Today’s Until We Meet Again Tour involved me staying at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. My friend Hazel came to see me with dinner and a painting she had made. Thunderstorms had begun wandering through the city in the evening. While they did not cut much of the heat and humidity, the storms did make me wary and the painting remains at my office until it can be brought home without concern for its safety.
Here’s the deal on the Service Corps at Ghost Ranch:
you pay half-price for room and meals;
you kick in $75;
you work 20 hours or more a week;
and you get a T-shirt.
Plus you get a week at the ranch!
Tricia and I took part last year.
Made a supply run to Santa Fe.
Met some great folks.
I took some pictures, too.
This was the first time we had done this.
It probably will not be the last.
On the one hand,
participation in the Service Corps involved paying
to do work that I go out of my way
to avoid doing at any of the places I call home.
On the other hand,
participation in the Service Corps provided an opportunity
to meet and work with amazing people and
to make a difference at a place that means a great deal to m
The other hand wins.
16 July 2011
True, no people appear.
But people were there.
The paint on the railing was worn.
Then Dennis and I came along
and transformed it into beauty.
I held the cardboard
to protect the stones.
Kind of a mindless job,
but it fit my skill set.
And someone had to do it.
15 July 2011
Chimney Rock Trail
offers one of many
hiking possibilities at Ghost Ranch.
In the summer of 2011,
the Service Corps
repaired and repainted the
trail head sign.
14 July 2011
Tricia arrived at the Shire this evening. She had been unbinding the church. She came through Louisville to pick up Eric and take him back to Bowling Green. It is nice to have a fuller than normal Shire. But they leave in the morning. But Jessica and Ricky arrive on Tuesday.
The goals were met. Step count totaled 10,323; 35 minutes on the treadmill at the gym; and eating well.
Painting moved into the kitchen, thus making cooking a bit of a challenge. So eating took place in restaurants (except for an evening protein bar). That was accomplished within the goals. It is very helpful to have menus with nutritional information posted online.
Very helpful to have Eric as a co-painter.
Watched the Steelers play their first preseason game online. No movie today.
See you along the Trail.
With Eric’s help work began on the kitchen. We painted the stain on the ceiling. We also prepped the walls and painted the walls under the cabinet. Moving the refrigerator led to the discovery of some pretty disgusting dirt. But that is no longer there. Tomorrow we will try to finish.
The three goals were achieved with 30 minutes at the gym (got there a bit late) and 10 minutes walking outside. Steps totaled 10,259.
Star Trek was the movie after the painting. Good stuff.
See you along the Trail.
Well at least in the movie. There is some at the Shire.
I made it again today – 3 for 3: eating well, 40 minutes at gym, 11640 steps.
A doctor’s visit went better than I had hoped. But there is a great deal of work to do.
The movie of the evening is Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Always a fun ride. It’s my favorite of the series. Johnny Depp is quite good – something of an understatement.
The second room in the Shire is now completed. Eric has been helping with cleaning and getting the next room – probably the kitchen or dining room or both some how.
A new dishwasher is to be installed tomorrow. It has been a while.
See you along the trail.