to move on.

We came back for lunch.  Then, we moved on to Project Two, Apartment 3201.


Here is Hedi on the way over.


Followed by Ken and Teresa.


Our Project this time is to clean and repaint the entire three bedroom apartment.  We have one more apartment after this to do as well.  I’ve been told that painting is a staple of NOMADS.


Tools, paint brushes and rollers, paint, and all other kinds of necessary stuff has been assembled.



All the outlet plates have been removed.


Hedi began scrubbing walls and window sills.


Since not a one of us is a pro at painting we have also tapped off as much as we can.  That’s what I spent my afternoon doing.  Oh, I also removed all the outlet plates.  Once that was done, well there is more tapping to do tomorrow, Teresa started painting in the one bedroom.  The nice thing is, they decided to paint everything, and I mean everything the same color – white.  Hint, hint, they got a super discount on the white paint.



Barbara has been busy as well.  She is now working in the office.  She has two projects.  First, before the shred truck comes in every staple from every piece of prior paperwork has to be removed.  Sounds like fun, right?


This morning she worked with Teresa removing staples.


And in the afternoon Teresa switched off with Cheryl.  Barbara and Cheryl then worked together on Project Two,  making goodie bags for the clients that this Family Service unit works with and empowers.


The bottom line is, no matter your skill set or physical ability, there will always be a place for you on a NOMADS gig.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  Day two is in the books.  I’m still hanging in there.  My knees and back definitely know that I’ve been doing more than I normally do.  But that’s OK.  What’s the old saying?  What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.  I do believe I’m getting stronger.

Thanks again for joining us on our journey.  We always appreciate your company and your comments.  Catch you tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before

See you on down the road!







  1. You all are really moving along. White is good when walls and ceiling are being painted. Not as much detail work. Barbara looks very professional behind that desk. Look forward to watching your accomplishments.


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