Sunday, September 26, 2010

Central Boiler

Things around our neck of the woods have been pretty quiet. I started a new job where I work 4 days a week in an office. I'm trying to work out a schedule with everything I have going on with that. I am hoping to get the guts up to join a small group or a bible study with the church so that we can get more involved and possibly make some friends. Jack is still working, not as much overtime as he was before, but his work got a new contract so it's looking like he might have another 18 months to 2 years depending on future contracts... which is great news since we didn't think the job would last longer than to about March... and it's almost October!!

We bought a Central Boiler wood burning stove. It sits outside, and it will sit about 25 feet away from the edge of our garage. It heats water up to 185 degrees farenheit and that water goes through super well insulated tubes that are buried about 2 feet underground into the house and then into our water heater and heats the water and then goes to our furnace and a coil runs through the furnace and the forced air heat that we have pushes the air through the coil of hot water and our existing duct work and fan will heat the house. It was a pretty big investment but with the cost of propane, it will pay for itself after next winter. And after that we will essentially have free heat! (Of course as long as we are able to find free wood.)

We have been learning how to fell trees and Jack bought a Stihl chainsaw. We have cut quite a few down and right now his long time friend Mike is over here teaching him how to properly and safely fell trees. Mike is an arborist and cuts down trees for a living. He cut down the biggest dead tree that we have at the back of the lot in a matter of minutes when it would have taken us about 45 minutes to hit the ground. He is so precise. It's amazing to watch someone do what they're really good at. Especially when it takes a lot of skill and knowledge.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Housewarming party

Our housewarming party turned out great :) We had a lot of people not come so we ended up with a lot of extra food but the weather was super crappy, so that's probably a big reason why a lot of people didn't come. We got so many generous presents!! What a great surprise!

While I was giving Jack's Grandma a tour of our house she pulled me aside and said, "This house is much too big for just two people.... but I know you're working on that." Yes, Grandma, we are working on it. It is completely and 100% out of our hands. We can only do our part.

Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. - 1 Corinthians 7:5 KJV

Do not deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer. Afterward, you should come together again so that Satan won’t be able to tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 1 Corinthians 7:5 NLT

So we will do our part. We will let God move these mountains in our life.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Worked on the house all day long

Cleaning the house is EXHAUSTING!!

Especially deep cleaning every single room! I wish I could keep my house company ready all the time. I have found lots of different types of cleaning tips all over the place to try to make that happen... but mostly, I fail miserably! My house isn't messy, but more often than not, it's just plain cluttered.

I dusted and vacuumed and scrubbed. Then I baked tonight and made 2 huge batches of m&m cookies so now when I wake up in the morning, I'm going to have some dishes and cleaning the kitchen to do.

I'm really excited about our housewarming party! I have so much food prep to do tomorrow. Today I did a lot of the cleaning, but I still have cleaning to do tomorrow too. I need to clean off all the couches, give both the dogs a bath. Clip Bessie's nails... i did Dixie's this evening. I need to vacuum upstairs, wash the sheets on our bed, make the beds upstairs. Oh I have so much left to do!!!

I should go to bed!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Housewarming party menu

I'm waiting for my clothes to dry in the dryer so I thought I'd put together my menu plan for our Housewarming Party that is on Saturday.

We are expecting anywhere from 30-60 people. Probably will be in the middle, and over the course of the day. I'm so excited!! Especially because I have finally figured out what all I am going to be making!

Hamburgers and Hot Dogs on the Grill with all the fixin's


Better made potato chips




Veggie Tray with Ranch



Fresh Fruit


Corn on the Cob



Cheesy Potato Leek Soup



Taco Salad




I'm making this cake only in cupcakes! (recipe and picture from here)

and the piece de resistance ....


Apple Cider and Donuts from a local Cider Mill!!

Trust me, I couldn't be MORE excited about the cider and donuts :D

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

First day working in the nursery was this past Sunday

I got to the nursery at about 8:45 for the 9am service. There were already 2 parents there with their little ones. I was the only one there!! I had no idea how to check in the kids, or where they went... or anything really. Aside from being no where close to as organized and as smoothly ran as the last church nursery I worked in, it went really well. The only down side was the huge blow out that this cute little girl who was about 10 months old had. Her Grandma had brought her in and had her dressed in this fancy little dress with bloomers and white tights... and let's just say she destroyed the ENTIRE outfit. The dress was literally thrown in the trash!

It's amazing how when you're doing something that God has called you to do, He makes it so much easier. My heart was light the whole time I was in there, and all of the clingy, crying kids ALL wanted me. We had 9 babies, all under 18 months old. It went really well, I had a good time. I was in the nursery with Pastor Cliff's wife, I forget her name... but we had a good time laughing at the kids and playing with them. I am not on the schedule again until next month.

On Wednesday night River University starts... it's a bunch of bible studies and classes offered at the church. I want to go to either the Hebrews Bible study taught by Pastor Cliff or the Couples' Bible Study... Jack is leaning more towards the Hebrew's Bible Study... so that's what we will probably do. Hopefully we will start to meet some people!

This Saturday is our housewarming party... FINALLY! We have only been in the house for 4 months now! I only have a few small projects that I would like to get done, besides cleaning the whole house top to bottom, before Saturday.
  • put all the plates back on the outlets and the light switches... hey what can I say? I got burned out lol
  • clean all the windows and windowsills
  • dust EVERYTHING
  • clean all the floors
  • organize the pantry in the kitchen
  • clean out the laundry room.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Divine intervention

My friend was minding her own business at work yesterday and she started to hear knocking in the supposedly empty building next door to hers. She works alone at her office so she walked 2 doors down to get the owner of the building to come and explore the empty building to see if anything was amiss. Thankfully, nothing was wrong and they couldn't find the source for the sounds that she heard. While they were searching, he mentioned that he had lost one of his girls on his team and would my friend know anyone who was looking for part time work.

Well as a matter of fact, she said, I sure do.

And we met for lunch that day, my friend told me all about the job, after lunch we went up there, I had an interview, and I start on September 13th when the receptionist gets back from vacation! It's Monday through Thursday 8am to 2pm. I couldn't be more excited! I don't have to deal with planning things around work. I don't have to worry that my schedule is going to change from one week to the next. I can go to work and get home before Jack gets home from work. I will be able to go back to having a normal life with Jack again!! I'm so excited!!

So Glory be to God and hey God, thanks for knocking and hey Ashley, thanks for answering for me :)