Monday, February 18, 2013

Little House That Grew And Went Back To Alaska


So..the waiting is over. Now a new type of waiting begins.

 We are moving to Alaska. A COMPLETELY unexpected change of LIFE has come to our door and now we...go!!

 We had planned on being here in Virginia for at least 4 more years as Pete just checked into his new job. But God, and the Coast Guard had different plans for us.

 So now we clean, pack, and hope. Hope to sell this house that we LOVE!! Hope to find a house in Alaska to LOVE...and just hope!!

 I have put my white paint brush aside for the time being and now shift my time to getting our family ready to move back to a place that we so loved. But it is with a heavy heart that we prepare to leave a place we have come to love too..

. Such is the life with this cute guy I married. Who knew when he was home from the Coast Guard Academy and asked me to marry him that we would get to have this completely, unexpected WONDERFUL life...

 I have spent the weekend taking so many pictures of this house as we prepare to sell it..wanna see some??


DSC_0224Molly's room


Jack's room


Our basement which I never take a picture in because it has not that great light...but here it is!!


Lucy's room


Emily's room (made the chalk board for her for Christmas..been meaning to tell you guys that)


Priscilla's room (made the Dream sign too)


Sewing room that I am so sad to leave...once in a lifetime chance. It was great!!


Living guys have seen this a million times!!






Oh...and our bedroom


And then I took some pictures of the bathroom and I hate those..because REALLY..a bathroom..we all know what is included there!!!

So that is why I was kinda freaking out for a month.  Moving. Leaving. It kinda stressed me out.  But all that is behind me and now on to moving forward.

Friday, February 15, 2013


I've made my fair share of mistakes with my little side business...It is funny how quickly mistakes add up.  Sometimes they have not been my fault EXACTLY...but because I am selling something to is MY FAULT...




This desk has a to hear it??

Well..I bought this desk as a risk.  I sometimes get so excited that I don't always think through .  For example, do people looking on Craig's List want an old adorable desk painted white??  My answer is..."I would!!" So I bought it.  It was SUPER shiny, dark wood...super UGLY.  But I knew with 100 coats of white paint I could make her pretty again.

But when I got home bigger and better projects jumped before shiny desk.  I let shiny desk sit in my garage for a few weeks as I let other, cuter, pieces cut in front of her.  (Pete and I name the pieces because they each have something that makes them stand out..shiny desk, ugly dresser, big boy, gray guy)



Finally I got down to business and painted shiny desk..and FELL IN LOVE WITH HER!!!  It looked so good.  I redid a chair with some fresh fabric and I kinda was REALLY proud of myself.  There was a lady I had been e-mailing about a dresser and she said she was looking for something kinda art-deco.  Even though she did not ask for a desk, I emailed her a picture of this desk just to  show her because I was so excited!!  She bought it right away.

Although I was happy to make the cash, I really like hanging out with these pieces a few days..pretend I can keep them..ALL!!  But the next day we met and she drove away with the sweetest little dresser and chair.  I was excited for her..and for me.  I kept thinking..."People really like the stuff I sell them...yippy for me!!!"

I go home and she e-mails me..the desk broke as she was getting it up her stairs....

My heart sank...oh my!!  I called her right away.  She said as she was going up her stairs one side just CAME completely detached from the rest of the desk..and on top of that it looked like there had been some warping on the inside panel.

Now...I had hauled this thing from store to home, car to garage, garage to inside to paint, outside to sand, back inside to take pictures, back to my car and into her car and never had it even CREAKED or looked weak or near to breaking.




But I felt awful.  She was a little suspect of me that I may have sold her the desk knowing there was something wrong with it.  But I did not.  She was really nice about it saying her boyfriend would be able to fix it.
But it took me a good few days to not feel awful for that happening to her...

She has since e-mailed me assuring me she LOVES the look of the desk and it is SO cute!!  It is perfect for her DC apartment and her boyfriend is coming this weekend to fix it.  She was like the nicest disgruntled customer EVER,


The stuff I buy is old.  I try to make sure it is in good shape by pulling on drawers and glancing around back.  That is about the level of my inspection .
But this week a new issue has arisen that I had not thought of...

