The Church Lady is hosting this week's Fun Monday, and after a few days of being snowbound, she wants to know:
How do you beat the doldrums when you are stuck in the house either because it is too cold or too hot outside? Do you read? Cook? Complete a home improvement project? Watch movies? Scrapbook? Please share your ideas.
Oh, Church Lady... I rarely get the doldrums! Mostly because I'm always doing something. If you just look back at my blog, including the last post, you'll see there's always some project in the works.
Some may think I have lots of time on my hands. That is not true. Mostly what I have is a lack of money to do the things I want to do - which includes buying furniture, having my house painted, getting old fixtures replaced and tearing out old carpet and putting new flooring in. Because I don't have money, I have to figure out a way to do it myself.
I'd say 98% of our furniture is used or hand-me-downs. Which means the pieces aren't in the best shape to start with. It usually takes a little TLC to get them back into usability.
I learned to paint early in life (thanks, Mom) and enjoy it - so when I think a room needs a different color, I don't think anything of buying a can of paint and putting it on the walls.
I just followed directions when it came to putting in toilets or changing out faucets. Most instructions are pretty good these days. Understanding how things work helps too. Thank goodness for the internet, which has talked me through quite a few projects.
As for the couch project, I'm winging it. I had planned to carefully remove the material from the couch and use it as a pattern, but those darned staples made that impossible. Someone went staple gun-happy on this one! I'm also working with materials pulled from an old mattress - an experiment in recycling. However, this is a rather freeing experience. I know what I want to accomplish, have an idea about how to do it, and if it doesn't work, I'm out $20 for the old sofa and might get to buy a new sofa with my tax return. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will turn out well, though. I could always use tax return money for something else - like a new stove or to have electricians come check out my wiring.
Electricity is the one thing I will not mess with. Plumbing can't kill you....
Now go visit the Church Lady and the other participants of Fun Monday!