Thanks to Trevor’s help we have a ceiling in the bedroom.
We are installing the bead board ceiling in the kitchen. We white washed the beams and the bead board.
We finally did it, we got rid of the beautiful set of stairs I made from wooden pallets. Here is a picture of Bob and his brother John who helped us this weekend to build this deck and stairs.
We chose to celebrate our 25th anniversary working on our house and it paid off. We stained the front of the house, stained most of the trim, finished almost all of the siding, installed the last of the windows and door in our master. We are wiped out but feel its worth it in the end.
We changed our kitchen around again, and that’s just one more reason why we love the flexibility of a free-standing kitchen. We bought our oven from Ikea this weekend and put it in the cabinet. It’s not hooked up to electricity yet, not until we have finalized the cabinet placement.
Do you remember the TV series “Get Smart”? Don Adams played agent Maxwell Smart and he used to always say, in that squeaky little voice, “Missed it by that much”. . The cedar tree, the one that I’ve been showing y’all that had died, fell this week. And it didn’t hit the house, it missed it by that much. We couldn’t have felled it better if we did it ourselves. It fell in the absolute best direction it could have fallen without damage to the power lines, other trees and most important , our house. It missed our porch and house by about 10′. That’s the best luck, wow. The inside is split and rotted so we can’t use it to mill wood floors but we will use what we can, very creatively.
I had to give a speech for my Toastmaster’s Club and the title of the speech was “Dreaming of the Country Life”. Because for me, it is my dream and hope, to one day live in the country. For years I talked about it. For years I dreamed about and hoped for it until one day I got off my bum and did something about it. Okay, it didn’t happen overnight, but it did begin. It is happening right now, my dream is coming true. And the good news is that yours can too. If the universe can help me achieve my dream, it will help you achieve your dream. It will take action on your part.
1. Go ahead, dream! To achieve a dream, you have to first be willing to dream it. Dare yourself to dream. Are you constantly telling yourself “That’ll never happen”? Then you are right, it won’t. Endeavor, risk, venture, try, go ahead and dream. Get out of your comfort zone. Break off that unhealthy relationship you are in. Start downsizing now, pack up what you don’t need. Buy an expensive set of paints for your first masterpiece. Quit your job or get a job. Do something. Start dreaming of what you can do.
2. Create a dream journal. Your mind is such that it can only conceive what it can achieve, but you have to agree with your mind that you CAN achieve it. Be specific about your dream, the way to be specific is to write it down. I keep a 3 ring binder called “Cabin plans and ideas” and I’m still adding to it. Write it down. Look at it often. See it.
3. Turn your dream into a burning desire. Make that dream a reality to you. Imagine yourself, in detail, living out your dream. Keep imagining until it shifts from dream to burning desire. Can you see yourself painting on the cliffs of Mendocino, Ca? Can you see yourself thin and in shape? Can you see yourself in a healthy and happy relationship? GOOD, then the universe can too and it will happen. When my dream of moving from the city to the country became a burning desire, it’s all I could focus on. I’m creating my reality, it burns within me.
4. Next, turn your desire into goals. Goals are time sensitive. Keep your goals realistic and achievable. After searching, for 5 years, for 10 – 20 acres of land to buy, we realized that our desire was not achievable. It wasn’t within the Dyer household budget. We didnt’ give up. We changed our goals. We realized that 1 – 2 acres was achievable for us. And guess what? Within 4 months of changing our goals we found our dream place. It was worth the wait. What goals have you set for yourself? Be realistic. Don’t try to run a marathon if you’ve never trained for it. If you desire to run a marathon, start walking a mile a day. Perhaps you can’t paint the Sistine Chapel without lessons, but you can paint on a small canvas. Perhaps you can’t step out of that unhealthy relationship today, but you can build your self-esteem today, right now. Begin it. Believe it. Achieve it. You can do it. Start today.
I DARE YOU TO DREAM!!!!!