I didn’t go looking for Jesus in the bathroom…

….but there He was in the rubble.

Ok, it wasn’t exactly Jesus himself. That would be something though!

It was a little silver and gold cross The Mister gave me for Christmas a few years ago. And like Jesus himself, it was kind of a miracle I found it.




Regular readers of this occasional blog know that when The Mister gets bored he picks up a hammer, a saw, a crow bar and starts destroying, I mean remodeling something.

This time it was our master bath. Yup, the cobbler’s children are finally getting some shoes!

When we moved into this home nearly five years ago we planned to remodel that bathroom.  I know, most people would want to keep that dingy white carpet, the chair rail with the hunter green paint on the bottom part of the wall and…..

….this sexy wallpaper!

But, I was over it and he was bored, so begins the renovation.



The Mister had a meeting at church tonight so I thought I’d do him a solid and sweep up his mess from the last few days work of moving the water lines down, installing new drywall over the old spot and pealing that lovely wallpaper off. And it would be a nice surprise for him when he got home, but I was the one who got the surprise.

As I was sweeping up and emptying the dust pan I saw the cross! And my heart sang. I lost it nearly a year ago. And boy have I missed it. I thought it was gone forever. But here it was, in the rubble. Some how it wasn’t taken out when The Mister removed the carpet, or when he removed the padding. And I had swept up several pans, and handfuls of debris. I mean, I had an entire trash bag full of stuff. It was still there! How in the world! It makes me a little weepy to think about it, how it’s here, in my hand after all this time through all the rubble.

It made me think of God himself and the promises I’ve read in the Bible, and learned in church, and heard about on mission trips. God doesn’t leave you or forsake you. You may turn from him but he’ll take you back. He’s there in the rubble of your mess, waiting anxiously for you to return.

This is comforting to me as I go through the series we’re doing at our church. It’s called Idols of the Heart and it’s an encouraging and challenging message that’ s starting to rock my world a little. Each week there’s a message, and each day there’s a short Bible passage to read with an accompanying video from our pastors. If you’re interested in learning more, just click on the hot links.

If you have walked away from Jesus, it’s not too late. He’s there waiting, with open arms. He’ll take you back, dust and all.





Also, here’s the current state of our bathroom. Makes brushing my teeth a bit challenging.





 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow! I can’t believe the transformation!

By the time we finished the renovation I was worn smack out!

Then it went on the market.

By the time we finished dealing with realtors and buyers, I was resolved to never buy or sell another house again, EVER, as long as I lived.



Then I looked at our before and after footage and felt a sense of accomplishment. I’m so proud of The Mister and all the work he put into this house. I’m thankful to our dear friends who helped out, we would still be there working on the house if it wasn’t for you guys. I pray that the new owners will be blessed by this home and enjoy it for many years to come.

Here’s the video, I’m excited to share it with all of you.



Shhhh, don’t tell The Mister but now that we’re on the other side of the closing I’ve found myself sneaking peeks at Realtor.com and FB Marketplace again. Here’s hoping he doesn’t get bored again. Lord help us.

I wonder if they have a group for that.



Q. Why is there a vice on my living room wall?

A. The Mister got bored again.

Since we listed the house he’s got time on his hands again. He spent a couple days last weekend cleaning out our garden shed. It was packed to the gills. A bunch of the stuff was from the former owner, including this really cool looking vintage, red vice.

Meanwhile, I had to work. Forgive me while I digress from our topic for a minute. I was photographing and taking video at two Change The Play summer camps. The Change the Play program was created Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Riley Children’s Health as a way to teach young people about the importance of good nutrition, exercise and general well-being. Children 5-13 are invited to join in the fun and learn while they’re at it. CTP also has a program for elementary schools called the Change the Play Challenge and an online Kids Club.

I took some fun pictures, here’s a few of my favorites.





 

Colts QB Stephen Morris came out to help too. Between passing footballs to the kids tended to some of their other needs.





When I came home Sunday evening I found this on the wall separating the living room from the kitchen:





The conversation went something like this:

I was like: What is this?

He was like: I knew you wouldn’t want me to throw that cool vice away.

I was like: What?

He was like: I found it in the shed.

I was like: You’re bored again, aren’t you?

He was like: I knew you’d like it.

We’re still not sure what we’re going to use it for. He swapped out that little piece of wood for a longer. Even though it help my freshly canned raspberry jam, it was too much.

