It’s New Year’s Eve. A traditional time for reflection. The birth of this blog accompanied a big change in our lives. A move from our family home of 15 years to a home that fits the next phase of our lives… or will once we have completedÂ an inconceivable number of projects both inside and out to our Harvest Gold baby. Thankfully, we found the holidays, along with the guests and parties that go with them, to be incredibly motivating.
What happens once the last workman has finally pulled away in his truck and you take stock of what has been accomplished? You cry… tears of gratitude and tears of frustration. For all that has been done and for all that still remains. And you realize that there are no more workmen coming to help with the remaining projects, and that both thrills and terrifies you.
If we take a closer look, we can see the substantialÂ changes that have already been made… walls opened up, carpeting and tile removed, hardwood floors and slate tile laid, walls and ceilings painted… the key is not to look at whatÂ still remains undone, if you value your sanity.
The first time we sawÂ our house, it felt neglected… unloved. John and I are working hard to bring the love back. I would liken it to the momentÂ in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House when Bill Cole says, “It’s a good thing there are two of you. One to love it and one to hold it up.” When we started this adventure, all the rooms were dark and closed in and had at least one feature that was Harvest Gold… the paint, the wallpaper, the carpeting, the drapes… with the kitchen and the exteriorÂ tied for first place.
I can’t say that we have significantly altered either of these features… they wait for another day, but I am very pleased with the livability and lovability that we have added elsewhere.
This view of our back yard is one of the things that helps me take a deep breath and keep going.
Happy New Year! I’m wishing forÂ a little more love and a little less Harvest Gold in 2015.