Oh, the Power of Pinterest

It leaves you and your house wanting.

I love pinterest to the point of being a recovering addict. I say recovering because I realized that pinterest was feeding my unhappiness with my house. I would spend hours pinning diy projects or images of homes and rooms that I lusted over. If you have been following along with my blog you know about my new year’s resolution, the scaling back of wants to necessities, and my recent hospital stay costing me more than thousands of dollars. It dawned on me during my “no lifting anything more than 5lbs” period that maybe I should seriously consider backing off from pinterest. I would go on multiple times of day and start pinning all these projects that I was “going” to do to our house. I did not need these , they were wants. Apparently the hospital bill was the thing that took the blinders off my pinterest addiction.

I know I can not feasibly go thru and delete pins that are in no way possible going to work with my house, and I am not even going to try. Granted I know pinterest is a social media to pin things you like, but when you are using it to pin how you want your house to look, it can start making you want things there is no possible way you can have. I decided I would go a week without going on pinterest. Yeah it was more because of “why am I bothering” attitude than actually thinking I had a problem. It was tough, but I did it. I kept going at it and started noticing that I was becoming happier about my home and its quirky layout. After a couple of weeks I noticed I no longer felt the need to constantly be on pinterest to get ideas for my house. My home was fine the way it is…granted unfinished. I am so happy I cut myself off from pinterest for awhile, it was good for me. When I first started using pinterest again it was for looking up things I had already pinned, like recipes for homemade cleaning products. I now try to only use it when looking for specific things; like natural flea repellent, knitting instructions, looking for a specific diy project. It is better to live in a home that you appreciate than a house that you think everything needs to be changed.

Blue Funk

Sometimes you get in a blue funk and it lasts and lasts. I have been that way for about 2 months, ever since I realized my emergency hospital visit was at a hospital that is out of network…yuck. Not only is the bill outrageous but this knocks out most chances of getting our addition done in the next few years or even the house finished in the next year! I am trying to stay positive but when all your ideas were scaled back from a car dying and then feel like your dreams are totally dashed when you get the hospital bill, it is kind of hard.

Well I am happy to say I am finally on the up about the situation and working on getting small projects done and hopefully somethings accomplished by the end of the year. I have ditched my new year’s resolution of getting house finished and will be happy if I get just a couple major projects and a few small projects done.

I was working on getting the kitchen floor refinished, that meant scraping tar paper and old cracked finish off, sanded, and varnished. I had the hall section of the kitchen scraped up and we were getting a new puppy (and accidents that come with), so I put 3 coats of floor varnish on it!! The rest of it is going to have to wait until next year. (Side note: we put Duffy to sleep in July, he was in pain and stopped taking treats.) The floor looks amazing and I cannot wait to get the rest done!

The big projects I want done this year are the chicken house and the wood stove. I am usually torn each week which project I want the hubby to work on the chicken area or the stove…food or warmth people!  All we had for the Chicken house was the 6×8 platform we had started last winter. It was hard working one handed and nothing above the shoulder but we have the main structure almost finished (needs door made and windows cut out) and started fencing the area in last week. On the wood stove I can be nothing but thrilled!! Last winter in the frigid -40 degree excluding wind chill weather we had I had to look at the disconnected wood stove sitting in my living room. Did I mention I had more than 3 layers on (3 pairs of socks, people) and a blanket and I was still cold in my living room? To make things easier, and possible for the stove to get in this year, we decided to move the stove off the stone wall, read frown-y face. So far we have started on the pipe and are diy-ing a hearth pad. I know that does not sound like a lot but it is.

My small projects include…

Wood picture ledges for the master bedroom

Finishing our diy-ed TV shelf…you will love!

Finishing trim and painting in N’s room

Some work on master bedroom…drywall, trim, & paint

…there are definitely more projects I would love to get done, but this way I will be ecstatic if I get more than that done!