Hey All! What a week, right!? Before I forget, Happy 2019!! Hope that it brings each and every one of your great blessings!
So this past week we had a lot of fun working on stuff around the homestead. You know those little things that you put off and they turn into a long list. We haven’t been here but a few weeks and we already have one. I think with the slow motion remodeling of the house we will probably create more than one per week, but we finished #1. We put a large, vintage, shabby mirror over the love seat in our front room (try hiding 50 years of smoke covered walls and no, it doesn’t wash off). We also upgraded the H/AC wall thermostat. Wow, did that make an incredible difference. I can’t wait to install a new on-demand water heater and get the water back on gas instead of electric. We absolutely loved the one we installed on our houseboat (sad part of history so that will be much later). There were 5 other tasks on the list but I will try not to bore you too much.
One thing I like to do at night, while Jim watches television, is to plan out, on paper, future projects. Then I can do parts list and collect as many of those on Facebook Marketplace, yard sales, and junk stores as I can. I love, love, love the upcycled BOHO lifestyle and for a bit I owned an upcycle store called ReTale History. You can still find traces of it on the web. Here is one address for example (https://gust.com/companies/retale_history) in case you are interested. We actually created the main pieces ourselves and some of it we simply put a new look to. I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. My store mantra was “The smell of sawdust in the morning makes me happy, happy, happy!”
Well, sorry for the “squirrel” moment there. Reminiscing and putting the kettle on the stove!? Back to the planning. I have been working on edible gardens for my front yard and a chicken/duck yard, coops, a chicken run and many human niceties (this girl loves flowering vines covering an arbor) to take advantage of the gardens that will be in the backyard. Sooo, I look for what I call “funkalicious” designs for the coop, garden shed, green house, and garden design. What I have found on several different sites is nothing. Nothing unique. There are a million or so internet items that claim to be unique coops, etc., but the truth is, they are so repetitious that I wonder if people really know the meaning of “unique”. Thus, my title question; Why isn’t Unique, Unique Anymore? Can anyone point me in the direction of truly unique building plans for a garden shed?
I found out that I had answered my own question, right there! Unique is only unique if it is a singular thing. Thus, if we want truly unique, we cannot look for it on the internet where billions of people search everyday, and share everyday. We have to discover our own version of unique. Then we can be satisfied that it is one-of-a-kind, unique, and funkalicious!
Back to the plans on paper. I have finally come up with my own design and I can’t wait to put it in the yard. Having experience with chickens and ducks for years, I am so excited about this piece. I know they will be happy, warm/cool, clean, and safe which will make them all the better at their jobs. Now we just have to tear down the building in the backyard so it is reality, not just a paper drawing. Meanwhile, time to start seeds inside and prepare the garden for the front yard. I can’t believe that it’s time to start this part of my favorite past time already.
There is plenty to do on the kitchen still, too. The plans for the breakfast window seat are coming together. We start on our cut list and install this week. Should be a two day project not including paint. It will definitely bring some much needed insulation to the walls and floors, even if it is only a small start. Things are looking up a bit and 2019 seems to be headed in the right direction. I can’t wait to share the kitchen pictures with you. Soon, for sure. It may only be one wall at first but I am anxious to see what everyone thinks.
Well, tea kettle is whistling which means I have been on here longer than I planned. I really enjoyed our visit. Till next Sunday, and I hope you have a blessed week!