TOUR AMERICA, 2019: PHOENIX, ARIZONA – THE GRAND CANYON STATE

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Places We Have Called Home In 2019

Home Is Where We Park It:   UMOM New Day Centers, Phoenix 

Nov 6, 2109

Temperature 84 Degrees

Two Projects Down, Time to Start Anew

Time to Say Till We Meet Again

This might be the last blog for about a week.  Definitely none tomorrow night.  We’re leaving very early tomorrow morning for Wellsboro, PA.  My mom has continued to grow weaker and weaker and unfortunately there is no hope for a turn around.  It’s time for us to spend what time we can with her.  I refuse to say goodbye but I can and will say until we meet again.  Please continue to keep our family in your prayers.

Our work here continues and will continue even without us.  We’ll pick right up where we left off when we return.  Today we touched up the first several units and finished painting the doors and frames.

Denise mixing the red paint for the doors and frames.

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Sandy getting a few more drops of paint out of the bucket.

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Chris cutting in around the ceiling.

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I even got in on the act – did some one say there was a screw loose?

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Clean up of the paint room continued through the morning and was finished this afternoon.

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Our one team leader, Jean, showing one and all the many empty paint cans already.

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Who did you say was in there?  Santa Claus?  The Easter Bunny?

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Nope, just Barbara gathering up the paint trays.

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Here is how it goes and what they wanted us to do.  You take, for instance, every can of paint that looks like let’s say yellow and you just dump them all in one big bucket.  Same for brown, and gray, and so on.  Trust me we’ve come up with some very interesting paint colors!

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Our next project are repairs to the outdoor shelters.  Like this one that someone put their foot through.  Through, by the way concrete backer board and a sheet of plywood.

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Our other team leader, Steve, showing us what needs to be done.  Well, sort of.  Suffice to say he is not camera shy!

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That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  We are really enjoying our time here.  Yes, with the scrape yard behind it is noisy and dusty.  We even have a train that adds additional sound effects.  Not to mention the police sirens you here all so often.  Then throw in the planes taking off from Sky Harbor Airport.  Not a place for light sleepers.  Amazingly, we have already learned to tune it all out.  Being out in the country where all is quiet is going to sound – can I say it, a bit weird!  But back to what I was saying, it is great being here.  The work is rewarding.  The team is fantastic.  Our leaders are super people.  We hope sometime in the future to serve here again.

In closing I would ask again please keep our family in your prayers.  There is not going to be a happy ever after ending for my mom.  It’s hard for all of us to accept this.  We need prayers for what is to come.  In addition, my sister and her husband have been taking care of mom and it has not been easy.  They are exhausted and in need of some down time, and time for just the two of them.  Hopefully, Barbara and I can provide that if even for just several days.  Prayers please for all of us in the days to come.  Thanks.

Time to get some sleep.  We need to be up at 4 am for our flight out of here.  Thanks for coming along with us today.  We always appreciate your company and your comments.  Catch up with you some time soon.

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!

 

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