We have completed our first week here at Dooly Campground in Vienna, GA. The only employee at this campground is Stacey, a young mother and wife who is solely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the entire complex. She does a great job but is so very thankful for the twice-a-year assistance she receives from NOMADS.
Some of you reading this might assume we are working at a campground for RVers. That is not the case. Dooly was founded in 1875 as a Methodist Camp Meeting. It currently is being used for various activities such a Vacation Bible School, Walks to Emmanus groups, occasional weddings and other community events. This weekend there is a Prison Mission group meeting here.
There are 9 of us working on this project. As is our usual practice we attended the local Methodist church on Sunday morning.
On Monday Len got to work on a stubborn pipe leak that had been giving Stacey problems for some time.
I had a fun job on Monday. They have a very large baseball, volleyball and soccer field that was in desperate need of mowing. The lawnmower is a type I had never operated before. I will say this - if I ever have a large yard again, this would be my choice.
Most of Len's Tuesday was spent completing the ramp and working on the leak. I, not having enough of riding around on that large mower, mowed the rest of the campground, including around the pool area, the dining hall, the conference room, the parsonage (Stacey and Matts house), the cabins and general grounds. In the afternoon I did my very least favorite task, I PAINTED! Oh how I abhor painting but I know I can't always avoid it. The little painting I did was to prime one wall in the parsonage. Enough of that I say!
On Wednesday the correct parts were received for leak repair, allowing Len to complete that job. I picked up branches and dead limbs which were all over the place. I loaded then into a golf cart/trailer and unloaded them on the brush pile. In the afternoon Len assisted me as there were some that were too heavy for one person to lift.
In rained most of Wednesday night into the morning. Therefore, we found inside work to do. Len and I hung blinds on all the windows and doors in the dining hall and changed smoke detector batteries.
Every one of us agree - four days a week is about all we can work. Friday was very welcome. Time to rest those aching muscles.