Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Learning When To Say Good-bye :*(

 

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I found this really beautiful piece of furniture last year and had all intent and purpose to refinish it. He was to be a masculine gray color and the intricate detailing on the front drawers would have an alternate color to offset the uniquity of the entire piece.  But it never happened.  Instead it sat in my sunroom and took a beating from the Texas weather.

After feeling horrible about it being outside forever,  I pulled it inside where it sat for a while but still no paint, no beatifying, no mending or updating. I know, I know…Rita you big dummy, how could you neglect this???  I don’t know but I did...

After having it my house for way too long and STILL not doing anything, I had to put it back outside (remember my house is small). In fact, I recall even telling Sam that if I die before I refurb this guy, please make sure Cassie from Primitive and Proper, gets him. I know she would be a wonderful mom to him and actually give him the attention he deserves. 

But this weekend, I finally had to say goodbye. We did some major cleaning of the sunroom and backyard on Saturday and I had to (regretfully) get rid of unfinished projects and just crap that has sit for way too long. It was hard though…boy was it hard. I had to tell myself to face reality. He was too far gone to keep alive. Water damage was great and there were severed pieces all over the place. It was something directly from a horror film. Wood splinted, boards warped and his lifeless body sat there staring at me with a look that said “ you did this!”And in my heart, I knew I had done this…the unthinkable. After a few moments of silence I said my goodbyes and told him one more time how truly sorry I was. Then with heads hung low, we dragged him to the curb.

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I’m telling you this because sometimes we can’t save them all. Even with the best of intentions, one falls through the cracks. I had such high hopes…but there will be others.

…and I fully intend to use my new cleaned out sun room to store them all in again. Do I have a problem? Maybe…Maybe not!

Rita

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

You know where you’ve been but where have I been??

Gosh, do we have enough time for that? I mean, life changes people! 

Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with the details nor will I make excuses about why the long distance silence, but I will tell you I’m happy in a new job!! For those of you who don’t know, I’m a creative, go lucky girl who would dance underneath rainbows her entire life if at all possible, yet my heart wasn’t loving my (old) job.  Nope, it didn’t work for me and unfortunately I complained way too often about it.  In fact, one day Sam asked me “my goodness woman, what is it that you want in a job?!”. So I told him “I have no idea!!!”. Truth was I had some idea so I listed them to him:

1. I need to be a part of a team that truly helps each other out.
2. I need to be able to help someone who needs helping so I’ll love doing it! (I’m a helper not a leader which was pretty obvious when I’d make cupcakes rather than reprimand)
3. I need some creativity in my life!!

So what happened…Mary Poppins happened, that’s what! Remember in Mary Poppins when the kids made a list of how their nanny should be, then when it got torn up, the pieces were magically lifted into the clouds???  Well same scenario pretty much! I bumped into a woman I had sent a resume a long time ago who owned her own graphic company.  Long story short, she called me, we met and I am now part of a creative team, helping her out and loving it thus far!

And get this, we have a 'meet the team’ page with all our pictures (there are only 10 of us) and our bio. How fun is that!! If you scroll over our pictures, there are some pretty funny photos as well.   You can check it out here:  http://jptgraphics.com/team

Ah life,… sometimes you give us lemons but then you send us all the ingredients we need to make lemonade, plus a blanket and sandwiches for a big picnic!

Don’t worry, I’ll keep you up to date on my life, my furniture and all that fun in between stuff!

Lovin’ Life,
Rita