Thursday, October 04, 2012
Hi to my Spark friends and to any that read this.
We haven't found anyone to come give us an estimate for replacing the chimney.
My husband called a man to give us an estimate on putting in 10 new windows, three with argon in them to cut down the heat that we experience in the living room in the bright sun and two which will let light in, but we won't be able to see out of, on one side of the house. One window will be a bedroom window and the other will be a bathroom window.
This company will also be putting up new spouting, soffit and fascia. We are going to put a new door on the basement entrance too. We have already given them a check for $8, 776 up front and the measurements have been done. The man called my husband yesterday to say he forgot to include the price of the argon gas in three of the windows. Work is to start next Monday, be the Lord Willing, and in Maryland we have snow flurries before October 31st. Hopefully, the new windows, spouting, soffit and fascia and a new basement door will be installed by then.
Our son said we should have gotten a second estimate, but my husband didn't do that and I am not going to argue with him.
My stress levels are through the roof. We have about 1/2 of one pallet of wood cut out of 12. I did the splitting and stacked the cut wood.
The pool is not winterized either. It isn't cleaned, covered, nothing has been done to it.
I can't tell you the last time I slept at night or had regular sleep.
Next weekend, we plan to go to a time share that my sister and brother-in-law have at Deep Creek Lake. It will be fairly close to the house that Dad built for Mom which is now a rental property. I will be in my old stomping grounds, but I know few people there now and having aged, I don't know if I would recognize the ones I do know or that they would recognize me. There is the weight of two of me (high school weight) in my skin now.
Somehow I need to get a grip, do my routines again and stick with them.
The Serenity Prayer
God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Here is what happened to me last week:
“May we not draw some comfort from the thought that our prayers never are intrusions? Whenever we go before God in deep distress, He is always ready to listen to our cry. Whatever grand purpose or momentous project engage His mind, He will surely be attentive to the longings of His needy supplicants.”
I locked myself out of the house today around 4 PM. Rodger would not be home for another hour and a half and I needed to go to the bathroom. The sky looked as if it might rain. I sat on a park bench we have on the pool deck and prayed. Then I went to a window that was stuck, gave it a yank, and it opened. Four men have tried to open that window and couldn't.
I tried standing on two stacks of brick, each stack was four bricks high. I would have had to belly flop into the house since I wasn't high enough. I dragged the bench around and was able to sit on the window sill and put one foot on the floor inside and got in. It rained before Rodger came home.
I believe God opened that window!!!!!! I have trouble opening the lids of bottles and I don't for one minute believe that my strength forced that window to open.
Picture this: 60-year-old women should not belly flop through an open window when wearing a dress. Thankfully, I didn't have to!