Fake Windows

I am continuing to put the finishing touches on my basement re-modeling project.

In a previous post, you saw that I had bought an old window from an antique store for $5.00 to make a fake, mirrored window. When I begin to work at cleaning it up, the wood around the panes began to crumble, and it became an impossible repair job.

I purchased two mirrored windows online from Target and was much happier to work with them.

Mirrowed windows in place over "window seat".

Mirrored windows in place over “window seat”.

My daughter-in-law, Collette, pointed out a great buy in a cloth shower curtain on clearance at Bed Bath & Beyond. She had a coupon that brought the already low price down to under $10.00. Collette showed me how I could cut the top off to use as a valance and the rest of the material would make the sides of the curtains. And as she said, “the colors are perfect to go with your room.”

Getting ready to turn a shower curtain into curtains.

Getting ready to turn a shower curtain into curtains.

The top that would be turned into a valence goes perfectly with my gardening theme of birds and flowers.

The top that would be turned into a valence goes perfectly with my gardening theme of birds and flowers.

And now the curtains are up.

Curtains over window.

Curtains over window.

Another view.

Another view.

The fake window adds depth to the room and makes the sitting area seem larger. Collette suggested adding tie-backs to the curtains, so… I will be looking for the perfect tie-backs to fit the area.

I have some pictures to add, and a few more small projects to complete before I can say the room is finished, and oh, yes, I hope next year to add new carpet to the room. It has been a very long project, but the end is near and I am happy with the results.

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:12-13

 

No Time For Idleness

My muscles are groaning this morning and it is a very large, two and one-half cups of coffee, kind of day.

A Christmas present from  my husband. I love The Closer show and he bought me this very large mug.

A Christmas present from my husband. I love The Closer show, and he bought me this very large mug.

I completed many of my projects yesterday, but never got to start on my basement walls.

I painted the decorative wagon early yesterday morning and was able to put a second coat on in the afternoon.

The color is called Sassy Green, and it is the same paint that I will use on the bookcases downstairs.

The color is called Sassy Green, and it is the same paint that I will use on the bookcases downstairs.

My husband was unable to find the thick clear plastic that he wanted to cover the chicken houses, so I nailed thick black trash bags over the doors. Hopefully the black color will help heat the area up even more, once the sun comes up.

Trash bags nailed over lower chicken doors to keep the wind from blowing in.

Trash bags nailed over lower chicken doors to keep the wind from blowing in.

An inside view of the area. It is where they eat during the day.

An inside view of the area. It is where they eat during the day.

I added a thick layer of straw to the upper house where they roost at night.

Straw used for insulation under roost.

Straw used for insulation under roost.

Lucy “helped” me gather sticks for kindling.

Kindling gathered.

Kindling gathered.

I made a bed in the greenhouse for our cat and other dog for today. The high is only going to be 24 degrees. Our animals are outside animals and they protest greatly  when kept inside. Right now they are in a warm kennel together in the garage. When they start fussing, because they realize it is morning, I will let them outside. Periodically during the day I will let them stay a few hours at a time in the greenhouse to warm back up. They still consider that to be outside. 🙂

Bed made over a plastic trash bag to keep moisture from making the blanket wet and placed in front of heaters.

Bed made over a plastic trash bag to keep moisture from making the blanket wet and placed in front of heaters.

After lunch I scrubbed down the deck, rearranged the deck implements for better maintenance and threw away a lot of trash and junk. That took a while.

Before

Before

Before... another view.

Before… another view.

Area... after.

Area… after.

I moved the bench for storing boots closer to the door we come in and out of, to keep from tracking muddy feet across the deck. I also moved a plastic storage unit to that side of the deck to add another deterrent to the wind that blows in from this end.

Bench for boots and storage unit moved closer to door.

Bench for boots and storage unit moved closer to door.

Another view.

Another view.

The chairs for the table are sitting in our basement right now with new chair pads. The deck is ready for them.

Today… it is time to get started on the basement project!

“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27

A New Day

I started getting sick with a cold Saturday afternoon and by Sunday I was having a royal pity party. My husband and I tried to go to an Antique show in Charlotte, but it is very hard to enjoy looking at anything when your nose is dripping and your head feels like it weighs a ton.

So we went home, and I laid in the recliner on a heating pad trying to find something to watch on TV and feeling very sorry for myself.

I believe God gives you sickness to use as down time for regrouping. When you are sick and can’t do your normal routine, you have plenty of time to think. Time to think about failed past relationships, how to keep failed past relationships from happening again, and about all the projects you have started and never completed.

