Thursday, March 31, 2011

Unpacked -- Finally!

Finally, what I'm going to live with is unpacked and what I'm going to store for a while is put away in boxes in the garage.  Here are pictures of our new diggs ...

Welcome ...

 This is my favorite spot for my morning quiet time and cup of tea ...

Most of the plants survived the move and the freezing high winds when we first arrived ...

Foyer ...

Great room ... no separate family room and living room here ... gotta' have room for that huge garage!

Well, that's the grand tour -- office and bedrooms another day.

Make it a great day!  Blessings,

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Boy Toys & Girl Toys

This venture into the remodeling world has necessitated the purchase of many "boy toys" much to my son's delight. Both George (my husband) and Jeff (my son) feel strongly -- and rightly so -- that good results require good tools.  So here are just a few of the goodies in our storehouse now:

Mitre saw with laser  -- Jeff gets really excited with this one.

Tile grinder (yucky dirty job!) and sanders

Sawsall -- I never heard of one before but he uses it for everthing.

 Jigsaw -- that one I at least recognize.

And the all important boom box.  Actually it includes a charger for all the other tools.

And then there is the tile saw, and the paint spraying machine, and the texturizer -- they haven't arrived on the work site yet but they're in the garage.  I think this all means we're in the remodeling business!

It's just not fair that the guys should get all the goodies so thanks to the Havin' Fun Girls in Tucson I got a toy, too: -- thank you ladies!

It's a Bissell Vac and Steam -- pretty neat idea.  I have lots of tile floors in our home here in Havasu and mopping was a chore.  With this little gadget I can steam mop with no detergents needed (so no leftover film on the floor) and do a light vacuum at the same time.  Girls need tools, too.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Fun ? begins

We closed on our house Wednesday midday.

This is what the kitchen looked like at 1 PM --
And this what it looked like at 4 PM --

And today (Thursday) the itty bitty window above has become --

Now we have more light and a nice view of the pool and entire backyard.

It's a work in progress ... my son says it has to look worse before it looks better.  I'm counting on that!

More to follow, Blessings

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Some are going to think this post is really weird but here goes.  For over twenty years I have dealt with fibromyalgia and kept it under control without the use of medications.  I started by going to an acupuncturist, massage therapist and chiropractor; recently it has evolved into neuromuscular therapy and chiropractic with occasional visits to an acupuncturist.  Since moving to Lake Havasu I have not yet found the same kind of treatments I was able to use in Tucson and my body is noticing the difference.  The reason for this explanation is that I have found these modalities to work for me; I don't know if they will work for others or not but in my opinion if you can stay off drugs and deal with it in a more natural way, it's more than likely a good and better thing. 

SO on Sunday my husband and I went to the swap meet that is held here every week in Lake Havasu and while browsing we came across a booth selling Bionic Bands.  I had seen them on TV but didn't pay much attention.  We agreed to be "tested" and both of us failed the balance and strength tests when given without the band; and both of us passed the tests when wearing the band.  After some discussion we decided to try a band for my oldest son who has a number of physical ailments and many years ago had been diagnosed with an equilibrium problem for which the doctors offered no assistance.  My husband has recently been experiencing a good deal of body pain so I convinced him to get one, too.

We both put on our bands and within 30 minutes my painfully sore shoulder was feeling much better and George thought that he noticed some difference with him as well.  I wore the band for 3 1/2 days before getting it to my son and I felt better each day.  After giving the band to my son I noticed by evening that I had some pain coming back and by the next day I had all over body pain and felt rather miserable.  After a couple of days since George was not getting any positive result from wearing his band, I borrowed it and within an hour my pain level decreased and continues to do so.  That's pretty interesting.

However, the best thing is that my son put it on and noticed by evening that he was able to easily go up and down stairs without any problem with balance.  It's now four days later and he is still moving around with a steadiness and balance that he has not experienced in quite some time.

Both my son and I have always received good results from acupuncture; our bodies respond to treatment readily.  Perhaps that is why our bodies are responding to these bands in the same way.  I have no idea if the band will work for anyone else or not -- it did not provide my husband with any noticeable result.  But since it has worked for my son and myself I wanted to pass the information along. 

If you're interesetd you can go to this site and read their information and can order bands from that same site  -- I'm not making any guarantees, just giving our own results.  If it works you, great. 


Sunday, March 13, 2011


Wow!  I guess summer -- or at least what I used to consider summer when we lived on the East Coast -- temps in the 80's and 90's -- has arrived in Havasu.  Went swimming yesterday with my oldest son at his RV resort and the water was nice -- I know because I didn't yell when I got in!  I think this is the earliest I've ever gone swimming which leads me to believe this is going to be a long, hot summer.  Wish me luck!


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Remember ...

We need to remember the people of Japan in our prayers as they come face to face with the destruction and devastation that has rocked their country.  I've never been in an earthquake and I cannot imagine how terrifying it would be to have the ground on which my life is planted to rumble and shake and open up beneath me to swallow whatever is in its path.  And even after the initial terrifying moments of chaos, aftershocks of a magnitude to be considered earthquakes on their own continue to ripple throughout the land.  Such insecurity must be mind boggling and paralyzing to many.  They need the comfort and courage that only God can provide for them at this time.  Just take a minute to remember them before the Lord.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

My New Place

I live here now ...

this is where I spend a good deal of my time lately with my son choosing tools, lights, fans, mouldings, paint, nails, screws, door knobs and windows.  Bill in contractor services is begining to know us as "family".  And I think Zeus (our truck) can drive there all by himself at this point.  But we're getting close to our closing and things are coming together.  Jeff is ready to start demo as soon as the papers are signed.  And we'll all be glad to see some of the changes we envision coming to life.

And I might get a chance to clean my house and finish up the few boxes that are left in the garage as well as put some things on Craigslist for sale. 

The weeks have just been flying by; I don't know where the time goes but I know there is not enough of it.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I didn't get lost ... just overwhelmed.  Between arranging all the stuff I unpacked and realizing that we are downsizing in this house so some of my eye candy is going to have to sit in a box until or if we buy a place of our own -- remembering that tax day is soon coming upon us and where, or where, is all that info I put safely away somewhere -- and choosing floor tiles, carpet, paint colors, fans, faucets and doorknobs for the new house we're buying to flip  -- my brain is tired!  Oh, yes, I have a husband and two sons that vie for my attention as well and a loan officer at the bank who wants ALL our personal information in fine detail, a house inspection to wade through, and insurance agents to deal with -- and a book I read in the middle of the night when I can't sleep. 

And a blog ... hmmmm ... guess that's why you haven't heard from me in a bit.  I will be back ... just need to get a handle on everything here.

And I need to stop and smell the roses BUT the rabbits ate this one TWICE.  Now it's sitting on a high plant stand ... let's see if he can hop up there and chew it again.

And this spot looks rather inviting with an afternoon cup of coffee ...