Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Demolition Day

Two weeks ago today.

BEFORE PICTURE ~




Looking at the shower (and closet door) from the reflection in the mirror.

From a distance (in a picture) the bathroom is rather pretty.  Up close.  Yuck.

David's biggest complaint?  The non-removable scum.  Within a few months of living in the new house, the (cheap fiberglass) tub and shower floor grew down right disgusting,  unable to be cleaned.  We tried everything; regular shower/tub cleaners, bleach, and even oven cleaner.  (At which point I told my husband to stop trying because he would probably end up with cancer if he breathed any more fumes!)

My biggest complaint?  The tub in general.  What a waste of space and water!  It took a TON of water to fill it, ( we never ever filled it up completely),  and one would freeze while in it during the cold weather.  We had to bring in a portable heater.  (I had nightmares of a kiddo accidentally electrocuting himself!)

THE NEW PLAN ~

A giant walk-in shower.


Our brains started turning when we saw my mother's new walk-in shower this past April.

(Her shower was put in time for her to recover from her very extensive back surgery last fall, and will now allow her to live in her house for many more years, God willing.)

Being 45 years of age, David and I thought if we were going to remodel the bathroom now, we must start thinking about long-term use.


3 HOURS LATER ~




Shower end from reflection in mirror.

I thought this part would take two days.  He had it completed in 3 hours!

(We decided to demo in stages, keeping part of the old tile, cammode, and the vanity/ sinks in until we absolutely had to remove them.)


By that Sunday night, David had capped off the plumbing to the tub and installed the new plumbing for the shower, and roughed in the threshold for the new shower and soap shelves.

(Underneath that mound of concrete is the old drain to the tub.)


(New plumbing in place for shower controls.)

The next day, Monday morning, the cultured marble guy was out measuring for the new shower base and walls.

DEMO DAY 2 ~

Before tearing out the vanity and sinks, David purchased and installed a wall cabinet for the powder room.  This would be temporarily housing all of ours and Stan's toiletries.


Then out came the vanity, top, camode, and tile.

(He cut out some dry wall behind the vanity since he will need to move the plumbing for the new sink.)

Oh my goodness!  David has been working so incredibly hard on this project while juggling his customers.  I am so grateful for the handi-man gifts that God blessed David with!  It is saving us a fortune.

He built the new vanity.  Take a look at its early stages...



Cherry wood.  It's lying on its back, (the unfinished part is the bottom.)  It has all draws.  Wait till you see what we do with it!

Things are starting to go back in now.  For our scrapbook purposes, I'll be taking pictures along the way and post them later on.

Until then...

~  Patty  ~



Friday, August 15, 2014

Oh What a Feast!

We celebrated the feast of The Assumption of Mary today by listening to children sing at noon Mass.  It was the culmination of a week long music camp at our parish.

Miss Mabel was an attendee who absolutely LOVED the music camp :)




Miss Ester had signed up to be an helper at camp.  She enjoyed her role :)



Then it was back home for lunch.  Afterward, we made a quick and easy snack.

Assumption Parfaits!






My friend, Trisha, made these back in May and told me she found the idea at Catholic Cuisine.  They were perfect for this feast day (and especially refreshing in our Texas heat!)

After finishing a late school day, I made blueberry pancakes for dinner.



Cleaning out a cabinet earlier, I found these old Marian candles the kids made back in 2012.


So Miss Mabel lit them up and put them on the dinner table tonight.

It was a beautiful celebration of Our Lady's feast day!


Now for a couple of prayer requests ::

* Please pray for baby Marcel and the family that is trying to adopt him.  The birth mother has already relinquished her rights, but is throwing up every. single. roadblock. she can possibly think of to disrupt the adoption.  (Please trust me when I say, the absolute worst thing that could happen to baby Marcel is if he was placed with his biological family.)

* Please also pray for baby Katharine.   At only a couple days old, she has grown very, very sick.  It all happened while still in the hospital with her mama.

Thank you!  Thank you!



Have a great weekend and a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Post Open Heart Surgery

13 years ago today...the picture of health!




