Oh, we need a weekend.

All four of us need a weekend. Right now. Not to relax, but to catch up. So that some day, years from now, we can relax. The plumber is coming tomorrow to fix a leaky spot, and then we’ll be able to finish up the kitchen pantry. I’ve been living without adequate kitchen storage for the better part of a year, and I’m getting desperate to have those precious 9 square feet back.

Other weekend plans include preparing the garden (Remember the garden? Yeah, me neither) for some sort of patio-type thing, finishing repair work to the windows in the scary, unused back room (yes, it still looks like that, minus the tub and sink), repairing a chew-hole in the sofa (I do NOT want to talk about it), and maybe a trip to IKEA to start picking up some of what we’re going to need for the downstairs bathroom (and possibly taking a peek at what’s hiding under the 27 layers of tile we have to pull up).

If there’s time left over (!), it would be nice to go out for breakfast.

  1. Grace O'SullivanSep 25, 20085:20 pm

    Have been observing from afar for some time now, and really enjoy your musings and of course all the visuals.
    On the issue of time, in the words of Ferris Bueller “Life goes by pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”.

    Keep on blogging!
    Grace (from Ireland)


  2. danaSep 25, 20085:49 pm

    i know you don’t want to talk about the sofa, but i wanted to let you know that i feel your pain: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9438031@N04/2837292354/
    see that part in the bottom on my couch? we’re working on teaching chloe (the dog in that pic) that the couch is not a chew toy. and i have no idea how to fix what damage has already has been done. urgh!

    by the way, i love reading your blog. you’ve really inspired me to only buy things for my house that i love. your attention to detail is impeccable.


  3. erin@designcrisisSep 25, 20086:08 pm

    Sounds like you have busy weekend prepared! I desperately need to do some gardening, too, but it’s still too dang hot here…

    Stupid Texas.


  4. AdamSep 25, 20087:38 pm

    I SO know what you are talking about! I’m about ready to throw in the towel, close my bedroom door and not open it until spring. As it is I will spending the weekend skim coating the bedroom walls and praying it won’t take as long as I know it will. I haven’t felt this down or frustrated since I don’t know when. Sorry for using your blog to vent. I don’t know when everything spun out of control, but I hope it spins back soon. I can’t wait to see what you do with the downstairs bathroom! Your plans for it look amazing!


  5. VickiSep 25, 20087:57 pm

    I, for one, think you should make the breakfast a priority.


  6. ElisabetSep 26, 20082:36 am

    Oh, so sorry for your sofa, I know the feeling, my cats kind of ruined the side cuschions (leather) of our Bruno Mathsson Pernilla chair. My husband ususally whines about all the damage the cats do to our sofa and his loudspoeakers, but this one we don’t even mention. It is too much. We just pretend it didn’t happen. So we can go on loving our cats.


  7. Barb F (Australia)Sep 26, 20084:46 am

    Hi Anna,

    I only discovered your blog fairly recently and have been reading back through the archives. Let me say that when you read it all at once it feels as though you have achieved everything super quickly! Having said that, because you are feeling so stressed at the moment, you should take a minute to look back at what you have achieved since you guys moved in and pat yourself on the back – because it truly is amazing.

    I was wondering how you were getting on with your lovely little garden. Have you managed to keep everything you planted alive? (I ask because as hard as I try, I seem to have a bit of a brown thumb….). I am in Australia and we are in the midst of a terrible drought with tough water restrictions – so planning a garden (like I am for our home) takes on a whole new dimension. I know you already have a plan for your garden, but below is a link to a site that provides tremendous inspiration for me. Brendoar Moar has a show here on the Lifestyle Channel and I am in love with his work, particularly the interesting things he comes up with in terms of hardscaping. Have a look at some of the ‘after’ shots (in all your spare time!).


    Anyhow, just wanted to say I love your blog (we have a very similar aesthetic), and also to enjoy your weekend and give yourself a least a little break.

    Barb F


  8. KatjaSep 26, 20084:57 am

    Go out to breakfast first, then it’s nicer to do everything else! :)


  9. ninaSep 26, 20084:05 pm

    Oh don’t work too hard! Though on the other hand: imagine how satisfied you’ll be when your house is really really ready some day… Isn’t that a destressing thought? ;)


  10. danaSep 26, 20084:53 pm

    by the way, your favorite mugs are on sale at c&b in case you need a few more:


  11. joanna goddardSep 27, 200811:51 am

    oh, what cute pics! hope you have a productive weekend with a little bit of time to relax, too! xo


  12. Liberty StreetSep 27, 20082:11 pm

    It sounds like you’re really busy! Well, whenever you have a chance, email me and we can talk Newburgh!


  13. Gypsy505Sep 27, 20082:18 pm

    Cute puppies!


  14. StephanieSep 27, 20084:40 pm

    I just discovered your blog tonight via decor8 and I am loving your tales and photos about renovating your house. It looks as though it is coming along beautifully – even if it is a lot of work.
    Thanks for sharing!


  15. bethany joySep 28, 200811:37 pm

    What kind of dog is Bruno?

    Your garden is awesome… We just installed a new Cedar fence after a rough storm and I finally started sealing/staining it today. Your home and dogs are lovely and keep me inspired to add to my husband and I’s first little house (bought in March).


  16. kristySep 29, 20089:31 pm

    Oh yes I remember your garden. I keep coming back here in the hope of seeing an update!


  17. mguSep 30, 20083:38 am

    I hope you don’t mind I posted about your bathroom tiles in http://www.nosideup.blogspot.com . I couln’t help myself.


  18. LizzieSep 30, 20084:54 am

    Your dogs are so adorable! I have been following your reconstruction/interior designing of your house – I am in love. I love all the progress – everything!

    Your bathroom is amazing, I want it now.


  19. Maria InêsSep 30, 20086:05 am

    What a lovely blog. I’m loving it:)


  20. StephanieSep 30, 200810:08 am

    Love the dog photos…..you have a great blog…i am new to blogging. i will def come back to visit yours!



  21. Only Good ThingsOct 1, 20083:20 am

    I know exactly what you mean! At the moment a spare year would come in especially handy.

    P.S. I must say that I love your blog and it has actually inspired me to start blogging again. Drop by once you catch up. xo


  22. porterOct 1, 20088:10 am

    These guys are just too cute!!


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