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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Never Say Never

You’d think I’d have learned after all the things I’ve gotten myself into. 

Coming off our wonderful Disney cruise, we made it back to the J. Strom Thurmond Corps of Engineers project, rested and raring to go.  We love doing the boundary line (pin hunting) work and were looking forward to getting out into the woods and hiking around while doing some constructive work. 

Alas, it was not to be.  There were higher priority projects out there that we ending up doing.

When I was getting our house ready to sell back in 2011, I painted almost every room and promised myself I’d never again pick up a paintbrush.  What a silly fool I am.

Seems that all the high priority projects have been…you guessed it.  Painting.

I have a set of clothes and shoes that I keep aside for dirty projects, like changing the oil in the Journey or jobs like that.  Look at those clothes now.


They are nicely adorned with every color of paint that I’ve used.  And before you ask, yes, I did get most of the paint on the things I was painting.  I swear I did…

At the COE Volunteer Village, we have a wonderful group meeting house that we use for get togethers, pot luck dinners, meetings and hobbies, as well as the laundry room.  We painted it inside and out, top to bottom.




I can’t take credit for doing all the painting by myself, several other couples pitched in, too, to give us a hand with the project.  It made the time spent a lot of fun, much laughter accompanied the swish of the paintbrushes.  It’s one of the benefits of having other volunteers to work with, shared work becomes very enjoyable.  Even if I can’t get all the paint on the walls.

Now that there is no more painting on the horizon for the foreseeable future, you’d think we’d be heading out to look for more pins.  Nope.

We’re back on the Water Safety Program task, getting everything lined up for taking the training to all the schools surrounding Thurmond Lake.  Last year, over 6000 primary and elementary school kids went through the program and it was a great success.  This year we’re looking to refresh the program a bit and also reach out to the high school aged kids.  Hopefully it will be just as much of a success as last year.

We know the pins will wait for us, they aren’t going anywhere.  :c)

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  1. Painting is one of those jobs that make being homeless look enticing.

  2. I've got a set of clothes like that too. Just in case I have to paint another 200 posts some time. ;)

  3. Paint brush???? What is that thing???

  4. Well now that the painting is done, I guess we'll start planning our return! We'll be back in just over a month. :)

  5. "What a silly fool I am"....I'd never say that about you, Paul, but since you mentioned it, can I quote you?

  6. I'm sure they planned that painting with you in mind Paul since they knew you had so much experience. Hope you get back to looking for pins soon. How many more are their left to find?

    1. Only about 4, 999,000. We've got our work cut out for us for about the next 200 years... ;c)

  7. I hate to paint. But, every house that we build for habitat needs to be painted. I am getting pretty good at it- but I still hate it.

  8. HMMM... I believe they just waited for you to return:o)) Why did I think you might head to Florida this winter?? Nobody is painting down here;o))

  9. If you keep those clothes long enough, they just might come back into style. Do a few cut-outs in the legs and you'll look like every other teenager. Except I doubt that many of them actually paint.

  10. Now me I don't painting at all as long as it is not our house. Did that for year's on the side and made pretty good money at it.

  11. I love painting, but don't let the word get out.

  12. I will take painting over cleaning the outhouses any day:)

  13. I'm sure you'll be pin hunting again sooner or later. Nice paint clothes.

  14. I don't mind painting as long as it's in small doses. A little goes a long way :)
    I think those pins are just waiting for the boys to come visit :)

  15. I would have helped long as I didn't have to clean up :) Good job, guys!

  16. I used to love to paint. Not so much now, but if I were needed, I'd join in. Good for you! Those pins are waiting for you to discover them......sooner or later.