And climb the stairs to the beach...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Morning Folks 03 20 07

Happy Spring everybody!!!

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~Robin Williams

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

Awake, thou wintry earth -Fling off thy sadness!Fair vernal flowers, laugh forthYour ancient gladness!~Thomas Blackburn, "An Easter Hymn

Spring really is here in Tennesee. The first day of spring here is more like what would seem like late spring for you New Englanders. Daffodills, cherry trees, forsythia, redbuds, dogwood, hyacinth, crocus, tulips even some early iris all blooming as we speak. I am loving it! But I do feel for my northern friends. And for y'all maybe the following is more appropriate:

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~Henry Van Dyke

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. ~Doug Larson

Have faith, those of you whose ground is frozen and branches are bare. There are redbuds and tulips, dafodills and dogwoods in your future!

Have a great day.


Biloxi Back Bay Mission update. (see yesterday's blog if you don't know why I am including this letter. Just click on March 19 in the Previous Posts listed on the righthand side of the page.)

Good evening,This is our Tuesday report from Biloxi.We're exhausted....... but very satisfied with our day's efforts.We were up at 6:30 (some earlier) so that we could be in our cars and on our way to our job site in Gulfport by 7:30 AM.

Nine of us spent the day at a home in Gulfport putting things back together. Mary, Betsey, Sue, Joe and Mike spent the day installing fiber glass insulation in all of the exterior walls. Hal removed two bathrooms windows, closed in the window openings and reinstalled the vinyl siding. Eddie patched a number of holes in the walls and floors. George fixed the flashing around the vent pipe and did several other odd jobs.Terry spent the day with some of the group from Wisconsin at another house installing trim and molding. He was the master carpenter teaching a couple of women the art of installing trim.

We had a wonderful evening meal with the folks from Wisconsin and Pam and John Small, the volunteer coordinators here at the BBM. Betsey prepared her "ham roll-ups" with rice pilaf. We closed the dinner with Mary reading her poem about our trip and Hal reading the script of the Mission Possible skit that was presented by the Youth Group Players on March 11. Both were received well by our guests. We are providing copies of both to the BBM staff and the Wisconsin crew for their possible use in other settings.

It will be an early evening for most of us but George and Hal will be going to the airport to pick Rev. Lisa up at 10;30. Please pass the ibuprofin.

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