Washing in the rain

Jim washed the truck in the rain this evening as soon as we returned home from work. The easiest way to start any project is to pretend he is just going to do a little bit. This evening he was only going to scrub bugs off the windshield. Rain is forecast for tonight so he wouldn’t even need to rinse the windshield.

It started raining as he scrubbed. Quickly he washed the side windows, the back windows, then one door. Kept going to the front fender. What the heck, a quick pass on the hood. Here’s the other front fender, might as well. Not raining too hard yet, another door, a couple more fenders, the tailgate, then the chrome. Raining hard now, starting to come down pretty hard.

That’s the easy way to get a chore done. Before he knew it, the truck was washed and looked much much better. He would start trimming a holly in our backyard hedge the same way — plan to trim one or two bushes and realize two hours later he had trimmed and cleaned up around a dozen bushes. Just pretend it isn’t a chore and won’t take much time. Otherwise we might not want to start the chore.

We’ve been so busy these past ten days there’s scarcely been time to write. We’ve been doing volunteer work at Lake Junaluska Assembly with NOMADS. Jim’s main preoccupation each evening has been compiling and completing the twenty-page newsletter for our amateur radio club, WBCCI ARC. The newsletter takes a lot of evenings.

And Debbie needed to take another swipe at our tax returns before we finalized them. This post is in celebration of completing those things. We sent in the taxes Saturday and sent the newsletter to the printers yesterday. It feels like our time is a little more our own again.

early dawn picture at Lake Junaluska

This is a beautiful place. We stayed at Lake Junaluska Assembly ten years ago for a few days. We’re here for three weeks this time. The longer stay this time allows us to see more and in different ways. We probably weren’t out of bed by 06:30 a single morning last time. This time we’re out of bed by 06:30 most mornings, even some weekend days like for this early dawn lakeside picture.

How many children needed to retrieve 10,000 eggs?

A few hours later we walked down to the Harrell Center and looked upon the lawn beside the Stuart Auditorium to see one of the many waves of children searching for candy-filled plastic easter eggs, 10,000 eggs. Staff designated different sections of lawn around the several buildings for specific age groups of children. It all seemed very well-organized to us and still we were perfectly happy just to watch from afar.

Easter sunrise service at Inspiration Point

Another early morning (the very next one) we dressed as warmly as we could for Easter service at Inspiration Point overlooking Lake Junaluska. Not the coldest morning we’ve had but the temperature throughout the service was under 40 degrees. We most felt sorry for the brass quintet trying to keep their mouthpieces warm between songs. The sunrise service filled the amphitheater and was nicely done.

Part of this period's NOMADS crew

Last Thursday our NOMADS crew participated in the annual Lake Junaluska Beautification Day. One hundred staff members, residents and other volunteers met for a breakfast kick-off then divided into a dozen supervised work crews. The teams tackled high-impact visual improvement projects around the lake and Assembly buildings. Our team spent the day between spreading hundreds of pine straw bales under the Rose Walk’s 350 rose bushes and picking up trash around one of the hotels. At day’s end a brief slide show illustrated to all the workers what diverse things had been accomplished on this huge conference center. It was rewarding to see our part in this big effort.

We excel at taking work breaks

Bob and Linda are first-time NOMADS. We enjoyed working a lot with them last week at the west gate building (guess where it’s located?) scraping, priming, and painting the wrap-around porch ceiling. Four of us spent three days scraping, moving drop cloths, cutting in and rolling, and putting the light fixtures and signs back into place. It was nice work and mostly very nice working conditions although the wind was stout enough to require anchoring the drop cloths securely or they would flip over onto us.

We accidentally found First Methodist in Waynesville our first week here and have enjoyed attending two worship services there. The music program is wonderful, the church was gorgeously rebuilt after a devastating fire years ago, and every third member seems to be a retired pastor or bishop. Great programs, and we enjoyed visiting.

As we write this the rain pours down. The rain started over five hours ago and the weather-guessers predict up to 3/4″ accumulation. Tomorrow they think we might get almost 1/2″ of rain. We’re painting indoors on old plaster so maybe it’ll dry well anyway. It’s a good thing we like painting. There’s not a lot else on the work list for this week. We’ve had wonderful weather these three weeks and aren’t about to complain about a few days of rain — as long as we have good weather next week at the beach.

Friday we drive through Marion NC (stopping at the SKP-ACRE rally for lunch with Herb and Lois) then to Belmont NC to pick up Jerry and Ann and caravan with them to Myrtle Beach SC. If we don’t talk with you before then we’ll try and share some pictures from sunny Myrtle Beach!

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5 responses to “Washing in the rain

  1. Wednesday morning and still raining steadily — accumulation so far is .85″

  2. Perhaps the rain will follow you from Lake Junaluska to Myrtle Beach. Nothing like a clean vehicle to attract it! (Even if you wash it in the rain.)

    • Yeah I know — I loathe washing on a dry day, having to dry and buff to prevent water spots. Never fails a heavy due or rain will ensue shortly after. The trailer looks great tonight, I washed it in the rain this afternoon. But it does seem nearly a perfect waste of time doing this. One good thing from washing — I found a missing exterior rivet this afternoon. I’ll be fixing it tomorrow.

  3. Driving across North Carolina is like a mini trip across America. You have the magnificent Appalachian Mountains, metropolitan areas like Charoltte, the rolling hills and farmlands of the central area, and the beautiful costal area. Have a great time!

    • Frank,
      Absolutely what we feel too. Every time we cross through the Smokies or down US-52 into North Carolina we hear James Taylor singing to us, “going to Carolina in my mind”. We know we’re home upon crossing east through the Smokies. And in a day’s drive one can be in the NC mountains, the piedmont, the coastal plains, and the beaches — four geographic regions. Pretty great!

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