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Mar. 25th, 2007

I have been working on the house. It probably wouldn't appear so to the casual observer because I have chosen to first tackle the gargantuan amount of laundry scattered about this place (but mostly accumulated next to my bed). And yes, this has taken days. I haven't been working non-stop of course, but nonetheless, it should not take one days to catch up on one's laundry. And I'm still not done. I think I could finish today though if I really stay on it. I honestly haven't done much besides the laundry but today I am tackling the kitchen. And that's because I bought fabulous new dishes that I want to be opened and loved for the first time in a clean space. I'll post pics of the fabulousness later. I'm working at my own pace, I'm taking frequent breaks. I move slowly. This is something that used to bug the heck out of my mother. She'd say I was slow like my Grandma Burns. Personally, I don't see the big deal. Yes, I suppose the sooner I get it all done then the sooner I can relax. But I'd be dog tired. I am possibly, maybe, oddly getting into a groove where I don't mind doing the work. I was going to say enjoy the work but that wouldn't be entirely accurate. I think it's more that I am developing a sense of satisfaction in doing the work. That might be the word I am looking for. A satisfaction in creating a clean space for my family.

I feel like I now know exactly what I want to do with this place, this space. I have been drawn to the cute vintagey, retroish shabby chic-ish thing for a while. But I didn't trust myself to do it. However, I've only just now discovered all of these wonderful blogs where other women are into the same kind of vibe and I am realizing #1) that there are no rules and #2) I have really similar tastes to these people whose homes/lives I am admiring. So I'm on the right track. I just have to let go now and enjoy the process of doing.

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