All things Winnie

Location: New Castle, Indiana

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Room Progress Continues

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Well, the room continues to come along. The ceiling is completely up. We have quite a bit of the crown moulding put up too. I finished washing all the walls last night. I really hated that job! Now we're working on stripping the woodwork. If I thought everything that came before was bad, this is really bad. For some reason, I really detest stripping the woodwork. I'm not sure why this is. Maybe because it stinks and it's really detailed work (I'm more of a "big picture" kind of girl) and when you accidently get the stuff on you, it feels like its burning a whole in your skin. But, at least its coming along and all we have left to do are the windows.

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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Progress is being made

The progress continues on the bedroom renovation. I was too tired to get online last night to post the most recent pictures. So, these are a day late.

We worked on taking the wallpaper off the walls last night. We finished 1 1/2 walls. It is pretty hard work because there are a couple of layers of wallpaper topped with several layers of paint. But, we're continuing to make progress. Just not as quickly as I'd like. But after both Brian and I have already worked a full day at our jobs, we get pretty tired coming home and working for another couple of hours. We actually got almost all the wallpaper off tonight. Brian had started by the time I got home from work. We had just a little bit left and he quit and took a shower while I finished. I was determined to not quit until it was all off. So, I was really pleased with myself when I had scraped off the last little bit. And then I turned around and looked at the door. I forgot that there was a little strip next to the door that we hadn't done. It's a really hard strip because the scrapers are too big to fit between the door and the corner, so I didn't have it in me to fight with it tonight. UGH!

One good thing about doing this manual labor is that I've been sleeping like a rock. I haven't woken up once in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, when the alarm goes off in the morning, I'm still tired. I was completely wiped out today. I didn't know if I was going to make it. I'm really tired now and could go to sleep. The only problem is...I don't have a bed. I'm ready to get this project done just so I won't be displaced anymore.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The work continues

The work on my room has continued. We now have all the boards put up so that we can nail the drywall up. I also started pulling down wallpaper tonight as you can see in the picture below. Wow, there's really old wallpaper under there! I'm hoping to at least get the ceiling up before Mom comes home on Thursday. I've taken over her bedroom and if I can't get back into mine before she gets back, I guess I'm out on the street. Not really, but I don't want to spend another night on the couch. I've been informed by tonight's chef (Becky) that my dinner is ready. Gotta go! Hopefully, another progress report tomorrow.

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

The ceiling project has started.

Work has finally begun on my ceiling. Brian and I spent this afternoon tearing down the old ceiling. It was a really hard, dirty job. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of us before we took our showers, but we were completely black. We both said we've never been that dirty before in our lives!

The next step will be to actually put the new drywall up. I'm sure that will be a really hard job too. Hopefully, not as dirty as today's job though.

More follow ups to come!

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Friday, July 01, 2005

Freedom to Read and the Intelligence to Interpret

I just got back from the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. Overall, I thought the conference was ok. I really didn't have any "aha" moments though. But, of course, Chicago is a fun place.

One event I went to though got me thinking about reading and Christians. It was at the Scholastic breakfast. The speaker was discussing a recent report about the decline of literary reading. I read the report when it first came out. But, I really began to think about how many people don't read during this breakfast. It's not that people can't read, they just don't (although illiteracy is a huge problem.) Being a reader myself, I can't imagine why people don't want to read. But, I also realize that I'm careful about what I read. In general, I don't read books that go against my beliefs. And I wonder if that doesn't limit my mind. Maybe it would be good for me to read books that are in conflict with my faith in order to strengthen my faith and exercise my mind. Because I would have to think to decide if something I'm reading doesn't line up with my values. Some books can be just as mind-numbing as television. It doesn't take any mental effort to understand what you're reading.

One quote from the breakfast really stuck with me. Several young people were interviewed about how the library had impacted their lives. One of them said that they weren't very good at reading, but since the library made him read, he realizes that the more you read, the better you get at it. How true! This made me think of my Sunday School class. When we read Scripture, we take turns reading aloud. Sometimes its shocking how unable people are to read a few verses out loud.

I like to read aloud. And, I think I'm pretty good at it. I think people should read to each other more. It's kind of an intimate thing to be read to. Or to read to someone. I think words have more power when they are spoken than just me hearing them in my own mind. It draws you close to each other -- the reader and the listener. Sometimes when I'm doing my devotions, I read the Bible out loud to myself. Even though I'm the reader and the listener, the power of the spoken Word is still there.

Try it. Read to your family, read to your friends, read to yourself.