A Dedicated Worker


I have to say…this girl has come to my rescue more than once this week.  This is our daughter Kalissa.

The two of us have spent LOTS of time covering wood work.  Both of us are so glad that as of Wednesday night we were finally done with it.

We honestly have spent hours doing it….we have discussed wedding planning, the gals in the her class, my upcoming childcare plans, music, gift buying…everything.  There isn’t a topic we haven’t discussed.  We have had that much time together trying to get the house ready for the drywall guy.  I do a lot of the cleaning and she does a lot of the covering.

There were about three nights at the house over the last week when the clock was heading towards 10pm at night and I would tell her to go home and let me finish…but she stayed.  She said she wouldn’t leave me by myself.  What a trouper!!

Roger and Craig were at the house too and helped but Kalissa did the brunt of the covering of the wook work…and it’s a thankless job.  It’s not like laying the flooring when for years and years we’ll be able to enjoy the product of the work that was done.  All of this work will be taken down and never to be seen….that’s why I wanted to document it here….The woodwork in the house was saved primarily by Kalissa and both Hubby and I really appreciate it.

Wednesday night I think all of us, especially me, was crabby wanting this chapter in the house remodel to be done….after the drywall…Painting.  We are getting closer.

Ask Jo: Christmas Decorations


Every so often I get comment and questions from readers asking questions that I think others might be interested in  hearing the answer to so I answer them here on the blog.  Today is one of those days.

I got a comment the other day from a blog reader that asked about my holiday decorating….I’ll be honest, I laughed right out loud.  Right now my only decorating is blank walls with nail heads.  Honest…well that and dust.  I live with dust at both houses….at the farm here it’s regular old house dust and in town it’s construction dust.  I haven’t decorated a thing at all.  We’re all just too busy.

I had another blog reader ask if I was putting my Christmas tree up here at the farmhouse or at the house in town.  The answer is neither.  I’m not putting up a Christmas tree.  I just don’t have time to take a half day to put one up and a half day to take one down.  I’ve never been a big holiday decorator so it doesn’t bother any of us.  I am a seasonal decorator though and I have now missed decorating for Spring, Summer and Fall of this year.  I have a feeling I might go a little crazy once we are actually in the new house.  For the most part I don’t miss it though.  Both of us are so tired at night we don’t even make it into the living room.

In fact we tried to remember the last time both of us were in the living room at the same time.  It was sometime last Spring when Kalissa and Craig brought a movie over they thought we’d like to watch.

I had a comment from Mary, “Hang in there, Jo! You’re really close and it’s almost harder than when you couldn’t see any progress. You know I know what I’m talking about. Focus on Christmas 2015 – won’t it be wonderful?”

Well being I have no Christmas decorating up when I was in town at Home Depot I took Mary’s advice to heart.  They had a big display of Christmas plants…including this guy.

…a Christmas Cactus.  It needs a little attention but it was only half price.  My mom had one and she said my Grandma Johnson always had one. (I love things reminiscent of home)  The plant only blooms once a year and that’s at Christmas time.

The blooms are fading but there seem to a few more to bloom yet.  I bought it with Mary’s advice in mind…Focus on Christmas of 2015!  The cactus will help me do exactly that.  Thanks for the advice Mary.  It’s just what I needed to hear.

So for now our only decoration is the Christmas Cactus and we’re okay with that.

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