Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wow! Life is Hard!

That pretty much sums it up!
This is just my raw feelings.
I spent a week at girls camp, it was hot, I got very dirty, the overnight hike I did with the older girls with a full pack up many steep hills was hard, but I loved every minute of it!!
The day we got home I had to register my high school kids for school and then said goodbye to my second oldest son, who moved to Texas to follow his dreams;
happy for him, but emotional for us.
 Last week my three teenagers spent the week at an Especially For Youth camp and I took the youngest and did Salt Lake Parade of Homes.
It was fun.
Friday our car just stopped working, and we found out we needed a new engine!!
It cost almost more than the car is worth, so we aren't going to fix it.
I also realized when my son moved to Texas, I could no longer borrow his microphone to voice over my video's. Not sure how I am doing those videos yet. I'm sure I will figure it out.
Among all this we managed to squeezed in back to school shopping for the four kids we still have at home.
 This drained pretty much everything left in my wallet!!
Wondering how to face replacing things now that the money is not there right now, hard!
And all during this time I'm still getting pressure from my literary agent to get my social media numbers up!
Can't seem to get Instagram over 1,000! 
Then last night my daughter accidentally set my phone in a cup of water!
It is on rice and I am hoping and praying it will work in a few days after it dries out!!
Resisting the urge to turn it on is hard.

My stress level is through the roof.
 I yelled at my kids today about the mess in the front room 
 then I felt bad, and collapsed on the couch in tears. My mom happened to walk in my door right then and just held me in her arms.

Ever feel like, 
"When's it going to end?"

I know my Heavenly Father is there, he is still watching over me. 
 He knows help is coming, but I can't see it and I am tired emotionally.
I have a video about DIY fear that I prepared for today.
DIY Fear is when you are too afraid so you don't even try to do a DIY project?
Ironically as I sit here writing this I realize my advice in the video for how to overcome DIY Fear is what I need. 
I just need to take it one bite at a time!!

I hope this helps someone else too!!
I am grateful for what I have, and I am not really a whiny person, just overwhelmed.

Thanks for letting me rant today!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

I am sorry No post today,
I am missing in action!

 I am at Girls Camp all week,
 hanging with teenage girls keeps me young.
I hope I survive!!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Basement Family room - Fireplace design and Install

I am back with the continuing story of our gas fireplace.
Our video shows you our story, but I must say, installing a gas fireplace is not for a novice DIYer. 
It's difficult and there's really nothing on the internet to help you with the process. 
I'm guessing no one wants to be responsible for your house blowing up!
This may be something you want to get a professional to do!!
Here is our story!

I have had requests to share with you more about how much things cost. 
Used fireplaces go for $100 at our local ReStore, and usually about $100 or more in our local classifieds.
The venting was the most expensive part and we bought a fan/blower because ours didn't come with one. 
All together including a flex gas line, our fireplace ended up costing us $965. We were quoted $2300 to have a very basic fireplace install, purchased from a dealer, so we saved about $1300. Not only do we have a much nicer model than we could have afforded new, but we know it was installed correctly too.  I'm afraid the 'professional' installer may have just cut through our floor joist.
So I am happy.
We are moving right along. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for the latest updates and sneak peaks of the basement!!

Thanks for stopping by!