Monday, September 29, 2008

Houma Relief Work

Here are some picture that we took while I was in Louisiana this weekend. We were assigned to go to the Houma, La. area to help those in need. We packed up our chainsaws and my ATV. I rode down with Leroy while Paul and James rode down together later. On Saturday, there were about 12 of us in a crew that was formed from the Gardendale, Leeds, Gadsden and Birmingham 2nd Wards. I saw other members from the Locust Fork Branch as well. We had 5 work orders to complete. We did most of them before 4:00 PM on that day. One we could not complete because of the equipment and material that were required.

Here is our abode for two nights - Leroy and I.

This was our first project that we had to work on. It called for a tarp to put on the roof but we saw a dangerous tree so we asked the home owner and the neighbor if we could cut it.

This is located in Dulac - Coastguard Rd.

We couldn't find work at the street where we were suppose to go so we looked for some trees to cut down.

This was our final project on Sunday at Shrimper's Row in Dulac before we left to go home.

List of people in our crew:
Leroy, Jason, Paul , James, Donnie, Marla, Douglas, Craig, Eric, Brother Williams, Charlie and Eric.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Canning, part II

Saturday, we went into round 2 of canning the goods. As you can see below we had a lot to do but we did it quicker than last time. We established a pretty good program. We might have gotten done quicker if I didn't have to take a temporary time out to watch a certain football game, but it sure was a good one.

here is all of our cans lined up, cleaned and filled with red wheat.
This is a picture of Paul pouring the wheat and the pallet of cans dwindling fast (a picture of Becky and Jeffery).

Wendy is writing on cans and labels and the other picture is Becky, Paul and me (I am sealing the cans after the oxygen absorbers are inserted).

As you can see we had some volunteers show up and offer their services.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

One Year Supply

We just got our shipment in about a week or two ago. Becky had it at her place so I went over and loaded it up on the truck. I should've took a picture of the truck right before I unloaded it. The food that you see is not only ours but the Smith's, too. It was easier for us to take it to our house and can it here. We have the ward canner that we use. We basically use a program of 4 - 5 people to get what we have canned and into boxes. It will be a lot of stuff to can. This past Saturday we canned 100 cans in about 3 1/2 hours time. We should get quicker as we go along.

You can see here 25 lb bags of red wheat. There is also potatoe flakes in the background. The lids are sitting on top.

Here is an example of a canned box.

Here are the cans minus 100 and 1 fatality that we found. The cans are stacked on a pallet. I pulled the pallet off of the truck using my 4-wheeler. Very easy! I'll let you know how it goes.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Talent Show - Katherine

This is her musical talent - short and sweet.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Horton Mill Bridge

We finally stopped at this covered bridge after passing by it so many times in the past. I haven't been here in a long time. I remember the last time that I came, we actually crossed the bridge in our car, went down to the creek and swam in the creek - Dad and the four boys.

See the flagging and the nailed boards in the background?

I didn't feel to well about walking on this bridge.

Can you see the warp in the boards?

This is a pretty picture!