Leaving a Joy Trail

Leaving a Joy Trail

 

Why?

Why is it that words of positive affirmation sprinkled with a little more positive affirmation sometimes are forgotten and swept aside….

…..for the sake of one negative comment.

Why does a single negative statement override hundreds of positives?

Seriously.

Who even gave the negative permission to take up residence and start ordering rent-to-own furniture?

I’m the first one to say “brush it off” and “who cares” and “remember how amazing you are” and “they probably still have maroon shag carpeting in their home.”  

But when it happens to me?

Yikes.

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Four Things I Didn’t Realize About Window Installation

Four Things I Didn’t Realize About Window Installation

 

 This post is sponsored by Window World.

It’s official.

We have new windows at the farmhouse.

They came last week and installed them and finished up while I was still cleaning up all the debris around the house.

And the result?

SERIOUSLY.

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So Close to Not Procrastinating

So Close to Not Procrastinating

 

I’m almost half-way through writing the book.

(Just between us I cannot even believe I just typed that sentence).

It took me a couple of weeks to figure out a writing system, but once I did everything got so much easier.

Here’s my book writing system.

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Sweet Corn and Dining Al Fresco

Sweet Corn and Dining Al Fresco

 

This post is sponsored by Birch Lane.

Last week a friend brought a basket of squash and zucchini and spaghetti squash.

Someone dropped by fresh bread and left it hanging on our door.

And just when I thought our summer vegetable cup couldn’t run over any more….

….someone brought by a giant bucket of sweet corn.

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

Sometimes you just have to say it.

The other day I was on the phone with my friend Vanessa talking about books and blogging and conferences and grilled chicken when all of a sudden I paused mid-conversation and said, “I can’t help it.  I have to tell you something.”

“What?” she said.

“At this exact moment in this exact light if I hold my head to the right and pull one wisp of hair out of the pencil holding up my curls….

….my hair looks amazing,”

She literally laughed out loud.

I know you’re not really supposed to say stuff like that.  I get it.  I understand.  You are supposed to be modest and self-effacing and keep your spectacular hair moments to yourself.  But sometimes you can’t help it.  Sometimes it’s so awesome you just have to share it with the world.

So promise me this.

The next time you are amazing (which I’m sure will be today) ….

….you have to let me know, too.

Us rock stars have to stick together. :)Continue reading


Five Inexpensive Kitchen Remodeling Shortcuts

Five Inexpensive Kitchen Remodeling Shortcuts

 

Almost eight years ago this room was nothing but a pipe in the middle of the floor and hundreds and hundreds of nails sticking up where we had pulled up layer after layer on the original floor.

We were remodeling the house and running out of money.

We started with an original budget and my husband had a detailed spreadsheet, but somewhere along the way we got derailed.

Like seriously.

Things that were supposed to cost $2.00, ended up costing $2.50 and all those .50 added up and our budget was limping along and asking for a place where it could lay down and rest.

My kitchen budget got cut in half.  Gone were the marble counter tops.  Gone was the built-in kitchen island.  Gone were the custom cabinets.

It was just me and a stack of laminate counter top samples.

And now?  Years later, sitting in my kitchen typing this post?

I’m so happy.

Because when you remodel a kitchen and the funds are low and you are wondering if your five gallon bucket can double as a sink, you only really need one thing….

….a little creativity.

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$1000 Custom Furniture Giveaway

$1000 Custom Furniture Giveaway

 

My UPS man is one of my best friends.

Seriously.

When you live in the middle of the country without stop lights and drive-through anything and gas station pizza is considered a delicacy….

….the luxury of having something delivered directly to your door is so lovely.

I’m used to checking sizes and measurements and placing painter’s tape on the floor to make sure the piece will fit in my home and ordering fabric samples to make sure the color is right.

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Look What I Found By the Side Of the Road

Look What I Found By the Side Of the Road

 

I never met a yard sale or an estate sale or a garage sale or a tag sale that I didn’t like.

But my favorite?

The side of the road sale.

The stuff you can find is amazing.  Like broken down chairs someone is throwing away or architectural moldings or doors or drawers or beds or giant 40 pane windows.

Or wood.

Discarded, chippy, left out in the rain, worn a little by life kind of wood.Continue reading