Saturday, May 29, 2010

You do not HAVE a soul.
You ARE a soul.
You HAVE a body.

Just a few scattered thought that I have assembled for today. I know, there is no common thread but I just felt I better get these things typed up before they escape me. LOL

I believe in the power of prayer and healing. I have seen it work. I KNOW with all that I have and all that I am that the Lord continues to do miracles here on Earth. My Father-in-Law was diagnosed with liver cancer 5 years ago. His entire family has prayed for him. His friends and our friends have prayed for him. He has been put on many prayer lists over the years. I even went as far as having a prayer for him put on a small piece of paper and placed in the Wailing Wall. This month we received a call from my Mother-in-Law telling us that he had been to the doctor and they were shocked and amazed. The tumor has shrunk considerably on it's own. The fact that he has lived 5 years with liver cancer is a miracle in itself, but to have the tumors shrink with no type of treatment at all is evidence that the Lord has heard our prayers and is healing him as only the Great Physician can do.

Wednesday was my husband's 39th birthday. How on earth can we be 39??? We don't feel 39. We don't act 39. Without taking the time to calculate it out, that is just hard to believe. It's even harder to believe that next month we will celebrate our 15th Wedding Anniversary. It feels like we've only been married about 5 years. I suppose part of the reasoning for that is because we never had children. Our relationship never changed from the boyfriend/girlfriend (or newlyweds) to a relationship that included children, their friends and activities. We still go everywhere together. We still do everything together. We even go to the grocery store together. To this day, Rick will still reach out and take my hand to keep me safe when we walk thru the parking lot. He still holds the door for me. He will still ask if I need something to drink if he goes to the kitchen to get something for himself. I take special care not to take this for granted. I hear other women complain about how things have changed in their relationships over the year. I am not one of them. I am truly blessed that God found Rick for me and made our marriage happen. In the 17 years we have been together, Rick and I have only had 2 real arguments. This, of course, was before we were married and before we truly learned to communicate with each other. We both know that most arguments are caused by assumptions and/or lack of communication. We talk about everything. Even if it is just something trivial that happened during the day, we tell each other about it. If you always tell each other about what has happened in your day, or how you feel about things as you walk along in this journey together; there will never be any doubt or guessing that happens between the two of you. Neither of us are mind readers. We don't just instinctively know what the other one is feeling or thinking. We have to communicate those things to each other. I am so thankful that I have a husband that can communicate with me about everything. That makes our marriage virtually stress free and happy.

Remodel Update: The bathroom is finished. FINALLY... The Kitchen is on the agenda this weekend. Rick repaired the plaster wall and ceiling last week. So, this afternoon I will be packing up everything that I can and put it in the dining room. We will then tape everything off and cover the cupboards and appliances. Tonight we will get everything primed. Sunday and Monday will be a crazy paint-fest to try to get it all done. Then next week sometime the new kitchen light and the last finishing touches should be done. It's always so much easier in writting...

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Less Talkie Talkie More Hammer Hammer!

As I've matured I have become a more patient person. I used to be a VERY impatient person and several times in my young and stupid days I asked God for patience. Apparently I must have thought that if you asked God for something like patience that he would just send it down in a small and shimmering white box with a bow made of pure gold, carried in the beak of a snow white dove. WHY DID I THINK THAT??? I now know that when you ask God to give you patience he sets you on a path that contains events that will TEACH you patience. It has taken many years, but I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. My house construction woes are starting to really try my patience though...

Here is the update on the Money Pit. I now have what resembles an outhouse in my home. The walls are down to the 2X4's, the ceiling tiles are gone, the floor is down to the old wood planks and there is a hole in the floor where the toilet should be. Yes, it looks very much like an outhouse.
In my, APPARENTLY, unrealistic mind I thought my bathroom would be back together by now, the walls in the kitchen would be intact and I would be painting my very own color choice in my beautifully clean kitchen with the windows wide open and the curtains stirring in the warm Spring breezes . Let's see... While my husband and the FIG stand outside and shoot the breeze I have an outhouse just off the kitchen, my toilet and bathroom sink are sitting in the kitchen along with construction debris and a shop vac, next to my microwave cart there is a box heaping full of insulation and ceiling tiles, The kitchen walls are still nasty old busted up plaster, there is dirt and mud tracked all over my house, it's cold and windy outside. Hmmm....I guess every girl has to have a dream, right?

Come on guys, let's get in there and get this done! Less Talkie Talkie More Hammer Hammer! Put that new floor down, you have it all cut to fit and even have the necessary holes in it! Get the new wall panels up NOW! It's only a 6X5 room, for crying out loud... Put those ceiling tiles back up, come on, come on! The linoleum should be installed, NOT in a roll in the garage! Get those PVC pipes hooked together and up through the floor! Now put the new ring down and get that toilet installed. Move the sink back in and hook her up! Now hang my medicine cabinet and the light back up, QUICKLY! Get the new wall panels up in the kitchen, put some plaster on the ceiling around the chimney, pack up your tools and get your Suburban OFF MY GRASS!!!

