Monday, November 30, 2009

November Projects

First Project - Take down the sheetrock from the ceiling in the guest bedroom. There were some problems with mold so we wanted to eliminate that.

Tear down
Adding insulation in the attic. The rod had tapped to it the new wire for the ceiling fan.
Opening the new ceiling fan
Installed part of the ceiling fan
Nathan's home built T bar that will help us hold up the new piece of mold resistant drywall.
Get ready to screw in the last side

Second Project - Close up the guest bedroom closet walls.

Where we left off.
Added insulation to the outside wall.
Closed with mold resistant drywall.

Third Project - Remove drywall in what will be master bathroom.

Closet ceiling beam removed from what will be the new master bathroom.
Drywall removed from almost all the walls in what will be the new master bathroom.

Project Four - Interior Doors

Before
After stained
Master bedroom door hung.
Guest bedroom door hung.

Project Five - Rewiring and new lights

Ceiling fan complete in guest bedroom.
New light switch for new light in guest bedroom.
Closed hole and added new face plate.
New hallway light.
New hallway wiring, new light switch and the small hole I had to make, with my hammer, to help aid Nathan in rewiring the switch.
New wiring for the new master bedrooom ceiling fan. It was easier to do this rewiring since the drywall in the new master bathroom had been removed.
The new light switch and the hole where the old light was.
Before on wall After, the new master bedroom ceiling fan.
Install new air duct, for the new master bathroom, ceiling light/fan/heater through the old attic vent.
Before on wall Install the new master bathroom ceiling light/fan/heater.
New wiring and new light switch for the new master bathroom ceiling fan/light/heater.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Our Thanksgiving Day was very relaxing. No house projects today but definitely for the rest of the weekend.

We were both motivated this morning and worked out since we knew we would eat alot this afternoon.

Just before the turkey was placed in the oven. Three hours later.
Taking the first bites.
The meal includes turkey, Grandma Tyner's carrots, stuffing made with beer (sorry mom I forgot the sausage), salad, homemade bread and gravy (not pictured)
Sleepy
Homemade oreo cookie ice-cream pie.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Military Spouses Residency Relief Act now Law!

MSRRA was signed by President Obama yesterday. Here is the press release from the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act Coalition.


Military Spouses finally have a State to call Home;
Landmark Bill is signed in the Month of the Military Family

Washington, DC –Wednesday, November 11, 2009. On Veterans Day, President Barack Obama signed into law the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (S 475 and HR 1182). This bill amends the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act (SCRA) of 1940, guaranteeing the equity of the spouse of military personnel by providing them the option to claim the same state of domicile as their active duty spouse.

The law improves the quality of life for military families by allowing the military spouse to claim the same state of domicile as their active duty spouse and guarantees equity regarding matters of property, taxes, voting and residency. Often, military spouses would experience impediments in voting and property ownership as well as deterrents in employment and education because they accompany their active duty spouse under federal government orders.

Congressman John Carter (R-TX), who represents Fort Hood, the largest military installation in the country, introduced the bill. “This is fantastic news for our service families worldwide,” says Carter. The bill passed through the House earlier this month with strong bipartisan support.

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) brought the companion bill before the Senate, which passed unanimously in August. “Our military families are often called on to make frequent relocations, and it is only fair that we give the same residency benefits to spouses as we do to service members,” Burr said in a statement.

Congressman Carter credits two military spouses, Rebecca Poynter and Joanna Williamson, with approaching him with their recommendation to petition Congress for reform. “It’s their baby, and they should be recognized,” Carter acknowledged.

Over 8,500 military spouses, friends and family members united to support the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Military-Spouses-Residency-Relief-Act/51457362877 It is here that military spouses from all branches of service united to share their individual stories and contacted Congressional representatives to ask for their support of the bill. “It has been a grass roots effort by thousands of spouses across the country, who have campaigned to get this passed,” explains Poynter.

“The support from Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Veterans Service Organizations, who testified on our behalf is greatly appreciated,” said Williamson. “Together, we claim this victory for all military families.”

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Military Spouses Residency Relief Act Coalition Press Release



Military Spouses Residency Relief Act awaits the President’s approval

Washington, DC – Tuesday, November 3, 2009. A comprehensive military family legislation, the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (S 475 and HR 1182), which will legally recognize military spouses by providing them the option to claim the same state of domicile as their active duty spouse, passed through the House and Senate with strong bipartisan support, and is now being brought before the President to become a law.

The bill was introduced by Congressman John Carter (R-TX), who represents Fort Hood, the largest military installation in the country. “This is fantastic news for our service families worldwide,” says Carter, who has been pushing the legislation for the last three years.

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the companion bill into the Senate, which passed unanimously in August. The legislation will amend the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act (SCRA) of 1940 allowing military spouses to share a home state with their spouse, the service member.

Currently, military spouses experience impediments in voting and property ownership as well as deterrents in employment and education. The bill offers fair treatment of the military spouse and improves the quality of life for military families by allowing the stability of a single state of domicile to call home.

Over 8,000 military spouses, friends and family members united to support the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Military-Spouses-Residency-Relief-Act/51457362877 They shared their individual stories as they contacted Congressional representatives to ask for support. Initially, Army Spouse, Rebecca Poynter and Navy Spouse, Joanna Williamson, approached Congressman Carter with their request to petition. “It has been a grass roots effort by thousands of spouses across the country, who have campaigned to get this passed, by telling their stories,” explains Poynter.

“The support from Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Veterans Service Organizations who testified in our support is greatly appreciated,” said Williamson, “and together we claim this victory for all military families.”

Monday, November 02, 2009

S 475 Passes House Today

The House floor passed S 475 under suspension today at 11:23 PST.

The last I wrote we were hoping that HR 1182 would be heard by the Full House VA Committee on October 28th. The bill didn't show up on the schedule but the day later we received word of possible other good news. On the 30th the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act Coalition heard that the bill would be reviewed under suspension on the House floor. The bill kind of sneaked out of the Committee and went straight to the House floor.

There is much excitement around this news today. Now to wait for President Obama's signature to become law. Hopefully this will happen before or around Veteran's Day. I will keep you posted.