Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I was thinking about my green house. What can I use for a green house. Then I thought about bubble wrap. Has anyone ever used bubble wrap for green houses? So I did a web search. And people do use it. Mostly for insulation in glass houses. People also build green houses with plastic bottles. So maybe we could also think about doing that? But plastic bottles have a high deposit in Germany, so cost is a factor. Here are some photos. Maybe I can use straw bale for the bottom of the green house and plastic bottles for the top of the green house. Just an idea.
We got some snow over night. It wasn't much, but it looks pretty. Juergen will show the house again tonight. But he is so anxious to sell it, I'm afraid he will give it away at a steep loss. I just have to pray God will protect us in this process. Someone at SAP already replied to Juergen's rental ad. Perhaps it will go in that direction? It's hard to know what is best? Our Father in Heaven Holy is your name, Your kingdom come, your will be done... I spent a good part of the morning studying the book of James. James seemed more concerned that we not sin when we go through trials, and less concerned that God remove us from our trials. It is the trails that help produce our good character. I believe God is very concerned with the process. He is not poor...and his hands are not short that they can not save. How we deal with these issues, united and not divided, respecting one another, with faith and trust. This is the issue, not weather a house sells or rents. At least this is what I believe. I’m not sure I will get the best report card for this trial. I've been far too anxious, far too stressed. I think of the old song "on Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand". If I was really standing on this rock, I should not be so easily shaken. But I'm trying to crawl back onto my rock. And some how, I'm trying to let this whole thing go. I have no control...and I need to trust Juergen not to give the house away just to get rid of it. He is not a stupid man, but he is really tired of all this. It makes him a little vulnerable. So I hope God will really protect us and give us wisdom.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Juergen showed the house again. The couple that saw it said that it is the nicest house they have looked at....but it's too big for them. They are just 2 people. It makes me wonder why they wasted our time? The size is clearly advertised. Did they think it would be smaller in person? But the complement encouraged Juergen. I'm happy about that. I'm going to try to take new photo's tomorrow morning. We have done so much over the past week. It does start to look pretty good. I guess the family that finally gets it will be blessed. Renter, buyer...I don't really care anymore. Just as long as they make themselves known soon!
It's Monday, and I spilled my coffee. After a very hard week, I'm hoping this isn't a sign of another bad week ahead. Some days You just want to go back to bed and forget the whole thing. It's cold out side. They say it's going to get very very cold this week. And I hate that! But it's only a few weeks until spring. So instead of hiding away, I need to move forward with the work I have. I cleaned the kitchen, did some laundry and began thinking about the book of James. I will be teaching an English Bible study starting Feb 10th. I'm also starting to organize the Alpha Course in English. That begins March 14th. Juergen shows the house again this after noon. I personally have given up hope that we will sell the house. I have accepted the idea of renting it out. Juergen posted an ad at SAP to rent the house out March 1st. In the mean time, we have hand workers coming to fix things. Someone will paint the stairwell. The heater guy will check the heating system...making sure it's working well. I hope that Juergen finds a buyer. He had hoped we could sell. I don't have faith anymore...but I hope God will bless Juergen's faith. Either way, we want to put the house thing behind us. It has been such a drain on our finances and our time. I'm glad we moved, but sorry that the sale/ or rent of the house in Leimen has not gone so well. But I accept that life is not always easy. Perseverance is good for us. But it is not fun! But here we are. A great part of me wishes we had the wisdom to rent the house earlier (like last September). We have lost so much money waiting and waiting. But we are not all wise and all knowing. We tried to sell. This is our desire. But we do not control the market, and our best wisdom is basically worthless. That’s pretty humbling. I guess I could just sit here and kick myself, or kick Juergen. But what is lost is lost. The question is what now. We will be very glad to sell the house. But we are now looking for a renter. If we find a buyer first, we will sell the house. If we find a renter first, we will rent. I’m guessing that God has a will in this, and I pray He will make that will known. I’m very convinced God has been part of this process. We have prayed. If God wanted us to have a renter or buyer last fall we would have had one. The money, or the loss of money is not so important. What’s important is who we are hoping in. It’s not money, or our own great wisdom…it’s God. And it’s also important that we work together…not fight each other. So far we are still walking hand in hand. Our unity is more important then who is right or wrong. I was willing to rent last fall. Juergen wasn’t. But that only means he has more faith then I do. So at this point I hope God blesses him for waiting. But even if we rent, I bless him for his faith. He had faith to believe for the “best”. And I believe God will honor him either way! James 1:2-8 says... " Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. "
