Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Yes, We are at Home

We left Baytown, TX at 3 pm CST on Saturday and arrived home at 11 am EST on Sunday.  That was a 19 hour drive with very little stopping.  Our friend JD did alot of the driving. Me and Billy went straight to bed once we got home, even before unpacking the truck.

IMG_0926 Here I am with Iva, Vickie, Violet & Eloise, friends of mine that arrived on Friday night.IMG_0928 This is one of the last pictures I took before heading home.  This shows all three feeding units.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Baytown, TX

On Sunday afternoon we started our move to Baytown, TX.  It is very near Houston.  We arrived on site Monday morning.  The town of Baytown did not get alot of damage but is mostly without power.IMG_0898We have 3 different NCBM feeding units on this site.  This is the first time I have seen Red Cross and NCBM working side by side on the serving line.IMG_0914 People can walk up to get food....IMG_0912 or they can drive up.IMG_0916 This lady from Denver, NC cooked porkchops all day right outside my office.  They smelled so good.

Billy is doing maintenance and I am  doing administration.  We both have been working very hard.  I have been too tired at night to do any blogging.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hurricane Ike

Billy & I left home Thursday night and headed for Houma, Louisiana.  We stopped in Lugoff, SC and spent the night.  IMG_0885 Friday morning we were redirected to Camp Living Waters near Hammond, LA. were the NC team was being evacuated.IMG_0871 We arrived at 6:30 and just in time for supper.  IMG_0873 After a good nights rest we went on down to Houma to retrieve these two bladder tanks that did not get moved Friday.IMG_0878 We saw some flooding on the way down and back.IMG_0879 Lots of water everywhere but the road was high and dry.IMG_0882We had some tire trouble on the trailer on the way back but got back in time for supper.  The unofficial word is that we are going to Texas but haven't heard where in Texas.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Little Sewing Project

My Aunt Barbara Jo called today and said she had a little sewing project she wanted to do.  Of course I have plenty of fabric so I told her to come on over and see what she could find.  She wanted to make Ditty Bags for the Anchor House Mission in Pametto, FL.  One thing you need to know is that my aunt knows how to get people to do things.IMG_0868 I sewed the bags....IMG_0866 and she pressed.  We made 8 bags in about 30 minutes.IMG_0869 Then I gave her some more fabric and she went over to my neighbor, Violet's house and they made 8 more bags.Image1 This is what they look like.

If you would like to made some to send to the mission go to their website and click on Ditty Bag Program.  Barbara Jo plans to send some Walmart gift cards to purchase goodies to go in the bags.

Here is what else has been going on.

IMG_0843 Me and my mother Mildred have been volunteering at Faith Christian Ministries.  Here Mildred, Tony and Brenda sort clothes in preparation for the bag sale coming up.  This has turned out to be a great place to volunteer (good fringe benefits, if you know what I mean, all you thrift shopaholics)IMG_0857 We were scheduled to go to MS on Labor Day for Hurricane Gustav but the Baptist Men decided they needed Billy here more.  He has been on the phone a lot, worked on Baptist Men equipment and carried and set up this shower unit in Clinton in preparation for Hurricane Hanna, which fortunately wasn't needed.IMG_0856 My quilt bee, Rachel's Remants, is having a quilt showing at Via Cappuccino in Rocky Mount.  Last Thursday night we had a opening reception.  That blue and yellow star quilt is one of mine.  The lovely ladies are Linda, Ramona and Maryann.


Some time tomorrow afternoon we will be heading to Houma, LA to help with the feeding/recovery efforts there.  We will be gone about one week. Check back daily for updates.