The world seems to revolve around these two things:  relationships and projects.

Most of the time… we fail at both… because we fear.

Projects:  We fear we can’t get them done so we never start… or we fear the next step that completion of the project will move us to… or we fear rejection of our project.

Relationships:  We fail to be truthful when we desire the relationship to be a certain way, and compromise our beliefs to make others happy. Then we are not happy. We walk on eggshells, always afraid that the next words we say, will be the end of the relationship. Some relationships are not worth pursuing… like friends who only want you around when they can get something from you. But… family relationships are important and definitely need to be pursued. It is just a matter of how to go about it, to be truthful, yet kind and loving, and forgiving… you know… the 70×7 thing.

This morning as I contemplated all these things I thought of the scripture, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

Because fear hath torment.” Truer words have never been written. There is torment in all of this, but I can’t figure it out… how does perfect love cast out fear, and how do we gain “perfect love”?

All I can think to do is ask God for understanding and wisdom on the matter… to achieve this “perfect love” that rids us of fear.

And then I thought of another scripture… “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:22-24

It is a new day! The projects can be worked on and completed. The relationships can be mended and move ahead. God help us!

It is a new day!

Below are pictures I took of this new day, around 7:00 a.m. when the sun was just coming up.

The view from my front door.

The view from my front door.

This is the top of our driveway. The drive curves and takes you out to the main road through the beautiful trees.

This is the top of our driveway. The drive curves and takes you out to the main road on a path through the colorful trees.

 

Life Goes On

As I sit before the computer this morning, wondering what God would have me say today after all the disturbing changes to our country, I think of the next project that we are working on.

My husband has been off this week and he gathered some keystone bricks from the terrible overgrowth around our pond. The bricks were originally put there to keep the banks from washing. Now the overgrowth keeps it from washing.

Overgrowth around pond.

Overgrowth around pond.

Keystone bricks that needed to be removed from overgrowth.

Keystone bricks that needed to be removed from overgrowth.

After my husband had worked to get the bricks out of the overgrowth. Jazz was there to help watch out for snakes.

After my husband had worked to get the bricks out of the overgrowth. Jazz was there to help watch out for snakes.

I feel ashamed to even be thinking of more projects even though… life does go on. I pray, I write, I ask God, “What would you have me do for Your agenda?” I fear, even though God says, “Fear not”, over and over in the Bible. (Joshua 8:1)

I have been reading the book, Sailing Between the Stars, by Steven James. It is a great book to read, if you are trying to know God better. Steven James references a letter written in AD 250, by a man named Cyprian to his friend Donatus. (pp 60-61)

“This is a cheerful world as I see it from my garden under the shadows of my vines. But if I were to ascend some high mountain and look out over the wide lands, you know very well what I should see: brigands on the highways, pirates on the sea, armies fighting, cities burning; in the amphitheaters men murdered to please applauding crowds; selfishness and cruelty and misery and despair under all roofs. It is a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy which is a thousand times better than any pleasure of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are the Christians– and I am one of them.”

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

And I am one of them!

Projects for the Week…continued

It is now mid-week and I still haven’t gotten to any of the projects I had listed on my Monday to-do list. Yesterday, I drove 1 1/2 hours to my mom’s and went with her to a heart doctor appointment. I go with her to the appointments each time as an interpreter of the medical jargon.

Before the appointment we toured my parent’s garden and flower beds.

The important things in the yard, for my mom, are her flowers. She is the one who taught me to see “faces” in each flower. It doesn’t matter how old I get, I think I will always remember my mom in the garden, gently pulling a flower up toward me and asking, “Doesn’t it have a sweet face?”

So….here are some “sweet faces” in my mother’s garden……

Roses

Roses

Iris

Iris

Iris

Iris

Iris

Iris

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Peony

Peony

Clemetis

Clematis

Fushia

Fuchsia

Perineal Gerinium

Perennial Geranium

Climbing rose

Climbing rose

My dad has other delights in the garden. He loves flowers, also, but prefers his vegetables and fruits.

Below are the delights of my dad.

His two potato beds are thriving.

His two potato beds are thriving.

Baby pears growing.

Baby pears growing.

Blueberry bushes full of berries and caged to keep the birds off.

Blueberry bushes full of berries and caged to keep the birds off.

But….the most favorite of all, for my dad, is to see a toad or lizard in the garden, and know it is eating the bad bugs that would harm his plants.

Toad in my dad's garden.

Toad in my dad’s garden.

I enjoyed seeing the gardens at my parent’s home. Now…. back to the projects (I mean in the garden…hee hee).

I wonder what God has planned for me today!