Our 3 weeks in Falfurrias is now complete. Twelve Nomads worked on houses of two residents. Most worked on Mary and Robert’s house in the country, east of town. It had been in Robert’s family for many generations, and had also been abandoned for some time. It had settled unevenly, so the floors were wavy, the siding needed replacement as well as a number of windows. It had been built before electricity was available, so the main supply box was mounted on the outside and most circuits were routed around the outside as well. Since the old siding was coming off, we took the time to route new circuits inside of the walls.
The two of us worked in town on Nellie’s house and three other Nomads came by to assist us at different times. Our main jobs were to replace the slats on the side of her carport with new plastic lattice, re-roof a metal shed in the back yard, repair an exterior door on the laundry area, and replace many soffits which had begun to rot away.
As mentioned in the prior posting, Stel took lots of photos of the two buildings and all of our activities, and posted them to her blog. Click on that link to see some of our results.
We finished work on Thursday and departed town on Friday morning. Friday night was spent at Pinchers RV in El Campo, TX. This place was selected for a couple of reasons:
- it was about halfway to our next stop.
- it is fairly new, with good reviews on http://www.rvparkreviews.com/
- there is a seafood restaurant right next door, and it was very good! (ever tried “crawfish mashed potatoes”?)
Saturday morning we drove north through Houston, and its very slow construction areas to Rainbows End, the Escapees park about an hour north, in Livingston Texas. We will be volunteering at the club’s CARE center for the month of February. CARE stands for Continuing Assistance for Retired Escapees and its mission is:
“…to provide a safe haven with professional assistance at affordable prices for members whose travels are permanently ended because of age or temporarily interrupted because of health problems.” It is a seniors’ assisted living complex for Escapee members.
We will be assisting with:
“…driving resident to appointments, opening and closing the CARE Center building, monitoring the phone at night, and some light cleaning”
Sunday and Monday we are “shadowing” one of the couples who volunteered for January, so that we can start right in on Wednesday. Three teams are rotating through 2 days ON, and one day OFF in exchange for free camping and three meals per day. Many of the volunteers come back year after year. We are looking forward to helping here.