Sunday, January 29, 2012
As you know, we have this super party tent I bought on eBay for my 50th birthday party. It is 5 meters wide and 8 meters long. The frame is a very good metal. It would be very solid if I dug the posts into the soil, or set them in concrete. The sides of the tent already let in light, it's the top that is the problem. Maybe I could cut large pieces from the top of the tent, and replace those pieces with clear green house plastic? I want to heat the whole thing with a rocket stove. Maybe I could build one or two walls from straw bale to increase the biomass. What ideas do you have? I’m anxious to have a green house. It would be a great time to start my seeds.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Juergen worked all day at the old house. This is after working every night there after work. My poor sweetheart is so tired! And he showed the house to 3 different families. It was too big for all of them. 2 families had no children, and one had a baby. It has 5 bedrooms, why do they look at all? And Sarah had a 2 hour cry over cleaning her bedroom. I think the cry had more to do with Juergen being gone all the time. We are feeling a little beaten up. I'm sure it will be OK, but it's hard not to feel discouraged. Part of this is just being too tired. "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. " Proverbs 13:12 We are feeling the pain of a sick heart, but still hoping for the tree of life. I hope it all get’s resolved soon. And for tonight, that we can rest. Everything looks dark when you are too tired!
I was looking around at houses. Juergen shows our house in Leimen 3 times today. Anyway, I found this nice looking house in Bad Schönborn for sale. I don't know where it is in relation to us. But it looks like it has great potential. Maybe you could even talk them down on the price? But 305,000 Euro for a single family house with over 700m² garden is pretty good. It looks like it's in pretty good shape. I have not seen it, so I couldn't say for sure. But it looks pretty nice.http://www.immo-aktiv.de/index.php?cmd=object&id=200
Friday, January 27, 2012
Sadly most of the people that want our house in Leimen really can not afford our house. They ask what the bottom price is, and they want us to go down 20,000 Euros more. We have the house listed at a price where we will lose 11,000 euro already. I showed the house to a very nice family today. But they complained that the house had no fireplace. Sure it would be nice to have a fire place. It would be lovely. I want a fireplace in my new house too...but I'm not dropping the price another 20,000 Euro so you can have your dream house. The idea of renting is growing on me. There are about 3 houses for rent in all of Leimen (over 20,000 people). I'm sure we would be able to rent it out very fast. And then we would not be looking at a big loss...instead we would be looking at a small gain. I don't like carrying the risk of the loan, but perhaps the small risk out weighs the sure loss. We show the house again on Saturday and Monday. Maybe it will sell? But I'm getting emotionally OK with renting it out. The people looking at our house hope we are so desperate we will accept any offer. But we are not so desperate. It reminds me of the few times guys asked me to marry them saying “I maybe the last person to ask you”. What a stupid reason to marry someone! I’ve turned down multi millionaires! I’m not desperate! If it’s right, it’s right. I’m not compromising…God is in control and I’m not desperate! This is how we live our lives, and so far it’s worked out very well. If God closes the door on selling our house, well I just need to trust him. But it would be so stupid to panic sell. There is no reason we need to do that!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Good news, bad news. We just got an offer on our house in Leimen. They offered us our price. That's the good news. The bad news is they want to pay us part of the price “under the table”, so they don't have to pay the notary so much money. You need to pay taxes and fees that are about 5% of the total cost of the house. That's a no go with us. Where do they find these people? Lord help us! There is no way I’ll sell my house to the mob!!! This is a test....this is only a test!