Thursday, July 16, 2015


When I last stopped by my little blog, I showed you the "before" picture of our Master Bath.  WOW, things have REALLY progressed since then!

Here it is, all gutted!  I am SO happy that we chose to do this project NOW, as we found three different areas of water damage!  I shudder to think of the mess I would have had in my kitchen below if we had not caught the problem when we did!!!

Here is the bathroom with the wallboard started.  It's getting exciting...

The shower system has been installed, including a wonderfully big bench to make cleaning our "tootsies" easier!

Here's the little "niche" that will hold our soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.  I am LOVING this big shower!

Yesterday our wonderful contractor started the tiling.  I can't believe how quickly things are moving along.  I could show you some "in progress" pictures of the tile, but I would rather save them for the big Ta-Da! (grin).  Suffice it to say I am in LOVE!!!  I took a big chance mixing tiles from two different "lines", but they have turned out beautifully.  My choices seemed to "gel" really well in the store, but I was really worried that once on the wall I would see that they did, in reality, clash!  Whew!  All that worry for nothing!  

In other news, all of the annoying, WORRISOME, pain in the buttocks medical testing has come back...NEGATIVE!  I am SO thankful.  It has been a scary couple of weeks with heart testing as a result of a change in my EKG and breast testing as a result of an abnormality seen on my yearly mammogram.  I am sick and tired of being "sick and tired" and told my Dear Hubby that nobody had better suggest any further medical tests for quite a while now!  Those unexpected tests, in addition to my normal testing, have meant a full month of running to and fro...all medically related.  I need some time to get back into the swing of things here in my home!

So today I have spent the morning "frugaling" my little heart out.  I have added to my "points" on five different websites, downloaded 3 free embroidery patterns and 2 free quilt patterns and entered 24 different contests!  There is so much available for free out in the world wide web if one just takes the time and makes the effort to acquire all that is possible!  I also needed to buy some ink for our printers.  I made what I call a "triple play" at Office Depot with my purchase.  I placed my order at Office Depot through the MyPoints website.  That will give me 3 points on my MyPoints account for every dollar spent and 2% back.  I had two coupons that I could use, one for $20 and one for a $15 gift card.  The one for the gift card was not working, so I called customer service and they entered a $15 discount on their end.  I have a rewards number at Office Depot and earned 10% back on my purchases.  AND, I dropped all of our used ink cartridges into a gallon zip-lock bag to return to Office Depot for more credit!  In my mind it has been a GOOD frugal day and I am more than happy to be back in the swing of things!



  1. I can hardly wait to see the finished reno. I just know it will be beautiful.

    God bless.

  2. I'm glad you discover the water issues now! That could certainly led to so much more damage and possible black mold!

    Where do you find so many contests and things for points?

    1. I am registered at Swagbucks, MyPoints, Inbox Dollars, Recyclebank and Bing. You can get points toward gift cards by watching videos, doing surveys and searching; and in some even with purchases. I also signed up for ReceiptHog (mobile device) where I can scan in receipts and get coins. One thousand coins can be turned in for $5 in Paypal. I'm going to buy food anyway, I might as well get points for it! As far as contests, Missouri Mel has a giveaway page with approximately 200+ giveaways listed per month. I also enter contests on the FabShop Hop 100-200 per month. Since I have a embroidery sewing machine I also go to Designbysick to get the free daily patterns. Most of the online embroidery pattern stores also have monthly freebies. I also belong to Freecycle and Freebies4Me. Lots out there if you just know where to go to find it!

  3. Lin...all those tests are a pain, and also expensive! Glad that everything worked out, very happy for you. The bathroom will be fun to follow. Sounds lovely and I'm excited to see the finished product! Enjoy! Carrie W.

    1. Oh, I AM enjoying! I have never had a "project" in this house that I have enjoyed this much! I, too, am SO glad all of the testing is over...and negative. Good thing it is over since my mom was in the hospital again for the last two days! I am beyond worn out. Fortunately we have INCREDIBLE insurance through my husband's work. We pay a lot for it monthly, but in comparison what we put out is a drop in the bucket compared to what we COULD have to pay. The bathroom is very close to being done and I can't wait to share photos!