Thursday, June 7, 2012

Big Dreams, Little Garden Shed

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As a recovering perfectionist, I am the first to admit that sometimes I try to do too much.  However, sometimes when I lack motivation to perform a certain task or achieve a certain goal, it isn't because I am dreaming too big but because I am not dreaming big enough. 

Take my garden shed for example.  Once upon a time it looked like this:

My Garden Shed Before

Then, one day, evil fairies descended upon it and made it look like this:

My Garden Shed after Evil Fairy Attack

Okay, so maybe it wasn't the work of evil fairies.  Nevertheless it was a disorganized mess and I vowed I would clean it up and restore it to it's former perfectly adequate, even semi-charming state before early Spring...definitely before Summer...but every time I opened the door to that shed I just felt deflated. 

Then, one day I was looking at some pretty fabric at Hobby Lobby and the light bulb over my head came on and the wheels in my head started turning and my muse started singing "The Impossible Dream" and I knew what I had to do.

And now my little garden shed looks like this:

My Garden Shed after I dreamed big

I'm really happy with how it all turned out and now I have a space  that is so much more useful, organized and cheerful than I ever thought it could be.  Not only that but by re-purposing some items and materials I already had, I was also able to get rid of some clutter in other parts of my home and garage.

This used to be a medicine cabinet in our former house,
Now it holds garden supplies.
In fact, practically my only expenses for this project were that of paint and fabric.  Though I did splurge a little on the pink bird cages.  I saw them after I had completed everything else and they were so perfect (and 50% off) that I couldn't resist.  I turned them both into light fixtures by adding a couple of battery operated LED lights.

Bird Cage Lights, by day and by dusk

So, there you have it.  All kinds of proof that the key to thwarting evil fairies (and just plain laziness) is to dream big.  I need to remember that as I move on to sprucing up my master bathroom.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Best Cat Dad Ever!

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If you read my profile here, you will see that I am a (not crazy) cat lady. I specify “not crazy” because I am not fond of the term “crazy cat lady”, especially when it is used loosely or in jest. I know there are extreme cases where the title is warranted but I think compassion for animals in general is one of the most sane traits a human being can possess and should be respected. In fact, it is the people who don't love animals whose sanity I question.

Lucky for me, Hippie is a cat guy. He is just as much to blame as I am that we have taken in as many cats as we have over the years and he has always been as devoted, if not more, to their care and well being as I am. He has never once suggested that I was crazy for spoiling our “kids” with treats or toys or their own furniture and throw pillows. It seems perfectly sane to him that at times doing the right thing for our pets requires that we both make personal sacrifices. He may not express it as openly as I do, but he loves them as much as I do and they love him, some of them a little more than they love me (and who can blame them).

So, even though we don't have any human children, we will most definitely be celebrating Father's Day this year to honor my favorite (not crazy) cat dude and the Best Cat Dad Ever!

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