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Friday, August 11, 2006


The days seem to have really flown while we have been here in Texas, visiting with these ones that we kind of and sort of love a whole lot. Arriving on Sunday evening it is now Thursday and time seems to have flown, but in a joyous fashion. Monday was a bit slow, with me trying to recover from van lag – as opposed to jet lag. We did manage to put together a to-do list to strive to get completed and thereby make the house more livable and convenient for OD and family.

We had to make a materials and hardware run to Lowe’s and then the projects began. Tuesday was the day for conquering two cranky commodes – one was minor repairs and the other was somewhat minor replacement of a flush handle. Both were then given proper flush lessons and they were once again on the straight and narrow. A clothes hook was installed on the back of the bathroom door at a level that made it reachable for GM2.

An odd noise was checked out and found to be from the hot water heaters in the attic. Placement of a couple of cable outlets were nixed because there was no way to hide the wires. One telephone outlet was undoable for the same reason and one that was possible remains to be done – possibly tomorrow. A basket was hung in the pantry. Sat with and entertained GM5 while the ladies did some last minute school shopping for GM2 – and I was here to oversee the delivery and putting together of some new furniture.

Wednesday was mostly work done in the laundry room. First and foremost was the replacing of an incandescent light with a 4 foot fluorescent one and it almost literally made the difference of night and day. Shelves were repaired and rods added to them, a storage rack was placed as was a household battery storage rack, a plastic bag holder and a broom rack on the back of the door.

Four links were taken out of the chandelier to take the pressure off the electrical wire by which it was totally being supported. Then a couple of boards were cut to make possible the placement of a couple of baby safety gates the next day. Evidently I don’t work this hard at home or I wouldn’t be this tired at the end of the day.

Thursday’s big project was the placement of the baby gates, one at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom. This is for the safety of GM5 – this young man is one and a half and doesn’t yet understand how gravity works in relation to stairs or the possible gravity the fall involved. SIL was able to take off a half day to help out with this and other projects that are difficult for one person to do.

To add to the difficulty of the installation of these gates, this stairway is a decorative one with very little to which to attach the hardware. We did manage to complete the two gates and they work reasonably well. Then it was outside and we put together the frame of the trampoline – the rest will be completed before we depart. We then tackled the swing set and after much sweat on a very humid afternoon, we completed this task before supper.

We had lasagna, a salad and OD made a sweet potato custard pie that made my lips want to slap one another to injury – to say it was delicious would be much of an understatement. God is good – even in the inspiration of someone coming up with the recipe for this great dessert. ec


Blogger Merle said...

Hi Mr Eddie~ Wow have you been busy ? Great gettnig all those jobs done will
mae life easier for your daughter and
her family. Continue to enjoy your
"holiday?" and the time with them.
Thanks for your comments. Your wife's
taco sauce sounds yummy. Take care,

8/11/2006 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger Bonita said...

I'm always amazed when people are able to do home repairs so easily as you seem to do. This 'can-do' attitude is how my father handled things, too. He'd say, "If someone else can do it, I can too." But, it does take the skill and aptitude, both of which my husband and I lack. We pay a fortune to get things like this done.

8/11/2006 01:53:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

merle - I do enjoy helping out by doing these 'projects' and they will make things a bit easier for OD. It is a feeling of satisfaction to be useful.

bonita - My attitude is a bit like your Dad's - when my wife asks if I can do something I just say, 'If it can be done'. Of course there are some projects that I prefer over others. ec

8/11/2006 02:34:00 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

Sounds like a great time even with all the mending and installing.

8/12/2006 03:45:00 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hello Mr Eddie ~~ Thanks for your comments. I also liked the thought that when we are pushed to our knees
we are in a perfect position to pray.
I also know that God hears us when we are unable to kneel. He sees what is in our hearts. Enjoy the rest of your stay. Take care,Merle.

8/12/2006 06:42:00 AM  
Blogger Jayleigh said...

Wow you have been BUSY!!!!

This cracked me up:

"Both were then given proper flush lessons and they were once again on the straight and narrow."

I love giving lessons to inanimate objects. :-)

God is good!!

8/12/2006 08:36:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

granny - Yes it has been a real hoot for me, with helping out and the joy of the visit.

merle - So true that God hears our prayers no matter the body position we are in - I have even prayed while driving - didn't close my eyes though.

jayleigh - Both commodes are still cooperating since I showed them who was the boss. :) ec

8/12/2006 12:01:00 PM  

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