Sunday, January 24, 2010

Spiritual Sundays & Sunday Favorites

Good morning dear readers! Welcome to Spiritual Sundays and Sunday Favorites. Sundays are a time for worship, rest and relaxation at our home.

Today I am sharing a simple prayer of the Joy of Giving. With the Haiti devastation and so many other wonderful people who have given to those in need I thought this would be quite appropriate. If you would like to say a prayer with me...........please continue reading.

Joy in Giving

Lord, I thank You for Your blessings. Whether in plenty or with little, I want to be a cheerful giver. I desire to give from a full heart that serves, no reluctantly or with complaining. I long to see Your money used in ways that will bless others—through my tithing at church, giving to mission organizations, or helping the needy. I choose to give at whatever level I can—and I ask You to bless it.

Source: From Power Prayers for Women by Jackie M. Johnson, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. used by permission.

In the spirit of relaxation and rest I am sharing a post that drew a lot of attention and a whole lot of laughter last year. This was originally published on Feb. 24, 09 and do know that since that time all of what you will be reading has been fixed and fixed correctly. I now no longer live with these eyesores in our home. They've either been repaired correctly or replaced. Go ahead and have a laugh this beautiful Sunday.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mr. Fixer Upper

At the risk of showing you pictures of my home and at the risk of making Trucker out to be a goof up, I just want to share the laughs. Not mind you Trucker has never said he is a Mr. Fix Upper but God Bless Him he tries. This weekends particular fixer has got him baffled however. To the point he has lost sleep. Now before I begin with the latest challenge let me tell you about some of his previous challenges. Prepare to laugh. See warning you about spitting your coffee on the monitor.

Several months ago our shower in the bath downstairs developed an awful leak. I mean terrible. Our water bill doubled in one month the leak was so bad. It had to be fixed or go into the poor house. Now one would think that would be an easy challenge. A simple switch of taking out the tub surround, replacing the faucets and putting the bathroom back in order. NOT for Mr. Fixer Upper. See since our house was built in the 1930's nothing is made easy. In fact our bathroom had a small addition built at some point later. This new little small addition was built around the shower surround. Yup, you read it right! They placed the shower surround and the toilet into this tiny add on and built the walls around them afterwards. There was absolutely no way we could take the shower surround out and fix the faucet. Unless of course we wanted to knock a wall out first. Naturally this was not what we did, nor could afford it. Still thinking well, how hard could this be? Trucker explained it to me quite simply. Just cut a small hole around the faucets, replace the faucet and then use a matching caulk or putty substance and place the hole cut out back. OK, not going to be the prettiest thing but then again, no one comes to visit often or uses are shower. I could live with it. I actually had no choice. Challenge started with great intentions.

As you can now see Trucker did not have a matching caulk or putty and this is what I ended up with. Isn't it beautiful? That beige caulk just blends right in and no one would even know we had repaired a leaky faucet. Trucker does amazing work. He is available for hire you know? Just let me know and I'll happily lend him out. Are you wondering why the extra hole with that gorgeous black caulk around it at the bottom? Well I did as well and asked why the electrical outlet looking hole honey? Quite simply explained once more. "I dropped the water line and it fell to the bottom, I had to cut that to get the water line". Oh darn it, it would have been too much trouble to have asked me to help? I didn't' fuss to much nor complain to terribly much. After all he didn't say he was Mr. Fixer Upper.

Now moving on. You remember me telling you are dryer bit the dust a couple of weeks ago. Well this is the results of that challenge. Our washer dryer is one of those Gawd Awful stackable kinds. I hate those things! so in order for Trucker aka Mr. Fixer Upper to be able to work on this
dryer he had to take the controls out. I mean it was the motor after all. After blowing several fuses in the house that weekend and hearing several cuss words coming from the laundry room this is what my washer dryer combo now looks like.

Who says duct tape doesn't cure all? I mean just look at it. Doesn't it make you want to do laundry? Mr. Fixer Upper at least left the washer in working order. Although now you have to work around all that duct tape to find the controls for it. Hey, it could be worse? I could have to pick the controls up off the top of the washer and attempt to turn them on that way. Redneck design at it's finest people.

Now the latest and greatest challenge of them all. Our bathroom once again. We
have two light switches and one electrical outlet in there. Lucky in that day and age of building to have the one damn electrical switch. Well not anymore I'm not! Our one outlet that controls the lighting over the sink and the one electrical switch quit working. One day I turned the bathroom light on and when I turned it off the flipper wouldn't come back on. It was frozen. Probably frozen in the year 1940, but who knows. So Mr. Fixer, not being one to leave things well enough alone, decided he could tackle this new challenge. Oh Gawd help us all. Another weekend of cursing, screaming and foul mood abounds. The family that fixes together, and curses together, stays together!!

