Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Book Review

It has been really rainy, like the third rainiest start to a year in Houston history! And while that is not a bad thing, our yard is beautiful, it does keep me from working on a few projects. As a result I decided to tackle those last couple of boxes left in the garage that needed unpacking and I ran across a few books. I do most of my reading on my iPad these days but I have a few books that I have yet to read. So with the discovery of a few of those books I decided it was time to revisit my goal to read them.

I chose to read Designing a Lifestyle That Pleases God by Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock. This book is written in a bible study format but I just read it through. Have you ever wondered as a woman if you were living your life in such a way that glorifies God? I know that even though I study the Bible, I sometimes want assurance that I am getting it, do you know what I mean? With chapters like, The Wise Woman's Lifestyle Reflects Her Heavenly Heritage; The Wise Woman Embraces Submission; and The Wise Woman Creates a Beautiful Home, this book is written for intelligent women who have a desire to live a Godly life. Each chapter is backed up with an abundance of scripture. And just to be honest it is affirming in some ways, but also convicting in other areas I found myself lacking. It required thought for each chapter, but written in such a way that kept me engaged.

I would recommend Designing a Lifestyle That Please God to anyone that has an interest in affirming their calling to be a Godly woman. I would recommend it for a small group, my favorite groups are ones that have ladies of various ages and backgrounds. I think it would be both challenging and affirming.

Now I am off to figure out my next read. My plan is one book a week!

I have not been compensated in anyway for this review. Although I have enclosed an affiliate link for ordering on Amazon.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Outdoor Shower

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I challenged you to guess what we were working on? (here ) Well here it is...................

That is right we built an outdoor shower and can I tell you we love it! I have wanted an outdoor shower for a long time, but in the midst of the cramped suburbs where the lots are small and there is no privacy it was not an option for obvious reasons. But the second we moved to the "new" house I knew that we could add one, but I thought it would be further down the road. A few weeks ago as we were cleaning up some of the piles of stuff around our yard to make it look better we were separating out what we thought we could reuse for various projects and realized we had quite a bit that we could use for our shower. We had everything we needed except one 4x4 treated post, the 1x6 treated for slats on one side and the plumbing fixtures for the shower. So we just jumped in and started.

We chose a spot outside the greenhouse for several reasons, one is the privacy as well as the future plans for the greenhouse and the fact that the spigot was convenient. One of the other benefits of our yard, we have spigots all over our yard and have plans of using them for a sprinkler system, but this one was perfect for the shower.

After cleaning up the actual site of the shower we put down concrete pavers and then pea gravel around them for a floor. (yes we had all of this) The pavers  provide a place to stand and the gravel allows the water to absorb into the ground. We then dug holes for the three 4x4s as corners of support and set them in concrete. The fourth side is the greenhouse itself.

The following weekend we measured the slats for the sides overlapping each by about 3/4 of an inch, thankfully Wonderful is good in the math area!

As for the plumbing we referenced Bob Vila and his directions  on building the shower. We splurged on the showerhead, opting for the rain head. Everything else is pretty basic stuff. As of right now we only have cold water, and in the summer that is all we need. But we do have the capability to add hot water and may do that when the greenhouse is rennovated.

I made a custom fitted shower curtain, and will include directions for that in a later post.

In our area of the world, we use this shower all of the time. Wonderful is committed to daily exercise and the shower provides him a great place to wash off when he is finished. I have also talked about the heat and hummidity, so when we do anything outside, yard work, DIY projects, etc we are a sweaty mess! Remember when I was talking about replacing the soffets  and I could only see the whites of Wonderful's eyes, yes a trip to the outside shower was in order! It keeps us from tracking a lot of this in our house.

We still have a few things to add, including hooks for towels and such but we love the shower! It is a great project, if you have any questions just let me know!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Three Cheers for the Red White and Blue

I love the 4th of July! For me it is a holiday of no expectations. Grab anything you can find that is red, white and blue, add a few flags and the decorations are complete. The menu is anything you can throw on the grill, add a little potato salad, watermelon and cupcakes for dessert, seriously what could be easier! Oh and paper plates are expected!

We enjoy fellowship with friends and of course fireworks!

This year I will be celebrating some of the many things that make this country great. We have experienced some history making decisions this past week, and whether or not you agree, we live in a country that allows each of us to express that opinion.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Remodeling

Like everyone else I love a before and after. I mean really when you see how awful some rooms look and then to see how a fellow DIYer has performed her magic, it is just so inspiring. But this post is a reality check, this is not the type of post that is pinned or lets be honest, even really read and I get it! But in truth there is a whole lot of stuff that goes on between that gross before picture and that dreamy after picture. This is post about the in between stuff.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Recipe Review - Chicken Enchiladas

I enjoy preparing meals for my family, not only is it cheaper than dining out, for the most part it is healthier and has better flavor. I know families get in ruts and eat the same things over and over, well for me it is just the opposite. We have a few favorites, but I try at least one, but a lot of times more than one recipe a week thanks to Pinterest . Although variety is great, I sometimes make things that my family likes and never repeat it! I need to do a better job of documenting what we like so I thought I would include you. Every couple of weeks I will give you a review of something we have tried. I will be commenting on the ease of the recipe and availability of ingredients, the taste, how I may have changed it, (I do this all of the time!), and if I would recommend it for guests. So let's get started.