Bookshelf Installation: Day 1

Day’s Verse:
It wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives. And there’s more life to come—an eternity of life! You can count on this.
Titus 3:3-8 Continue Reading >>

What My Evening Looked Like

Day’s Verse:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others..
Philippians 2:3-4

I guess I should really say this is what I looked like yesterday evening.

Ready for the Attic

After putting down two batts last Sunday, I found the flying fiberglass fluff too much to handle. I came out of the attic coughing and uncomfortable, and perhaps more than a little worried that breathing small fiberglass fibers wasn’t good for me. We had 28 more batts to put in, just from this load, not to mention the estimated 65 more to install later. The picture above shows our solution to the breathing-fiberglass-fragments issue. Mom supplied the safety goggles (which also protected my forehead from…um…dangerous attic things) and the masks came from McLendon’s for like $1. Continue Reading >>

It’s Twins!

Day’s Verse:
So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush.
Philippians 1:9-10

OK, don’t get your panties in a twist; we’re not having any kids yet. I’m talking about the appliance delivery we took today.

Here they Come!

Washer & Dryer

Yep, that’s our new washer and dryer, happily ensconced in their new home in our laundry room. Aren’t they cute? Now we can wash and dry our clothes at our home, which means we have to come up with some other excuse to hang out with my parents for a few hours every week. Continue Reading >>

Yoick That In There

Day’s Verse:
And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can’t think straight anymore.
Ephesians 4:17-18

We ordered a washer and dryer. Due to some incredibly irritating quirks of our laundry room*, we could not be sure a front-loading washer and dryer would fit and work in the room. I am sad about this because I had my heart set on super-high efficiency front-loading machines. Instead we bought a Whirlpool Cabrio 7300 (and matching dryer), which was Consumer Report’s overall highest-rated top-loading washer. Also, salesmen at 3 different appliance stores directed us to this washer after hearing about our laundry room layout — and, seeing as none of them gave us any other consistent advice, that’s really astonishing. My biggest regret is the place we bought it, which shall remain unnamed. The salesman could have come straight off a used car lot, and after the fact I felt manipulated by his sneaky high-pressure salesman tactics. However, I don’t think we got fleeced, and we’ll soon have a way of washing our clothes at our own home, so I’m going to accept our choice and not agonize about it anymore. Continue Reading >>

Vansulation and General Home Improvement

Day’s Verse:
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:15-16

Yesterday I had the distinctly interesting experience of hoisting myself up from a slightly-too-short ladder into our attic space, where I measured the total area — not overly difficult, as it’s a perfect rectangle. Here’s the intermediate result of this measuring:

Vansulation Front View

Vansulation Back View

We fit 6 bales of UltraTouch R30* insulation in the Fergusons’ minivan (which we’re taking care of while they’re in Europe for 5 weeks). If our calculations are correct, we need another 13 bales to insulate the entire attic to today’s building code. Continue Reading >>