For a friend with an advancing degenerative condition

Coming to the end of a journey can be difficult.

During these moments, we are inclined to make decisions

that opens voids we feel needs to be filled.

Uncertainty pops up then  anxiety, and in some cases fear.

Scripture tell us that these conditions are the children of punishment,

the lack of knowledge and the  lack of  love.

But you ARE loved,

by Jesus, your family, your spiritual associates and by me.

My prayers for your heart

Remember your pools of love;

Rest in therm.

Each of us pray a quality of life in which you can prosper.

May Jesus continue to bless you in the way He deems the best.

Always for you.

A Dream Transformation Project

Five years ago my wife and I took the step to purge the  I wish we had …  and  I really wanted, but… feelings we had about certain aspects of our house.

There is no neighborhood better than ours. So ridding ourselves of these deficit feelings meant remodelling was our only option. We did. Now we gleam a sense of  This is the way it should be.

Remodelling is a daunting process. It requires:

  • Having complete knowledge of the desired end,
  • Selecting a good contractor and
  • Exercising patience to project completion.

During the remodelling process, normal living routines are disrupted; thus the fainthearted need not apply.

After much soul searching and discussions, we committed our dreams to paper. Each presented a dream transformation. We synthesized them into a mutually accepted dream plan; constrained by our modest pensions and the possibility that this was likely our last opportunity to live our dream. To make it all happen, we engaged a good contractor. This proved to be our most trying decision.

We interviewed four contractors. All were bore stellar recommendations from their professional association.

We chose the contractor who quieted our logic and emotional soul.  He was the one who never shot from the hip nor varied his story.

Our makeover commenced.

All bathrooms were updated, the house interior and exterior surfaces were painted, living room and dining room were given new wood floors, the common room got a new fireplace insert and each bedroom was given a new ceiling fan. Finally the rear landscapes were redesigned for senior care.

This post focuses only on the master bath remodel.

There we targeted three centers in the master bathroom remodel:

  • Replace the old shower with a larger shower stall,
  • Install a soaking tub to replace the  Roman tub and
  • Replace the five-foot-closet in the bath area with a second wash area.

The old shower, Roman tub and closet were demolished.

New plumbing, shower tile, floor tile, wainscot and a floor warming system were installed.

Removal of the five-foot-closet yielded space for the  second washing area and an antique vanity.

A claw foot slipper tub replaced the Roman tub.

The dream plan provided for more effective lighting and better window coverings. The remodeled bathroom is a well-lighted space that delivers an invigorating bath experience to each user.

At the completion of the project, unexpected avenues had opened to us. Having to reveal our desires for the new living space opened to us to a richer sharing. now we are even better friends.

Building the Shop

 Rebuilding my infrastructure

An apology is in order.

I admit I have not been posting for two reasons.

REASON 1: I am in the fifth week of taking an online computer science course. Many hours are spent writing programs: getting to bed between 1:30 AM and 2:00 AM almost nightly. The class is interesting and I am learning a lot about this new technology but I am coming to the conclusion that this work is for the young. It all ends in July.

REASON 2: I am reading the Nag Hammadi Scripture. This is opening me to a new world of comfort. Also, it provides balance to the many hours that I spent programming. The scriptures occupy a book of more than 800 pages. I see no immediate end date.

Those are my major reasons for not posting. I will return begin to post in late July. I plan to post my thoughts on some writings from the Nag Hammadi Scriptures and some mathematics.

See you then. Thanks for your patience and understanding. I have enjoyed the contributions you have been sending. Keep them coming.

All the best,

Lloyd

Home for the Holidays

Christmas is the time humanity unfurls to receive and to give. We open ourselves to music, laughter, kindness, love for others, social gatherings, good foods, and memories of past traditions.

Lucky are those who have a venue to enjoy these fruits of the holiday season. For others, this can be a stressful time.

In the Sacramento Valley we are blessed with an evolving tradition that provides a gathering to those who yearn the fruits of this season. Enjoyed with family, or friends, it’s truly electric and memorable.

Alone?

Come and bathe in the friendliness of the crowd.

Experience love through music, song, dance and story.  You’ll leave with a new excitement for life and new memories.

This Evolving Event is the holiday performance of the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, “Home for the Holidays“.  Held in the beautiful Mondavi Center of  the University of California Davis on Saturday, December 13 at 2 PM, “Home for the Holidays” will prepare you for  “the days of Christmas” and reintroduce you to the beauty of the arts in the Sacramento Valley.

Come Home for the Holidays.

A Loving Relationship Through A Biblical Solution

Two to Make One

Two to Make One

The Bible contains many stories about the relationship between the Jewish nation and God. In it, the Jewish nation is often depicted as the bride and God is depicted as the bridegroom. Their relationship had as many travails, not unlike your personal relationship. Click the link to explore a solution to build a relationship on love that is biblically  inspired.