home renovation

Time to Stir Things Up

Time to stir. . . 

Observant readers will notice that I’ve unlinked my store and sidebar options. After much thought and lots of math, I realized that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything I need to do and keep Mireio up and running. So, I’m opting to shutter the store and focus my energy on other projects.

I’m sad. But I’m also optimistic. Sometimes, a break is a creative jumpstart. And even with the closing of Mireio, my time seems ridiculously filled. I don’t like the word “busy”. We’re all busy! But, I am noticing that down-time is a thing of the past. So, I’m hopeful that by taking something off my to-do list, I will have a bit more breathing room to accomplish some of my other goals. I rather do less, well… than do more, poorly. I just don’t have the time working 30+ hours a week and homeschooling to focus any energy, much less creative energy to Mireio. And I love my little store too much to not give it my all.

So, it’s time to stir things up.

And the first thing on my list is this ridiculous disasterpiece we live in! After a year of living in an unfinished construction zone, I’m breaking out the paint brushes and setting to work. I have NO idea when the unfinished carpentry projects will get done — that’s a cash-flow and time reality (who has time to vet and hire contractors? I’m still so emotionally scarred from last year, that I don’t even want to let anyone with a toolbelt through the front door.) But I can paint. And while IZ is working 70+ hours a week and can’t really help, our adorable son offered to step in and man-handle a paint-roller.

As for that color. . . well, it’s a peachy-pink not in the plan in any way sort of color. It’s for the upstairs lounge — the room where all our old furniture goes to live. It’s a risk. It’s not the plan. It’s not even remotely what I imagined last year when I was envisioning the future. And it’s aptly become a metaphor for this moment in my life.

Time to stir things up.

An Anniversary of Sorts

Seven years ago this week, we packed up our little family and moved to the Oregon Coast. We had no idea at the time what our future held, but we were excited and keen to begin. This little farm house has come such a long way in 7 years. 

 

 

I’m not sure who took this photo and that’s not our car!

 

This photo was on the brochure for the house, so it’s a bit dark and grainy from being scanned multiple times. But I think you get the idea of what the house was in 2005. Potential! And so much work. 

 

And this is our house today:

 

When we are finally finished (are we ever really finished) I’ll put up a few pictures of the process… but until then, I thought you’d like to see how it all began!