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Oh ladies, are you reading Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love yet?  My-oh-my does that girl know what it looks like to juggle expectations and sarcastically examine impossible standards in today’s world.Listen to her observations on Balance.  As in, “Dear Woman of Today, how DO you balance work and family and community?””Balance.  It’s like a unicorn; we’ve heard about it, everyone talks about it and makes airbrushed T-shirts celebrating it (I would add that everyone paints a wooden sign about it), it seems super rad, but we haven’t actually seen one.  I’m beginning to think it isn’t a thing.” For the Love, Jen HatmakerHave you, for the love of Moses, ever considered that Balance may just not be a thing?  I tell ya, pondering that thought for the last 12 hours has me feeling downright giddy.  I think Ms. Hatmaker may be on to something.    In celebration of this ‘Balance Illusion’ we women so readily accept and…

Every now and then, a woman just needs a good furniture makeover.  This dresser is one of them.Right away I need to clarify that, so far, this one isn’t for sale, simply because….well….I’m not ready to let it go yet.From the wavy drawer fronts to the scrolled pulls, not to mention the stripes all around, I can’t quite bear to part with her yet.  And I’m sorry.This dresser was sitting outside one of those garage sales held by a couple who lived in the same house for 40 years.  The same house in Fairbanks, ALASKA, for 40 years.  You can only imagine the oddities I discovered, as well as the treasures.The kind, old man told me he’d have to take $15 for this dresser because “She’s real solid wood throughout.”  Well, I could certainly understand that (shriek!), and proceeded to empathize with him as we loaded up my Suburban.But the…

I had to stop in this evening because for the first time I find myself in a serious dilemma.Not a serious dilemma as in a health issue, marriage difficulty, weather warning, or fire danger.  In fact ~ to most of you ~ my situation would not qualify as a dilemma at all.But for me, being in the furniture-selling business, it really IS a dilemma. Because for the first time since I started painting furniture and selling it, I’ve come across a piece I REALLY want to keep.People often ask if I’m torn when I finish painting a piece of furniture, whether I struggle with selling it or not.  Truthfully, this rarely happens.  I usually know upon an initial purchase if a piece is a seller or keeper ~ and most are sellers.  As a homeschool mom, any extra income is a tremendous blessing.  The fact that I love refinishing furniture and have been fortunate enough to find a…

What a crazy weekend it’s been around here.Greg had surgery on Friday, which turned out well but stretched out 5 hours longer than anticipated.  After a long day, we were eager to get him home, tuck him into bed, and let him rest for the remainder of the day watching Netflix.Only, our internet service was out.  And not just ours, but the majority of our town’s.  So, off to Blockbuster I went.  I haven’t been to Blockbuster in a very long time.On Saturday I was cooking supper and ran out of gas browning ground beef on our range.  My resourceful, yet still very sick husband, rigged up the Coleman camping stove so I could finish cooking the meat.  Although we are on auto-fill for our gas, the vendor must have miscalculated our usage and not filled our tank in time.  So…. we will have no gas until Monday.  But that’s okay…we still…

Do you ever have one of those weeks when you’re DYING to spend hours of uninterrupted time working on a home project?But then you look ahead at the next few days and realize that unless you stay up until 1am, those hours are simply not going to happen?….But then you find yourself seriously considering the 1am option??That’s me this week 🙂  I started painting my foyer hallway Sunday night after the kids went to bed.  My entry hallway is challenging in many ways.  It is actually two hallways ‘diverging’ from the front door (Robert Frost fans anyone? 🙂 and there is not a lot of natural light.  This is view #1 from the front door, with the walls painted what I like to call the “original cocoa color”:…and view #2:Definitely not a bad original color at all, right?But one of my goals in this house is to Lighten.  Things.  Up.  This…