Ginny asked if I could keep my eye out for a dresser.  I know Ginny is tight on space so I was looking for something on the smaller side.  Monday I found the perfect piece.  Bought it, put it in the sewing room (which has turned into the painting room).  And about an hour later my whole downstairs REEKED!!  It smelled like this dresser lived in a tobacco factory.  I started painting it thinking the paint would help..and after 4 coats I can still smell smoke!! Needless to say, I will be looking for a new Ginny dresser and using my nose as one of the inspection tools during furniture finds!!

I am sure after this dresser lives here and rehabilitates itself it may loose the smoke smell...but until then every time I walk by it I feel like I should see my grandma smoking in her New York kitchen while I watched TV on her plastic covered couch!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


So...I survived and have EXITED by AWFUL FUNK..PRAISE BE TO GOD!!!

No really...Friday night I felt SUPER sorry for myself....

I got invited out to dinner with several friends and I went and laughed and remembered that the world DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND ME!!!  ...hate that reminder sometimes.  But it was good to step outside my own waiting and wondering and into other peoples thoughts.

Saturday and Sunday were just what the funk DR. ordered....just chill time ...but not really.  We looked at some furniture. I painted some furniture.  Took some little girls shopping to thank them for good work.  And watched The Scarlet and The recommended by our priest.  It was good....

And then Monday came and ZIPPED by with still no answer to what I a WAITING TO HAVE ANSWERED!!!  I will tell all when I have something to me I am DYING!!!!

Until then I must go and text Pete for  the 9 million time..I  have the word "anything" on paste and click it every so often...poor guy.  I may not want to document how UNHELPFUL I was while WE BOTH WAITED TO KNOW OUR FUTURE!!!








Friday, February 8, 2013

Doing Those Things




I have been trying to get myself out of a 2 week little ditch but I have to admit I am not having that much success.  I have been trying to do all the little things that I know will often help put my mind back on track...but adjustment just yet.

 However, I feel more hopeful today that I am at the end of this little visit to dumpsville...





What are some of those things I try and do to get myself feeling like myself ...

This go around I::

 :: went to mass almost everyday...the grace is there I know, but the feeling it was not.

::  baked cookies for the kids to have after school...yummy but crumbs everywhere and that was not my intended goal.

:: clean floors...they stay that way for about 30 that was not the trick...

:: date with because I had a captive quiet audience I wound up just crying to him...not fun for him...and did nothing for me either.





:: took pictures of kids and looked at old ones...that was helpful...

:: went on longer walks in the morning...helpful but not enough...

:: talked to my mom and my friend Jane..

:: had several stern talks with myself saying how ridiculous this gloom is and that you can change your feelings by changing your choices..that is helping believe it or not.

I realize I have to start acting like I am not in a gloom and then by God's grace I will stop feeling like I am in a gloom...this works for me (sometimes) .




 I am kinda an action girl.  When I know I need to do something I have to take action right away.  Part of this gloom though is based on the impending actions of others and clearly they do not have the same urgency I do..shame on them...




Next on my list of "Those Things"

:: home made pizza for dinner

:: clean floors for Pete to come home to..making him happy makes me happy!!

:: movie night in the basement..lights out.

:: early morning walk with a shower before everyone wakes up.

:: laundry caught up with for a less messy Saturday morning.

:: REMEMBER TO LOVE THESE LITTLE SOULS..just LOVE them .  I can not fix all of everything about them...I can not be perfect and complete for all of them at all the same time...but I can have LOVE for them and show that in ALL that I do for them and around them...

I'll try to come back here and tell you how I did...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

I Forgot...

That taking and looking at pictures of my kids doing EVERYDAY stuff is fun....



Finding good light is a challenge.....




Looking at their faces FILLED with light and JOY brings LIGHT AND JOY!!!




I forgot that looking back at old pictures makes you grateful for times that passed and look forward to times ahead.....



I forgot that taking pictures keeps me in these moments right now....



With THESE smiles.....



These days......


This place.....