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Nicole and I continued to renovate the Leimen house today. We bought wallpaper for Nicole’s old bedroom and Jessica’s bedroom. Nicole's room was painted a strong red, Jessica had a tropical photo wallpaper. We are covering those walls, and painting everything white. Nicole cut the wallpaper , getting it ready to hang. And I painted the guest toilet a very pretty Tuscan yellow. We didn't have much time. Nicole has to go to school, and the other kids will be coming home from school. But we did what we could. I'll probably continue the work tonight. We also plan to work tomorrow morning. Jurgen has someone coming tomorrow to refinish the wood floor in the living room. We won't be able to walk on it for a few days, but it will look awesome. There is also someone coming on Saturday to replace the door, and door frame in the boy's old bedroom. They broke the door frame fighting with each other. I thank God boys eventually grow up! I also thank God they now have their own bedrooms. It cuts down on the stupid fighting. Sometimes they remind me of the mountain goats that butt heads. I can not say I'll ever understand their male behavior. But the door and frame will be replaced on Saturday. We also have a painter coming to repair a little water damage to the wall in the front garden. The plaster is chipping off. The painter will repair the wall, and repaint it. It's a minor repair, but it should look nice. We are running out of projects. The house is nearly perfect. I appreciate your prayers for a buyer. I have so much work ahead of me in the coming months. I really don't have the time or energy to devote to this house in Leimen. It is such a weight...and we need to be free from this soon. But we are getting very practical about the whole thing. We are not lazy...we are just doing all we know how to do. I pray God will honor the effort. These are the before photo's. I'll post after photo's soon.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I just started to read the book “You lost me”, why young Christians are leaving the church. By David Kinnaman. I have a personal stake in the next generation of Christians. We have 5 children (ages 9-20). I want my kids to adopt my faith. Faith is nothing that can be inherited, it must be adopted by choice. I hope I can live in such a way that they choose to follow Jesus. That’s a great challenge. I am the one that makes them clean their rooms and do their home work. But they know I love them. I just hope they understand God loves them even more. Anyway, it’s a good book. I recommend it. “Some (though not all) ministries have taken cues from the assembly line, doing everything possible to streamline the manufacture of shiny new Jesus followers, fresh from the factory floor. But disciples can not be mass- produced. Disciples are handmade, one relationship at a time.” http://www.amazon.de/You-Lost-Christians-Church-Rethinking/dp/0801013143
Emotionally I'm down. The house has not sold and that is really disheartening. I want to just move forward with other stuff, but the house does effect us. It's not just an emotional effect. It cost us allot of money to pay for 2 houses. The bank isn't being nice, they want their mortgage payment even if we don't live in that house! That hurts. Each month we dish out so much extra money, I could be sending my parents airline tickets every month! That kills me! I want to see my family, but I can not because I'm broke! And we are spending money to fix the house up. Thursday we spend a 1,000 Euro on the floor in the living room. We spend time at the house painting, and wall papering. We may spend another 1000 Euro to put new floors in the bedrooms. We are doing everything we can to make the house more "sellable". It is a buyers market. And people are being so picky! We didn't argue the owners of our house down one cent. We didn't demand they do anything. Juergen took an entire month off to renovate. We spent 30,000 Euros to renovate. Why? Because we love the house, and wanted it. It isn't easy to find a cool old house like ours! But know one wants the Leimen house. Row houses are a dime a dozen. And it's killing us! I realize none of this will matter in 10 years. God willing we will recover. The house will be sold, or rented. I did have 2 people ask to see the house. A private family see's the place on Friday morning, and a investor (a person seeking an investment property) sees it on Monday afternoon. Maybe all the extra stuff we are doing will end up helping us sell the house. God knows we don't want to rent it out. Renting will help us stop the financial bleeding, but we will continue to carry the debt on the house. We do not want the debt on 2 houses. We want to be out of debt...100% out of debt. But when the choice is bleeding to death, or renting...you stop the bleeding. So we are investing time and money in the Leimen house. We are doing what we feel we must do. And even though I feel depressed, I know it will eventually work out OK. I love our new house. I'm very glad we took this step. We just need the grace to see it through. Jessica has a test day at her new work group on Thursday. The whole group will be moving in February. And they are moving to a garden center and house that's located 5 km's from us. It should take me about 5 to 10 minutes to run Jessica to her group. Wow! What a gift! I expect Jessica to "act up" poorly for awhile. She doesn't transition well. But I hope she loves her new teacher, and her new group! When I think about Jessica "not transitioning well", I think of me. Isn't selling the house in Leimen just part of the transition? I want the process to be over. We have worked so hard...we have spent so much money. I'm so tired, and I just want to kiss the past goodbye. I want my time and resources devoted to the now. But we are still transitioning. And I need to deal with it better! So easy to say…so hard to do! I need grace. But what's new?
