October 8, 2012

Been Busy

The kitchen remodeling is now proceeding apace. The electrical work is done, the soffits and tray ceiling are in and the insulation/sheetrock is going up. The new cabinets were delivered Friday and the wife and I were looking at kitchen carts/islands on Saturday. It took several days for the electrical work to be completed as the electrician found nearly a half dozen problems in the old wiring, three back fed circuits to start with. God willing, the cabinets will be up by the end of this week. My running around like a madman has been greatly reduced.

Sgt. Girl made another surprise visit this weekend. She is extending her contract so she can redeploy (her battalion leaves in  90 days) and she is pretty sure she will not reenlist for another three years. Not sure what she will do afterwards but she would love to open a bed and breakfast somewhere in NY. After church service, she and Mumma made delicious pumpkin rum cake and pumpkin squares; she left at oh-dark hundred this morning to return to Bragg.

Our youngest has had it with SUNY Oneonta and will not return after the end of this semester. Her grades are good, but it is just not what she wanted. Part of the problem is finding some people she can relate to. She has been brought up in a Christian home and spent her first year away from home at a bible college - which she said was like living at home anyway. She does not like the loose moral environment and the students' immaturity at the state college and called Saturday night to tell us. We knew she was struggling with this and made sure she understood that  we were not pressuring her to continue. She is mindful of the financial contributions we made and did not want to disappoint us.

She has had some problems with her roommate and related how this young woman had a strained relationship with her divorced parents. She seemed to be resentful that our daughter loved to Skype us and talk/text us several times a week and would not join her and her friends in ripping apart other girls for they way they dressed, the boys they liked, etc. So they thought our daughter was conceited, they had it all wrong. We brought her up to be a kind, considerate, person - not some self-absorbed, neurotic mess. I feel sorry for them, the kids today deserve better from their parents and


Forget the iPods, huge weekly allowances and designer clothes. Kids need a secure, structured home where consistent love and discipline is provided by a mom and dad.

Any way, have a Merry or Happy Columbus Day. Rejoice in the fact that he wasn't named Christopher Thudpucker.


Anonymous said...

Dad, you're doing God's work and, obviously, you're doing it well. There is no greater gift you could give ton your family.

Siggie, I am an admirer,


WoFat said...

Kitchen remodeling is HELL.

Kid said...

Good luck with the project Sig, Looks like it's going well.

I think kids need to struggle. People will struggle a lot harder in real life than they ever did as teenagers, or students. So much more.

I would not deny them technology or anything that will keep them abreast of the 'cutting edge', but they need some hard times too - ideally speaking.

Doom said...

Good work! It is absolutely loverly to make an idea come to life, then have that become a part of your life.

Prayers with Sgt. Daughter, and company, battalion, branch, etc.

I truly feel for your college girl. I absolutely hated the U of I for that very reason. I am glad though that she hasn't consumed the poison. Colleges should be sterile to good grounds for learning, not sexually and morally hostile environments that try to tear down anything good, debauch what is pure, or castigate what will not change. But... there it is. We need more than a political change in this nation.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Happy Thudpucker day Dude. Family is everything.

sig94 said...

Nickie - I think that despite all my worst efforts, God still has managed to do great things with my kids.

sig94 said...

WoFat - the kitchen has been torn down to the studs since July. The rock is going up as I write this.

sig94 said...

Kid - the girls know that they are are their own when it comes to ccertain things. They have made some bad decisions and mom and I made sure they paid the price. Well, most of the time.

I agree, there's is nothing like hard times to beat some maturity into your hide.

sig94 said...

Doom - I still remember my freshman year - 1967-68. Syracuse University still had the in loco parentis policy and there was not a lot of messing around. Girls' dorms had bed checks and God help you if you were caught with a girl in a compromising psoition. That changed real fast once our old Chancellor, William Tolley, left and a liberal idiot took over. Old Tolley used to use his cane to smack hippies on campus. You did not want to mess with that little guy.

sig94 said...

Odie - Thanks! And may your pucker never go thud on you.