Turning 40

So, my birthday was Tuesday. I am now 40. Which I understand is the new 30. Whatever that means.

In addition to the fun of having a good friend from Florida in town Tuesday and Wednesday, I also got to go out on the town with James Tuesday night. My out of town friend hung out with my kids. She also did laundry, cleaned the kitchen and pruned my flowers. Coming to visit me is always a good time! Kim took this picture of the family as James and I were heading out the door for dinner.

Over dinner James gave me a card from some of my good friends. In it was a sweet note, with a confession. They have been in cahoots with James for some time now, planning a long get-a-way weekend for me. Instigated by James, who is well aware that I am always on the brink of loosing my sanity. Once the reality that they had planned this sunk in, so many things started to make sense. Like why, a month ago, when my friends were loosely discussing my 40th with me and I said I didn't even know what day it was on my friend Marjorie shot out, "It's on a Tuesday." When I looked at her quizzically she gave me some lame reason she knew that.

They included an itinerary in my card so I would know how to pack. They have lovingly included all the things that I enjoy, namely lots of time to hang out and antique shopping.

And I plan to wear these as often as I can.

Lucchese Cowgirl Boots. A gift from my parents. LOVE. THEM.

The boys wanted to send me off thinking of them so this morning they did what they do best:

broke something. It's my prized glass pineapple. I was momentarily sad. Then I went upstairs to pack.

Happy Birthday to Me

Tank, seeing the leftover cake from an early celebration at my parents, was overwhelmed with temptation. He searched high and low and found a way to pull the cake, which was covered and (supposedly) out of reach, off the counter and onto the floor. Then he found a spoon. I'm sure the devil made him do it.

Painting Spree

In an effort to satisfy some of my home improvement cravings I have decided to throw caution to the wind and spice things up around here. With paint. In some cases, very bold paint.

I started with something small to get my juices flowing. These bookends were old and dusty and brown and no personality whatsoever. And bookends should most definitely have some personality. It's important. So I tackled them with some Leaf Green Valspar spray paint. They really pop now and I love them.

I'm pretty sure that a designer or color specialist would gasp at my leaf green bookends since my home is filled with earthier colors but I am thumbing my nose at that. I'm feeling adventurous.

I also took my paint cans outside to brighten up our patio. I started with our bland plastic adirondack chairs. Talk about no personality.

And now they have a bright new look. Really bright. I'm not completely sold on this color yet. They may end up blue. I'm giving it a few days.

Black has served this Bistro Table very well for a long time.
But Red? Oh, yes. Much better. The new color provides a great contrast against my little perennial garden.

And they will brighten things up in winter when my backyard is dormant and brown and sad.

Next up. . . big plans. I haven't decided which piece will be first but am planning on painting and distressing the following:

A China Cabinet that has found new life as a bookshelf for some of our gazillion books. Haven't decided on a color for this yet. It will probably be last on my list because I don't feel up to dealing with the glass just yet. I have been wanting to paint it for a long time. And finally, the time is near.

Our master bedroom needs a makeover bigtime. HGTV hasn't been interested in us yet so I am going to cave and do it myself.

This is a monster of a dresser and there is a matching chest. It is about to turn a lovely shade of green. Cactus Shadow, maybe. Or Jungle Chameleon. Or, maybe, Green Garlands? It will be a great improvement either way.

My biggest project is our armoire and I know exactly what I want to do with this beast.

Blue. Peacock Blue. Just like this.

If you like this beauty, go here. Edie gives step by step instructions on accomplishing this look.

So, I am close to nailing down all my colors and will start collecting supplies for my first project. Stay tuned.

ch-ch-changes. . .

I had a professor in seminary, an old guy who actually knew Albert Einstein (no, really), who used to always say, "I love my wife, but. . . " The 'but' was normally followed by something like, ". . . boy, sometimes she drives me crazy." He always said it with a big smile on his face and we, his students, knew that he adored the woman more than he could express.

In this psychotherapeutically driven culture we live in we are told we should not use 'but' because it just cancels out what precedes the 'but' and what's left is how you really feel. We should use 'and' instead. "I love my kids and they drive me crazy sometimes!"

I get it. I really do. BUT sometimes you just gotta use the 'but.' And it's my blog so I can use 'but' if I want to, 'but' if I want to. . .

My life right now is pretty centered around the troublesome trio. It's how I want it. It's how James and I want it. Me home with them, rather than working, while they are young. But, man, it's draining. Really draining. Each of them in different ways suck the life right out of me. That's what happens when an extreme introvert is called to parent extroverts - two of which are off the charts!

I love my time home with the boys, but as of late I am craving something more. I also am happy with the choices and sacrifices we have made for me to be able to stay home, but my creative juices feel a bit stifled as a result. And by 'creative' I do not mean 'crafty.' Nope, I am not crafty. Not even a little bit. But I do like to play around with my home decor. That's where any creativity I have comes out. However, when on a tight budget it's harder to hit the antique stores the way I would like. And while I know it would be super fun to go antiquing with three small boys I just don't have it in me.

Maybe it's the dog days of summer that has me feeling like I need to add something to the mix. Or maybe it's turning 40. Turning 40 with small children.

So, I have been looking for ways to spice things up a bit without killing our budget or taking me away from home too often. Tomorrow I have a meeting with the Director of Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center. They are looking for volunteers to spend time with their clients. Women, often very young women, who are pregnant and scared and looking for some hope. I am excited about giving some of my time to a cause that is important to me. And I am super excited about tapping into the thinking part of my brain. Woohoo! And James is happy to work his schedule out so that I can do this. He thinks he can get some work done at home while I am out. I will just let him go on thinking that, he'll find out the truth soon enough.

As far as the other stuff. Filling my need to change, update, mix-up my home decor. . . I am finding some outlets for that, too. Paint! I'm pretty much going to paint anything I can get my hands on. And nobody's gonna stop me. Pics to come soon.

sanity saver


plus this

plus this

and this

drove us to pack up our bags and head to my aunt and uncle's lake house to do this

and this

and this

along with some of this

and this

and this

and as much of this

as possible!

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