Thursday, November 28, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Slow Going

The month of November has been slow going on the new home front.  

We are still awaiting inspections; some are complete, others are pending.  

Brick and mortar was delivered a couple weeks ago.  

We are waiting for the brick layer to complete another job before they start on our house.  Hopefully that will be soon, if not this week.

Insulation has been done and drywall delivered.

The propane tank is now buried and they have installed the electric meter for the house.

All the windows and doors are finally in and they poured the steps to the basement several weeks ago.

I'm thankful the month has gone quickly.  Hopefully, the necessary inspections will get complete this week so the drywall contractor can start their work.

On a separate note, I wanted to thank those of you who took a moment to write a nice comment on our cat Pebbles.  She had been slowly going downhill over the course of the last six months.  She didn't tolerate the move to the apartment well.  Last week she quit eating.  It was a hard decision to make.  I posted earlier photos of her; when she was healthy.  
That's the way I'd like to remember her; when she was fat and spunky.

Thanks for reading.  Take care and may your week be truly blessed.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Good-bye Our Faithful Companion

Pebbles, Pebs, Pebbly-Poo
Faithful Companion
1998 - 2013

We put down our much loved and faithful companion today.  

She was a good friend and will be missed.


Friday, November 15, 2013

"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:  but the word of our God shall stand for ever."
Isaiah 40:8

I was reading a friends blog this evening and it was a gentle reminder to be thankful, not only for our blessings, but in everything. 

Sometimes it's hard to be thankful for things that don't make us happy, but there is a purpose for everything.

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"
Ecclesiastes 3:1

As the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches, I'd be remiss not to express the gratitude I have for the blessings bestowed upon me.

I'm thankful for the gift of my salvation;
(Romans 6:23)
I'm thankful for my beloved husband; and
I'm thankful for my cherished son.

Wishing you blessings and thoughts of gratitude as you prepare for the thanksgiving holiday.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Dear son and I took a break from morning lessons to watch our propane tank being buried and installed.


We left once the tank was in the ground.  It was cold, we were hungry, and they still needed to level it and push the dirt over the top.

Overall, the house is coming along...

All the mechanicals are in and the utilities are hooked up.  

I guess it took them 3 days and numerous phone calls to find the tap for the water line (the connection from our lot to the water at the street).  Thankfully they were able to get with the contractor who developed the sub division and he actually remembered where it was!  Hard to believe since the subdivision is about 8 years old.  

New water meter for our home

The main thing now is getting through all the inspections, fixing anything they need to fix and get the inspectors back out.  

Our project manager said brick and sand would be delivered Thursday and Friday this week.  He was noncommittal as to when they would start laying the brick though.

Once all the inspections are finished, they will insulate the house and then start the dry wall process.

Unfortunately, our closing date has been pushed back and delayed. 

I can hardly say the month without choking and my stomach getting in knots.  The month starts with an "F" and ends with a "y".  

As Scarlet would say in Gone With the Wind, "I'll think about that tomorrow."

I'll leave you with a nature picture from our "brisk" morning outdoors.

Snow capped

Toodles for now, hope your week is going well.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Pretty Day

Sunday, after church, my husband and I stopped down to look at the house.  

While we were there, I thought I'd play with my camera and take some photos of the area.  

It was cold, but the sun was shining and made for such a pretty afternoon.

Most of the leaves have fallen with the exception of some hardy shrubs; I think these are a type of honeysuckle.

It felt good to get out and smell the proverbial "roses".  

Wishing you blessings for a fruitful week.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Answer to a Question...

I had someone leave me a comment on my previous post asking about the pattern for the pictured blanket.  

I made this back in February as a stash buster and wrote about it on my old blog (The Good Life).  

The commentor said the book, that the pattern is located in, is no longer available.  

Even though the book may not be available to purchase "new", I wanted to share that I've had great success in purchasing used books from Amazon (and I also like Half Price Books).  

If you look at the listing on Amazon, it shows that there are used books both in hardcover and paperback from .01 cent (quite a bargain).  Of course you'll have to pay shipping and handling on the book which is usually around $3.99.  

The book is Vanna's Favorite Crochet Gifts and I've found it listed on these three sites:

I typically only buy used books that are listed as "very good" or better.  And using a highly rated seller is also important.

I hope that is helpful information to the anonymous question and anyone else on the fence about buying used books.


May your Saturday be blessed,