Sometimes I wonder if life will ever slow down . . . and if it did if I would like it or not! Sometimes I really crave a slow day with nothing on the agenda. But I know my personality also likes to have a lot of things going on. But lately it has been a bit crazy!
I just did a sale here on the farm April 12th and 13th . . . which, I am happy to announce, gave me the money to buy our flooring . . . after discovering the disaster under our carpeting and changing plans midway through . . . we decided we needed to buy the vinyl planking that looks like wood . . . gives us the durability needed and the flexibility to work on uneven floors. I was really hoping to go for more of a barnwood look, but in the end, price dictated otherwise. It will still look fine . . . it is a basic golden oak . . . but it isn't the wide planked primitive barnwood I dreamed of. I could have been stubborn and held out for the other, but I hate living in chaos and I really had a hard time justifying it . . . the quality is still equal . . . just a different finish than I would have preferred. I realized, in light of eternity, does my floor really matter? On judgement day am I going to care what my floors looked like? I just want a nice clean home with decent floors . . . as opposed to ruined hardwood floors covered with sticky old tar paper (that peels off all over the place, making our home look dirty all the time) and our lovely uneven "ramp" where the porch was enclosed. So this will do the job. I was so happy to be able to pay cash and am anxiously awaiting its arrival.
|I really wanted a flooring that had a rustic barnwood look . . . .|
|. . . But I will learn to be happy with this and make the best of it!|
In the meantime, I am staying busy . . . this week we moved my mother-in-law. You may remember my posts from last summer . . . she was widowed suddenly in June and had to move in a very short time frame. The place she moved to was costly and she found a nice little place in a retirement community. We moved her in . . . when I say we, I mean Ron and I . . . that's it. She owns a large china cabinet, huge dresser with mirror, curio cabinet, two queen beds, and of course all the typical living and bedroom furniture, a freezer and a washer and dryer. I am not a large woman and by the end of the day I was exhausted. At the very end of the day, we were able to get my 19 year old son Dillon to come help us unload. What a blessing that was.
The other days of the week have all been spent getting ready for a huge estate sale . . . and squeezing in my shut-in parents when I could. This is a huge estate sale and there has been a ton of things to move, price, sort through, etc. If you are in the Spokane area this weekend, April 26th and 27th, this is a sale you won't want to miss. From amazing antique furniture, glassware, kitchenware, primitives and more to . . . get this . . . over 500 Precious Moments! This house is absolutely stuffed with amazing finds. The address, for those of you able to come, is 5802 W. Lonewolf Ct. in the Indian Trails neighborhood in North Spokane.
The money I make from this sale will go to pay for the unplanned, but necessary carpeting in the living room (complete with really thick padding to camoflauge the lovely ramp to the enclosed porch area.) I am hoping to find a really cool large remnant but am not counting on that. We did decide to do the wood vinyl planking in our bedroom as well, to keep costs down. If there is any other money left over after purchasing the carpet, I will use that to hire someone to install our front door. We would do it ourselves, but we are enlarging the door (as it is the original 30 inch 1898 door) which means redoing the header, etc. . . . a bigger job than we know how to do. I am so anxious to get this done . . . so we can finally bring our side by side frig in the house! It has been patiently waiting in our shop for nearly 3 years while a very tiny frig that came with the house sits in our kitchen. With a house full of hungry boys, this frig has just never done the job very well. We purchased the front door last fall, at the same time when we bought our backdoor, which we installed ourselves, since we didn't change the size on that door. So it has been patiently waiting in our shop . . . along with our frig . . . for us to install it.
|This is the radio show I was interviewed on . . . |
I have to admit Frank Fontana is kind of cute!
He used to do Design on a Dime on HGTV.
And, a funny thing happened because of our flooring disaster . . . apparently a radio show, called Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana . . . saw my post on our flooring disaster and decided to interview me. It will air tomorrow! It was just a short little spot . . . and I was nervous and probably sounded foolish . . . but it was my little 5 minute claim to fame! What is hard about these impromptu shows, is you do not know what they will ask you, so it is hard to sound smart! He asked me about why I have a pig on my logo . . . didn't see that coming . . . and I know I went into way too big of an explanation. I was kicking myself all afternoon about it. But I know it really is just a tiny bump on the road of life and not worth worrying about it. I am not planning to break into the radio business anytime soon, so it really doesn't matter. The guys on the show were fun and it is just a funny little ditty to say I did!
Well, I need to sign off . . . taking my parents shopping and to appointments for the day tomorrow, still have lots of signs to make for the estate sale . . . and there is a mountain growing in the laundry room that I may need to conquer (as the old saying goes . . . laundry today, or naked tomorrow).
For those of you who can't come to the estate sale . . . don't forget you can always order signs from me . . . I am trying to get a signs page up and running, but, as you know, I am a bit tech challenged, so it may be a couple weeks. But there are a couple showing on the "shop" page you can order . . . just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am trying to remember, even in the times of busyness, to slow down and focus on God and all He has given me . . . if I take a moment or two to reflect on the blessings He gives me, it helps me to stay on the course and keep going. But, I have to admit . . . I am really looking forward to hopefully having a couple of down days after this weekend. So, my busy friends, take a moment today and slow down, thank the Lord for the blessings you have and refocus . . . God is there even on the busiest of days and He really wants to be a part of your life! Just invite Him to spend the day with you . . . busyness and all!