My dad had a dream the week before last that some of the big, scary trees on our property smashed our house and hurt the boys. He was so shaken by this dream that he went straight to the bank the next morning and withdrew enough money for us to have a bunch of trees removed. Thank you, dad!

The process was fascinating. In a nutshell, a climber climbed up to the tip top of the trees, cutting off branches as he went. Then he cut the top off the tree, then the top third, middle third and bottom third. Our trees were all 95+ feet tall. And when they fell, you could feel it in your bones. The next day a crane came to pick up all the pieces. When all was said and done, we had a full open bed semi truck filled to top with huge trees. Crazy.


I did feel a bit badly about taking down healthy trees, but they were dangerous to our house as well as two of our neighbors. And before they were cut down, I confirmed that they would be reused. All the pines were lumber grade, so hopefully these will eventually be turned into someone’s new home or a new school or a tree house for some lucky kid. The branches were all turned into mulch, which we are in the process of spreading in several areas of our own yard. Reduce, reuse, recycle.


The Lab.


And so it begins. At least the first sign stuck to one of the boys’ doors is a cute one. Love that kindergarten spelling!!

On a very related note, Alex has asked to turn his bedroom into a science lab. I’m thinking we can do something special to the built-in shelves to make it feel lab like. I see a plastic frog or two in some mason jars in our future.

Take a seat.

Oh, wait. You can’t!


On a whim, I decided to post our kitchen chairs for sale. And they sold in an instant. Now we have nowhere to sit!! I’ve been itching for a change, and I’ve had my eye on some metal ones. Stay tuned for an update on this space—an update I *wish* would show you a new, non-pink-and-blue tiled floor and a dazzling new light fixture, but will likely only show you a few new spots in which to plop our bums. Baby steps.


Painting an old Jenny Lind.

I thought it’d be fun to share the story of Alex’s new bed. I had my heart set on a Jenny Lind style bed, like one I’d seen at Land of Nod. But at $600 for the bed plus $200 shipping, it wasn’t going to happen. So I started scouring several Facebook furniture exchanges I belong to. Jenny Lind twin beds do pop up from time to time, but when they do they are gone in a blink. My trigger finger was never quite fast enough and I always lost out to someone else. So, I turned to Craigslist. After much searching for Jenny Lind, I came up empty. Then it dawned on me that someone might not know the term Jenny Lind. I simplified my search to twin bed and guess what happened …


Y’all, I was sooo excited. The bed was listed as an antique hardwood twin bed. It was $200. I called the seller and screamed, “I’LL TAKE IT!” Then the panic set in. Tripper had given me a budget of $0 to do Alex’s new room. You may recall that Alex moved out of the boys’ shared room once before—and that lasted all of three months before he decided to move back. So, Tripper didn’t want me spending any money in case this move was also temporary. BUT, I had my heart set on this bed for Alex. And I had a few hours before I had to pick it up. Somehow I needed to come up with $200. 

So, I did what anyone would do. I sold stuff.


I loved these headboards. I got them when the boys were first moving into big boy beds at 3 years old. Somehow they seemed adorable for twin 3-year-old little boys—like little princes. But they didn’t seem quite right for a 5-about-to-turn-6-year-old boy. And since we were no longer going to have a guest room, we really just needed them out. I listed them on a FB furniture exchange and within a few hours they were sold. I had enough money for my—I mean Alex’s—new bed plus a little extra for some primer, paint and a new lamp. Happy dance!


Before I started priming, I snapped this picture. I’ve yet to Google what it means. I know the bed I bought was old. Maybe this will give a clue as to how old?


I used one coat of shellac-based primer for the job. Then one, two, three and four thin coats of Symphony blue by Benjamin Moore. I waited several hours in between coats and let the bed cure up for 48 hours before making up the bed again.


Ta-da! Alex’s cheerful new bed. The Jenny Lind was lovely before with it’s perfect patina, and I almost hated to paint it. But this finish matches his personality so much and it’s not like that was the last vintage Jenny Lind bed in the world. Besides, Alex loves it this way. I love it, too. And speaking of love …


… I added a few love notes to the slats under his bed. It’s my little secret and makes the bed all the sweeter.

And there you have it. Would you put a paintbrush to vintage wood?