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
My German friends on Face book and this blog think the cherry wood kitchen looks too old fashion. So I bid on this white IKEA kitchen instead. It sells Sunday afternoon. What's nice about IKEA is it's so easy to replace any missing or damaged parts of the kitchen. And the eBay kitchen includes most of the appliances (minus the dishwasher). It even has a side by side refrigerator. So if we win the bid, it will be a bright white kitchen. Juergen is painting the inside of the house white today. It's basically going to be a clean canvas for anyone that looks at it. It should look fresher...I hope that helps sell it. At least it will be in shape to move in right away. And if we need to rent the place, it will be ready very soon.
Friday, January 20, 2012
I'm looking at kitchens on eBay. I think we need to put one in our Leimen house if we want to easily rent the place. People often have to put in their own kitchen, but it's easier when they don't need to. And of course it maybe easier to sell if it has a kitchen too. New kitchens are between 7-12 thousand Euro for our small space (even higher of course). But I found this lovely cherry wood kitchen on eBay about 50 km from us. It sells in 2 days. It includes all the appliances. It was originally worth 33,000 euro. It is a very high quality. These are solid cherry wood cabinets. I bet I can get it for 500 Euro. I just need the OK from Juergen. It would need a new countertop. But I think it would look lovely with the terracotta floor. I'm going to buy new wallpaper for the room tomorrow. A nice Tuscan yellow. And maybe if I win the bid on the kitchen, I'll replace the little handles with a nice white porcelain knob. What do you think? Juergen is painting the inside of the house tomorrow. I think we need to go with white ceilings and beige walls. Boring! If we don’t sell the place it will be ready for a renter to move in. I hope to have a renter by March 1st, or a buyer by February 1st. Enough of this, I need to deal with my own house and garden. I can not have this unresolved any longer!
I've been very sick over the past week. It's really been a full time effort to recover from this very strong virus. If you would talk to me today, I sound like I have a cold. I do have a cold, but it is much better. Today is the first day I have any energy at all in over a week. And I know I had better be careful not to over do it. I do have good things to report. Juergen found an Autism care center near by, a house where they have 5 autistic adults cared for by 5 caretakers. They actually have a spot for Jessica. She can try the group out next week. This group is very special. They are all trained to help Autistic people specifically. And they don't just manage them, they help them progress in personal life skills. This was our great hope. We did not want Jessica just baby sat. We wanted her to have the opportunity to continue to learn and grow as a person. We wanted her to be in an environment where she could communicate through facilitated communication. We wanted her to continue to learn life skills. We believe she is capable of more. And this is the type of small group we have found for her. It is a daycare situation. It is going to be located in Wiesloch (about 6km from us). Actually the group is moving to Wiesloch at the end of February. I would need to drive her to the group. But that's really OK with me. Apart from this, the funds have already been approved. The big question is going to be how Jessica likes it. But I see no better option out there. This sounds like a "made to order" situation for Jessica. It may require a period of adjustment. But I do believe it's the very best we could have hoped for. Once again I am amazed by God's provision. He is perfect in his provision! And I need to remember this because we have no buyer for our house in Leimen. I am feeling more comfortable at the thought of renting the house out. This weekend we will be there painting the house on the inside. I may even put new wallpaper in the kitchen. We will move forward with all the renovations necessary to make the place "move in ready". Perhaps this will help us sell it, but if not we can rent it. If you know anyone in the Heidelberg area who wants to rent a house, let us know. You can see our house Here. The house is available now. If you want to rent it, the rent would be about 1200€ per month. We have not decided to rent yet, but if we get a good renter(someone we know and trust) we would probably rent. And if we rent the house, we would stop trying to sell it. We would refinance it as a long term rental. So if you want to rent our house, you would not need to worry about it getting sold. We will be renting it out soon...in the next month if it does not sell soon. We do not have the money to keep paying for 2 houses. It was not our hope to be landlords. Some times you just need to do what you need to do. I am comfortable with that. http://heymannhaus.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I was so excited this morning because I knew 6 different people had an appointment to see our house in Leimen. 6 different people! Juergen was to meet this crowd between 11:30-12:30. But The first couple didn't show up. The others were looking for investment property. They wanted a dirt cheap price, and they wanted it in top condition...ready to move in. We would need to put in a new kitchen, paint the inside of the house, and redo the living room floor. We may end up doing all that work, so we can rent the place. And my great hope melts. I feel kicked! I had a good feeling about that family that did not show up. Maybe they had a reason? Maybe they will see it on another time? They seemed perfect. We may need to repaint and wallpaper the old house. I’ve already started to look at 2nd hand kitchens on eBay. We will probably need to get the floor done & put in a new heater? I have an awful cold. I can not get out to shop for food. I'm really very sick. But I was so excited and now I'm very down. I'm not just sick with a cold, I'm sad. Poor Juergen, he had also been so full with hope! We really, really, really just wanted to sell the house. Now it looks like we must get it ready to rent out. More work, less money, and no closure. I'm looking forward to the spring! "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." - James 1:2-5 I'm getting ready to teach the book of James again. So true....so true!
