"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Monday, June 20, 2016

That Time We Had a Cement Mixer In Our Bedroom!

Actually, this picture was taken this morning.


And if you look closely you’ll also see a blow torch, a spray bottle and a crimping tool.

Take a wild guess at why we would have a cement mixer in our bedroom. Go ahead, I’ll wait……………………………………………On the bright side, at least it’s red. I like red, in case you didn’t know. I’m thinking it would look really nice with a fern planted in it. *smile*

So did you guess? Here’s a hint.


If you guessed that we need to pour concrete under our new shower floor because the previous home owner didn’t have anything supporting the old one and we found out through our demo/remodel that we were going to have to pour our own 4 inch slab underneath, then you guessed correctly. Smile 

Can I give you a piece of advice? If you are contracting the building of your own home, don’t cut corners. This house is a result of cutting corners and it shows. My hubby just finished replumbing the WHOLE entire house with PEX plumbing because the cheap copper pipes that were in the house, kept leaking. *sigh* Anyhoo back to our remodel.

Besides the plumbing, this is our next big remodel. It’s our master bath and EVERYTHING is coming out. Bath tub, floor tile, vanity, shower, toilet, mirror, EVERYTHING. I’m so excited!!!

I’ll blog about it in pieces so you can see the progress. It’s already a labor of love. There is stuff all over the place. It’s definitely a construction zone right now.

Here’s a before of the bathtub area. Pardon the mess.


After. Well not really after. I mean we aren’t leaving it like this. At least I hope not…..”HONEY!”……..


Our new bathtub is being delivered tomorrow. But of course it won’t be installed until the floor tile gets put in. I think, I don’t know.

So stayed tuned for more updates as it progresses.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Vacation-Part 5 and Part 6 The Not So Fun Parts and Coming Home


I decided to combine the last two parts because it shouldn’t take too long to get my point across. Smile

Part 5- The Not So Fun Parts-

As I mentioned in the first post Getting Ready To Leave the vacation didn’t start out well at all. Our oldest son woke up sick the day we were leaving. And just as I suspected, a day after being at our destination our youngest son came down with it.

Our oldest son handled things pretty well. We hung out at the cabin on his sickest days while my hubby and our youngest (before he got sick) went on hikes or what not. Then when our youngest got it my oldest was feeling a little bit better and was able to do things with dad while I stayed with the youngest.

So basically for the first 3 days we didn’t really do anything together as a family.

The worse night of my youngest son’s sickness I was up and down the stairs looking after him about 4 times. He was miserable. So I was pretty tired. The good thing is he kicked it pretty quickly.

Then on another occasion, probably night #5, I started to walk down the stairs and slipped and fell on my backside. This of course freaked my hubby out who was still asleep. I was okay. But I did get a HUGE bruise on my bumm and my wrist was sore for a few days. So that was fun. Smile with tongue out

Here’s the thing. We weren’t supposed to be on the second level. The boys were supposed to share the bed and my hubby and I (and don’t think I’m weird) were supposed to have the queen and single bed downstairs. Not to mention the BIG bathroom and not the small little people’s bathroom that was upstairs. But because of all the sick stuff we thought keeping them more separate would be wise. *sigh* And just so you know, when I travel I bring both of my body pillows with me because I can’t sleep without them. Trying to sleep in anything less than a king size bed with two people at 6 feet tall and two body pillows is next to impossible. So I didn’t sleep well. *sigh*

Part 6 Coming Home-

Coming home wasn’t without its challenges. We saw about 3 major accidents. One was on our side and held up traffic for quite awhile. Then while at a rest stop we (my hubby ) saw that a tire was low and upon further inspection realized that we had a nail in our tire.

But my hubby being who he is had a patch kit and was able to get it patched until we could get to a gas station and fill it back up with air.

We made it home safe and sound and I thanked the Lord for His protection over us. Then I kissed the ground, my bed, my toilet (okay maybe not my toilet) thanked the Lord for a single story home and went to bed. Smile

In conclusion, this was not one of my favorite vacations. In fact we’ve decided to just stick around good ol’ Florida for awhile and do closer and hopefully less stressful vacations for the next few years.

I mean we’ve got the Keys , St. Augustine,Disney, tons of Springs and the ocean. I’m sure we’ll manage.

