Alcides and Silvia did the work, we enjoyed the result. We’d been needing to do this for a long time, after we had water leakage on the wall with the window. We took advantage to repaint, since it’d been several years. Was time for the blue wall to go.

We pulled out the leather world map bought some 25 years ago in Belo Horizonte, our engagement-present artwork from the Ingrams in 1979, a painting bought in Texas back in 82-83, and had them hung, along with a flower painting (over the dining table) given us by Anibal, the most recent item of all.

Now work is progressing on the social bathroom and kitchen wall, then to the bedrooms to fix those walls.

by J. Randal Matheny © 2015

No place like home! No place I’d rather be —
My bed, my couch, my deep tranquility,
My quiet retreat, my castle and private lair,
My ceiling fan’s constant hum, my closet of prayer.
Simple and humble things at home surround —
My modest space, where peace and joy are found,
Where rises love’s cool mist, and books are friends —
Ah! my home, the world’s rose-colored lens.

Last year the Baker Heights congregation had a special offering for their missions efforts. They sent us some funds to use however we saw best. Since we needed some urgent work done on the house because of water infiltration, we set it aside for that.

We’d been talking with one contractor since last year, and finally had to find another, since he kept giving us the run-around. We hope these guys will do a good job, they seem to be decent fellows.

The flowers are still blooming in spite of all that’s going on around them.


A photo of unseen rain.

Rainy holiday

You can’t really see the rain, but it’s coming down a solid little drizzle. This is the view from our bedroom out toward the common green area of our neighborhood. End of the cul-de-sac can be seen at right. Our property ends at the wall topped by tiles.

The plants under the carport looked good when we got back.  (See the larger view by clicking on the picture.)

The poinsettia is filling out nicely, my aloe vera is coming along, the hanging plant, whose name I forget, is laden with thick leaves, the creeper has creeped up some more, and the orchid in the upper left popped out with another bloom. We had someone coming by to water them, so they were looked after.

And all the fish  (indoors) were still alive, FWIW. The window is to our kitchen.