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Dining chair want

January 22, 2014

Wow, Overstock. Those of us who may never be able to afford Eames (or want something close til we can!) thank you. Sincerely.
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$142 for TWO. Such a deal.

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Check this out

January 15, 2014

Googling “decluttering” or “home organization” yields a mind-boggling number of results with very few novel concepts.

A comment on a post on Apartment Therapy had a link to a post on Zen Habits which led me to click on the author’s bio which listed his other blog.

Follow me? 馃槈

mnmlist is blowing my mind.

When you aren’t up to your eyeballs with OMGWTFSTUFF!!!!!!! you don’t need to organize. When you learn to honestly assess your needs vs. wants and be happy with enough you can quit the Googling about things you don’t need – like decluttering and organizing your home.

May seem like a big fat DUH … but if that’s your response you’re probably not thinking deeply enough.

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Weekend Update: clearing the head and the teen’s room

January 5, 2014

THANKFULLY no before pics were taken but instead of cleaning the floors and buying flowers, per The Cure, the kid’s room got gutted.

Apparently we won’t be following directions – entirely 馃槈

You may recognize more than a few things in the discard pile (like my precious and done silver vanity). But onwards and upwards!

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The huge TV, vanity, desk chair and SIX bags of trash went. The computer armoire and top bunk are slated to go. All that will be left is a twin bed, a dresser, bookshelf and W I D E open space that’ll be her own personal music studio.

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Taking the top bunk off = breathing room

We need to paint next weekend – but lots of trim and picture rails means a lot less to paint! We’ve settled on an ultra modern color palette. Can’t wait to see it all come together.

Next weekend we’ll finish her room and start ours. By the end of January our house will be much, much improved!

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Circling Back

January 3, 2014

Remember why I started this blog? Redoing my apartment, inspired by he book Apartment Therapy.

I have signed up to do the “January Cure” in our house. Three people, 1 big dog, a dirt accumulating passion, and a house that’s roughly 1,000 sq. ft. …. three years of living there means it’s time to re-evaluate, clean, organize and prepare for the next 3 years.

Assignment #1 was making a project list. There are only 3 really troublesome areas (both bedrooms and paperwork), but here’s the grand damage…

Sun Porch

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Better storage

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Wash windows

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 New rug

Living Room

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Better lighting

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Repair couch

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Clean gray couch

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Mantle decoration

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Paint side table

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Hook up DVD player (get a Blu-ray?)

Dining Room

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Repaint chairs

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Deep clean b/w rug from Haley鈥檚 room and put under table

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Clean and reorganize built-in

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Replace overhead light

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Thin out picture rail 鈥 rethink photos

Kitchen

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Repair ceiling over sink

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Paint

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Storage corner (tool boxes, files, dog food)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Aluminum behind stove

Our Bedroom

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 DECLUTTER

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 New dresser

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Reading lights

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Artwork

Haley鈥檚 Room

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 DECLUTTER

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Paint walls

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Break up bunk bed

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Paint dresser

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 New bed linens

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Happy Chloe

May 21, 2013

Just a quick couple of pics of Chloe. She’ll be ready for her first show in June and I think she’ll do just fine 馃榾

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Sometimes you just need to ride through

April 27, 2013

The Child’s summer job is to be my groom. Today was her first training day.

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She has to retrieve horses for me…

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She needs to groom them and get them tacked up…

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She needs to cool them out (and hack Magic!)

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Then she feeds them a bucket and puts them away.

I’d say she and Magic got along famously 馃榾

Of course she won’t be riding Chloe but she’ll be doing all the rest. Chloe is getting quite good about being groomed.

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You can see your reflection in her coat! 馃槈

I didn’t lunge her at all today. She had some moments of short circuiting but you can see and feel her trying her heart out. She’s got some “bad tapes” to erase but she has moments of lovely relaxation… She seems to appreciate being given room to breathe.

I just need to ride through the hysterical moments and pretend they’re not happening…

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The more I do that, the more she just melts into a coppery puddle of sweetness…

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What a difference a day makes

April 25, 2013

Yesterday I did not have anyone to record Chloe being the biggest drama llama ever. She ran herself around on the lunge line for close to an hour, screaming her head off. We did end lovely and relaxed but drenched with sweat.

I hoped today she’d come around to her senses a little quicker – and she sure did!

It's hard not to be a drama llama! Someone has to be on guard!

It’s hard not to be a drama llama! Someone has to be on alert! (I am the one on alert, Chloe – you just chill!)

Snuggles make everything better

Snuggles make everything better. Perhaps it’s ok to not be zombie patrolling all the time.

Relaxed and straight - SUCCESS!

Relaxed and straight – SUCCESS!

Chloe learned right away that it’s much nicer to just聽relax and stretch and get lots of “Good Girl!!” I have no worries about this one… in a few more rides we can actually work on real dressage work. Once we have this chillaxing thing down-pat 馃榾

And then FINALLY I got my Magic out – and of course he was lovely and sensible and just the coolest horse EVER.

Forward and into the contact - can ask for much more from a baby!

Forward and into the contact – can’t ask for much more from a baby!

And, more importantly, Magic is officially a family horse. He did not disappoint!

The 6'2" Husband looks right at home on the 15.2hh Dark Horse... :D

The 6’2″ Husband looks right at home on the 15.2h horse.

Clearly, Magic was not too concerned about The Husband’s less than centered seat 馃槈 We’ll work on that another day.

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