Tuesday, October 16, 2012


I am a Christian.  I believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God.  I believe that I should strive to live my life according to the principals set forth in the Bible. 

My problem comes in when I look at other Christians, that profess to be "doing" all the things that God wants them to do and in many areas I see that is true in their life, but then there are areas that do NOT resemble what God has laid out for them to be in the Bible and they totally ignore that or refuse to see it.  It REALLY grates on me!!

Now I know that I am not to look at other men/women to see what Christianity looks like, and I don't.  I attempt to pattern my life after what the Bible teaches.   I do know that man is man and that, even tho they strive, they will fall short and need God's grace and forgiveness in their lives.  I know that I fall short almost daily, and I am so thankful for God's love, grace and forgiveness. However, I don't think I talk like I have it all right and everyone else is wrong.   What really galls me is when people rub it in your face as how great they are living for God and doing what He wants them to do when you can see PLAINLY areas in their life that are not being lived according to what God teaches.

OK,, I got that off my chest!!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

4th Day of retirement

Today the weather has turned nasty, so windy and cold, but not rain, which we need so badly. 

This retirement thing... hmmm... It was OK Mon - Wed but today to tell you the truth, I feel lost.  I haven't done much, a bit of cleaning here and there, going through this and that, but I feel blah!!  It is hard to keep this house clean, so I find that most of my days I am cleaning, I didn't retire to clean!!  Although there are a lot of things in the house that I have let go knowing I would have time to do it, so I shouldn't complain I guess.   I have done a bit of baking, and I do enjoy that. 

I was going through some cookbooks and finding interesting recipes I want to try, so I will enjoy that.  I need to get back to my sewing machine too.  That was always a source of contentment and satisfaction and enjoyment for me.  I guess all in time, huh?

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Week One of Retirement

Well folks, I am retired.  This feat is not as easy as one would think.  I found out that a lot of me was tied into my job and who I was.  I can no longer say, I am an employed accountant. My last day of work was last Thursday.  Thursday night I became quite ill.  I was that way until almost noon on Saturday.  My thought was,,, "gracious, is this what retirement is going to bring me?"  But when my pep returned on Sat I was relieved.

It was a strange feeling I had all weekend thinking gotta get this done before Monday - - - and then the thought came,,, why? 

Monday came, I didn't set my alarm and that felt good.  I got up about 7:30 just in time to get my granddaughter Abbe out the door for school.  She is in 7th grade (my daughter and her 2 youngest are living with us for a while).  Then I fixed breakfast for my grandson Luke and got him out the door about 8:45.  I then got myself ready and went to my dentist appointment at 10.  No cavities,, one good thing about seeing the dentist on the first work day after your retirement.  Then back home to do a bit of chores and then it was off to Costco, CUB and Kwik Trip.  When I got home, I had to put the loot away and then it was time to start on dinner.  My son and family were coming out.  So I made a small roaster full of meatballs and gravy.  Peeled the potatoes for mashed spuds and then they arrived and all the fun and hoopla of a family being together happened.  After they went home, it was time to watch Dancing With The Stars.  (one of my favorites.)  It was after midnight before I crawled into bed, still not sure what this retirement thing is going to look like for me.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Basement Bathroom

Here we are.  Pictures before anything begins.

 This is what you see when you look right as you get to the bottom of the steps
 This is looking into the place the bathroom will be
 We had done a little work there but it stalled years ago.
 Somehow a double got in,, sorry,  I think there are more d at the end.  OOPS

The work begins, with framing

then jack hammering the floor for the new sink drain
More of that
Plastic hung for pre insulation

See the new ceiling,, not bare studs

right now this is what yous ee when you get to the bottom of the stairs and look right

Looking at the bathroom from the steps
The inside after wallboard andmudding
The new shower and somehow 3 of these got uploaded and not a couple otherws,, Oh well you can see the pretty new shower

This is the new window in the bathroom, pretty eh?  the tile was laid today.  Will post more when it is all done.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

A busy weekend

The Myers arrived on Thursday night.  Friday morning Tonja had an interview for my job!!  It went well but she wont know until the end of this week if she gets my job when I retire.  I hope so.  It is the most wonderful place to work!!

Friday nite it was time to celebrate Emma's 21st birthday and Abbe's 12th. 
 The 3 mousketeers (Luke, Josiah and Andrew) await the cake
 Saturday it was up towards Brainerd for a Moteberg Family Reunion.  It was realized that not all got in the photo of those that were there.  But a GREAT bunch of relatives.
 Gil's siblings.  His twin brother Lyle, then Geri, JoAnn and Joyce (Fran and Myron are not in this picture)
 The 1st cousins  Susan, Will, Tonja, Lynn, Hillary, Melissa, Leah, Evan and Preston (there are a few that were not at the reunion) 
 Emma and Gpa Jim hangin out enjoying the day
 Braxton the B Boy and his mommy Kim
Braxton (Eric's littlest guy and my youngest grandson) thought he was the cat's meow sitting by himself in that little lawn chair.

A GREAT BIG THANKS to Geri, Mark and Lynn for inviting us all to their lake cabin for this wonderful time.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

What can I say?  It is HOT.  But then all of the U.S. is hot.  At least in MN we have been having some rain.  This Friday, my daughter is coming to apply for my job.  Yep,, retirement isnt far away now.  Even if they dont hire her , I will be giving them a date when I will be stepping down to enjoy some time before I am not able to enjoy a few things we want to do anymore. 

One of these days I will get on here and post some pictures.  My husband and I have a new granddaughter.  Jim's son Jon had a baby girl 2 weeks ago.  She is such a tiny little thing and oh so sweet.

I just wanted people to know that I am still around, and will be doing more blogging, I promise.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Still working on the living room

  So what do you think?  Think it works?  I have the turquoise lamp and pillows already and looking for some fabric to get a valance made in those shades.  I will have to see if I can find some candles that color or do you think a different color candle?  It does have gold flecks in the turquoise.