Monday, January 16, 2012
I was reading Jon Huntsman’s FB page. People like me are sad, and mad that he is getting out and endorsing Romney. One person asked if he got offered Secretary of State in Romney’s cabinet? I don’t like Romney, but I do like the folks that are kissing up to him. Chris Christy as the VP, Huntsman as Secretary of State. I personally think Romney will lose to Obama. But if he wins, at least he will have a good team. Too bad he would be the leader. That’s politics!
I got 2 phone calls today about the house. Juergen is showing it 2 times during his lunch break tomorrow. It would be such a gift if we could sell it. We will have to rent it out, maybe even next month if we can not sell it. We just don't have the money to keep paying for 2 houses. I watched a You Tube video about prayer. It's funny how things happen when we pray, and they do not happen when we don't.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Juergen listed our house in the Heidelberg paper. It cost 60€ for one small add. And we had hoped our phone would be ringing off the hook, but no. Not one phone call all day. And we are really trying not to be discouraged. I'm praying and waiting. I really feel like we were suppose to be here. I love my new house. But the money is really getting tight. I'm wondering how we can keep paying for 2 houses? We will need to rent soon, and that is not what we had hopped for. But as long as I keep going back to God and asking “ was this your will”....and I keep feeling his peace that it really was, I will just have to believe he knows what we need. He does not lead us into a desert just to have us die. He is our bread. Please pray with us for an answer. We are running out of money, and I feel a little foolish.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Enough politics. It seems my party has agreed to nominate Romney no matter what. That is what they all are saying. It makes me so sad. I hope they don’t do this, and if they do I think Obama will win. So America is in very sad shape with little hope. But I’m either going to forget about it, or just drive myself mad. I guess I’ll just forget about it. You are all probably glad about that. I hear your Amen’s! Good news. Jessica may be allowed to go a disabled workshop in Wiesloch. She did an internship there last year, and she enjoyed it. But we live in another district, and they didn’t have space for her Now they have space. We would need the funding approved and we will also need a new private teacher. Maybe her old teacher? Probably not because they are both already working with new students. But chances of getting a good teacher are better in the Heidelberg area.
How can this man be doing as well as he is doing? Are people asleep?
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
a Boston Globe story that ran during Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign that detailed a Romney-family road trip 25 years ago. Before embarking on the annual drive from Boston to the family’s cabin in Ontario, Canada, Romney apparently strapped the dog carrier, with family dog Seamus inside, to the roof of his car for the duration of the 12-hour drive. Seamus, an Irish setter, retaliated for the less-than-ideal placement by going to the bathroom on the roof and down the back window of the family’s station wagon. The story outraged animal activists and pet owners, landing Romney in hot water during his last bid for the White House.
