Well...to say we're sheet rockers might be a bit of an exaggeration BUT we did do really good considering most of us were novices. Loaded up tools and got started about 8:30 am (without even stopping at a Starbucks...color me sad). The house that we are working on is the home of an 80+ year old lady. Her neighbors haven't seen her since the flood and were really excited that we were working on finishing her house so that she would be able to move back in. We divided up duties and were soon busy hanging sheetrock, taping and mudding over all of the nails. There isn't any running water inside the house yet - so our internal plumbing needs soon needed to be met and we were off in search of a bathroom. For all the folks that said they would never use a Kybo...well lets just say they changed their minds. Closest one was a few blocks away outside the Moose Lodge. At 10:00 the ladies thought that slapping on mud was one of the best jobs EVER. By 2:00 the aches started to appear and we realized how much work we were really in for. We couldn't wait to get back to the Village for a hot shower. I think we will look at all the things we normally take for granted just a little bit differently this week.
Hard to believe that it's been a year since the flood displaced 12,000 people here at Minot - over a quarter of the town. Only 200 families had flood insurance to cover their losses when the flood took their homes and changed their lives forever. Hope Village will be in place for three years to rebuild the homes of the 911 families who are still on the waiting list. Seems like a daunting task but people from all over the country are volunteering hours - about 4500+ a week - to make the impossible possible. Both the Hares and the Tortoises are glad to be able to lend a hand however we can to help them get there!
P.S. My friendship with Jo may be at a crossroads if she keeps posting horrible pix of me on Facebook. Please pray for her to be nicer.