Summer has been a mixed bag…..I got fed up with the place the way it has been and put my shoulder into making it livable… I got most of the kitchen painted, and the ENTIRE bedroom painted, and a closet installed….basically everything in the office but the computer has been vomited into the rest of the house, I played musical rooms with much of what I own, things in the basement went into the attic, many things that made the trip and haven’t found a use have gotten donated, lots and lots of things have gotten painted, even things that aren’t supposed to be painted (faucet handles)….I decided to PUSH the whole cottage aspect of the joint. I painted every piece of curb furniture white so it all blends together. I will go into more detail about specific things I accomplished that I am pleased with.
Most of the work I did on the house was low expense, painting and spackle, hooks and hardware, so cumulatively I got a lot of bang for my sweat. I love having a bedroom it has really moved me from ‘did i make the right decision?’ to ‘i love my house!’ I have cut the furniture down just pieces which I had been holding on to, and oddly a lot of curb pieces I have adapted. (btw the wicker chair came from the dump, it’s coming inside as soon as I fix the little wiggle on the arm) What I am ending up with, are pieces which are slightly smaller than the normal size, and painted all white they make the rooms seem bigger….well.. painting the rooms properly makes them feel bigger. The ‘office/bedroom had NEVER been painted and was just drywall with a skim coat..go figure. The Ikea bed is OH SO COMFORTABLE and I am not sure if that can be attributed to sleeping on the hard futon for a year. And the lounge futon thing has grown on me as a tv slash laptop chair, with room for the dog and a few cats without having to give up laptop space.
However this is the first September in years were customer orders on the website haven’t picked up, so essentially I am living off the tiny part time paycheck and I am entertaining offers to sell of the business that isn’t pulling its weight. As dramatic as that sounds, it would free me up to find other sources of income, like finishing a few books.
I live in a very beautiful state and I haven’t traveled outside of a 5 mile area once this summer and that’s a sin. Clearing up the work area has freed up my brain to get some work done. Staying off the computer has certainly freed up my brain to get some housework done, but I’d like a nice balance between online and real life work.