I listened to Romneys victory speech in NH. He sounded like he did some kind of poll on the words and phrases that effect people. He knew what Republicans want to hear. Those were the words , phrases and promises he used in his speech. For example "We will always stand with our friend Israel". It did not hold any real conviction...just good marketing. A University class should try picking the speech apart for content. It's purr propaganda. But it will be effective, sadly it will win him the nomination. I do not think he can be stopped. As they say, it's his to lose. And if a term like "your so Bain" will not bring him down, I don't think anything will. I personally don't like how he puts Europe down so much. What about we will always stand with our friends? He bashed Europe! He kept saying, we don't want to become like the failed Europe. I personally would rather live in Germany then America because the government does a much better job. The US government wastes so much. They are so irresponsible with money. I know he is talking about Greece and Italy, and the US does not want a debt that's 120% to GDP. America's debt is now 70% to GDP. That needs to be paid down. But Germany's Medical system, and University system, transportation system and retirement system are so much better then in America. And I don't see whole families living on the street in Germany. The divide between the rich and poor is not as pitiful as it is in America. I don't think America should tax it's people at 50% but it should learn to stop wasting the money it has. And American's need to work. I know that business will improve under a Republican President. But I don't happen to like Romney. He looks like a cartoon character of a Politian. Maybe he will lose...it would be surprising, but it could happen. Huntsman doesn't put Europe down just to make the nationalist happy. I have allot more respect for him!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
This is Jon Huntsman Sr. the father of Jon huntsmann who is running for President. I'm so impressed with him. He wrote a book called "winner's never cheat". It sounds like a good book to read. It's the Loop holes that are killing us. I am looking for a person to back as President. I think the more I look at Jon Huntsman Jr, the more I like him. With integrity nothing else counts, without integrity nothing else counts. — Winston Churchill
Jon Huntsman & Newt Gingrich - Lincoln-Douglas Debate - #LDdebate I watched the whole thing. It was very good. It makes me see that both these men have some brains. I want to know more about Huntsman's record as a governor of Utah, and his domestic ideas. I like Gingrich, but I think he has too much baggage to get elected. But Huntsman seems like an honest conservative. He adopted a girl from China and another from India. That is very special to me! He has experience over seas, and experience as a governor. I'm pretty sure being President is too hard for a Senator or Congressman (women). It requires management skills. Governors have an advantage in management. The real problem I have with Romney is he seems to lack depth, and sincerity. Huntsman seems very timid, but he is also very believable. I do not trust Romney. He reminds me of a used car sales man. I don’t trust Romney. If he is the candidate for the GOP, I really don’t know what I’ll do. Maybe just not vote? And I would hate to do that! Oh, I would probably vote for him. It would be a lesser of 2 evils vote...not a vote for anyone I felt good about! The country needs better then that!
I'm keeping my eye on the race in NH. I'm also hoping Huntsman does well. I don't know much about him, but he seems like a good man. He adopted 2 kids. I have to love a family that has adopted from China! Maybe Gingrich and Romney will basically disqualify each other, and a person like Huntsman can actually have a chance? I need to look deeper…maybe I’ll get behind him. But he needs to do well today.
Monday, January 09, 2012
The kids went back to school today. Thomas began going to his new school ( it's a local school). I'm looking forward to hearing about his day. I hope it was good. Juergen and Nicole both stayed home, sick. They go to the Dr this after noon. Juergen saw the Dr last week, but his cough has gotten worse. He coughed all night. Poor man. Maybe he will get antibiotics this time. Nicole's throat is pretty sore. She can hardly speak. It is usually me with the sore throat. I do have a cold, but so far it is staying in my head. Poor Jessica is also sick. At least she is smart enough to stay in bed and sleep. It's raining outside. I see no good reason to get out. I'm just reading and drinking tea, and keeping warm. I don’t feel any great need to get things done! I need to take the Christmas stuff down. But that can wait a few more days. I got the Bible study workbook I want to use for my small group. I can already tell it was written for women. I think I'll be writing my own questions. I also got a book on building with shipping pallets. They have some examples of using pallet wood to build garden raised beds. I can get shipping pallets made from untreated oak for free, or nearly free. Juergen likes the idea of using shipping pallets instead of sandbags. Sandbags were my first idea. I just want to use a sustainable material for the garden beds. The world has loads of shipping pallets. Using them as building material in the garden is a good idea. He is the one who will be building the garden beds, so I will back him on using the pallets (as long as it looks good). I also want tall garden beds. The kind you can stand next to, and not bend down. The bottom of these beds can be filled with old newspaper and cardboard. Worms love paper. And on the top of the paper you put straw compost, then good garden soil. So I’m going to have to find a good source for paper and cardboard. But I have a few months to look.