Thanks for sticking with me friends. 




Thursday, June 2, 2016

Vacation Part 4- The Fun Parts

Although our vacation was a bit stressful we did manage to have some fun.

On the property there is tons to do. They have a game area where they have ladder ball and corn hole set up, so we were down there just about every day. They also have another “play” area with a volleyball net set up for volleyball or badminton. They also have a basketball net with a couple balls to play with.


The boys all had fun fishing in the stocked ponds. There are 3 of them on the property. Ponds not boys.


But the one thing my hubby loved the most was hiking the trails. I think he could have hiked every day. In fact I think he did. I was recouping from a pretty crappy first half of the year so I didn’t do the long hikes. (But all the bad stuff will be in the next post. ) *smile*


About 15-20 minutes one way from where we were staying was Waynesville and about 15 minutes away in the other direction was Maggie Valley. We went to both places on our stay but I found Waynesville a bit more diverting. There were cute shops to walk around in and some nice restaurants to choose from.


I could have spent all day in this one kitchen shop, but my hubby was able to drag me out (after he bought me this divot) Hee Hee!


When it was time to chill at the cabin we played cards, checkers or just chilled and watched a movie.


The weather was GLORIOUS! It was in the mid to high 70’s during the day and in the 40’s at night. It rained one day but that was it. Couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Well this concludes my post about the “fun” stuff.

Stay tuned as you get to hear about the not so fun stuff next.

Have a lovely day friends.

Here are the other parts in case you missed one. Smile

The Intro!

Part 1-Getting Ready to Leave

Part 2- The Destination- Boyd Mountain

Part 3- Soco Falls- Funny story.


Monday, May 16, 2016

The Vacation Part 3- Soco Falls- The Funny Story!

I am very thankful for the trip to Soco Falls because a lot of our trip was stressful, (actually come to think of it so was this little outing) but the laughter that ensued was worth the stress…..I think. Enjoy!

Soco Falls is a waterfall not far from where we were staying. It probably should have taken around 15 minutes to get there. Now anyone that has traveled mountain roads knows that mountain minutes are VERY different from flat Florida minutes. But no worries, we got this.

So my Florida born hubby was driving our Expedition with our Florida license plate and our “you are such a tourist” topper on the roof. Yes people, we were that car you didn’t want to get trapped behind on a curvy mountain road. Sorry locals.

The drive was pretty uneventful for the most part. I mean you could only go up or down the side of the mountain. How hard could this be? On this particular trip we were going up the mountain, with the mountain on our right, which means Soco falls was probably going to be on the left. You drawing a picture in your mind? Good. Let’s keep going.

So here’s the problem. You couldn’t see what was coming behind each turn and so my hubby kept slowing down thinking the pull off for the falls would be coming up soon. Well by the time we saw the pull off on the left we had about 20 cars behind us. To make matters worse the cars parked in the pull off area were parked all funky so we couldn’t clearly see a space to pull into and the fact that there was oncoming traffic didn’t help. So what does one do in a panic? They keep driving. We pass the waterfall and hope to be able to find a place to turn around. Yeah right. Now we are going back down the mountain. Have you ever tried to find a place to turn around on a side of a mountain, on a two lane road with 20 cars right behind you? No? Well let me tell you, it ain’t easy. So right about now I start to crack up. I mean I lose it. Looking back and seeing the line of cars, realizing that we are “that car” that people dread being behind and going miles out of our way to turn around, was HILARIOUS. Really all we could do is laugh. And laugh we did.

So we FINALLY get to the end of the road where we could do a turn around and go back up the mountain to our destination. You’re welcome locals.

We easily found a place to park and hiked down to the waterfall. Which stressed me out because it had rained the night before so it was slippery and we didn’t have the right kind of shoes and blah blah blah, I’m married to an adventurous man and have two boys, blah blah blah.

It was beautiful though and we all made it back to the car alive. *smile*

I do recommend this trip if you are in the neighborhood. It really is beautiful. Here’s some pictures to prove it.




I hope you enjoyed our little adventure story. Have you ever had something like this happen to you? Do tell!



Part 1 Getting Ready to Leave

Part 2 The Destination- Boyd Mountain

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