I’d love to hear what you think we should do with the vice on the wall?



I’m not gonna lie….

….using power tools makes me feel like a bad @$$.

This past week and I got my fill of using them.

First, I helped the Mister finish up the deck.

We’d worked out quite the system. He’d put in the first row of screws to make sure everything was square or level, and I’d come along later to put in the extra ones.

Saturday, after the storms blew through, we put up our corrugated metal ceiling on the covered patio.



I’m totally jealous of the outdoor living space for this home!

Here’s how it looked before the work began. Not a space I’d want to spend any time in.

The Mister had to cut some of the pieces so they’d go around the support posts. It made pretty sparks. 🙂 And, for the record, he doesn’t let me us that power tool. 🙁

Before we started he had this genius idea to put a brace up to rest the panels on as we slid them into place. I couldn’t get a picture of that in action because there were only two of us. But, in the one below you can see the piece of wood he used. This made it so much easier!





Here’s a closeup of the metal.

Once we finish this covered porch and get the landscaping finished I’ll post new pictures.

I also got to use the reciprocating saw to try to remove some flooring from the laundry room. That wasn’t a fun job, it was much harder than using the little cordless drill.

Gotta run, time to ice my shoulder.



Brown toilets and bullets

I know what you’re thinking.

“They are crazy to pull that beautiful brown toilet out of that home!”

“Don’t throw away that orange toilet lid cozy!”

“Can I have it?”




Sorry, it’s already been tossed.

But get this, when the Mister pulled the brown toilet out of the hall bath you’ll never believe what he found!

A bullet!

This one was much smaller than the hollow points he found in the side yard. But still, another lost bullet.

We didn’t call the police to come and get this one, not yet. We figured we’d wait to see what else we unearthed during the rest of the renovation.

Can’t wait to see what he finds next.




In the mean time, I’m wondering why a bullet was hidden behind the toilet.

Here’s my best guesses.

Because he lost the key to the safe?

In case someone did a sneak attack on him while he was doing his business?

What’s your best guess?



And the moral of the story is….

We hadn’t planned to paint our trim. We were going to leave it. So, before the carpet came I went through every room and thoroughly cleaned the trim with Murphy’s Oil soap.

Every room that is except the entryway. Is the entryway even a room? Anyway, tile was going in there so I didn’t bother cleaning yet.

Fast forward a few weeks and we’re painting trim, see pervious post here.

When I started to paint the trim in the entryway I got a little drip on the closet door so I swiped it with my brush. And low and behold, the paint on my brush wasn’t white anymore. Ewwwww.

The nicotine residue and grime turned the paint on my brush from white to tan. Yuck!

The paint on the trim in the picture on the top is supposed to be the same color as the door! Double yuck!

So, the moral of the story is……make sure you wash down all of your trim before you start painting it, otherwise, more work.

Reinstalling trim after painting it can be confusing

Here’s some tips on how to reduce the stress of it all!

We got our carpet and it looks fabulous!!! I mean, it goes well with the colors on the walls and the house is starting to look like a home and you can lay down on the floor if you want and you’re not going to get up and be all dirty. And, going without shoes is a must! So cozy.

It’s awesome, until you look at the trim.

Yeah, it looks old and dated and gross. I thought the original dark wood trim would look charming. Nope, I was wrong, again.



And to reenforce how wrong I was, our awesome realtor Jill Collins (you may remember her from this post: 5 Tips for Buying a Home)  took one look into the first bedroom and said, “you’re going to paint the trim, right?”

I was like: Uhhhh.

She was like: Right?

I was like: But the carpet.

She was like: Right?

I was like: But…….yes, of course we’re going to paint the trim.

She was like: Great. 🙂

So, we thought about taping the carpet but that’s just crazy. It’s expensive. It’s risky. It’s time consuming.



The Mister said he’d take the trim off the walls and we could paint it that way. Which was fantastic because it literally took three coats each!

But then the nightmares started. We’d take it off and then not be able to figure out where the pieces went.

But alas, we devised a plan.

As he took each piece off the wall he left it laying on the floor. Then he carefully marked each piece with: which room it came out of, a number starting from the left and going clockwise, and which side of the room it was on.

This made it so much easier to remember where each piece went when it was time to put it back on.

Now our rooms look fantastic! I can’t wait to share the before and after pictures!