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Well, our 2 week vacation is almost over. I didn't do much. I guess that was my goal. I can not tell you how tired I was. Very tired, and stressed. So I resisted the urge to clean, paint, and unpack. Instead I slept, and read. I watched you tube videos about gardening. I was careful not to open my calendar. I did not want to brain storm on 2012. No, that could wait until I was rested. And I have a cold, but I feel much better. I think I'll get much more done now, because I can dream and think, and move with out feeling exhausted. Sure, I wish I had one more week off, but I thank God for giving us this rest. The kids start back to school on Monday. Thomas will begin at a new school. We will see how that goes. And I guess I’ll pull the calendar out and start to plan. I do think it will be good. I also watched allot of God TV. I seem to be very drawn to “End Times” studies. You may think that would make a person depressed. Actually, looking at the news makes me depressed. Looking at what God says about the future is good news. In the end God will poor out his Holy Spirit. I see a dry land, but I also see a rain coming. I am so thirsty for what God will bring. Juergen went to see the kids perform what they had learned in camp this week. The boys danced, and Nicole wrote songs. I only talked with Juergen a minute because he was on the road. I understand it was awesome to see. A night not to miss. I have to pick the kids up tomorrow. I look forward to hearing all about it.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
I'm looking for a good idea for using pallets for raised garden beds. Pallets are free or almost free untreated wood. You don't want to use treated wood in a vegetable garden. Juergen likes the idea of using pallets because they are easy to work with and cheep. I'm wondering if we can make the frames of the high raised beds from pallets, and the inside of the beds can be lined with a plywood or a heavy plastic? If you can use them for compost, you should be able to build high raised beds with them! Maybe you'll need some extra wood for support, especially if you plan on making long beds. But I want high raised beds so I do not need to bend down when I'm gardening. we will need to spray paint the outside of the beds to look nice. I still care that it looks nice! Maybe we can even use the vertical garden idea and plant the out side of some of our raised beds. We could grow our strawberries and herbs on the out side of the beds. That would look cool!
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
looking at 2008, Huckabee won Iowa, McCain won NH, and we really didn't start to see McCain gain ground until Florida and South Carolina. I'm not happy with Romney. I'm guessing the person that wins South Carolina and Florida will be running agents Obama in the fall.
I got a package today from Thailand. It had seeds I ordered on eBay. Chinese Kale, Bak Choy, Chinese cabbage, long beans, Jumbo cucumbers, and sweet peas. All non hybrid seeds of course! I also got 3 kinds of tomato seeds in the mail (Roma, Red giant, and Long Willi a long yellow variety). I'm looking forward to the spring and summer! I'm not sure what to do for the next few days. I don't want to get allot done...I just want to rest. I need to clean the kitchen, do laundry and vacuum the floors. But after that, I have no great ambition. Maybe I'll take Jessica on some drives to pick up glass jars I find being given away? I want to collect 1000 jars to fill this year. Sounds a bit crazy, but it takes allot of food to feed a family of 7. My mom said she grew 100 tomato plants, and filled about a 1000 jars per year with vegetables and fruit. I loved her apple sauce and peaches.
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
I just watched a news story about a soldier wrapped in a big box that his son opened for Christmas. It reminded me of the time I brought my daughter Jessica to Oregon to visit my parents. I spent one week in San Diego first. I showed lots of photo's of Nicole and I on my blog, but none of Jessica. They had no idea Jessica was with me. And when I came, they could not have been more surprised. Have you ever pulled off a good surprise? Juergen took the kids to camp. They will be gone for a week. Philip and Thomas will do a dance workshop, and Nicole is in a song writing workshop. Juergen and I will try to just rest. We will take Sarah and Jessica a few places, but mostly the plan is to rest. Our house guests have also gone home. It’s all so peaceful now!
Monday, January 02, 2012
Sunday, January 01, 2012
At midnight we went outside to shoot off fireworks. And as everyone was outside, I set the table with birthday gifts & cake for Philip. He has a January 1st birthday. His birthday was given to him by Thailand. We don't really know anything about his birth (not even the date). But he is now 14 years old. He wanted cloths, so this is what I gave him. And he wanted a coconut cake. So he got that too. And he and Thomas did some break dancing for us. His best friend spent the night. We will probably do a bigger party in a few weeks. Probably a bowling party because that's easy. We didn't get to be until around 3am. I've been sleepy all day. We have house guests. It's been pretty low key. Happy New Year everyone.