Inspiration: December


Merry Christmas!

I hope this holiday season finds you enjoying equal parts raucous merry-making and restorative relaxation.  I’m in the middle of a two week break from classes and work and have been taking full advantage of an unstructured schedule: late nights watching movies, late mornings sleeping in, and generally engaging in a life of laziness.  It’s been wonderful.  Really.

Currently, inspiration is coming from several different corners of the Internet and covers a vast array of topics from improving hot chocolate (is that possible?) to choosing a reading challenge for 2015 and everything in between.  Enjoy!

  • Noel – Bridget Park
  • A Just-Simple-Enough Holiday
  • I want to try this with my daughter, a lover of origami.
  • Taking hot chocolate to the next level with this.
  • Even though I didn’t quite finish this year’s challenge, I’ve been considering several reading challenges for 2015.  At the moment, this and this are the top contenders.
  • Heidi, author of the 101 Cookbooks blog, has some great things to say about blogging.
  • When I get tired of being lazy this week, I’ll  start working on this list, beginning with #4 and then moving on to #’s 6 and 7.
  • This will aid in the completion of #4.  It’s a very scary concept to me because I love clothing.  However, I recognize the benefit of a stream-lined wardrobe (at least for work) so I’m going to give it a try. ( I can hear my husband’s rejoicing already.)
  • I would never define myself as a lover of very modern or minimalist design, although the uncluttered essence of it seriously appeals to me.  This lake home could convert me.  I especially love its situation and the accompanying boathouse on the lake.  Perfection!
  • Finally, in celebration of Christmas, some beautiful music from ThePianoGuys:

Seeking Spring

Spring is taking her sweet, old time arriving at my house and the dilly-dallying is wearing my patience thin.  I’ve started looking elsewhere for the promises of renewal and growth I’ve been desperately craving after this long and dreary winter.  The substitutes I’ve found, the bouquets of tulips and the forced daffodil and hyacinth bulbs purchased from the grocery store and humble road-side stand, have been more than adequate stand-ins for the real thing.  They’ve brought a freshness and grace to my winter-weary home and temporarily satisfied my need for the beauty and color of this long-awaited season.

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Because this half of the Flufflypants Gang was so intent on interfering with my carefully composed images (ha!), I thought I’d satisfy his ego and give him the spotlight for a moment, too.  What a poser!



Have a wonderful day!

– (whether Spring actually makes an appearance or not)

Renovation Times Two

Today was a momentous occassion.  The very first boards of our hardwood floor were placed.  Considering that this home improvement project began in April, the new floor was a long time coming.  The project itself has been a huge undertaking for us.  We’re attempting it ourselves, with the generous help of my dad, who has been involved in construction his entire working career and who built, from the footers up, two of the homes I lived in as a child.  So far, the remodel has involved just about every area of the first floor of my home – or will, by the time we are done.  For the past six months, we have been living with some degree of demolition/construction with no end in sight.  I’ve forgotten what it feels like to take a Sunday afternoon nap on the sofa.  And forget about entertaining family and friends – there is no comfortable place to sit anywhere in the main part of the house.

Anyone who has ever attempted a renovation soon realizes that projects take on a life of their own.  And, they often take many moons longer than originally anticipated.  Ours certainly did and is.  Hardwood floors were always part of the plan, but waiting three months between ordering and delivery was not.  In the throes of framing, drywalling and spackling, my retired father took a part-time job and the demands of Mr. Whimsey’s job increased exponentially.  Trying to find a time when everyone is available has become challenging, to say the least.

For my part, I keep increasing the degree of difficulty for everyone because I can’t make up my mind.  – “Yes, tear out the balusters, newels, and handrails and build a wall right there so I have an inside wall for my piano”, I insisted.  My obliging husband and dad did just that.  And….. I hated it – a huge, cumbersome eyesore that ruined the expansive feeling of my living room.  So, the wall is coming down and new newels, balusters, and handrails are replacing it.  It also took me forever to choose a paint color for the living room, which seemed to make everyone else, including the painter, nervous.

When I’m not second guessing every single decision, I’m coming up with grand new ideas.  “Since we’re already ripping the carpet out in the living room, let’s change the fireplace stonework to dry-stacked schist while we’re at it”.  Or, “Because we really don’t want to tile around the toilet and sink in the powder room, let’s just rip everything out and start fresh”.  Mr. Whimsey is gung-ho for just about every idea my scheming mind produces.  The only thing he flat-out refused me was replacing the tile back splash in the kitchen.  The agreeableness of my worker man has been great for me and the house, but horrible for the time line.  I’m starting to believe that I will never see my home put back together again.  It can be rather discouraging.

That’s why it is so good to see real chunks of progress.  It reminds me that there is a light at the end of this dark and dirty tunnel.  While Dad and Hubby worked on the floor, I did some renovating of my own.  Whimsey Pie has a brand new look.  As technically challenged as I am, I’m tickled with the results.  What do you think?