Now how hard could this be I wondered? All the while praying Trucker turned off the power and lived to tell about it. So off goes the power, to which Rug Rats 1 & 2 thought they would die. I mean what children can live without cartoons and computers? Not ours that's for sure. Mr. Fixer Upper has already been to Lowe's which is a hop skip and a jump away. you know the hop and skip of a drive for 30 miles, one way? He grabs his tools, heads to the power box and thus begins the journey of repair. He looked so adorable in his tool belt I happily watched for a whole.............................minute. He removed the bad switch and replaced with the new and improved version. It only took him 3 hours and 500 curse words later. Wit
h at least 8 moments of having to stop to explain to the Rug Rats how much longer the power would be off. What is it with kids? You tell them daddy is in a bad mood and to stay away from him, but it's like moths drawn to a flame. Do not under any circumstances ask a man under pressure, who by the way is holding a large screwdriver, how much longer it's gonna be. They just keep going back for more punishment. Challenge finally finished. Mr. Fixer Upper is all proud of himself and I must say it doesn't look bad. The light is now working along with the outlet. About 30 minutes later I enter the kitchen to prepare supper. Rug Rat 1 comes in to have a snack of her usual Ramen noodles. She places her bowl into the microwave and presses the power button. We both then stand back and laugh like a couple of hyenas at what happens next. Each time she presses the button the microwave comes on for two seconds but the bathroom lights come on!! and then go off!! She tried about 5 attempts while her and I are laughing our asses off. Yell to Mr. Fixer Upper now that something has gone terribly wrong. Mr. Fixer is not a happy camper at this point. Especially when he cannot control our laughter. He doesn't believe us. We show him! and burst out again. He works on this challenge a little longer before calling it quits. Does it work now? Oh hell no was his reply. Now my light works in there, my electrical outlet does not and neither does the microwave outlet. Can't wait for next weekend to come.

If I'm not here on Monday, house burned down. Or Mr. Fixer Upper went up in smoke and fire, or he killed me with the screwdriver. LOL.


Today I am linking with:

Charlotte & Ginger @ Spiritual Sundays
Chari for Sunday Favorites

Go over to both of these wonderful sites and read the other posts for some Spiritual Sunday as well as other Sunday Favorites.


Mermaids of the Lake said...

Happy Pink Saturday to you. Your blog is very pretty. Have a great week and good luck with those projects.

Mermaid Debbie

Chari said...

Hi Girlfriend...

Ohhhh my goodness!!! Girl, I'm so glad you gave us "forewarning" about reading and drinking at the same time! I must admit...that I would have spit my tea out all over the place!!! Okay, my favorite is the little hole cut down low in your tub...because of having to retrieve the pipe! OMG!!! No wait...second thought, I think my favorite is your duct taped washer and dryer! That's just too funny! Okay...okay, rethinking all of favorite has got to be the story about your bath outlet and the microwave! Hehehehehhe!!! Girl, what a hoot!!! But bless your honey's least he tries!!! And...the thought of him in that cute little tool belt has got to count for something!!!

Darlin', what a great post to share with us today for Sunday Favorites...I needed that!!! So happy to have you join in with the fun...and add to the fun!!! wink!

Have a super Sunday, my friend!
Chari @Happy To Design

A Gracious Home said...

I'm in prayer about Haiti also. I have a lot of things that need fixing in my home. I enjoyed your blog. Doylene

Lori E said...

This is especially funny today after the debacle that took place here this morning when my husband finally was attaching some little doors to the console table I put together in November.
Oh my gosh what a whiner. You would have thought I had asked him to replace bathroom faucets or repair a dryer...sorry.

Denise said...

Funny, lol

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

My prayers so up in behalf of Haiti. Thank-you for the laughs. I can relate my grandchildren would more than likely go nuts if there were no TV or computer. There pretty good at playing in the play room but they do enjoy TV and the computer.

Charlotte said...

I'm overwhelmed at the response of people around the world to Haiti. Our church took up a special collection last Sunday just for Haiti. This morning our pastor told us the amount collected was $135,000.00. I think that is amazing.
Thank you for sharing and thanks for the laughs.

Lynn said...

Good thing I heeded your warning about not drinking anything! My dad once fixed a leaky hot water heater by drilling a hole in the floor under it so it would just leak under the house. Oh, yeah, he put a funnel in the hole he drilled!
You deserve my vote for sainthood!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I think I did spit on the monitor. There comes a point when one must hire a licensed electrition. I think you've reached it. lol

My DH is not handy either. He wanted to use a glue stick for something and he come up from the basement with a handfull of glue sticks, a propane torch and a lighter. I guess I should craft more.

susan said...

Treasia-I think this is my first visit--It must have been fate! I loved your re-post! I think I am married to his brother :) You are still here, so it must have all worked out!

susan said...

I answer your question about the roses. I tried to count. I really did. I think I spent about $20 on roses and had some already...maybe 150-175 individual roses.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

OMG Girl I'm still laughing here...If I didn't know my DH was watching football I would swear he leading a double life...Oh girl I hate to ask Len to do a thing as it ends up worse than before...Just too funny...I can just picture trying to make popcorn and the bathroom light coming on anf off...Hugs and shiles Gl♥ria

Anita said...

How funny! Believe me, my hubby has good intentions as well but we have learned (from numerous past experiences) that if something really needs to be fixed we should seek the yellow pages! Have a great week. Anita :)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Treasia, I'm so glad you re-posted this. It is hysterical. I have tears rolling down my face from laughing! You are a great story-teller, and your husband gives you a great subject to write about!! I've always heard duck tape can fix anything, but I'm just not too sure about your washer! laurie