Our last week at Ozona was fairly relaxed. We finished scraping, priming, and painting the parsonage. Also, the handicapped shower for Mariano was completed. Some of us stopped by to see the work our group did. Lupe (Mariano’s wife) had prepared peach cobbler and wouldn’t let us leave without some. Yummmm! The hospitality shown to our group everywhere we went was incredible.
|Bell Choir with Carollers|
The banks in town hosted community open houses 2 days in a row. One bank had theirs on Tuesday with the young elementary school children performing. On Wednesday the other bank hosted an open house with the Bell Choir and older elementary kids performing Christmas music. One of our members, Steve, got corralled into playing Santa Claus at this event (we think he rather enjoyed it!).
Last Thursday we finished up our work at Ozona with a Mexican lunch, provided by the church’s secretary. Thank you Esther! Early in the afternoon we returned to Canyon Lake, TX where we had been 3 weeks ago, with some other Nomads who have been working on rebuilding a number of homes which had been destroyed by the flooding of the Blanco River in 2015.
Thinking about our time in central Texas, we realize that it is a whole different lifestyle when services are so far apart. Where Bob grew up, homesteads were 160 acres, and only a few “big farmers” had more than a section (640 acres). In west Texas, acres don’t count. A rancher needs many sections to support any livestock. Eight to ten sections (5,000 to 6,000 acres) is very common. One member of the congregation had a “hobby ranch” of only 600 acres for a little retirement project. Many families have their ranch house and a second house, in town, for use when school is in session. A weekly trip to San Angelo (80+ miles one way) for shopping is quite common. That’s probably why 75 mph speed limits are common on two-lane roads.
Here, near Canyon Lake, there are a lot of housing developments with costly new homes in the country. Commutes to San Marcos and San Antonio are only 35 to 45 miles each way. The biggest change for us is a choice of TV from either Austin or from San Antonio. After 3 weeks with no TV, we are grateful!
One week until we see the kids and grandkids again. So excited! To everyone out there – Merry Christmas!!