Bathroom redo oopses

new bath lightsThe bathroom redo went pretty well, and it got done pretty quickly. We did have a couple of oopses though…

The first oops we initially blamed on buying inexpensive stuff. The old sink actually screwed onto the vanity. The new one doesn’t. So it just sort of floats. When someone forcibly knocks into it, it moves. We had a broken drain pipe in just a few days.

Turns out that there is this silicone sealant you’re supposed to use to hold the sink in place. Who knew?

Second oops –

We had gotten a taller medicine cabinet. If we had stuck with the light bar with the round bulbs, that would not have mattered. But, we got a nice fixture that had 3 shades that hung down.

When he went to install it, the shades would not fit above the cabinet. Ugh!

So then he went and picked a different one. It goes perfectly with the more masculine look of the room.

Problem is… it won’t hang straight.

Now we had seen some that were designed to hang cockeyed, but this was not one of them. We’re going to pretend it is 😉 Just call it modern design and be done with it, right?

Now, all of the stuff we put in was inexpensive. Not very high quality. But it looks a whole lot better. When he decides to redo the tub and surround – we’ll see what he wants to do then. It wasn’t a lot of money, and it makes a big difference.

One son said he can’t remember it ever looking that good.

It may not be perfect, but I’d call the project a success.

OK, we do have to do something about that floor…

Nothing is ever really done, is it?

Next room up – the dining room.

Want to get your home spruced up before the holidays?

My middle class thoughts about the Presidential debate

I know a lot of you don’t have 3 hours to spend watching debates. I don’t either, but I did anyway. I want to know – what are these candidates thinking? What do they stand for?

I’m going to try and summarize what I saw. You’ll see a lot of media coverage, and much of it will be slanted to cover their interests. I suppose my summary will too. But if you’re reading my blog, I have to assume that you probably have a family and are concerned about a lot of the same issues that I am. If not, feel free to comment.

I am a long time single mom, nearing retirement. I am most concerned about financial stability, safety, opportunity, personal freedoms, health, our food, and the state of the world today. Continue reading

The first time I ever heard about Ben Carson was this…

If you missed Ben Carson’s speech at the Presidential Prayer Breakfast – well you missed someone not afraid to tell it like it is.


It certainly made an impression on me. His popularity is skyrocketing. If you have a chance tonight, watch this speech before the debates.

There is a crazy array of candidates, and it really looks like a circus, doesn’t it? It will be interesting to see just who is left standing in a few weeks…