Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"If you've got friends like mine, raise your glasses. If you don't, raise your standards."

You ever need a friend?  Even when you didn't realize you needed her?  You know, you think you're handling this thing okay but suddenly she calls out of the blue to say she's coming over..because maybe she knew you needed her?  She may use an excuse like "I need to drop some books off you left in my car" but she walks in and settles down next to you and asks "Are you doing okay?"  She may talk about random things while she's there in addition to the real reason she came...but you know...that she knows...that maybe her being there would help...and it does.  Equally important is that as you reflect, you realize, she always shows up.  Usually she's the first one on the phone or at the door.  She's the one who volunteers to use her vacation time to be there for you.  She's the one who sits by you in the cinema and laughs at the most ridiculous movies that all have the same story line but end up being hilarious this time too. She's the one who listens when the whole world has pissed you off and forgives you when you say or do something that actually ends up pissing her off.  She's the one who can tell you you're being the "B" word and it's okay because SHE said it.  She's the one who colors your hair to save you $80 bucks.  She's the one who silently kneels at the altar beside you and pleads with the Lord on your behalf..without question.  She's the one who leaves text messages on your phone that say "I've been praying for you."  She's the one who brings chicken and dumplings when you're sick. She's the one who loves in word and deed.  SHE'S THE ONE....Yes, I would have to say if you asked me if the Lord is using someone in my life to encourage me...I would have to say.. She's the One.

A friend loves at all times
Proverbs 17:17


Saturday, July 23, 2011

DIY Bathroom Remodel at the Taylor House

Mr. Magnificent (II)

We started a new project this weekend.  "We" meaning Mr. and Mr. Magnificent. aka as Ken and Blake :)  I bring the vision and they bring the skills.  As my hubby so sweetly confirmed for me last weekend while we worked on the yard..Me- "I feel like I'm just standing around, watching you." Hubby-"But sweetheart you're so good at that..minus the smile :\  For some reason I found that hilarious and laughed all week as I recalled his statement and the look on his face as he said it.  I guess I could have been offended at that comment but let's just chalk it up to me being confident in his love for me.  Anyways..Blake has been sick this week but started feeling a bit better as the weekend drew close and proceeded to rip my bathroom out while I was at work.  My house is a complete mess with the debris scattered in every room but nevertheless I am happy.  IT"S GETTING DONE!  So here are a few peeks at the before and as we move along, I'll post some more.  This bathroom is fact we don't even use it.  The wallpaper is horrible and the floor has just always looked dirty no matter what you do to clean it.  But now there is no floor and that makes me delirious with happiness as I dream about the slate tile I want to put down and have picked out at Lowe's.  I decided to go with beadboard paneling.  I love the look of it. AND it means we don't have to rip out wall paper which is a NIGHTMARE!  Most beadboard bathrooms you see are white.  I'm not a white wall kinda girl but I haven't decided for sure on a paint color.  Right now we are just trying to get the trim and finish work done.  My guys are hard at work and it's a hot day so I'm brewing up some sweet tea.  That's my contribution at the moment.  I did sink nails earlier and fill the holes with putty and run tot he store to get more nails...that counts right? 

Slate Tile goes here (sigh)

No more cracked plaster....(happy dance)

Beadboard Ceilings by:

Mr. Magnificent

And this is where we are now..Looks better right?

Well except for the toliet in the bathtub

Stay tuned........