Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Since we were along the coast we decided to stop at the Outer Banks on our way home. We arrived at Roanoke Island in three hours. Luckily we decided not to take the ferries and drive up along the Outer Banks because the free ferry at Cape Hatteras was temporary out of service and we would have been stranded or doing a lot of back tracking.
The  campground we stayed at was on Roanoke  Island. A little pricey at $60 a night.
We had a nice water front site, but not as beautiful as our view the last three weeks.

We went to Kitty Hawk to see where the Wright brothers made the first flight. I always heard about this so I wanted to go see it.

Listened to a talk by a park ranger on how they altered the glider to make this first plane.

The big stone is where they took off.  The three little stones are how far they flew. Notice how much further they went the third time.( look for the white dot by the trees)

The monument on Kill Devil Hill. We walked up.

The view from the top of the hill.
Statues of the event.
After spending several hours at Kitty Hawk we drove south.
We stopped at Bodie  Island Lighthouse at Nags Head.

After seeing the lighthouse we drove across the road to the beach.

We didn't go any farther south for it was getting late and time for dinner.

Another delicious seafood meal. I couldn't decide so I had scallops, shrimp,flounder, and crab cake.

Larry had grilled swordfish.
Our stop at the Outer Banks was only for a day. Saturday morning we headed north to PA.
Instead of going inland to I-95 we stayed along the coast. It cost us $28 to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge - tunnel. What a neat experience.
The first tunnel.

The second tunnel goes between those two buildings.
We thought about driving to PA and going dancing that evening, but we only made it to Seaford,Delaware.

There was a Walmart
next to a Grotto Pizza.  Grotto pizza has been the pizza at the Delaware beach for over 50 years and Larry hasn't had any for several years.  We decided to stop and indulge.

Sorry this picture is out of order. There was a photographer at Kitty Hawk for the famous first flight.  Somehow we got in the picture.
We had a little bit of a challenge getting back to PA ( detour, so we got confused around Newark) but were back at our rental by 10 Sunday morning. PA sure is beautiful.
We visited Larry's mom and dad for Mother's Day and while we were there his brother, Trey, stopped by. He looks and acts so much better then he has in three years. He needed a liver transplant and Trey's son  donated part of his liver to his dad the end of March. What a gift!  Thanks for all your prayers.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


 There was a super full moon on Saturday night but it rained  so we didn't get to see it. Sunday the moon was out for a few hours, before the clouds covered it up. What a lovely view out our front window.
 Our work team for this week. Jennie and Gary left and now Edna and Heber join us.
 We were painting the doors, door frames and chair rail in all the rooms at Ethel's house. We only had a roll of painters tape so we kept it in the shower as Linda moved it from one spot to another.
 Edna painted all six sides of the doors for the four closets.
 Liz and I worked on laying the laminate flooring.
 Getting the flooring around the door jams was quite a challenge!
We put flooring in the back bedroom. We were to do the hallway but we ran out of time.
Larry and Bob worked at Linda's house on Monday finishing up her kitchen. The sink is in!

 When we are finished at a house we present the owner with a Bible. Larry showing Linda where he had written his e-mail address. She wants to send us a picture of her home when it is finished. She got a month extension to stay in her FEMA trailer until June.
 The FEMA trailer is gone at Annie's and she is in her home!
 Annie's beautiful new home. She was so happy and appreciative. She gave us a very nice thank you card.
 Liz cutting flooring.  I was using these saws this week. A first for me! I learned how to lay laminate flooring and how to use some saws!
 Heber and Roland cutting some molding. Getting those angles right is tricky!
 Melissa is a college student from South Carolina who helped us this week.The crown molding was up, now caulking to fill in the cracks.
 Larry and Bob hung the cabinets, put in the sink, and counter top at Ethel's home.
Bob working on the kitchen counters.
 Thursday afternoon we packed up all our tools. We painted, laid the floor,and hung the crown molding. The base board still needs to be put in but another group will have to finish.The NOMADS time at Vandemere is over, there are no more NOMADS scheduled to come in for now. But there is plenty of work still to be done and will probable be going on for a few years.
 Several houses are being raised. Amazing!
The weeks have gone by quickly and it is hard to believe it is time to leave. The Vandemere Methodist church had a delicious covered dish meal for us tonight. The people in these communities are very appreciative of all the volunteers that have come to help out. I have a feeling we will be back.