**Sigh** It seems so easy in theory, doesn't it...

Monday, May 3, 2010

My Plan...The House's Plan...2 Different Things

So here's what my plan was for this evening:

*Get chicken baked and supper ready for my hubby to eat as soon as he walked in the door.
*Our Fix-it Guy was due to arrive after 6:00 so that gave Rick about 15 minutes or so to chow down something before the guy arrived.
*Rick and the Fix-it Guy, I will just call him FIG, were set to pull out the toilet in my downstairs bathroom and put down a 3/4 inch piece of plywood, put the toilet back in and be done for the night.
*Since this was to commence at 6:00, I put supper in the oven at 5:00.
*Who should pull into the driveway at 5:15? None other than the FIG... He puttered around outside in the garage for about 30 minutes so I didn't bother with him.
*Of course this has changed my supper plans. Now Rick is going to have to wait until they are done tonight to eat. GREAT!

Wait. It gets even better. Every time something is being repaired in this house it develops into a huge repair much larger than originally anticipated. Nothing is ever a quick "tear that out and replace it with a new one." This situation is no different. They pulled out the toilet so they could measure the hole for the new plywood and discovered that the cast iron sewer pipe is cracked. This means the pipe will have to be replaced before the new floor goes in. Of course, since most of the floor is tore up this obviously means that "we're just going to pull out the rest of the bathroom floor so we can get to the pipe easier and then we can move the vent pipe into the wall like it should be." Seriously??? For crying out loud. Actually you would never hear me crying over the sound of the reciprocating saw I'm listening to right now. Guess what. The FIG doesn't really like to work with plumbing. This is a joke, right?? OK, so my husband is great with plumbing which means that he's going to be doing the plumbing and FIG will be...assisting? Of course FIG gets paid for this and my husband is just too kind-hearted to get pissy with the landlord and demand some sort of payment for his services.

Well, at 9:00 tonight they decided to call it quits for the night. My bathroom is a demolition site with nothing in it. My sink and toilet are sitting in my kitchen...Lovely... Previously the FIG said he would be here Monday and Wednesday to do this work but now he told my husband that he won't be back until Friday. It just keeps getting better and better...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Spring Means Change

God is good. Today is a partly sunny but cool day on the prairie. It's pretty breezy but it's Spring and I will take whatever Springtime weather wants to dish out. This weekend has been a time of Spring cleaning, preparing for change and anticipation of the new things in life. That's what Spring is all about, right?

What have I been cleaning? Everything. My cupboards are all clean, my windows have been washed and the curtains are all clean. I love the smell of the fresh Spring air coming through clean screens and curtains. My floors are clean and as shiny as can be expected. The hardwood floors in this house need to be redone badly, but my house is a rental and I am just happy to have them as clean as I can get them. My husband spent the morning in the basement sucking up cobwebs and some strange egg sacks of unidentifiable origin. I am praying they were the location of all the centipedes that were planning on invading my home this year. I hate those nasty things... do they grow in fuzzy egg sacks? Oh, I pray that was them! I am thankful that I had all my cleaning done before today because I received one last gift from my pharmacy job before I left. The stomach flu. Yep, I wash and sanitize my hands all day and I wash them again as soon as I get home from work. STILL, I brought the stomach flu home to share with my husband. I'm sure he appreciates my generosity...NOT!

What is changing? The nasty situation that is my downstairs bathroom and my horribly disfigured kitchen. The roof of our house is officially leak-free and my bathroom and kitchen will be under construction starting on Monday. On Friday, Rick and I met the fix-it guy at Menard's to pick out the wall colors and such. I can hardly wait to have my rooms put back together. My bathroom and kitchen belongings are still piled up on my dining room table which has been quite an inconvenience. We had to set up our card table in the living room so we had a place to eat during this time.

What am I anticipating? My new job and the exciting things I will learn there. I have been working as a pharmacy technician for the past month now and have suffered physically more and more each day. I have a knee that is less than perfect. I know I have mentioned it previously so I will pass on the details at this time. Each day my knee has become increasingly painful and more swollen. Right up to the last day it swelled up like a cantaloupe and hurt so badly that I was limping. During my recovery, I worked long and hard to get rid of my limp. I found it irritating, degrading and a sign of my weakness. I hate it when I limp, it makes me grit my teeth and feel frustrated with myself. If I am limping that means my pain is so bad that even I cannot bear it enough to keep that limp under control. Any-who....I start my new job on Wednesday. I am so excited about this job. I have prayed and prayed each day for God to show me what to do about the pain my pharmacy job was giving me. Please, Lord, show me what to do? Tell me what to do? The answer came via a phone call one morning. I had, long ago, applied for an Accounts Payable position at an unknown company. The advertisement did not say what company it was for and, quite frankly, I really didn't care. I was interested in the Accounts Payable position, not the NAME of a company. I interviewed for the job and loved the people I spoke with, loved the company and it's family oriented atmosphere, I loved the opportunities that are available for me in that office, I loved that they have profit-sharing on top of all the other benefits that they offer. I LOVE THAT THIS IS A DESK JOB! LOL I will keep you all up to date on my new employment and how much I love it!

One more thing to mention. Do you see this picture of these flowers? This is a picture of a few of the apple blossoms on my trees. We have more blossoms than leaves. Can you believe that?? We will have so many apples we are going to have apples everywhere. I have decided that I am going to make Apple Butter and maybe some Applesauce. Rick, of course will core, peel and slice quite a few to freeze for apple crisp. Maybe I will try my hand at some of those great canned apple rings...mmmmmmmmmmmm.