Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Even Mother Nature gets sick.......

You've got to love how children can put together everyday words to come up with what they think is a cool phrase. Upon being asked if it was raining this morning when my 5 year old got to school, here was his reply, "It was barfing rain!". Hopefully tomorrow she won't have the runs! post signature

Saturday, May 5, 2012

You're how old?

Recently my Mom moved in with us due to health reasons. Needless to say it has been an adjustment for everyone getting used to having another person in the house and how that effects the household. The other day, I was in Meg's room when I heard my Mom, "Mamaw" to the kids, getting onto Adam for something he had said. I quickly went out into the living room to handle the issue thinking that I would save Mamaw from any unnecessary stress that comes along with dealing with a child. The Mom in me immediately started questioning and scolding Adam giving him the age old lecture on how you are to talk to your elders and that you are to show respect to your Grandparents etc., when I noticed that my Mom had gotten up and was walking toward her bedroom..... CRYING!!! Then of course I immediately started following her asking what was wrong and why she was crying explaining that you can't let something that a 5 year old says make you cry and it wasn't that big of a deal and that I couldn't believe that she was letting a 5 year old get to her like that all the while Adam is following me saying, "Mommy", "Mommy", "Mommy", by this time I was REALLY into my lecture mode about how my Mother had raised 3 children and she should know that 5 year olds by this time of the day are tired and that you really can't take some of the stuff they say literally when Adam finally raised his voice and said, "MOMMY!", I turned and asked him what he needed, he proceeded to say, "I'm not 5, I'm 6!". I just stopped turned around and walked to MY room....... welcome to my world!
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Friday, May 4, 2012

No More Hillbilly Bathroom........

     I wrote the following post QUITE awhile ago about our Master Bathroom remodel but never posted it.... hope you enjoy.  I added some pics of the finished product as well.

      It has been quite awhile since I posted about the decrepit state of our master bathroom.  I started calling it the "hillbilly bathroom" with it's three-level plywood patched floor and all.  Well, we finally decided to do something about it this Spring.
     Now mind you we have had PLENTY of time to discuss the plans on how we were going to redesign the space and like most home improvement jobs the plans changed frequently from day to day and even from minute to minute.  It switched from walk-in tiled shower to pre-made corner shower unit to claw-foot tub.  Bottom line was that I wanted the floor to be LEVEL!  Not too much to ask huh?
     The choice was made to gut the entire room down to wall studs and floor joists since there was quite a bit of repair work that had to be done from past water damage.  It always seems to me that demo takes that longest time.  The one that I think enjoyed this part the most was our dog Bindi who quite thoroughly enjoyed being able to get up under the house and come visit us while we were working because of the huge whole in the floor.  After repairing the floor joists and sub-floor, our attention moved to the walls.  We had decided to install a claw-foot tub and fore-go the shower all-together.  In place of the shower my personal choice was being put in it's place, a linen closet!  I never thought I would be so excited at what some people might consider such a trivial addition but until you've lived in a house with 7 people without one, you have no idea how excited one might be to have one. 
     Overall the final product has been VERY satisfying and enjoyable.  Going from shambles to what I consider a luxurious retreat has been truly a blessing.  My son Adam enjoys his baths at night in that great big tub!  I can also say Mommy thoroughly loves her long baths too!  Kudos to the hubby John who I think did a tremendous job even though he will be the first to declare that he totally DISLIKES anything to do with home improvement.  Thanks honey!

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Household Helpers

It seems today that more and more people are becoming interested in the "green" movement. I myself think that everyone in the Southeast should have a solar water heater. The possibilities are endless for someone that may want to do their part in helping give back to the environment. One of the simplest ways is actually located right on your home computer. There have actually been studies regarding the amount of ink used to print with the various fonts located in Email and Word along with many other programs. What they found is that the font Century Gothic uses up to 30% less ink than the traditional fonts such as Arial. There is a twist though, since the font is wider than most, if you have a lot of words you can run the risk of using more paper. So there is a toss-up on just how much ink you would save. But, with the average US Corporation spending $10,000 dollars per gallon of ink, the possibility of saving 30% of it might be enough of a chance to make the switch. Another font that is gaining momentum and popularity is the Ecofont. It saves ink by printing tiny circles instead of straight lines. This particular font is not included in your popular programs so to use it you would have to download it directly from their website. Regardless of your choice, it really makes you think that with just a simple click you CAN make a difference.
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