Second Floor Framing Complete!

The House on High Street

Our carpenter was able to get the 2nd floor framing completed before he went on a holiday vacation. This gives us some time to catch up on picking plumbing fixtures and other items needed prior to rough-in on 2nd floor.

Two Bedrooms now including a Jack & Jill Bath and Laundry Room in the middle. Three Door frames are put into place.
Jack & Jill Bathroom Entrance from the Rose Room.
This photo is taken from the Blue Room (Back Spare Bedroom). You can see the framing for the Laundry Room to the left and the Jack & Jill Bath on the Right.
This is taken inside the Jack & Jill Bathroom Vanity Area. The door to the right would open to a private bathtub and toilet area.
Master closet entry door framed.

We are using the flooring from the original bathroom as replacement boards since this will soon become an outside deck. The old stairs which once came up from the 1st floor kitchen were also removed during demo.


More demo on the house happened since we weren’t able to re-use the old chimneys (they used coal prior) and the openings where one would place a normal firebox for logs did not exisit. You can see how narrow the old brick was while the wall/storage built-in on either side made it appear larger.

What do you DO all Day?

Foster Care & Family

SAMSUNGWhat is it with our culture, today?   Why do so many people have a problem with a woman who is not working…or doesn’t finish her college education…or chooses to take care of her husband, her home, her health, and/or her family?

Since I was recently asked, “What do you DO all day?”

Here is my answer.

Besides the fact that I spent 17 years working my butt off (and own properties – plural)…besides the fact that I consider myself successful in spite of having a Master’s Degree and an unforgettable, and remarkably valuable experience with HUNDREDS of students and HUNDREDS of teachers (HEROES-I might add)…Besides the fact that my life is successful because of the character I choose to exhibit or the fact that I come from a family that I AM PROUD OF…Or, that I have a husband that impresses me (and I fall in love with) more and more as time goes ON…not to mention, I have MORE EXTRAORDINARY female friends than I have time to spend with….And, besides the fact that I have finally (after years of ignorance) yielded to my doctor’s advice and made a very good choice to take care of my health over cashing in a paycheck….

For shits and giggles, here is what I do all day.  (For the time being, that is.  My life is always changing.  I don’t know what tomorrow will bring.  And, I’m OK with that.)

I wake up when my body is ready. 

I have a cup of coffee and thank God for the day. 

I read my bible and I say my prayers. (I include anyone I promise to pray for.)

I get cleaned up and make sure I look as pretty as I can. 

I do some housework, possibly some food or house shopping.  I may visit a family member, baby-sit my gorgeous nephews (as my sister-in-law’s mom is very sick), or have lunch with a friend. 

On Wednesdays, I take my sister, Gabrielle, to her Special Needs program.  (I love this time with her.) 

Some days I may have a doctor’s appointment. 

During the week, I jog on beautiful days or go to the gym on the rainy-cold ones. 

Half of the month (Yes, one-half) I am not feeling 100%.  I take it easy on those days.  I read interesting books.  I write.  (I haven’t published anything…yet.)

Some days, I sew.  (I am now finishing up a fabulous maxi-dress that cost less than twelve dollars to make.) Soon, I will be sewing drapes for dozens of windows for our House on High Street.  

I cook dinner almost every night; A rather delicious dinner I might add; incomparable to most restaurants. Scott and I eat over candlelight for every dinner.  On occasion, we eat out or at our parents’ house.  We love our moms’ cooking. 

After dinner, I take a hot shower.  (I can’t wait to get bubble baths in our claw foot tub, in the new house.) 

I clean up the making-dinner-mess and/or straighten up from the day’s activity.  

I cuddle with my husband on the sofa.  We watch a movie, a documentary, play a game, or look on-line for house ideas until we start getting sleepy. 

I turn off the lights; climb into bed, and thank God for my life, my health, my gorgeous husband, my family, and my friends.

Now, what’s wrong with that?

The Living EXTRAordinary woman lives her life to the fullest, yields to where God positions her, and appreciates everything HE has given her!  Period.

LE_Woman_footer-small PS.  After today, I am not going to use the Sh*&t word.  I don’t think that’s being a good example for my readers.  My dearest friend reminded me recently that the Bible encourages wholesome talk, and I am working on that.  Just please understand, that I choose to be real here.  And so, that is my way of reminding my readers that I don’t try to come off like this perfect “I’m a Christian and so I have it all together and never make mistakes…” kind of a writer.  I choose to be authentic.

PSS.  Thank you for reading.  I truly want to encourage you…in some way.

Rachel Maria's Simple & EXTRAordinary Shrimp Scampi

Rachel Maria's Recipes


I can make this in record time.  So can you!  

Recipe Yields 2-4 Servings


1 lb. Angel Hair, Spaghetti, or Linguini

15-20 Large Shrimp, Peeled and Deveined

1 Stick of Butter

1 Clove of Garlic, chopped

1 Tsp. Salt.

1 Tsp. Pepper

1 Cup White Wine

1/2 Lemon (squeezed)

1/4 Cup Pecorino Romano

Fresh Parsely


* Melt butter in a Saucepan over medium-high flame.

* Add chopped garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes.

* Add shrimp, salt, and pepper.  Cook over medium flame for 3-5 minutes, until pink.

* Remove Shrimp to a bowl.

* Add wine and lemon juice.  Simmer for a few minutes.

* Stir in grated cheese

* Place shrimp back in pan.  Sprinkle with more grated cheese and lemon juice.

* Add cooked pasta to the pan and serve with fresh parsley.





Rachel Maria's Super Sunday Hot Wings

Rachel Maria's Recipes


* 2 Dozen Chicken Wings
* 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
* 1/4 Cup Flour
* Salt, Pepper, Cayenne, and Garlic Powder
* 2 Cups Wing Sauce (Franks® is recommended)
* 1/4 C. Brown Sugar
* 4 Tbs. Butter


* Preheat Oven to 400°.
* Heat oil in a large skillet over a medium-high flame.
* Mix flour with salt, pepper, cayenne, and garlic powder.
* Coat Wings in flour mixture and fry on both sides until golden brown.  (Approx. 2 minutes)
* Transfer Wings to oven (non-greased baking pan), and bake for 20-25 minutes.
* Meanwhile melt butter in a small saucepan over a medium flame.
* Add Wing Sauce.
* Stir in Brown Sugar.  Simmer on low until wings are fully cooked.
* Transfer wings to a large bowl and pour wing sauce on top to saturate.
* Serve with Celery and Blue Cheese!




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