Monday, December 29, 2008
Born January 31, 1946-Died December 29, 2008
My dad earned his PhD just this past year, something that he always wanted. He was my live in babysitter for several years, and loved his grandchildren very much. He was the one I always called when I had questions regarding my remodeling endeavors. He taught me what I know about remodeling, car repair, loving family and God. He lived his life as an example of God's love. He loved his grand babies very much, and cherished every minute he had with them. He thoroughly enjoyed watching them and loving them. He was a positive Christian influence, and glorified God knowing the each of them accepted God as their Saviour. He was there as the youngest decided to ask God into his heart.
I will miss my dad dearly, but know that one day I will see him again. I heart warms knowing that he is in Heaven basking in the Glory of God.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!! Just copy this entire post and paste into a new post. Then change all the answers so that they apply to you.
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper...I love to wrap, just like my Grandma
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial, too much money to buy a real one every year. I bought my pre-lit artificial tree after Christmas one year for $9.00
3. When do you put up the tree? Anytime after Thanksgiving, when I have time. No less than 2 weeks before Christmas
4. When do you take the tree down? When I get tired of looking at it, one year it was up until Feb. Usually the first week in Jan.
5. Do you like eggnog? NO!!!, Unless it is a full glass of rum with a splash of eggnog.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? The one I remember most was a family gift. It was a VCR.
7. Hardest person to buy for? My sister
8. Easiest person to buy for? Myself! Other than that, my youngest son.
9. Do you have a nativity scene? More than one. Have a Precious Moments one, and one from Ecuador, as well as others.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Neither.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A pot. My first Christmas married, my new husband bought me one pot for Christmas....that was it.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? I don't really like Christmas movies.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Black Friday.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Who hasn't. Of course I have
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Biscuit covered Sausage rolls. aka Pigs in a Blanket. They are only made for Christmas morning.
16. Lights on the tree? White lights. Much easier now, since my tree is pre-light.
17. Favorite Christmas Song? Greensleeves or Little Drummer Boy
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home, unless I have to work. I work every other Christmas, only problem with being a nurse, people are sick 365 days/year
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Yea!
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel
21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The "I want this". I am very lucky, my kids have only asked for 1 thing each (Twin 1 just wants family form Florida to visit, Twin 2 wants 4 packs of gum, Son 1 wants Nintendo DS-actually he has wanted that for 2 years, son 2 wants a pirate ship)
23. Favorite Ornament theme or color? Birds. Not realistic looking feathery birds, but glass Christmas birds. They have to be small, about 1-2 inches long.
24. Favorite thing for Christmas dinner? Being with family. I don't care what we eat. Usually we have two main courses, ham and lasagna. Don't ask-it's a thing about where I grew up.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? What I really want every year, my kids to be happy and to be with family.
If you do this be sure to leave a comment so we can all stop by and check out your list.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Mom-guess you will not have a new shower when you come, but at least the bathroom will be functional.
Yes, I am more than a little upset. Yes, there is something else I can do in the bathroom, I can put up a new wall, reinstall the sink and toilet, and put up a new medicine cabinet. But all of that is only going to take 1 maybe 2 days at the most. (I only work on the bathroom between the hours of 10am and 1:30pm Tues, Wed and Fri). I want the get the tub done now....See, I am in the mood to do it, and every delay just makes it that much harder to stay motivated. I guess this time next week, I will have the tub, and will be installing it. In 1 week, the walls will be going up. All of this is dependent on the new base coming in in 1 week. I guess I will use this delay to put up Christmas stuff. Time to get the house decorated.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I am finally installing the sub-floor. After we all ate our turkey dinner, I started. I have the new sub-floor down, and am almost ready to apply the thin-set mortar to install the Duarock floor. I have chosen to do it this way to prevent potential water damage.....better safe that sorry. Unfortunately, I unwrapped the new shower base only to discover that there is a major flaw...there's a crack in the base. The biggest problem is that it is a special order item, and it takes a week to come in. So tomorrow I will need to take it back to have a new one ordered. At least I have other work that I can do in the mean time...ie plumbing and walls. I probably will only do the plumbing, but who knows, I may tackle the wainscoting walls. This time tomorrow, I plan on having the new vinyl flooring down. We will see, depends on how long it takes at Lowes for the return/re-order. Need to get a going and get that Duarock down so it can start setting up (mortar takes a while to dry)
Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. Personally, today I am reminded how lucky I am that I know how to do the bathroom. I am thankful for my dad who taught me, my mom who encourages me to tackle things that I may fear that I can't do, children who enjoy helping, children who all have accepted Christ as their Savior and who love the Lord, a job that pays the bills and allows me to be home with the kids during the week, a home that I can afford, and life in general.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
They are giving away Womp’Em Sticks.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Yesterday I had quite a scare, other than my oldest being sick. I was trying to wash my hands, but instead of getting a squirt of soap in my hands.....it went in my eyes. OUCH!!!! I immediately flushed my eye with loads of water. I called my eye doctor, and luckily they could see me right away. I am a little touchy about my eyes, see I had Lasik eye surgery about 1 yr ago. Even though I flushed the soap out of my eye, it was still burning and felt like there was something in it, and my eye was starting to swell. I got right into the doctor. They looked, and sure enough there was something wrong. It seems that the soap and flushing caused a minor corneal abrasion. The doctor said that it wasn't that bad, more like a carpet burn, but it was there. The doctor said it should heal very quickly, but it will hurt for a couple of days, but each day should be better. This morning it is feeling so much better, still stings, but nothing like it was.
