Saturday, July 26, 2014

This is our third week cooking here in Wasilla, this summer.  I did not do a daily  journal this week.  This is the week our Parkway team were up here.  It was great to see someone from home.

Here they are with the shirts that they will wear to the park the night of their block party.  The team arrived at different times on Sunday.
 Mondays are a full day, because we also serve lunch.  Monday night after dinner everyone drove up to Independence Mine.  We did not go, as we had gone up with Anne the weekend before and we are in bed long before they got home.

Tuesday, Anne stepped outside just to be in the sunshine. She noticed that something had gotten into the trash.  We went out and got it all picked up, just as the trash pickup came!

We needed to get a few things from Fred Meyers.  The only vehicle here, was the 1990 van called the "Moose"!  We decided to brave it and take it to the store.  I had to sit on a bucket in between the front two seats. 

It has a very unique glove box latch.

Our vans are all given animal names.  We have mascots in them.  Anne and I tried on the Moose hat.
The Moose is our block party vehicle.  It has the generator, bouncy house, and grill in it.  It also takes all the hot dogs, chips and drinks to the party.  We will sometimes grill 100 plus hot dogs.

Anne and I were discussing how we go all summer and never have a couch to sit on.  We just have the chairs and pews.  Fred Meyers has some furniture, so we decided to sit a spell.  (Not very long)

Wednesday we had friends from Southern CA that stopped by to see us.  They said they would only stay through supper if we would put them to work.  We did just that.  Larry and Sandy were from our home church in Southern CA.  We we did not know them until we went on a mission trip to Thailand in 2008.  They are dear friends.

On Thursday, Howard made pies for supper.  He made  Banana Cream, Coconut Cream, Chocolate, Lemon Meringue, Raspberry Rhubarb and Pecan.

Everyone loves his pies.  He does not do this every week. It is too time consuming.

Thursday night was Parkway's Block party.  We drove over to Palmer to go to it for a bit.

Some of the people that came.

Nikki and her Dad

One of our team mates drew a lot of chalk drawing on the sidewalk.

These are our team members that are here.  It's been so good to see them this week.

Tammy  had a birthday this week
Friday mornings are free mornings.  We have breakfast a little later and don't have chapel until 11:15.  Our pastor, Bro. Dan got in and washed our dishes for us!  That was great!!

We are serving taco salad for lunch today.

On Saturday Anne Whiteman and Howard went on the sightseeing trip to the Matanuska Glacier.  Ann Graubner stayed at the church to get things done for Sunday morning.  She also got things ready for supper as our team was here for it and a new team came in late this afternoon.

Howard, out on the glacier.

Some of our team in the distance, hiking down to a lake at the foot of the glacier.
The fireweed is beautiful this time of year.

It has been good to hear back from some of you.  We always enjoy hearing from you.

Thanks again for your prayers.  We are starting to tire some.  Early to bed helps!!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Our Second Week

Sunday night  61 degrees

I"m going to try and write something every night this week.  I may keep up with it, or a I may not.  It was a beautiful day today, although I never went outside.  It just dawned on me as I was writing this.

We started out the morning being able to relax some.  Church starts at 11:00 so we took our time.  Then we never stopped!  Church went a little longer than usual.  We had a team from TX come in last night.  They stayed in a motel in Anchorage.  They were picked up by GraceWorks and brought up to Wasilla.  I had to hustle to get rooms set up for them to sleep in.  I had most of them done when the teams got here, but not quite all of them.  Howard and Anne had gone to 3-Bears to pick up some items, and they were on the run!  

We fixed chicken enchiladas for dinner, along with salad, chips and dessert.  The church was having a movie tonight while we were serving dinner.  When we were done they came down stairs to have refreshments.

We have a team of 30 this week from Diana, TX.  They will be working in three places.  Amoosement Park in Palmer, Williwaw region here in Wasilla and Wonderland Park in Wasilla.

Monday 64 degrees

I hope this doesn't become redundant.   It was a long day today.  On Monday we make lunch for the teams.  We made biscuits and gravy and an egg, potato, bacon and cheese skillet dish.  For lunch we made taco soup and cornbread muffins.  This afternoon we had to make a Fred Meyer run.  We just don't have storage for everything.  For dinner tonight we had ham, twice baked potatoes, peas and carrots and home made rolls.  We had cupcakes for dessert.  It is 6:30 and dishes are done and the teams are sightseeing.  We are going to take showers and get our jammies on and relax a bit before we go to sleep.  Not a very exciting day, is it?

