Finishing a Little Restoration Project

When someone tells me that they are restoring something my first thought is that they are restoring a car.  I dream of them taking something old, rusty and neglected and bringing out the beauty in such a way that it looks new again.  I know that most of my friends feel the same way, so when I told them I was working on a restoration project of my own, they asked to see the car I was working on.

There was no car involved in my project.

In fact, I was working on something a little different.

For about five years now I have owned a cabin at a lake just a few short hours from here.  I bought it at an auction sale with just about all of my savings, sight unseen, and I have yet to stay the night there.  The reason that I haven’t used it up until this point is the fact that there is a bit of a mold problem thanks to some flooding at the lake a few years ago and it hasn’t been safe to stay there.

But I have been working a mold restoration project there to try and get it back into a livable condition.  It has been an educational experience, a lot of work and it has been risky, but I know the reward will be worth all of the sacrifices that I have made.  I am hoping that I will be able to get the entire project finished here by the end of the month so that I can enjoy my weekends out at the lake next summer.

I will be so happy when this project is over.

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A Little Baseball Accident

One of the things that I always believed growing up was that when I was an adult my life would be easier.  You see, as a kid I tended to have “accidents” more often than I would have liked.  No, I’m not talking about wetting the bed or something along those lines, but instead I struggled with breaking things while playing.  Some of the things that didn’t survive my childhood were my parents windshield, our swimming pool and my grandmother’s favorite vase.  Try as I might, I was destined to break something just about everywhere I went.

As an adult, things were a lot different.  In fact, there were very few times when I broke anything and for a time I thought that I had finally solved my issues with property damage.

But I was wrong.

You see, I was out playing with my nephews a couple of weeks ago in their backyard when I accidentally hit a baseball through my sister’s window.

Oops!

Needless to say, I needed to find someone that specialized in windows replacement in Los Angeles to help me repair the problem.  I didn’t know anything about window installation, so I hired some experts to help me out.

They did a wonderful job.

Even though I did break the window, I did learn one valuable lesson: playing baseball in a backyard is never a good idea.

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Treating Myself to Some New Work Clothes

I should treat myself more often, but I don’t.  I’m going to blame it on the fact that my parents were very thrifty and only spent money when they absolutely had to.  Therefore, I often pass up on gratification now and postpone it to sometime in the future.  I know that it helps my wallet out, but there are times that I wonder what the point of working is.

Which is exactly how I felt today.

It had been a long time since I spent any money on myself, so today I decided to let my hair down and buy something for me.  Now I wasn’t going to buy anything that wasn’t practical (because I can’t let go that much), but instead I thought that it would be a good opportunity to replace my tattered work clothing.  It was in a condition that just wasn’t professional, and I needed to do something about it before my boss had to speak to me about it.

So, I went shopping for some new groomers pants suits.  I know that it probably isn’t your cup of tea, but for me, these clothes are something that I wear each and every day.  It is important for me to have an outfit that looks good, fits properly and is functional.

Since I knew my size, I decided to shop online.  Not only could I find better prices than what I would pay locally, but I really loved the selection of clothes that I could pick out.  I found some nice ones and I ordered them, so I am hoping they will be here before the end of next week.

It will be really nice to have some new clothes for work – I really should have ordered them months ago.

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