I’m focusing on things I can control, like decorating my house, during this pandemic.
I mowed 3/4’s of the back yard two days ago and yesterday and I’ve paid dearly for it with my allergies. But I do like mowing now. With a self-propelled push mower, mowing .84 of an acre in small bits is kind of zen.
Decorating My House: Getting It Done
I’ve been on a hellfire and get-it-done kick around the house. All the sheets in the house got washed after all the regular laundry was done. I’ve been replacing the face plates on the first floor: what we had before was the beige colored ones that obviously went with the paint two paint jobs ago but do not really go now. While I am replacing the face plates, I am NOT replacing the actual outlets or switches. The job would probably look more complete with white outlets and switches, but that is more trouble than it is worth to me. I like the look as it is.
Also, I took care of mostly hiding the cord from the electric sofa recliner that sticks out into the front of the living room. It was a tripping hazard before, and also unsightly. It is not ideal having an electric recliner, but it was a decent purchase. We wouldn’t have had a manual leather reclining sofa for anywhere near the price. I am in love with it.
We also bought new floor registers for the rest of the vents in the first floor. I wanted silver to match the face plates and the kitchen floor registers, but I had to have three different sizes and could not find the middle size in silver in anything but the traditional straight pattern. So, I managed to find the matching scroll pattern for all three sizes in black from Decor Grates
Next up on the decorating my house is hopefully new kitchen counters and painted cabinet doors. The suggestion was made to replace the cabinet doors, but our cabinet doors are solid wood– it is obvious that the cabinets were a custom job and we could not afford to replace them with the same quality. So, hopefully painting it will be.
The plan is to have my friend Johnny with Rough Cut Designs build us wooden counters the same stain as the rest of the wood trim on the bottom floor. I hope to also have him paint the doors of the cabinets an ivory color, leaving the base of the cabinets the existing dark wood tone. It would match the cabinet pulls and the two-tone kitchen table and chairs we have. I am super-excited.
With the kitchen down, that will complete the “making the house ours” for the first floor. We still need to replace the dishwasher and the refrigerator, but the existing ones work for now so there’s no real rush. I am hoping we can either do that with the after Thanksgiving sales this year or with the tax refund next year.
Decorating My House: Other Projects
There are only a few other projects outstanding. We will need to have the deck repainted at some point. However, I am not in as big a hurry for that as I was this time last year. Also, the boys rooms: Oliver’s room is fine as it is but Liam and Porter’s rooms really need to be painted. Porter likes the red wall in his room. But, I want to paint the rest of the walls moth gray to match the rest of the house. The other three walls are currently a cream color.
Liam’s room is also not a hurry. His room is yellow and he likes it, so I may not tackle that until he graduates from high school.
I know I have looked at a lot of real estate over the past several months. I have posted a lot on Facebook about that fact. But really– I DO love my house. It’s far grander than anything I expected to have my name attached to. Even if we get to where we can’t handle the steps we can have a lift installed. I just get bored and when I get bored, I go looking for things to worry about. I have gained a more healthy perspective on these things with the current state of the world.
I am decorating my house in this time of pandemic because the state of my house IS something within my control. There is so much out of all of our collective control at the moment. However, I can clean and I can decorate. Worry about the state of the world will do me no good.
My psych nurse said the fact that my anxiety and depression isn’t out of control is a good sign. It isn’t out of control despite what is going on in the world is a sign that my meds are actually working. I was glad to hear that. I can’t remember any psych professional ever saying that to me before. It doesn’t mean that the pandemic doesn’t worry or scare me. It isn’t taking over my entire life and psyche, though.