April 2016

Isn’t it interesting that the scream provided – “We’re not window dressing”, or other such-like is actually into what feminism has turned women.  I remember a taunt from elementary school: Johnny and Lisa sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g.  First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage.  It hasn’t been that long, and now we have a culture skipping to the last item of the set and claiming need for assistance, sympathy, etc.  There was a reason love and marriage used to be seen as coming before the baby – that was needed to set up a family and provide security for the children.  We are now faced with a situation that if properly evaluated by a man, would never result in a marriage.  Just think, women provide all the eye appeal one could want, open up for one night stands, and for the unlucky sap who marries one of these, can lose half his income for the next decade or more at the whim of his mate.  The stories are plethora.  I won’t dwell here.  Don’t think this has no effect on the women either.  How about feeling used, not truly wanted, no real affection because that is what feminism offers.  You get to be independent.  Yay!  Spend your life alone, fighting against others because of their God given sex and never knowing the caring and affection which could occur if one went back to God’s original design for the family.  For those of you who mock at the thought and say that means the female gets to stay in the kitchen pregnant, I offer Proverbs 31.  Here are a few excerpts: [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it; (a woman purchasing real estate – it’s in the Bible)
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes. (woman conducting business – it’s in the Bible)

27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness. (the Biblical woman isn’t passive)
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

(The city gate is where official  business was conducted.  The woman is known there.)

The Biblical woman is known for her work and family.  Compared to feminists who are known for their threats of legal action and shrillness.  Can there be any starker a contrast?

As for spouseinbox and myself.  I enjoy God’s provision.  It’s wonderful spending time with someone with whom I can discuss and work.  We are not competitors (excepting in certain games).  I thank God for His blessing packaged in my spouse.


Today would have been the 85th trip around the sun for dad were he still with us.  I had a conversation with my doc one time on a return trip from a remote clinic.  He mentioned being an orphan as both of his parents were gone.  I had not thought of it until his comment, but technically, he is accurate.  He further noted that even though he was grown and had a decent number of years, there was still that hole which only the parents could fill.  I still have mominbox with us, so are not to that point, but especially on a day like this have to recognize his point.  We have moments when something occurs and I muse on the question, “what would dad do?”   That then allows comparative memories to churn while applying the present situation to the character revealed in the past.  Today, what I will note is that siblinginbox and I had a good dad.  Thank you, God, for the time we had with him.

I ran across this article describing how a married couple has better “outcomes” for their children than cohabiting and single parents. That comes as no surprise.  Men and women are different.  Wow! what a concept.  Children benefit when the characteristics of both are present.  Just to use our family with myself as kid, dad was a war veteran and an ace in a crisis.  He kept a cool head and dealt with whatever problem without drama.  Mom was the long term care person.  She set up formats of long term care for whatever problem happened.  We had the best of both worlds as their kids.  When I slipped on the edge of the tub and split open my chin from falling, dad was present who rinsed off my bloody self and found the small opening which he taped shut and took me to the emergency room.  Mom was the one who held my hands and kept talking while the doctor stitched my chin closed.  The best of both worlds.  That’s much better for a kid.

Dr. Laura described an observation at the beach during her radio show.  There was a couple there with a kid who was being held close by the mother and when passed to the dad, he turned around the kid to face the waves while holding from behind.  Both are needed by the child – the closeness and the facing of challenges knowing there is someone holding your back.  Is this to argue that all couples are better – no.  I know about pathology.  It is to note that married couples have a better environment for their children, on the whole, as compared to other types of families.  I’m just supplying a salt shake of reasoning on the subject which could be a five course meal.

I should be in bed now, but the dryer is running so that appropriate dress will be available tomorrow morning.  As for the reason for the tiredness, I submit the following:


Underneath the new cement board is blocking on which I plan to mount a shower chair and hand rails.  The drain was completed with many adjustments to get to the final drain position.  It was then covered with the dirt, sand and finally mortar which also formed a base for the shower base.  I was trying to move quickly with the wet mortar, so took no pictures of that step.  There are two channels molded into the bottom of the shower base, so I ran the hot piping along one and the cold along the other.  The chair has been ordered, one of the two handrails is already present, and we need to find a surround or water proof panels to install – not forgetting the window as well.  That has some say in the design.  Anyways, the mortar has to sit and it’s time for bed, so I will sign off for the moment.  Maybe the clothes won’t have too many wrinkles if they sit until morning, or maybe spouseinbox will take care of them while I hit the sack.


Target takes a stand on those who have sex identity issues.  “Everyone deserves to feel like they belong.”  That is unless you are straight, or have any traditional desires for the formation of family and raising of children.  As for the sex identity problems, they have a category in the DSM4.  Instead of providing them the therapy needed, we are providing them bathroom access to our children.   Imagine the fun the trial lawyers will have when a female in the male bathroom screams “rape.”  There is also the possibility of a male in the female bathroom with potential for similar outcome.  I, for one, plan to avoid all possibility of being near such a situation, so will not frequent Target.

Many more details are provided in a more enjoyable format:

Mominbox had a wreck and after all was said and done is in an assisted living facility for a month.  This provides assistance while spouseinbox and I are at work and allows me to remodel the bathroom to make the tub – now shower safer.  As the tub was removed, I discovered the builder had a plumber who decided to cut a corner.  Yes, the tubing to the cold side of the faucet and outside hose bib was placed inside the wall.  This required the purchase of a PEX tool as all the water piping was run in that manner.  Further, the drain was into an inch and a half light tub drain which was connected through a reducer to a two inch P trap.  The reducer being glued into the distal end of the trap.  No problem, I thought.  I’ll just cut off the whole thing and install a new one.  As I dug into the access area, the pipe was noted to be just outside of the concrete leaving only about one half inch of room and the back against the concrete.  Removing the P trap was not possible.  That left the next possibility – removing the reducer and utilize the P trap as it was originally.  Photo04202120

I dug out the access hole to reveal the P trap and confirm that the reducer was the best point of attack – so to speak.  Next, the inch and a half curved pipe needed to be removed and the top of the distal P trap visualized.


Next, Material had to be removed, so I took a drill bit about the diameter of the thickness of the reducer and drilled out as much material as I was comfortable removing in that manner.  I also marked the depth of the drill bit with a piece of masking tape.


Lastly, the Dremmel with a sanding cylinder was utilized to remove the remaining material while reforming the original joint.  Photo04212154

Tomorrow, I get to figure out where the new location of the drain is and make the piping match that location.  This must match in all three dimensions.  As I said, “Life stays interesting.”

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