I'm back! And I learned something about myself while I was away. I cannot juggle work, kids, [random other obligations], an epic circus party, and the blog. And while I feel bad, I'm confident that we will never have another epic circus party. Because that would be excessive.
photo by Giles Clement via @gilesclement Instagram (you should follow him)
I learned something else while I was gone. My house was dirtier than I realized. Specifically, my kitchen area. I had to repaint the powder room because of yet another pocket door/drywall patch issue, and the trim had never really been finished....and it's in a weird area/miniscule hallway that is kind of all trim so I just kept going. And then the next morning I did the kitchen trim and painted the wall behind the eating area/banquette. And it was like an angelic choir descended on my kitchen. Even though I hadn't even started cleaning and picking up (and I had painting supplies out) everything looked so amazingly clean. So if you are ever in a funk, and things start to look dingy, paint your trim. And even your walls if you need to. It's pretty easy when you aren't changing colors, and it is a total do-over on years of neglected house work.
Also on the topic of washing away your sins--power washers. They are totally worth buying and totally addictive. The front of my house was filthy and I barely even realized it. In the spirit of full disclosure, I just watched my brother power wash my stuff. But he said it was easy, the worst being that the washer is loud and your pants and shoes get soaked and a little dirty).
This guys knows what I'm talking about! Those pavers are C-L-E-A-N.
I'll be finishing all the half-baked posts I wrote during the radio silence (well, the good ones). The circus photos should be available in a couple weeks, and I'll do a download then. In the mean time, you should bust out your mason jar lids and make adorable little pies for Memorial Day. There's time, trust me. Great for a party, or a single serving of pie.