It has been one week since we bought the love shack,
and we're weary yet determined to get the place breathing.
There were a few OYs in my last post, and I didn't
even tell you about the injuries we sustained (husband's
wrist may be broken, I sprained and smashed my thumb,
our son was a bloody mess...).
Yet since I'll ever be your transparent
and true sister in bloghood, I cannot leave out
the other side of OY...those grateful YOs, if you will.
Because, YO! Life is beautiful,
and feathering our new nest
is truly a small thing.
Yo! Fun Finds.
I have had a blast scoring special finds including
this old clawfoot tub we drove to Madison, WI to rescue.
It is petite, and I imagine it adding a layer
of vintage romance to the master bath which
currently looks like this:
Another fortuitous and romantic find?
This original signed oil by William Halquist...
Purchased from the niece
of the sweet girl with the bob, she was thrilled
it would live in a happy home.
Yo! Stepping away from the sledgehammer.
Life has been busy with college graduations...
Doesn't my mom (visiting from Arizona) look amazing even in the midst of chemo!?!
Urban Farmgirl's Main Street Market in Rockford, IL was awesome!
I read Parker's stuff, and I think:
GOOD GOD, I HAVE ALWAYS KNOWN
I WAS A CLOSET QUAKER.
reading books that feed my soul
and help me grow,
and lots of fun visits from my granddaughter,
an adorable hedgehog named Penelope
owned by our son who teaches high school English
in a town an hour away.
Yo! There is art to see!
I don't want to obsess over paint swatches
so much that I miss out on summer.
There are plans to to soak up the sunshine, spend time with family,
visit my favorite Japanese gardens, and see art like this
(by my friend Brennen...now exhibited in a very cool
cafe in town).
Yo! Bringing friends along on the journey helps!
Although I never planned to blog regularly
during this process, I now understand why so many
folks do: there is an accountability and structure
involved that serves as a nudge to keep going.
There is something special about documenting
and sharing the lovely AND the unlovely sides of
renovation (though I am not sure ye sophisticated
hello lovely brethren truly care to view the inner guts of
a forlorn bathroom subfloor beneath the love shack).
their circumference and distance between them for slacklining
(tight rope walking that morphs your abs into a six-pack).
Yo! I'm grateful for you.
Thank you for following along, and I will
read all of your comments and listen to
every bit of loving advice you share.
Let's finish this week strong,
knowing Rumi is right!
Peace to you right where you are.
More of Week 1 is chronicled here.