Sunday, January 18, 2015

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Anyone who says something is impossible is always being interrupted by someone doing it.
 Andy and Alicia Howse's kids, Schuyler, Nikkelle, Drew and Ashlyn.  We needed to brush up on our grand parenting skills and theses kids were nice enough t let us practice.

 We had the opportunity to host the leadership luncheon at the Hunter's Creek Zone Interviews.  Chad's chicken enchiladas, Spanish rice, a green salad and cupcakes to celebrate Assistant to the President, Elder Call's birthday.

The Buena Vista Elders apartment was to be closed down. 
Detailed instructions were given to the Elders currently living there that the place was to be packed up and cleaned before the December 15th transfers.
When we arrived this week to empty the apartment we were pleased to find the apartment packed up, but I guess they missed the part about "clean" :(
 Elder Bailey, Elder Carpenter, Elder Terry and Elder Olsen, assigned to the Lake Reams and Lake Crescent areas stopped by to help us do the heavy lifting and transport all the furniture to the waiting trailer.
If a task is once begun
Never leave it til it's done.
Be the labor great or small,
Do it well or not at all.

The determined man find a way, the other finds an excuse.
A mere two hours later we had the apartment sparkling
and we were ready to hit the road and empty out the truck and trailer.  

During the course of the move Elder Busath had a brief confrontation with a stubborn bookcase.  He eventually won and was able to "take out" the bookcase, but got hit in the bridge of his nose by a flying shelf in the process.
When we returned to the office Sister Nielson offered to apply a steri-strip so that Elder Busath's nose wouldn't fall off due to the injury.
Blood and tears!
 After months of anticipation guess what opened just in time?
Panera Bread on OBT!!!
 Christmas Poinsettia's actually thrive outside the Orlando Temple.
 Missionaries do seem to be getting younger and younger. 
In reality a frugal mother sent her missionary, expected to arrive January 26th, his bedding to save on airline fees.

 The Lake Nona Spanish sisters apartment is next on our schedule to be closed.  Fortunately we still had a few days left and it turned out to be a perfect temporary housing solution for our new Senior Sisters Sister Walker and Sister Johnson due to arrive on Saturday.  Their apartment wouldn't be available until Friday, January 23rd.
Saturday was a Senior District Activity Day!
Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. Johns River. Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees.
In mid December the current count of manatees at Blue Springs was 34,
Saturday, January 17th it was up to 258.

As you can see the spring is crystal clear and it is 73 degrees.


 The Thursby house
For centuries, the spring area was home to Native Americans. In 1766 it was visited by Colonial American botanist John Bartram, but it was not until 1856 that it was settled by Louis Thursby and his family. The Thursby house, built in 1872, remains standing.

Our District decided to take a small tour on the St. John's River  
to see the natural habitat of many of the animals who here. 
 Fortunately there were no lions and tigers and bears, but there were plenty of:

 Yellow bellied turtles
 Wild turkeys


Wood storks
 Red shouldered hawks
Following our field trip to Blue Springs  we stopped for lunch at Zaxby's in Deltona a popular fast food place in Florida.

Another busy week and still much to do! 
Just eighteen more days and as Willie Nelson says, we will be "on the road again"
Goin' places that we've never been
Seein' things that we may never see again
And we can't wait to get on the road again.
  Thanks for stopping by! See you later...

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