Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Since November, the sinks in Karen's bathroom have been clogged. She has asked us to have them fixed, but we were just to lazy to call anyone. We tried Liquid Plummer, tried to get the stopper out of the sink to put a snake through, but did not work.

I am hosting a baby shower within the next two weeks, so the drains needed to be cleaned out so people could wash their hands! So we had to bite the bullet to have them fixed.

Bill planned to take today off, so I called scheduled to have the plumber to come out to fix the sinks and even look at the garbage disposal.

Bill managed to fix the disposal by just removing a piece of it, clean it out and put it back on again! It only took us 1-1/2 years to do this.

I was at work when the plumber came. When Bill called to say they were there, he mentioned that the plumber would need to to through a wall in Karen's room to get to the pipe. Bill cleared out the area in her room. We were wondering if they would fix the wall, but they wouldn't be responsible for that. That would have been a disaster! After a while, the plumber found a filter pipe in the roof where they can put a super duper snake to clear the clog. Another truck had to come with the equipment to clear the clog and they also checked the rest of the pipes in the house.

All the drains are working great and we have a warranty for the next year to have them rechecked again.

The bill was pretty high, but I look at it as this - this was the first time in 12 years that we had any kind of major plumbing problems, so if you divide the cost by 12, it all comes out pretty well in the end.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Places I've Lived

I was reading on another blog a list of places this person lived so far. Here is my list, but is not extensive as hers.

1. My mother's womb

2. An apartment in Union City, NJ. Don't remember much about this place, was just a babe. It was in the 1950s.

3. Willow Avenue in Hoboken, NJ. I remember this apartment as a railroad flat. The kitchen was at the entrance with the bathroom off of it, the next room was my parents room, then the bedroom for the four of us then the living room. (Mom, if I am wrong, just let me know). We lived there from ??-1963.

4. Hazlet, NJ. This is the home my parents purchased in 1963, raised four children with one bathroom and we all survived. They still live there and the family visits just about every Sunday, except me. Snoopy, Wilma, (dogs)Perdy, Rima and Pumpkin (cats) also lived there. Lived there from 1963-1984, with two brief move outs.

5. Bremerhaven, Germany- October 1980 -January 1981. I moved to Germany to seek work and adventure. I was living with my grandmother for the interim. Moved back to Hazlet, NJ, because I missed my family and friends.

6. Manasquan, NJ-May 1981-May 1982. Several of us rented a beach house for the summer, three block from the ocean. It was an experience of another lifetime. After the summer, my sister and I rented an apartment which we survived on grilled cheese sandwiches. It was nice apartment, with a crazy lady living downstairs.

7. First Street in Keyport, NJ. This is the home of Bill's parents and lived there for three months after we were married in 1984. 'Nough said.

8. Scheri Lane in Eatowntown, NJ. We lived in a 12x55 mobile home which we purchased in April 1984. It was home in a trailer park. This was nice place to live for a young married couple and this was Karen's first home. It was a great investment for us and we sold it for a good profit. Whenever I visit NJ and in the area, we drive past it just to look. The park has deteriorated and the trailer has not been kept nice.

9. JT Luther Drive, Fort Worth, TX. This is the two bedroom apartment (affectionately known as the flat-tops) when we moved to Fort Worth for Bill to go to seminary. All utilities were included and located in the Student Village of SWBTS. Made a lot of great friends and have fond memories living there. This was from 1987-1992.

10. William Fleming Court, Fort Worth, TX. We moved to the townhouses in the student village because I wanted my own washing machine and a little bigger place. They were really nice for the three of us, but the train was awfully noisey. We lived there from 1992-1997.

11. Garden Springs Development in Fort Worth, TX. I did not place the street address for security reasons. We moved to our four bedroom home October 31, 1997. We purchased this home because we had to move out of the Student Village because Bill got a career job at the seminary (now you can still live there as student with a career job). This has been a great place to live for the past 12 1/2 years. Karen was 13 when we moved. We had a black cat named Donny, who had to leave us because of Bill's allergies. Chance and Toffee are the puppies with us now. We have decorated the house the way we want it and there are some improvements that need to be made, as usual with homeownership. We are truly, truly, blessed to have our home and hope to stay put for awhile.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow Day!

What a great day today! Played Scrabble, made homemade chicken soup and watched movies!

Karen cleaning the snow off the car..

Me, in all my glory!

Chance and Toffee at play (please excuse Toffee)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Boys

Here are Toffee and Chance, better known as "The Boys"

Toffee, on the left, came to us via Karen. He was at Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville with the Humane Society. Karen decided to bring him home in March 2008. We know nothing about his past life. He is such a sweet old soul.

Chance, on the right, came to us because I gave a window of opportunity to get a dog in February 2001. He has been with us since he was 10 weeks old, and think he is a quart short. We love him dearly.


On Thursday, I received a frantic phone call at work from Karen. Apparently, when Bill and I went home a lunchtime, Bill put the kettle on the stove and forgot to turn it off when we left. She said the kettle was adhered to the stove. After we got home to inspect the damage, there is an indentation on the burner where the kettle was actually attached to the stove (it has a flat surface). It could have been alot worse! We are thankful for Karen and glad the dogs were safe! We aired out the house and the kitchen does have a trace of a plastic smell from the kettle. The other burners are working fine so we are able to cook. We will monitor the stovetop just in case we have to buy a new stove.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New Rug

I have been wanting to purchase a new rug for the dining area in our kitchen. The one that was there I bought at Garden Ridge several years ago for $25 and it has served its purpose.

On Sunday I was at Target and found this rug for 30% off! It was fun trying to get it in Karen's Yaris!