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MONDAY, March 21:
|Rick and Mom at Memorial Garden in Benson|
Arrive in Benson around 3:30 with the time change and visit for awhile with Kathy and Ron. Mom is very excited for her three day visit. We are glad to see everyone welcome her back so well. We stopped at the Presby church first to see Pop's name on the plaque for the Memorial Garden.
Then on to Tucson to spend the evening and next few days with Luke at the YAV house. We stopped and picked up some pizzas and found the house without any problem. Luke had beaten us home - barely. Kady had given Luke a haircut while he was in McMinnville! That was my first surprise! We got the pizzas into the oven after layering some vegetables on them. Then a tour of the house - we are in the back bedroom called the Parents Room! It is a really nice spot.
Gradually everyone filters in and grabs a bite to eat. Tucson YAV leader Brandon comes over at 7 for their Monday night SHIT night: Spirituality Hour in Tucson. Luke was the leader tonight. It took a little while to get started as the group hadn't been together for awhile. Eventually we gathered in the living room with candles lit for about an hour of sharing and reflection. Nice evening.
In bed early as all of us will be going in to work tomorrow at CHRPA.
TUESDAY, MARCH 22:
Up around 6:15 to do my exercises in the "quiet room" under the hammock and then out to the living room for Bible Study (more Revelation!) I say goodbye to Jacob, but sorry I didn't get a picture of him before he leaves today to go out on his recruiting trip. We take leftover pizza for lunch (well for Rick and Luke - I am eating a PowerBar!) Anyway....on our way shortly after 7:30, Luke probably joyful over a ride to work instead of the bike ride today.
I was wrong as to the location of CHRPA (Community Home Repair Project of Arizona) - it is NOT west of downtown Tucson, but rather about 7 miles to the east. We arrive just a few minutes after 8 (oops, took time to put on our boots out in the parking lot!) and walk into the main room just as the gathering meeting is starting. About a dozen volunteers gather together each morning for Scott to make the assignments. He is a quiet, rather dry wit sort of guy. I can see the comraderie in the group right away and witness why Luke enjoys his work here.
The "Rembold Team" are assigned four jobs for the day: one is a furnace issue and the other three are swamp cooler start ups (two with broken water pipes probably due to the extreme freeze the end of January. There are about 7 CHRPA rigs, each with an individual name. We are assigned to Brutus, a big truck. Luke loads up the equipment we are going to need and we take off. I am assigned as navigator! And Luke gives me a big book map of Tucson. It really is a good map!
First stop is the home of Aurea, an 86 year old lady who is worried because the fan on her furnace won't shut off and seems to be heating up. Luke and Rick check things out, switch a few levers, relight the pilot, and it seems to be working. She has medical conditions that make her cold alot, so even though the weather is suppose to warm back up, she wants her furnace back up and working! It seems to be ok as we leave, but Luke assures her to call again if she has trouble!
|Brutus our truck and Joanne's bright pink gate|
|Luke visits with Joanne while finishing paperwork|
|Luke and Rick clean out the swamp cooler|
|Egret at Reid Park|
|Ginger and Rick clean up the deposits from the cooler|
|Rick and Luke assess the water leak|
Back to the CHRPA headquarters to fill out our volunteer paperwork and Luke to update Scott on Tim's situation. Everyone else seems to have already returned as we are the only ones in the office.
Showers, a visit to meet the chickens and look for eggs (found one!) and a load of laundry into the washing machine. By then we are ready to hop on the bikes and ride toward downtown in search of a place to grab some dinner. We end up at The B Line, lured in by the advertisement out front of Fish Tacos! Luke and I have them while Rick orders a Mahi Burrito. All are very good. Good meal and conversation with Luke over goals and aspirations. It is dark by the time we head back north on 4th Avenue, but there are lights on the bikes and the distance isn't far.
We see Alli and Meredith this evening. Stevie is at work, but will be leaving in the middle of the night to fly home for a death in the family. Alli will be taking Stevie's Borderlinks delegation tomorrow and not returning until Thursday evening. So....we bid them goodbye. Only Mer will be left tomorrow night and she works late again! We have driven them all away! I hope not.
|Laundry hangs out at Luke (this is Wed am, not the starry night!)|
Into bed to be ready for another early morning....bound for Lincoln Park and Jamie Moon's softball game at 8 am. Lincoln Park is even further to the east than CHRPA!
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23:
Up early AGAIN! Quickly do Bible study and grab breakfast (we finish eating in the car) and head back to the east side of town for Jamie Moon's Lewis and Clark College softball game. It is their last game before they head home to Portland. Brandon (Luke's YAV supervisor) and his daughters are calling it PE curriculum and coming to watch as well! (They are home schooled) Brandon met Jamie coming home from Louisville and the YAV Gathering last weekend.
|Jamie takes a cut and hits a double!|
And the Pioneers win with a 7th inning come from behind 3 run home run! Wow! Exciting. Also great for the team to win 4 out of 5 games while here. Shows how tough a league the NW Conference is for softball when LC is at the bottom of the heap. It was a cool game to watch at first as the breeze was quite frosty!
|Luke & Rick at Gates Pass "Pride Rock"|
|Teddy Bear Cactus with Sajuaro|
Back to the house to gather in the laundry, change and head WEST of town to the Mountain Gates Pass in the Tuscon Mountains. Good desert area to visit and we walked out to what Luke calls "Pride Rock" (from Lion King) to survey the valley west of Tucson. He and the YAVs like to come out here to watch the sunset. We could see Kitt Peak Observatory (just barely) in the distance. Octotillo is in bloom and the Teddy Bear Cholla is very fuzzy right now. LOTS of sajuaro cactus, prickly pear, ocotillo, and the teddies. The sun felt good, but my arms are already burned enough. The CCC built several stone shelters up in this pass area and it is laced with hiking trails.
|Ocotillo in bloom|
We stopped at a fruit market just before getting back to Luke's house to pick up some oranges and grapefruit and a few more apples. Then a little quiet rest time before we have to head out to Benson this afternoon.
We take off for Benson around 2:15, having told Mom that we would be there around 3ish. Smooth sailing east, Luke pointing out some of the landmarks he has visited along the way. Ron and Cathy have prepared BBQ ribs, sweet potato fries and baked beans for dinner, plus some "leftover" blackberry tarts from last night for dessert. Wonderful meal topped with a little wine or beer. We had a really good visit, but had to leave around 6:45 so we could get back into Tucson at a decent time. Luke has to leave shortly after 7 in the morning and Rick and I can't be too much later if we are to meet Jed for a late lunch tomorrow, especially with the time change! We drive back to the west with the glow of a sunset still lingering. I told Luke the sky looked exactly like the t-shirts I "drip-dyed" for the YAVS at Christmas time.
Back in Tucson to pack a few things up and prepare to leave in the morning.
|Luke, Mom, Rick and I at Halls in Benson.|
Back in Tucson to pack a few things up and prepare to leave in the morning.