Monday, August 15, 2016

See You In September

I will be laying low through the end of the month.  We have had lots going on, including a busy schedule with little time to work on our latest project.  I have also had the flu, I know who has the flu in August!  The Girl has been in for a visit, which was much needed by this momma!  I am also knee deep in a few projects that are not house related, so I will be back in September.  Hopefully with some bath updates as well as some new hospitality inspiration!  Enjoy what's left of summer, see you in September!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Bathroom Redmodel Status

The bathroom remodel has gotten smaller and larger!  We were going to bump out a wall to make the room larger and discovered that much of the upstairs HVAC ran through that area.  As easy as Chip and Jo make it sound, that was not in our modest budget.  So we are working within the existing footprint.

So far we have replaced all of the plumbing for the room and moved the toilet and the shower.  We have also added plumbing for a double sink.  We decided that we would replace all of the drywall, not part of the original plan, and insulate the floor and all of the walls for sound.   Another addition includes a skylight to the shower area to improve the lighting for the whole room.  See what I mean about growing bigger!

Our plan for finishing in a couple of months is now a hope of finishing by the holidays.  Having one bathroom is not a big deal, although going up and down the stairs in the middle of the night is not ideal!  The increase in time and budget will allow us to add a couple of things that will make our bathroom even better in the long run!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Kroger ClickList

Although at times I don't mind grocery shopping, sometimes it is a pain.  When I have a busy week planned with projects I hate to stop what I am doing to go grocery shopping, inevitably I end up loosing a half of a day to cleaning up and errand running.

Enter ClickList, Kroger's new service where you can shop, compare costs and add items to your cart online.  After submitting your order someone at the store takes your grocery list and does the actual shopping.  You schedule a  time to pick up,  drive up to the designated area, call a number and give them your info.  An employee comes out with your groceries, gives you the total and scans your card at the car, your helper then loads your groceries in the car.  Easy as that!  You can add special instructions to items such as produce, I generally buy bananas on the green side, so I noted that on my list.  It really was easy and allowed me to review my cart.

I arrived at the scheduled time, and unfortunately had to wait fifteen plus minutes after calling to let them know I was there. When they brought my items out they explained that after double checking my order I was missing tomatoes so they had to go back and pick them up, because I had to wait those items were free.  When I got home I realized I was missing eggs, but had two packages of cheese instead of one so I am calling that even.

There were three other cars that pulled up while I was there and none of them had to wait as long as I did, so I believe it was not their norm.  After inquiring I learned they are currently filling as many as 90 orders a day, so lots of people like me are giving it a try.  When my children were little I would have loved to have access to this service for sure!

The $4.95 fee was waived for my first visit, even though my experience wasn't perfect I will use it again.  The pros include staying in my work clothes and no makeup.  I also did not make any impulse buys because I was never in the store.  The cons include not being able to take advantage of non advertised specials.  Also I would not use this service to buy meat as I like to choose my own.  But this is great for super busy weeks or just my stock up on staple grocery buying weeks.  Have you tried any of these services and if so what were your experiences?

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Hope and Peace Restored

When the world gets crazy I tend to draw inward, it is my natural introverted tendency.  I clean closets, finish projects, organize drawers anything that gives my world order and perhaps makes me feel in control when the world is out of control.  Let's just say I have gotten several things done lately.

I hate controversy and to a fault avoid it in my own life, yet it seems I cannot escape controversy, it is everywhere I look, in my own country and those around the world.  Getting caught up in it I sometimes lose hope, then realize I am looking in the wrong place for my hope and peace.  The world will never provide such things, hope and peace are only found in Jesus.

This past Sunday I was feeling that heaviness as I entered our worship center.  Music that can lift my spirits seemed to fall somewhat flat, there was just a feeling of oppression that could not be sung away.  We then knelt in prayer at the alter or at our seats, there were white, black, Hispanic, Asian, Russian people, friends, family all gathered together to pray in one place.  We prayed for those who were grieving, no matter their color.  We prayed for peace among our neighbors and a heart of reconciliation for our nation.  My own heart began to be lift, hope and peace began to well up inside of me.  Then it was time for the message, and I must say that just listening to the Word my hope was restored.

Our pastor, who just so happens to be my very own "Mr. Wonderful" spoke partly on the unity of heaven and that until our churches begin to look more like heaven our world, our nation, our community would not change.  This message gave me such hope, even an excitement for heaven that I did not have when I entered that morning.

If you long for your hope and peace to be restored  I encourage you to take a few moments to listen:  "What God Wants For Our Country"..  Blessings for the hope and peace that can only be found in Christ!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Junking Treasures

Are you a junking junkie?  My friend Emily and I went last week and we had a great time.  We went to our local Habitat Restore, she had never been and I had only been there once before.  The first time I  was with Mr. Wonderful and let's just say he is not a fan, we breezed through in a few minutes.  Emily and I spent two hours and it felt like a few minutes!

My find of the day was this awesome Coleman Cooler.  It is metal, from the 1970's I think and is this great color of blue.  Fifteen bucks friends, when I saw it I knew it was coming home with me.  I need to clean it up and I am not sure exactly what I am going to do with it, Wonderful said why not just use it for a cooler!!!

I also found some other treasures including some vintage cookie cutters, this light I am going to use outside at the greenhouse and a star that will be perfect for one of my nativities at Christmas.  Emily found some canisters and a great old stool to recover the seat, unfortunately I didn't get pictures.  It was such a fun day and I can't wait to find many other places to explore.

Have you found any treasures lately?  Or have a junking buddy, I would love to hear all about it!

Sharing my junk with:  Homemaking Party