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I need help.  I really do.  My camera is dormant today.  I have some work to do.  About an hour ago I decided to undertake the daunting task of cleaning up my computer desk.  Actually I just lied to you. I decided that this task needed doing at the beginning of summer.  It’s almost September.  I am a the master of procrastination when it comes to stuff like this.  The  chaos of paper,  foreign looking cords that look like they belong to my computer,  old pay stubs, cell phone bill statements,  staplers, pens, pencil cases,  you name it;  it  resides on my desk.   It might look tidy sometimes…but I camouflage well when need be. I am smart. This unit has doors that CLOSE!

But today is the day.  It has to get done now for an upcoming project. We are getting ready to sand our hardwood floors.  (Anybody care to offer me a free trip across Canada and I will come  back home when it magically gets done by itself??)  This job has been on our mind for years.

We LOVE our old house.    We have kept the charm of the old kitchen cupboards and accented with modern finishes and it looks gorgeous.  We did a big job a year and a half ago;  the dining room and entryway have been updated because of the need for insulation.  So the whole room was gutted and done up nice.  The walls are painted ‘squash blossom’ , the perfect colour for my photos Rainbow Sun and  Faraway Forest.  Looks stunning.

We vowed the next job would be the hardwood floors.  We called someone for quotes to do it for us. Last night we decided to save that money and put it into something beautiful like a couple of area rugs or another piece of my photography done up for the walls.  We committed ourselves to do this. But OH MY.   I have actually asked people to saw my legs off should I even think about taking on another do it yourself project that requires this much work. I never learn!

I know it will be STUNNING when it is done.  Can’t wait to get to the other side of this project when I am blogging about how worth it all this  was.  It’s the work involved between now and when we get there that kills me. We have two rooms to do.  We have to jimmy rig some kind of walkway over the floor to get to the bathroom so that we can live here while we do the work. Sounds interesting!  I am excited about the finished product!

Meanwhile I have to get back to clearing out the junk on my desk.  Arrrrgggh.   Could we not just set it on fire and get a new one for our brand new and improved living space.  Got a match?  A chainsaw?

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Around our house we are a tad bit obsessive with our garden. We have tons of flowers!

My husband is the garden artist. He starts his gardening in February by starting seeds that he sows in the Fall.  We don’t have a greenhouse.  He starts everything indoors.  It can get messy.  But every year we say that it is worth it.  Doing what you love is always worth the mess.  Metaphorically speaking,  isn’t everything?

We are always out there weeding, transplanting, re-arranging, and watering.  But if I am being completely honest, he is the one responsible for our backyard paradise.  It is an English style garden with stone pathways.  Each one of those stones represents a hike or canoe trip in pursuit of the perfect flat rock!

I guess you could define our gardening style as shabby chic with the old chairs and pottery pieces placed strategically throughout the yard. We have this neat piece of driftwood (also known as garden art) that we picked up while out canoeing. As Mike stepped out of the canoe  it flipped over with me in it.  It was early October when the water is getting cold.  I was completely soaked from head to toe. It all happened so fast. One second I am sitting in the canoe and in an instant  I am upside down in a lake.  Our kids laughed all the way home.  Mike was trying not to.  We got caught up in “the ugly laugh” that happens when you believe that it really is possible to die laughing.

Just by following our passions of gardening and photography, we are creating beautiful memories that will last forever. That is what it is all about. So often we get caught up in believing the myth that we don’t have time.  Granted the stuff of everyday life is busy. But to deny ourselves completely of doing what we love to do is a tragedy.  Life is too short to waste filling it with things that we don’t like.  So fill it with things you do like!   The ripple effect of a happier you will spill into all areas of your life and it will impact everyone around you.

Morning coffee on the garden swing…aaahhhhh there is nothing quite like it.  Mike’s gardening habit supports my photography habit.  A match made in heaven.

Kathy