Vintage find, another dreary day and psyching myself up

Sunday, February 16

We had guests checking out today so we weren’t able to go to church this morning. Instead, I spent the morning working on the hexagon afghan, washing the mud off the porch furniture, washing one of the sheets I had thrown over the couch on the front porch and scrubbing the cushions. See, last night, shortly after we went to bed, I heard some growling and then some thumping happening on the front porch. Instinct told me to check it out. I turned the porch light on and saw a huge black cat towering over Creamsicle on the couch. Upon opening the door the black cat bolted and Cream ran under one of the rocking chairs. I dragged him out and put him in the cat’s insulated bench/box. His hair was wet which makes me think they had been at it for a while. For some reason, this black cat meant business and poor Creamsicle – he’s such a sweet boy and never causes any trouble – was his victim. Cream was cowering and trying to disappear into the couch while the big black cat was threatening him. He literally got some of the poop scared out of him. That’s what I was cleaning up this morning. yuck.

Meanwhile, CountryBoy was fixing yet another leak on the kitchen sink. Seems those plastic flex pipes get loose easily. Thankfully it was nothing major.

After the guests checked out I headed on into work. It was a fairly short, easy day. I left in time to head over to our local antique & vendor mall to pick up a hanging lamp that a coworker saw there this afternoon. Remember I’ve been looking for one? I was just in there last Thursday and nothing. Three days later and there is the perfect vintage stained glass lamp for only $15!!!

The dark rectangle panels alternate amber and red. It’s the perfect colors for our house and not too flashy! It needs to be cleaned, rewired and a chain added. We can either get a swag kit or buy individual components. Another coworker said she had a chain I might like. We’ll see what we end up doing but I can’t wait to see it hanging up.

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As soon as I got in the door the phone started ringing and I spent the next two hours talking with and catching up with a dear friend from days past. She recently suffered a terrible loss and it made me realize how important it is to stay in touch. Some times it’s hard to do that as so many things vie for our attention these days. It’s one of those things that I need to just do.

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Farm news: 14 eggs

Monday, February 17

I woke up and had an hour to get mentally ready for the day. I usually like a little longer than that but lately I haven’t wanted to get out of bed. Which probably has more to do with the cold mornings rather than wanting more sleep. Anyway, even after an hour of mental preparation I still had to make myself go upstairs to get ready for work.

The scenery on the way in to work was unusual looking…

It’s like there was a ceiling over the entire area. CountryBoy says it looks like the landscape is under water.

Work was OK. I’ve got seven pages laid out already leaving me possibly four more and one that needs finished. Not a bad start for the 02-20-20 edition.

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CountryBoy stripped and cleaned the cabin and got it ready for the next guest(s). We don’t have anyone booked until the beginning of March but that can always change. Needless to say, he’s exhausted. It’s quite a job turning the place over. Thank goodness it’s only 209 square feet plus an outhouse!

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Farm news: twenty-one eggs!!!

While I was at work yesterday CountryBoy hung the ‘Farm Fresh Eggs’ sign out by the road. We are back in business, ha! The young girls’ eggs are small but people ’round here really don’t care much about the size – it’s the f-l-a-v-o-r!!! They’d just as soon eat a small country egg, as they’re known in these parts, than a tasteless store bought egg. Can’t say that I blame ’em.

Tuesday, February 18

It was raining again when we woke up. The drive in to work was a dreary one and the rest of the day remained dreary and rainy.

I spent far too long on one page today. It was nothing but photos and captions. Twenty one of them to be exact. Editing the photos and making sure the right caption was with the correct photo was tedious. Thank goodness I had finished a couple of pages before tackling that one. I slapped all the photos and captions on there and then handed it off to my coworker to make it pretty. I was glad to be rid of it.

I stopped at Save-a-Lot for a few items then headed home.

I just finished piecing together the third column/row on the hexagon afghan. Hopefully this weekend I can attach it the other two. Bit by bit – one hexie at a time.

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I’m getting up the nerve and pondering a strategy for a major declutter. From clothes to crafts and everything in between – things have got to go. I will never wear all the clothes I have nor will I ever have the time to create items from all the craft supplies I have in my lifetime. Why keep them? Why not let some one else wear the clothes or create something.

One of the books I checked out at the library was ‘A Simplified Life’. It’s an easy, informative read with great tips on making life less complicated. I’m reading it now, making notes and psyching myself to let things go.

I enjoy making my home a warm and welcoming place for everyone. A place of peace and calm. A place to unwind and relax. I would say most of the rooms are almost there but then there’s all the stuff in each room that detracts from the environment I’m trying to achieve. I also need my house to be easy to clean and in its current state it is not.

Is it going to be easy? Absolutely not. Will it happen overnight? Absolutely not. But, I am formulating a plan of attack and I know that I’m going to have to constantly remind myself of the desired outcome if I want to let things go. I know in the end it will be well worth all the work. Wish me luck!

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Farm news: 18 eggs

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