Not just repurposing, but BEING repurposed......" if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come." ~~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Keeping It Real -- Again

It's Wednesday -- again. So I guess it's time for me to keep it real -- again.

First of all -- My Devotions.
Well, I've still been doing my devotions pretty much each morning. My version of devotions at this time is some prayer time and some reading straight from the Bible. Currently my approach is some old testament and some new. I started with I Samuel and am at the end of II Samuel, and I started at Acts and am near the end of Romans.

The Family Biggest Loser Challenge
Well, I have to say that I wasn't as good this week. Nothing terribly terrible, but just not being as diligent as I should be. I'd like to blame it on the holiday or the heat, but I'm keeping it real, so I just got lazy. But my plan is a big picture one, so I just have to carry on and refocus. I did get a new, but used bike (a Fuji). I took it out for a 10' ride before hitting the dirt -- there's work to be done! My husband bought an elliptical machine, to add to his treadmill and my daughter seems to like that.

My Business
Same ol', same ol'. Love to make things, not quite sure how that translates into a money-making venture. But I'm certainly still working on that and will keep you posted. I do have 2 or 3 speaking engagements at local fairs in July. They're fun.

A New Revelation for you!
Okay here's where I'm Really going to keep it real. Here's a picture of my living room.

Hmmm. Nice I guess, but not much there to look at, is there? But sadly, that's about all that I even dare show you from my house. You see, people often say to me "Oh, your house must be so cool" or something to that affect. But the reality is, my house is in bad shape and I can't even share it with you.

One reason is that I am a bit of a slob and a bit disorganized, which doesn't help with the house I started with.....

You see (I'll TRY to be brief), our first house was an old 4-square we bought a couple of years after we were married. Cute yellow, picket fence but it needed a lot of work and I spent most of those 4 years working on it -- I learned A LOT!

House #2 is when the real fun began. We relocated and hoped to build a house, so we bought some land. Meanwhile, a house came along that needed to be moved! We could have it for $1.00. Well, my husband loves a bargain and I love a challenge and repurposing so we had it moved. We spent several years revamping it as we lived in it (with 4 young kids, a dog, and a cat). We weren't quite done when our current house came along.

We got a call there was another house that needed to be moved, oh yeah, and they needed to know by tomorrow. WHAT??!!! So we scrambled around, actually found a lot and decided to go for it (as an investment, of course). Some friends were planning to buy it so we renovated with them in mind. They ended up doing something else instead. Suddenly the family said, "Hey, why don't we move to that one!" I was outvoted. We moved to the country, and our house "in the city" we rented out (a whole nother story for another post). That was ten years ago.

So again our family lived in the house as we renovated. I'm talking major destruction, major projects. Moving stairs, most walls relocated, two bathrooms have been renovated twice, the kitchen twice, on and on. A lot of work, but no room totally done. Functioning, but a lot of detail work unfinished, and no real decorating. And we were tired -- and burned out. And we stopped. And never got back to it.

And of course, I now get my fixin' fix from junking. But I want a nice house like ones I see on the blogs.

SOOOOOO. I've been psyching myself up. I want to rededicate myself to finishing once and for all -- the right way -- this house. It's going to be a long, maybe painful process, but I'm going for it. I'm starting first with the smaller rooms. It could be my master bathroom....
Or maybe my VERY tiny laundry room....

Or my mud room.....

I'm hoping by keeping it real with you and sharing the progress with you (and hopefully showing some tricks along the way) it will keep me going and accountable.
Phew. There. So now you know.
(don't tell anyone but that was a little bit emotionally draining for me, I'm heading to the mall for solace and air conditioning -- oh yeah, we don't have AC here)

5 comments: said...

Midge... I can so relate. I have lived in this house 34 years, and it is time for me to give it the love and attention it deserves. Not an easy task (alone) but nobody to please but me. :)
Good luck with the tasks at hand. I hope it all goes well. I hope you're not taking on too many things at once!?
good luck with that heat and no ac. Some cousins (in Mi) have ac others don't. I don't know how they do it without!
stay cool

red.neck chic said...

Well my dear girl...

I can't wait to share in your progress! I don't show pics of my house to often 'cause I'm there with you - unfinished projects ALL over the house - and some major cleaning needs to be done!!!

As for your diet plan - keep at it - I know you can do it, I have faith in you!

I like your keeping it real sessions.

Stay cool!!!
;-) robelyn

judi said...

oh midge...your such an encouragement to me! i love that you've challenged yourself to a few things this summer. i can't wait to see what you do with your steps and focus will get you there my friend.
enjoy this dreaded heat wave cuz winter is long and brrrrr cold! we have had our ceiling & box fans running non-stop for 3 days!
judi ;)

Melissa said...

Real - is hard sometimes.

I stopped by your storage unit when we were on vacation and peeked in the windows. :)

Rustique Art said...

One day at a time, one room at a time, breathe, pray and's all good and just so you don't feel house is never clean either nor has it ever, I repeat, ever been finished. Live here 24yrs and I still have unfinished rooms.

Feel better?

Can't wait to follow you on your journey.