Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Little Daunted

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When one makes a proclamation that one is going to revamp one’s whole life and make it pretty, it feels good.  Because it is what you want to do.  And you make plans before suddenly realizing that lofty hand waving grandiose manifesto you promised others and yourself might be a little bit harder than you thought. 


About that.

I have been looking around and taking steps but have not done an actual full project until today.  I have called people and made appointments and bought materials for projects and slept.  A lot.  My agreement with Sean was to do four things a day 1) do something to take care of my body 2) do something to improve my house 3) work in my garden, and 4) write, everyday.

Three days last week I did all four.  I was exhausted from feeling like I had to to do all four. For two days I did three, and for two I did two.  I started to feel guilty about this until I realized that I was looking for the dancing monkey treats that Seth Godin talks about.  The familiar Atta Girls that I am used to getting;  The ones that I as an overacheiver have been conditioned to look for, and feel cheated when I don't get them.

I gave all that up.  I am now doing what I feel like doing to move forward.  It is okay to do nothing but make phone calls and schedule appointment and count that towards what you need to do.

As part of the appointment making and and resource gathering, I have been sucked into  . . . er, doing research on Pintrest in terms of how to do some of my projects.  One of them (from Food 52)  I have had in my head for quite some time.  Today I decided to do it.  

The counters in my kitchen are butchers block cutting boards.  I have been careful to not cut on them instead using a mobile boos block, and still had managed to spill a couple of things and once, tragically, left a basket of strawberries out on a hot summers day. Remember:  I have lived here for five years, so it isn"t THAT bad.  I had gotten kosher salt, lemons and white vinegar at the grocery store.  I took pics.  Here is the before:

You can see the brown water and coffee stains as well as the bright pink fruit stain.  I first spread salt and lemon juice on the board and let sit for a bit.  I then cut another lemon in half and began to scrub the salt into the stains.  I then wiped off all the salty lemon with a tea towel.

 Here is the after and before round two :  all stains are lighter, and the condition of the board is better.  Unfortunately the rest of the board is so clean that the lightened
stains stand out a bit (erk) The second treatment was to sprinkle white vinegar and baking soda on the stains and let sit.  The soda foams and dries and extracts the stains.  A new tea towel wiped away this.

Here is the final pic.  No berry stains, and all rings are much much lighter.  I wiped in mineral oil three times to allow for the wood to moisten after all the drying bleaches.  It shines and is beautiful.  

One project down.

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