(Thank you, Eleanor, for reminding me!  I can't believe I forgot!)

~  Patty  ~

Getting Acquainted With St. Maximillian Kolbe and St. Rose of Lima

August 14 and August 23 are the feast days of St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Rose of Lima, respectively.

I decided to pick these two saints for our August saints study because of this Glories Stories CD.


We have a handful of these Glory Stories CD's already, and I thought it was a good time to add to our collection.



St. Maximilian Kolbe was such an heroic man.  He was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, who volunteered to die in place of a stranger (who was a young husband and father) in the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz. You can find more of his faith-filled life, here.



St. Rose of Lima was actually named Isabel at birth, but because of her extreme beauty, she was called Rose.  Rose had no desire to be known as beautiful, so she practiced severe self discipline and avoidance of all forms of indulgence.  This amazing lady was also known to care for the needy in her city through her own private efforts.  You can read more about St. Rose of Lima, here.

St. Maximilan Kolbe and St. Rose of Lima, pray for us!

~  Patty  ~


Monday, August 11, 2014

Red Neck Shower - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~



We are down to 1 operating shower in our house for the next 5-6 weeks.    So we have taken advantage of the very warm, Texas nights!


I am thankful for ~

A handyman husband.  I am VERY grateful for the skills God has blessed him with.  (He is remodeling our master bathroom.)


From the school room ~

This week is our fourth week, and things are going smoothly.  Another thing to be so thankful for.

Ester and Mabel are at a music camp this week (at our parish).  Miss Ester is a camp helper, while Miss Mabel is a participant.   *They signed up knowing they have to come home each afternoon and work on school work.

Speech therapy.  Stan the man has an AWESOME therapist who comes to our house to help him out.  They are a perfect team.

From the kitchen ~


I'm glad she still fits!  Helps at bath / shower time in our house these days.

What I am praying for ~

World peace.

The Christians and tribal victims in Iraq, as well as other hot spots in the word.

The very scary border issues, especially for the Texas border agent that was murdered and his family.



What I am reading ~

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women  

Roses Among Thorns: Simple Advice for Renewing Your Spiritual Journey



What I am listening to ~

(While David was toweling off Clementine after her bath)


Clementine :  I'm not gonna use bad words anymore.

David :  Really?  What words?

Clementine :  ummmm....like stupid and you stink like poo.




A picture to share ~


Body wash, shampoo and sponge...common site on our patio these days.  I have to say...it kind of makes me wish we were really set up for an outdoor shower.  (Like one of those teak ones?)

Have a great week!

~  Patty  ~




Celebrating With St. Philomena


Last month, my sister sent me this beautiful statue of St. Philomena. What a lovely and generous surprise!  She has a strong devotion to St. Philomena and wanted to share it.  I thought it was a perfectly timed addition to our monthly saints study.



I had little knowledge about St. Philomena until now.  Wanting to celebrate her feast day in a special way, I purchased this beautiful book...


Her story is beautifully presented in the form of a rhyme and the illustrations by The Religious Sisters of the Congregation of the Mother of God were exceptional.  (I found the book on Amazon, here.)


The way the story is written may come across as something for very young readers, but her story of faith and love for God in this book is for all ages!

St. Philomena's remains were uncovered in a well marked tomb down inside the catacombs in 1802. This 13 year old girl had died a martyrs death according to the evidence found.

She loved God so deeply that she consecrated her life Him, vowing to never to marry anyone else.  When the Roman Emperor Diocletian, (the last and worst emperor to persecute the Christians) wanted to marry her, she refused.  Numerous times, Emperor Diocletian had ordered her to die in the most brutal of ways, and each time, after suffering from such terrible atrocities, the heavenly angels would come down and cure her through the power of God.  These scenes caused a great conversion of others who witnessed such things.  He finally succeeded in killing her with a lance to the throat.

The story isn't gory in detail, but her history and sufferings are not left out either.  They are gently explained in this book, presenting her as a virtuous role model for all ages, but mostly our youth.

St. Philomena is a patron saint of babies, infants, and youth.

St. Philomena, pray for us!

~ Patty  ~


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