Oh boy, the top photo is my living room now. This photo here on the bottom is the old living room. It was even worse. I moved out a huge entertainment center, got rid of this couch and ottoman, and a large recliner. I can’t find the old photos. I’ve been downloading onto my USB and then deleting everything out because this cheapo laptop will only hold so much.
But you get the idea. I detested that couch. It is now making another family happy. I love my living room now and spend many days in here sipping coffee and writing.
It took $125 to redecorate and another $30 for the couch cover. It doesn’t take much to renovate. A little scrubbing, a can of paint, maybe just the couch cover.
I’ve been cooking up a storm. We had a neighbor over for dinner the other night. Bali was given a long, plastic table for free at the shop. The kind they use at fairs and markets. We put it on the porch and since then we have had a couple big meals out there with neighbors and friends.
We had a pizza night with candles and music and our new friend up the street. This weekend our friends and their boys came over for a long hike on the nearby trails and I loaded the table with vegan chili, white rice, watermelon, tortillas, La Croix drinks, and salad. We ate heartily. It is the most charming and fun place to have our meals.
In this area there are a lot of old houses with porches and people love being out there in the evenings drinking wine with friends, playing cards, having the evening supper.
It doesn’t take much to transform a space into something enjoyable. I still want to simplify my house more but we are at the point where we are using everything we have. Cleaning is a breeze now and we spend most days taking walks into town for some groceries or walking in the woods. We love to be out and take our time returning home. But home is where we relax, make scrumptious, simple foods, read our stacks of books, watch a good movie, learn something new. Speaking of good movies, I just watched The Lost Husband on Netflix and really enjoyed it. I thought it would be a cheesy romance but it had some substance to it and a real hunk.
As many of you know by now, I’ve begun a new YouTube Channel. Here is the link again for those who missed it.
I don’t know how often I will put up videos. I learned so many wonderful life lessons the past couple months. Family and home come first (along with my sanity) and I choose not to have my work interfere this time. I am also remaining far more private these days. The channel will be more spiritually based. I will talk about everything from homekeeping to personal transformation but in the spirit of healing and finding our higher selves, our true joys and life paths.
Hope to see you all there and remember to brew that coffee and turn on that music!