Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday Sermon, Remodel and World's Brightest Blouse!

My genius husband has really fixed my computer.  He is so smart!  It was a hassle with Carbonite, but now that the files are back on my computer, it doesn't seem like it was so bad.  My computer is MUCH faster and when we downloaded Rev. John Hagee for church upstairs today, the reception was perfect and no skipping. 

The message was about freedom.  Again, I totally agree with everything he said.  He said kids these days want a different kind of "freedom" that isn't freedom at all.

They want freedom from:  Rules -- Responsiblity -- Regulations -- Any Kind of Authority

They want freedom to:  Do whatever they want to with nobody telling them it is wrong.

The truth is:

You are NEVER FREE until you are VOLUNTARILY mastered by something greater than yourself.

He said that over and over this morning, and I wrote it down word-for-word.  And that actually is the entire message.  Truly sad that the younger generation -- unless trained at home -- are being taught complete disprespect for parents and authority.  It is the only way we ever could get the mess our government is in right now.  Instead of "One Nation Under God", we are "one nation under a bunch of radical, ungodly judges and lawmakers".  How I long for that day when EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW.  My knees already bow along with my heart, soul and mind to Almighty God.

Hagee said at one point in his sermon that when we pray, we are not entering the presence of a president, or a queen
or a movie star;
we are entering the presence of ALMIGHTY GOD! 

Do we even have the slightest clue of how AWESOME and AMAZING that is? 

I think not.

Update on kitchen and dining room remodel after refrigerator water line leak. 

We got our new refrigerator hooked up to the new Stainless Steel water line last night.  While the frig was out in the middle of the room, Jerry got to feeling around the side of the cabinet that Nasan is working on.  The side of the cabinet was weak and wobbly.  We both looked at each other, and we both realized that we are settling for way LESS than what should be done to fix the damage.  Jerry and I both are such peace-lovers about our space, that we were choosing the fastest, least hassle way of doing it.  We decided we need to just grin and bear it, and get the job done correctly.

I emailed the Adjuster this morning and suggested that he actually COME to our house.  I've never heard of the adjuster not coming to see the damage, but this one has not.  I'm calling off the remodel until we know exactly what Hanover Insurance will pay for and not pay for.

I did finish my my new bright blouse today -- all but the hem.  I worked on it most of the day, and I always want to GET DONE, so I keep on going way after I should have stopped.  I did learn two valuable lessons today.  Who would think you could still learn sewing stuff after sewing over 40 years -- but, you can, believe me!

I learned that just because you HAVE eight buttons doesn't mean you have to put all eight on the blouse.

I also learned that when you get frustrated with a stupid snap because you sewed one side on upside down -- then you resewed it to the wrong side of the top -- then you sewed the other side of the snap in the wrong place, you MUST immediately walk away -- better yet, RUN away.  Go straight to the kitchen and get out that bottle of wine you bought the other day, and pour a nice wine glass full.  I am pretty sure that would have prevented the two little holes I cut into my blouse when angrily removing the snap for the THIRD time!
(I can't even type this without getting aggravated!)  The little holes are on the underside of the front overlap, so I am thankful for that.

Here are some pics, and then I have to go and make sure the giant mud ball that came into the house took all his clothes off before going into our bedroom on our white carpet!  Yes, he is still LAWN GUY today. 


I didn't like the way the sleeves turned out, so I decided to take a tuck in them. 

I had put a notch in the bottom of the sleeve, and I wasn't sure how the tuck would work, but it turned out real cute.

For some reason I thought I needed to add fullness to the sleeve.  You can see here I just took it all out.  Sometimes, nothing makes any sense at all.

I have to hem the bottom, wash out the marks, give it a good press, and then I will wear it to OKC next week.  I'm so glad I know how to sew.

Hugs, Joy


  1. I don't know how you are dealing with all of this. Right now, I don't know what I'd do if I found a major leak in the house. I think that would be the straw that broke the camel's back.

    I'm glad you are coming this week. I really need a "Joy Fix".

    Hugs, Phylly

  2. LOVE this blouse - it's so bright and cheerful - fabulous colors. I think you're wise to stop the remodel/repair until the adjuster comes. Insurance companies often try to pay for as little as possible. I use a different back-up service (not Carbonite). It's good to hear you've got all your files back as I was wondering what the outcome of that spooky story would be. Enjoy your OKC trek and wearing your gorgeous blouse.
    Kindly, Glenda


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