Tuesday  63 degrees
Have I bored you yet?  Our work is very exciting, isn't it.  Guess what we did after our breakfast of pancakes and reindeer sausage?  You guessed it, we went to Three Bears to do some shopping.  We also stopped at WalMart and picked up a few things.

The "cook" multi-tasks.

I also got my cleaning done.  We have a church janitor here some days, so I don't do everything.  I usually just wipe down the toilets, clean sinks and mirrors, make sure there is enough TP in the dispensers, and make sure we don't run out of paper towels.

Tuesday night is our "Alaska on a Platter" dinner.  I did remember to take pictures tonight.

Salmon on the grill.  Jay did manage to catch the grill on fire.  I didn't grab my camera quickly enough.  Here he is with the fire extinguisher.

Halibut Olympia
Buttered red potatoes
Asian coleslaw
Cheddar Cheese biscuits
Rhubarb custard bars

The teams had clinic in the park tonight.  Afterwards the pastor, Steven and his wife Dana invited the teams over to their place for a marshmallow roast and a time to play.  We went out for a little bit.  
It was a fun evening for the teams

Wednesday 65 degrees

Anne has not seen any wild life here.  She has really wanted to see a moose.  Carolyn,the church secretary said that she sometimes sees one in her yard.  We told her to call us if she sees one.
We got a call while we are doing dishes this morning from Carolyn.  She saw a moose and we took off.  She only lives about 2 miles from the church.

We did make a bread run to the bread store.  Our teams are using quite a bit in the park.  They feed the kids peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when they first get to the park.

We had creamed chicken over biscuits and apple salad tonight along with the dessert of choc cake with a strawberry topping.

The temp that I post everyday is the the temp when I'm writing at night. It was into the 70's today.

Thursday  67 degrees

Another beautiful day.  Not much out of the norm today.  After breakfast Howard and Anne made a Three Bears Alaska  run and the bread store.  I stayed at the church and cleaned.  GraceWorks bought a new freezer for us to use.  Now, we won't have to make so many bread runs.  We feed the kids in the park every afternoon.  We feed them peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, so go through a lot of bread.  We also can buy bags of ice for our meals and have a place to put them.  Otherwise we were emptying ice cube trays all the time.  It will be nice for frozen things.  Hopefully we can cut down on our grocery story runs.

Friday  65 degrees
This was another beautiful day.  We did not leave the church today.  This is our busy day, because we fix three meals .Anne is a big help in the kitchen. She is a VERY early riser, so gets things done early!! I got my cleaning done this morning, because the teams were on a hike. I also did some laundry today and I got two additional tablecloths hemmed up.  We will be putting up two more tables next week.  We will have 15 more people here next week.  We use tablecloths made from Alaskan fabric.  

This is the fabric I got this time.

Saturday  55 degrees

The day started out rainy,  We fix a continental breakfast on Saturday mornings. We have yogurt, bagels, egg McMuffins, and fresh fruit.  The teams can get their lunches packed and eat breakfast and be ready to leave for their sight seeing day,  After they leave we have the rooms to set up for SS tomorrow.  We did get the back area of the dining room set up. This is where the men sleep.  We have it divided off.  We have 18 men in that area this week.  All of our other rooms have women in them. 
 We went down to Anchorage.  It was actually nice when we got there.We ate a halibut sandwich at White Spot Cafe.  It was very good.

We went to a couple of places downtown and also went to tent city. It is kind of like a flea market, but has some nice Alaskan made things.  We also went to Costco and Walmart and did some shopping.  It turned out to be a beautiful day.

Anchorage from Earthquake park.
Downtown Anchorage has some beautiful flowers

We stopped at the Ulu factory so Anne could get an ulu knife and bowl.

Before we left Anchorage we went to Wild Berry.  It is a neat shop.  Anne found a new friend there.
In fact we both did.

 We came home a back way.  It was raining as we came north, but there was a rainbow.  I couldn't capture the picture.  We did get this beautiful view of the Alaskan range.  (I think, it is the Alaskan range).

A beautiful view to end our day.

This week will be our biggest week.  We have 45 team members coming up. 19 of those team members are from our home church, Parkway Baptist in Smyrna TN.  We will appreciate the prayers this week!  Thanks for all of you that have written and said you have been praying

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