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Citrus County, FL RV – Weekly Report – Mar 18-22, 2019

March 28, 2019

The countdown is on – just one more week to go before we all must leave the camp and head our separate directions.  This is the part we hate most about our MDS experiences. We said good-by to Ray and Pat this weekend as they went home to do a project that with another of the volunteer groups with whom they work.  We hated to see them go but we know that the relationship we have built with them will encourage us to meet with them again. 

This week was a busy one again working on the home of Justin Honiker and his wife Tina.  When we went to work on Monday we were pleasantly surprised to find that Justin and Tina had worked hard and had finished taking off all of the ceramic in the kitchen and dining room.  That meant all we had to do was tear out all of the floors since they were all thoroughly rotted.  Most of them had orange mold adhering to the joists so the odor was not pleasant.  Mary, Ted, Sieg and helpers laid the hardwood in both bedrooms and continued throughout the week to do the hallway, kitchen, and dining area.  Bob, Duane, and Norm put down the subfloor in the kitchen and dining area. Ray and Bob put down the baseboards in the bedrooms.  Justin put the cabinets back in the kitchen so that we knew where to put the hardwood, as he did not want it under the cabinets. 

On Wednesday, Kelsey, who was here from the Canada office, Jean and Cyndi removed the old siding from the east side of the house in preparation for new siding.  Kelsey stated that it sure was a lot different than working in the office. 

On Thursday evening we were treated to a meal at Applebee’s compliments of Catholic Charities, with whom we are working.  We also took advantage of the free ice cream cone at Dairy Queen on Wednesday after work.  On Friday after our usual breakfast out, the ladies went to the local alpaca farm to learn how to water felt alpaca wool.  We each made a unique small wall hanging.  I guess we are never too old to learn.  Saturday the team went sightseeing and enjoyed the beautiful city of Floral City, an old phosphate mining town. 

Next week will be our last and we plan on finishing the home of Justin and Tina by finishing the flooring, putting up the siding, removing some windows and putting in French doors.  There will be some things left for Justin and Tina to do but they are so capable of doing them that we know the job will be completed.  Dedication will likely be Thursday. 

Norm and Carolyn, Bob and Cyndi, Duane and Jean, Sieg and Elenore, Ted and Mary, Ray and Pat