so i’m not the neatest…


I decided to tackle a few of my pending painting projects today. This is a picture {taken by my daughter} of me after. I’m a disaster when I paint. I just can’t help it. I try to be neat, I try to only dip my paintbrush in a little bit and take careful strokes, but inevitably I end up with a paintbrush covered in paint, paint splattered on the drop cloth, my clothes, my hands, and {today} on my chin.


Unfortunately it’s not just in my painting that I have trouble being neat and tidy. This ‘quality’ of mine extends into my closet, bathroom, kitchen, etc., and I’m afraid my oldest daughter has inherited it as well. The thing is I really LIKE things to be neat, I love it when a room is tidy and things are put away. I can’t cook a meal in our kitchen until it’s tidied and the workspace is clean. So basically I am my own worst enemy {well me and the 3 little people in my flat who constantly sabotage my efforts to tidy}. I create mess that drives me crazy because I want things to be neat. I think better when things are neat. Even if my room is a mess when my bed is made I feel like there is some order in my life. I don’t think that I’m necessarily a sloppy person, I’m just a rushed person. I always run about 5 minutes late. I dash around like a mad-woman before taking the kids to school in the morning, trying to locate my scarf, my keys, my purse, you name it. Now wouldn’t it be easier if I just put those things in their proper place when I came in the day before? That is my challenge for this week. Put things away, in their proper place, NOW, instead of later. I’m hoping this will help me be a bit less manic in the mornings, and in life in general.

Here are a few before and after pictures from my painting today. I only got the primer on, but I already love how everything looks with a coat of white {the final coats will be in white paint too!}.

tray bought on clearance with a Christmas motif painted inside
















with a coat of primer

so much nicer with a coat of white paint!


mastering the art of procrastination

I could write a book about this. How to push things back, find a million ‘more important’ things to do, “forget”, avoid… the list goes on. I’m not so proud to say yesterday I gave my daughter a lesson in this fine art. Now not a literal lesson of course, more of a lesson by example, which are unfortunately the most effective kind.

I was out at a birthday party Saturday night and another parent of a girl in Olivia’s grade asked how her project was going, or something to that effect. Hmmm, what project exactly? Now this is where one of my key elements of procrastination comes in, I don’t lie about it {I don’t say oh it’s going well, all the while thinking oh dear we haven’t even started!}, I’m pretty honest about it {what assignment? Woopsie, guess we better get started!}. Sure enough, I found the assignment paper later that night, buried in her bag where it was left after I read it several weeks ago. Choose a famous Scot that you admire, create a report about this person… Now my daughter doesn’t exactly know of enough Scots to have one that she admires, so I may have chosen for her, and found a bunch of pictures to take up space enhance her report. I’ll give you some hints; ┬áMissionary, Africa, Victoria Falls, Malaria. Any guesses?

David Livingstone!

He really was an amazing person, you can read up on him here if you’re curious!

So I learned a few lessons from this experience, first of all, DO homework as soon as it is assigned. This was the lesson I learned over and over again in High School and in University. Apparently I still am! I was also struck {again} by the fact that this parenting gig is hard work, and comes with a lot of responsibility! I want my daughter to be a hard worker, to be responsible with her tasks, and most of all to try her best. My job is to help her learn how to do all of those things. This was the first of *many* assignments I will be helping her with I’m sure, and I think we both learned a few things, not only about David Livingstone, but also about how not fun it is to cram the assignment in the day before. Hopefully we’ll do better next time!