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Flowers from IsraelFlowers from Israel…© Valorie Webster

We have just returned (very exhausted from the travel) after spending nearly a month in Israel and Greece. I looked through over 1000 images to find one to depict my feelings this morning. I decided on these flowers.

It takes me a while to sort through all the feelings I have after these trips, but today I want to say that I am grateful. We have so much in our country…some more than others, as in every country. Our worst days pale in comparison, however, to people who have lived their entire lives with religious wars, homes lost, all retirement funds stripped away and more. Yet, they continue…most with relative happiness.

If I write more blogs regarding this trip, there will be mixed emotions and differing opinions than you may have. That is okay. What I know, for myself, is that world travel points out all our differences…AND all our similarities.

Flowers seem to find a way to bloom everywhere! May we be at peace!

It Has Begun

We moved into our new home in July, 2015 and are feeling pretty well settled. We did know from the beginning that we would be remodeling our master bathroom though. It really isn’t a bad bathroom, just not great for us:

The first thing we knew we didn’t like was the shower:

It is just too small…because of that seat built into the molded shower insert. You can see that there is barely room to turn around in there.

We also wanted a new tub. We like long soaks together and this tub just didn’t fit. Also, don’t like the white-ish tile on the vanity top and tub deck.

Sooooo, here we go!

Prep….our contractor is meticulous, which we appreciate:


(yes, that is the new tub sitting in the bedroom right now)

Beginning the demolition:



End of day one:

Needless to say, we will not be sleeping in that bedroom or using that bathroom for a few weeks. Luckily, we have a guest bedroom and bathroom that we have moved into. Sorry folks, ‘Club Web’ is temporarily closed for visiting!