stories and memories

Why doesn't the bathroom vent work?

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For 20 years we've been wondering why the bathroom vent doesn't work. Now we know! It was completely painted shut. I can't believe I didn't pop the vent cover off, but I was told it was an old soffit vent. When the electrician came we laughed because it was really, REALLY painted shut!

The fan is working now!

granny blanket

granny blanket
I found two crocheted blankets last summer at a garage sale. They were $2 each. I can't crochet. I really appreciate the work that went into them. They're so cheerful to have around during the winter.

-24 in waukesha

energy inefficient


About 6 years ago I made the mistake of buying a high efficiency washing machine. I don't know if I bought the wrong brand or what, but it does not clean our clothes. I've tried everything, different detergents, different cycles, cleaning the machine, pre-soaking in a 5 gallon bucket, etc...I've read blogs and forums on how to get the machine to work better. One lady said she keeps a stack of old towels next to her machine. She places a couple of those towels on top of the dirty load before washing to "trick" the machine into delivering more water...I get it but really? Is that what we have to do to get our $600 washing machine to wash the clothes? It reminded me of another episode in my life when I couldn't get my new vacuum to suck, the customer service lady told me to stick the broom handle down the shaft of the vacuum hose to unclog it. I said, "Aren't you struck by the irony of using the first cleaning device to fix the newest and best cleaning device?"
Should it be this difficult? Lets just get rid of carpet! Yay!

I had to pick up my daughter from the airport. The drive was about 1.5 hours, so 3 hours round trip + other errands. I put a load of laundry in my high efficiency washing machine just before I left. I did set it on a heavy setting with an extra rinse. Four hours later I returned home and the washing machine was still is that efficient?

My friend loves her high efficiency washing machine, so maybe it's my machine. Boo-hoo.

Thank you Francine

It was 1985.  I worked with two women who loved Jesus and had a personal relationship with Him. Interestingly, both women had a Jewish heritage.  Anyway, they double teamed me for about a year talking to me about Jesus and asking me if I was saved.  One was particularly persistent, her name was Francine. "How do you know you are saved?!!" I didn't have an answer.   Even though I had grown up in a denomination I did not know Jesus.  I did not know He had died for MY sins.  I knew he was a historical figure, but he was not my personal savior. 

When I was leaving that job Francine gave me a Bible which I still own. The picture shows what she wrote to me.  At the time I wanted to throw it at her, but I accepted it as a gift and moved to Charlottesville, Virginia.  I was happy to be rid of the Christians only to find out that where there had been two there were now ten Christians.  The Lord chased me across state lines and sent an army of believers to love me into the Kingdom of God. I knew He was pursuing me.  I gave my life to Jesus Christ in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1985.    

We lived there for 5 years. We had our first child in Charlottesville, Virginia.  After we had our daughter I got the strong desire to call Francine and tell her I had given my life to Jesus Christ.  I wanted to thank her too for being so bold.  It had been 5 years which seemed like a long time. It was before the internet so most people from your past disappeared and were never heard from again.  I prayed to God to help me find her.  I called the place I had worked not knowing if she even worked there anymore and she answered the phone! She said she only worked a couple days a month and that it was a miracle she was there...and that she answered the phone!  She was excited to hear that I had given my life to Jesus and that she had been part of it.  She'll never know until she gets to heaven how she she changed the world by being obedient to God.

bible blessing

pink sunset

pink sunset

My husband bought a boat and we have been enjoying some beautiful sunsets.