My shower came is late last night, so off to Lowes to go pick up the base. Since I had such a terrible weekend, I am a little behind in the remodel, but will just need to pick things up this week....fun.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Word of warning: use in a well ventilated area, the fumes are wicked....but not harmful.
1 cup bleach
1 cup vinegar
1 cup baking soda
place bleach and vinegar in a big pan (dishpan works great), fill the pan up hot water. Add the white clothes, then add the baking soda. Once the bubbling stops, the stains should be gone...I tend to let the clothes sit for 15 minutes...once done sitting, I rinse the clothes, and then wash as normal. Gets the clothes so white, and stain free.
Have bought used stained drapes, and table cloths, used this recipes, and poof-just like new.
To get blood out of clothes, use hydrogen peroxide. Just poor on the spot, the peroside will bubble and remove the blood. Sometimes, you may need to keep pouring more on and may need to rub, but it will eventually get the blood out. Just rinse the peroxide from the clothes with cold water.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Any one tell me what kind of flower this is?
This picture is of my littlest helping to tear down my bathroom walls. Yes, all that wall is now down with this little ones help. Every day that little guy comes home from school, he begs me to bang more in the bathroom. He has done a great job ripping out walls, tearing up tile floors, cutting out plumbing. Is it wrong to let a 5 yr old do these types of times??? Then again, I did let this little one cut down a 20-30ft tree with an axe all by himself.
I like to save money where I can, even if that means letting the little ones do the labor, but is it wrong if they want to do it?
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
That's why I love Giant Eagle.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sorry, but my amounts are estimates, but I don't cook by exact measurements, but by looking to see if it looks right-esp with the soup recipe
Bar-B-Que Pork Pull
3 lb fresh Pork Roast
1 18oz bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
1/4 cup water
Place all in crock pot in following order: roast, bbq sauce, water. Cook on low for at least 4 hrs. Take roast out of crock pot and pull apart with two forks pulling in opposite directions-the roast should be so well done that it should almost fall apart. Place back in crock pot, and add more sauce. Keep on low/warm until ready to eat. Add buns, and you have an easy no fuss meal.
This recipe can be easily doubled, this recipe was enough for 6 of us, with some left over.
Chicken Pastina Soup
6-8 pieces of leg and thigh chicken
1 gallon of water (give or take)
1-2 heaping tablespoons of chicken bouillon
1 bag of baby carrots (can used regular carrots, just cut to bite sized pieces)
2-3 celery stalks cut in bite sized pieces
3/4-1 box of pastina pasta (pastina is very tiny star shaped pasta)
2-3 big pinches of herb de province (to taste)
salt and pepper to taste
Boil the chicken in the water, until the chicken meat can be removed. Remove the bones, and place meat back in the water, add chicken bouillon, carrots, herbs, and celery. Return to boil. Boil until carrots are well done. About 15-20 minutes before getting ready to eat, add pastina. Eat and enjoy. Please keep in mind that left over soup will thicken because of the pasta. Left overs may require you to add more water.
This is the only soup my kids love. It is a basic chicken noodle, just that the noodles are tiny star pasta.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Never thought that I would be a football mom.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Now with the issues, I have one bathroom that the tub leaks. The problem is with the drain, well, that is not the only problem. The other issue is that the faucets and drain are 50+ yrs old, and they do not make them any more, so they must be replaced. It would be nice if I could do a straight replacement, however, there are 5 faucets and the spicket is where the overflow drain should be. Whoever put it in did quite a terrible job. The tiling job is quite interesting. They glued the tile up. The best part is what is behind the tile, old plaster, but wait, there is somthing on the plaster, it looks like porceline. The fun part will be taking down all that old porceline covered plaster, then removing the wire mesh to get down to the studs. This morning I went to my favorite store, Ace Hardware, and bought a crowbar, started swinging the crowbar on the plaster. My 5 yr old was watching me and he had the best line, "Mom, you're crazy. You just put a hole in the wall." He then went on to tell me that if I put a hole in the wall, then it would be a mouse hole, for the mice to get in. Gotta love kids. He is having a great time helping, but then again, it is so much fun to destroy things.
Well, I will keep you all up to date on my wonderful escapades in the bathroom, and the rest of my life. Hope you keep reading.