If I have learned anything from the many years of watching HGTV, especially House Hunters, it is that one can change a lot of things about a house–but not its location.
I have had to remind myself of that daily (well, numerous times daily) during these past couple of months of home renovation–location–view–location–view. I am not going to lie. This project is overwhelming. Some days, I think this house is trying to kill me. Other days, I feel like it is a money pit…one rot problem after another. Thank you, previous homeowners.
A little more rot…we have to decide if we want to replace the old windows with new windows or replace the old windows with French doors…decisions, decisions. Do you see Mattie and Ziva’s laundry basket full of toys? They love looking out the windows.
Mattie on the inside looking out–She had gone inside to get a drink of water and a toy. Hmmm, I am really thinking that French doors would be lovely here. I am pretty sure that Mattie agrees!
Today…as I was spraying my 16th gallon of poison ivy killer (make that 18th gallon–I took a break from writing to go kill stuff)…I thought about how focused I have been on completing the house…that I have not taken the time to enjoy it…just as it is…mess and all.
Often times, we are all so focused on the daily routines that must be done, we are all so focused on perfection and how our lives look to our Facebook friends–that we forget to just be happy…like a real happiness. To be happy with the little accomplishments…to be happy with the fact that there is only one load of laundry left to do–at this exact moment…knowing that there will be two more later on this afternoon…to be happy because God has blessed us in so many ways…even the troubles and struggles are blessings.
Love the view from my laundry room…sure, the floor moulding needs to be painted, the walls need a bit of art, and the clothes need to be put away…but sometimes there are just more important things to do…
Abby and Ziva enjoying the beautiful weather–I spotted them out the laundry room window and just had to snap a photo!
We decided the day was too gorgeous to stay inside doing projects. Ziva really enjoyed eating Abby’s snack!
Sure, I would love to wake up and my home renovation be completely finished. I would love to have a laundry fairy…but what I do have is this exact moment to be happy with my location…and with where God has placed me.
View from the breakfast room–Abby traded her computer for a book and the pool today. Do you see the brass table feet on the window sill? Yep, that project will have to wait another day!
View from the upstairs landing–Note to Self: (1) get taller ladder (2) finish painting
View from the screen porch area–we are going to rip out this screen, replace all the molded and rotted wood with vinyl…deck, posts, and rails
Thank you, previous home owners, for the Christmas lights…I wonder how long they have been hanging there???? Do you see the 1980s intercom?
Rotted and leaning deck rails…this is the no-no zone…but the view is fabulous…and the deck will be too! Stan brought home a little sneak peek of the material he will be using. I am so excited!
Progress on Abby’s bath area…one day at a time…one day at a time.
It is a nice place to set up shop. The new deck will be vinyl. I promise, you won’t recognize the backyard or deck when we finish!
No progress in the master bath…same as we left it–two months ago…
A little sheetrock dust art…it is a losing battle haha
Thank you, previous home owners, for never replacing anything…in thirty-two years. The deck is in poor condition…very poor condition…but I know a guy that is really talented with designing and building decks!
Flooring for the master dressing room/closet…yes, it is right next to Stan’s side of the bed. Hopefully, we will be able to get to that project soon…but until then…I am going to focus on what we have accomplished!
Today, I took a little time to go outside with Abby and the dogs to remember why we bought this giant fixer upper, to remember that sometimes it is good to be lazy, and to remember that kids grow up quickly…and laundry will always be a constant.
Wall art by Abby: this piece is hanging outside her room
Even though, we are still living in a mess…living out of boxes…and living on a prayer; we are happy. And at the end of the day, that is all that matters.
Thanks for sitting a spell with me. Have a blessed day!