Prompted By Bloggers (Weekend Toss)

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Today’s post is Part of a 31 Day writing series where I will choose moments from my life and let them be my writing prompt for the day. On Weekends, I sometimes do a Weekend Toss, which is a combination of links to blogs I have enjoyed, or random updates and sometimes a scripture for Sunday.  I have decided to keep the Weekend Toss going, so today’s post will be links to other bloggers in the #Write31days group that I feel prompted to share with you. I hope you click over and check them out. I invite you to come back tomorrow for some Sunday inspiration.

I love to find new blogs to enjoy.  One of the exciting things about the 31 Days writing challenge is having so many blogs in one place.  They are organized into categories which makes it easier to find topics of interest.  Throughout the month of October, I plan to browse each category and find blogs to enjoy. I will highlight some of them here on Saturday’s.  This weeks featured blogs come from two different categories – House & Home and Simplicity & Organizing.

Each image used below was created by the blog owner of that blog as their blog button for the series.  if you click on the image it will take you to their blog.  I hope you enjoy your visits!

1.  It is only fitting that the first blog I feature is Nesting Place, as she is the hostess for this mega blog link-up.  I found her blog in 2008 and have been a follower ever since. She lets us know that our homes don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.  In addition to her lovely home, she recently renovated a barn for hosting events.  I was lucky enough to be in this barn last Saturday with a bunch of writers.  Myquillen was a most gracious host and her sister, Emily Freeman along with Christa Wells were very inspiring and encouraging speakers. In her #write31days series, Myquillen shares how we can “create little moments” for our homes. And barns. With stuff we already have.

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2.  Donna over at Funky Junk Interiors is the queen of junk.  She can take what others would consider trash and turn it into functional junk.  Some of her stuff is amazing.  It makes me wish I knew how to use power tools.  Check out her dream box series, but be sure to check out her project tab as well, you will be impressed.

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3.   Restoration Spring is a new to me blog and I love Michelle’s 31 Day series, Home Recycled.  It is only day 3, but I am totally on board with what she is saying.  It resonates with me because I know exactly what she means.  If only I’d dare to get rid of excess.  I’m hoping this series will challenge me to let go and move on.

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4.  Leanne from Organize and Decorate Everything is helping us be organized in 15 minutes a day.  I may not be able to do everything everyday, but I plan to keep this one on my radar, so that when I am ready to tackle some organization projects I’ll have her tips.  It’s early in the series, but so far I’m loving how she is breaking down the projects.

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5.  Jennifer Buell is sharing her experiences of finding balance among moving boxes.  Oh, Oh, Oh, I can sooooooooooo relate to this one.  I think I’m on address number 20 in 30 years of marriage.  She is talking, not just about the move, but the emotions and how she is finding balance in the process. Whether you have moved in the past, are in the middle of a move, or moving soon, you should be able to relate to all the boxes.

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6.  Ally over at The Bridge Builders Wife started a year long spending fast this past January. I saw an Oprah episode once where a couple had done this and have wanted to attempt it ever since, but alas, this has not happened.  I’m hoping reading about Ally’s journey will inspire me to at least try it for a month or two.  What about you – do you need some tips on how to quit spending?

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Reading in Grace,

Teresa

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This little house sits next door to the house that has been our family home since the summer I was 16.  My parents still live there.  Over the years there were many neighbors in the little house.  For a few years a wonderful couple lived there after they retired from the military. When they passed away, the house went on the market and eventually a young teacher ended up with the house.  She painted it Puppy Paws, which I believe is an Olympic paint from Lowe’s.  It has a rather pinkish cast.  Anyway, she lived here for a year or so and then got married and they lived here another year, then they accepted teaching jobs elsewhere and put the house on the market.  We almost bought it then, in 2007.  But we didn’t.

Three years and three renters later, my Dad was tired of not knowing who his neighbors would be, he was tired of his steep driveway and wanted back access to his property and I was hankering for a little house to call my own even if it was only on weekends.  So, we made a deal.  He’d buy the property, We (meaning my brother, his assistant and my dad) would fix up the house and then when Mr. Piano graduates we’d purchase the house from him.  In the meantime we’d have a little weekend get away and a little cottage to come home to on school breaks etc.  I’d always thought it would be fun to have a second home like those people you read about who can actually afford a vacation home.

The only hitch in having my second home?  I didn’t really have my first home since I was living in a campus apartment and had sold my dream home in Tennessee when we moved to Louisville for my husband to attend school.  See picture below:

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I’ve always done things backwards and there is a rather satisfying sense of irony in having my second home before I have my first home.  So to speak.  And just so we are clear, I do not have the means to own two homes in any real sense of the phrase ‘two homes’.  It’s not all that.  We got a really good deal on the little house because….brace yourself….this is a sampling of the condition it was in when we found it:

100_0554The kitchen looks totally different now, thanks to my brother.  We were fortunate that the fall of 2010 his business slowed down enough for him to spend the fall and winter doing updates and he was reasonably priced.  And he is talented.  And we did the bare minimum to make it work as a little get away house.  Nothing fancy, just clean and simple.  I will do some before and after posts soon.

To be fair to previous owners, the young teacher had the house very clean and did some painting and updates, but unfortunately the renters after she moved out weren’t so kind to the house.  We gathered several, like at least 13, large, yard, garbage bags full of junk that the last renter had left behind.  It looked like she had left in a hurry as there was something in a pan on the stove that looked like chili and my Dad found out the hard way that we shouldn’t open the refrigerator door.  It had to be thrown away which is a shame as it looked fairly new.  We let our appliance guy recycle the stove when we purchased a new one as I wasn’t too thrilled with keeping it either after seeing the “leftovers” in the pan (we’re talking several weeks).  I have a picture of the garbage we threw out, when I find it I’ll scan it and let you see that I’m not making this up!

So, here we are two and a half years later and our “second” home has become our only home.  For awhile at least.  Mr. Piano, is getting ready to defend his dissertation on January 15th.  After that he will do some final editing and then it will be off to be bound and printed, then we wait for graduation in May.  He was supposed to graduate in December, but, well, that is a long story, and a stressful one, and really couldn’t be helped. He is essentially done and after next week, he will be done, but since graduation only happens twice a year, it won’t be official until May.  Then, God willing, he will have a teaching job in the fall.  He has been applying like crazy to colleges.  Frankly, we don’t know where we’ll end up, or when we’ll be there.

In the meantime we remain here in the Little House, in a small Kentucky ‘burg, living in our second home, waiting on a job that will presumably take us to our first home, unless, something would pop up close by and then our second home could be our first home.  We are open to God’s plans.  We wait on him because we know he is faithful.  We are learning to rest, trust, and listen.  In Him we Remain, because he is our true home.

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Remaining in Grace,

Sadie