Yearly Archives: 2011

House Remodeling Update–with Pictures!

A bunch of guys from church came and helped us put up drywall this morning. There was an electrician with them too. They were only here for about four hours, I think, but they probably got more done than we would have been able to do by ourselves in a week! It’s so exciting to see so much progress.

The heat has been working for about three days now, and we are staying in the house at night even though the water isn’t hooked up yet so we still have to use the bathroom in the RV. The air mattress we were sleeping on developed a hole, though, and we have a regular mattress to sleep on in the house.

The toilet and the drain for the tub are hooked up now, and the city will be coming out to turn on the water on Monday. Hopefully, we can get the rest of the plumbing done before then. We still have to hook up the bathroom and kitchen sinks.

Here are some pictures to show how much has been done so far.


Entryway Before

Entryway Before

Entryway Today

Entryway Today

Living Room

Living Room Before

Living Room Before

Living Room with Insulation

Living Room with Insulation

Dad working in Living Room

Dad working in Living

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“Before” Pictures of Our New House—and a Progress Update

We are buying a house from my Mom and Dad on land contract. They had bought it as an investment—they were going to fix it up and sell it—but somehow it never happened. We were looking for a place to live and my Dad said, “Well, we have that house in Grant.”

I had completely forgotten about it.

The house in Grant was completely gutted by the former owners. They were going to completely remodel the interior but guess what? They never got around to it either. So we have a house that looks pretty much OK from the outside, but the inside is a completely different story.

Here are the “before” pictures:

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Pretty, huh? Well, it will be!

Since these pictures were taken, we have cleaned it up, pulled out a lot of nails, and torn out what was left of the old insulation and drywall. We have framed in the interior walls and are almost done with the wiring and insulating …

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Going on a Mind Diet

Today We Are RichI downloaded a free excerpt of Today We Are Rich, which you can get from Tim Sanders’ website, and I have realized that I need to go on a mind diet. This is not the first time I’ve heard of this concept, but sometimes you need to be reminded a few times before you actually remember something and do it.

What Is a Mind Diet?

A mind diet is the practice of paying attention to—and controlling—what goes into your mind. It’s about watching, reading, and listening to positive things and avoiding things that are negative, such as violent TV shows, video games, and news articles. It goes beyond simply avoiding the negative, though. You also need to avoid things that are merely useless. There may not be anything negative about playing FarmVille or whatever the latest addictive Facebook game is, but these things keep you from thinking about and doing things that are positive.

I have done well by eliminating mindless games from my life. I have been guilty of wasting countless hours in the past playing Farmville, Zoo World, Kingdoms of Camelot, and other addictive games. What could I have accomplished if I had used those hours …

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