Not Everything Is Denim

Wow! This week has been fantastic. There are going to be a dozen pair of jeans to wash come Wednesday. I am being prudent with my health and energy so I can get a few things done without running dry. It is challenging to break projects down into small, daily increments because when I was younger I would work through to completion, 24 hours a day. Not that 20 something anymore, but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep learning new and improved methods.

We talked about the revamping of our home last week and I have made some progress on the kitchen. It is looking as though it will be a very good space, but right now we can only work on the exterior wall. The interior wall, between the kitchen and the current master bedroom and bath, will have to wait until we can move our room upstairs. Then we hope to open up the wall and lay out a dining room big enough for family meals.

Needless to say, with a budget that is already threadbare and a lot of work ahead of us, it will not be happening overnight. However, we are finding some really good materials that we can recover from other parts of the home, garage, and shed for use in the house while we go. Part of my blue jean life purpose is to repurpose, upcycle, and preserve wherever and whenever possible. I think the correct verbiage is “leave a small footprint” and I am always looking for new and creative ways to expand on my conservation efforts.

With the kitchen, we have started out with a small space that is flanked by a breakfast area. We intend to keep the breakfast nook which is bright and sunny. It holds the only windows in the kitchen area. The galley style does not work well for our needs though. So, we are setting out to widen the space, and then we will bring in more cabinet space and a prep island. I am finally getting my dutch door also. (This is a wish I have had for more than 40 years.) The best is even going to be better because we are planning to install a deck across the entire back of the house, right outside our kitchen door.

I am still working out just how much of a farmhouse look I want in the kitchen. I think in the long run we will go with our standard eclectic look overall. I like the rustic farmhouse look, but I need to pair it with my love for a cottage feel that can also share space with some appearance of minimalism. Hidden storage is definitely going to be the key here. That is where the majority of my efforts have been this past 5 or so days. Beneath the windows I have been building a bench seat. This will help hide a lot of storage and allow us to have extra space by changing the dimensions of our breakfast seating and table. Rather than the round table that sits there now, we will have an oblong table flanked by the cushioned bench and at least 2 chairs. More narrow yet still a minimum of 4 people will be able to sit comfortably. (The picture is just a general vision. I can’t give it all away today.)

Please, come visit again next week. I hope that we can share some even better, more exciting updates. Each and every step forward is a blessing that we want to share with everyone. Until then, God bless you and enjoy life in it’s entirety.



I am a young (pushing 60) woman from the USA who is as honest and forthright as I can be. I am a Christian (faith, not religion), Libertarian (who supports current administration regardless of who it is), pro-life, pro-gun, pro-legalization of marijuana (and any other natural medicinal plant given by God), and I am NOT anti-anything or anyone. If you are living outside of God's perfect plan, I will pray for you in private BUT I will NOT judge you. Only one perfect individual has ever lived on this earth and is capable of judging and saving you and, although my birthday is Christmas morn, that person is not me. I am a well practiced sinner.

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