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Saturday, November 21, 2009

All done with the den

Finished painting. Cleaned all the books out that were unnecessary and needed another home. Did I mention all the tile I had lined up against the wall that I got for free. I have been holding on to this but again cannot use because it is such a big deal to lay it down. Preparation for this is too difficult.  Oh well. I have put it on the deck and may list it on craigslist for free. Hopefully it will be gone before too long.  Sometimes the projects you want to do are not always workable. I find it very hard to find a "handyman". My new front door has been behind my couch in the living room wanting to be put up for probably 2 mo. I guess I will have to get "Home Depot" to do it. I thought I could find a HM but to no avail. Apparently there is work but where are the workers.

How do we collect so much stuff.  I still need to get a handle on it. Free or cheap is not the reason to collect stuff you are not using. If you cannot use it right away -- then don't bring it home.  Right?

All in all the den looks so much better. 

Books before the purge.

Working on moving the bookcases. Condensed down to two.

The tile mess.

Tile on the deck waiting for a home.

The den all cleaned up. Not beautiful but functional.

Now to work on the kitchen, and living room, expecting family over tomorrow for Thanksgiving lunch (lasagna I think still pondering the menu, not turkey). Doing it early makes sure we are all together close to the holiday. As our families grow our time together gets less and less. I love my little family and want them to have their own traditions and not feel pressured to chop up their holidays.


  1. OMG, what a big job. My post is almost the same. Why do we collect so much stuff? And why is it so hard to find a good handyman? My honey do list is very long, but no honey to do.
    Everything looks so clean and inviting. Have a great Lasagne Thanksgiving with family.

  2. I think simple, functional, and uncluttered ARE beautiful! (Of course, saying it and living it are completely different!) Your den is lovely.
    Enjoy your time with your family.

  3. Ohhhh - what a job! But it is such a good feeling when it is done :) We have just been lacy today. No - not true, we have walked all the day in wonderful sunshine, and in a wonderful old city, with our cameras. We even met Santa :)

    Thank you for your really kind comments - you made me SMILE :) Have a great rest-of-the-weekend :)

  4. Really great job! You should join us at another one of my blogs - The Motivation Station!...
    I think you'd like it! :-)

  5. Your blue paint in the den is wonderful - like a robin's egg. You did a lot of purging - good work! Now you can come and help me...
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Simple and functional is a great way to go...I would love to do some purging hubby is love garage sales if he sees something he thinks we could use some day...he gets it...oh dear god it's a tad much...I would love to make a run to the dump today to get rid of some junk!!!!

  7. Looking good, I love the paint color. Doesn't it feel good to say a project is done.

    Re my post from yesterday, the sedums are really hardy. I have mine in two large planters in the yard. We hit -1 degrees last winter and several feet of snow. It didn't hurt them at all. They just keep getting bigger and healthier each year.

    Happy Thanksgiving,

  8. Looks good after all your hard work. Too bad you're so far away. That's the kind of work my DH does for a living.