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House Renovation


Who Controls Your Future?

If you asked me who controls my future, I would say, bottom line: God. But no so fast. We have a part to play, as well. Which is both the terrifying, as well as the exhilarating, aspect of the equation. When we miss it occasionally and then suffer the consequences, that’s not God. That’s us!…


All Vacation Rentals are Not Created Equal-!

And so, I am living vicariously through my friend with the beach rental. “What’s happening now?” I ask her on a daily basis. In just over a week of renting the gem of a beach home, they have had enough experiences to last a lifetime-! I feel like I should pull up a chair and…


The House is on Fire!

Yes, I know, these kind of things never happen to you. But in our house…. Long story short, yesterday we had a kitchen fire. Benedetto had started heating some oil in a frying pan after a very busy day when he was preparing some things for dinner. (All I can say is that I am…


A Myrtle Beach Vacay-!

Just about the time I’m going through my own way-of-sorrows renovation stories (and believe me, I have enough work to be done in my places that could keep me busy another 20 years…), we have friends who have accomplished an amazing feat with a 1950s beach house in lovely Myrtle Beach, SC. This is one…


Early Eclectic Home Furnishings

I have always believed that my hodgepodge of a house or two stems from the fact that taste changes over time. What you accumulated yesterday may not suit you today. And rather than get rid of all of the furnishings, you keep them and they pile up. Not smart. Now, however, I have the chance…


How to Play the Handyman Game

The saga continues. As I said, I will chase you down because I need workers and I need them now. It’s really not okay if you eventually show up… three weeks from now. But does anyone want a handyman… who doesn’t want to work? Or, more accurately, who is balancing 20 other jobs? So, our…


Lies & Deception: Not My Game

I don’t like lies, evasiveness or deception. Not from anybody, anytime, for any reason. It’s a deal breaker, plain and simple. The workman had said 4:30, and that he would text me about 20 minutes prior to that. I knew that every skilled tradesman was juggling two and three jobs. I knew that emergencies happened….


I Am Not a Construction Social Worker

As most construction workers during good weather, they have too much work to handle. It takes a lot of juggling and coordinating to be at work on one job, but never have totally finished your last job, while someone at a third project becomes irritated at the delay on starting their job. And that’s when…


The Queen of Craftiness

Let’s just say that I’m not the most likely to succeed when it comes to crafts. You know how long it took me to stencil something a week or two ago. And here I am, planning decorative touches for a beach cottage. I got the great idea of utilizing beach shells in art. Simple. Classic….


Monday Mottoes – #193

Incremental steps, I remind myself. Baby steps, when I really need to be taking weightless, moon-walk leaps. But Rome was not built in a day. And neither will our lives. Have you ever been trying so hard to complete a project that each setback looms big on the horizon? There are so many interchangeable, interdependent…