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The Blogging Life

The Blogging Life

The blogging life is an interesting one.  

I use to have some form of direction when I started writing a post. But 9 times out of 10 the way the post ended up didn’t resemble the way I intended when I started.

For example this post. Here are my first three attempts at writing the first line.

1)      Sometimes life gives me lemons, sometimes it gives me lemonade.

2)      When I woke up today….

3)      Happy Saturday everyone!

All rejects.

 There was nowhere to go with that opening sentence because my heart is heavy.

Trying to stay upbeat and positive all of the time can be exhausting. Now hold on, I am not complaining or whining. Believe me, I am very good at those things but that’s not my point.

My point is, is that last weekend we drove to Chicago to say “Goodbye” to my brother-in-law who is losing a well fought battle with cancer.

I know, I know, this blog isn’t about my personal life. But on this sunny and hot Saturday I want to say this out loud.

We love you Uncle Rian.

I wish we all could’ve grown old together and finally had the time to spend with each other. But God has decided that you get to go to Heaven first and make sure everything is set and ready for us when we arrive.

Always the big brother.

As a wise man once said, “See you in Heaven.”

Trouble in River City

Thank you to everyone that has stopped by lately. I see you and I love reading your comments.

I have been having some major computer problems.


I hope to have everything resolved tomorrow so I can update you with the progress about tiling the backsplash on Saturday’s post.



Monday Update

Monday Update

Updates on this Monday will be a mish mash. A true pot of this that and another thing.

Consider yourself warned. 🙂

First off, I have received so many wonderful notes about the metal signs that Jack made and then sold in the Old Lake George shop.

I wish he still had access to the machine he used in his high school metals class. He could make enough money to pay his tuition this fall.

Thanks to everyone that ordered and to everyone that has asked and wished as much as me if I could re-stock the metal signs. I still haven’t found a fabricator that can keep the cost anywhere near the price that Jack was originally selling these signs.


The other day I received a lovely email and photos from a customer. Sandi had purchased two signs from the shop. She gifted one to a friend (Jacklyn) and kept the other for herself to place on her storage shed.

Here is the back story from Jacklyn and the wonderful gift Sandi has been in their lives.

Thank you Sandi for taking the time to share your story and sends pictures. The signs look great!

Next on the Monday Update menu, the status of the stairs.

Steve is scheduled to come over today, Tuesday and Wednesday if needed to put everything back together.

I have finished my part with the removal of the carpet and pad, the staining of the treads and the painting of the risers. My skill set is maxed out. Time to leave it to the professionals.

The last thing on my list to share today is that I was asked by a reader and friend about paint.

She wrote:

Hi My Dear!
You may have already done this once, but I am wondering if you could do a blog on paint! I am beginning to get things together to repaint our bedroom, but I am wondering about paint. We usually go to Home Depot, but it is a bit of a drive. I noticed you use or have used Sherwin Williams, and since we have one in town that would be nice but it is expensive. Is it worth it? And why?
Thanks, and I LOVE your blog!

Thanks for asking Michelle. (We need to get together.  It has been too long.)

Let me start by saying that this is my opinion only. This post has not been sponsored by anyone.

In a nutshell, my opinion is YES. It is 100% worth it.

I have painted and repainted a lot of rooms in my life and it is very easy to tell the difference between quality paint and shall we say, not the best quality of paint. The coverage, the splatter level and the application process make any project more enjoyable when using quality paint along with quality brushes and rollers.

Before you even start to paint, an important step that will make all of the difference in the world, no matter what kind of paint you use, is prepping your walls. Sherwin Williams has a great video about this.

Regardless of where you purchase your paint, talk with the store employ about your project. Their guidance and suggestions are always helpful.

One last thing. Always ask for a coupon.  😉

I hope helps. Thank you for asking.

That’s a wrap for today.