Almost done with the entry way!

staining wood

All of these stained pieces of wood will be put together tomorrow to make a new entry way.

It’s been such a bad week with my horse Flash that I didn’t think we would ever finish the entry way.  I wanted to finish all the staining last week but didn’t.  Today, since I was looking for a way to keep my mind off everything that’s been going on, I was happy to do the staining and, thankfully, it took all day!  There was a lot of wood.

When I first got to the shop where I was working on it, I finished up the boards that were already stained.  They just needed polyurethane put on them.  I wasn’t sure if I should  do one coat or two.  I ended up doing two coats and I’m glad I did!  They look beautiful!


I put the polyurethane on these boards tonight and they look great now!

After I finished that part, I stained the rest of the boards.  They all had to be sanded first and then wiped down before I could put the stain on.  Since it was cheaper wood than what I used for the coat rack, there were a lot of pits and they soaked up the stain way too fast.  I wasn’t in a hurry though so I just kept working at it and got them all covered.

It’s definitely not a perfect job but it will be in a corner that’s rather dark so I don’t think you will see the imperfections. I had the boards for the coat rack part sitting there all week and they looked good.

I left all of the boards at the shop tonight to dry so they’ll be ready to be put together first thing in the morning.  I can’t wait!!!


Isn’t it pretty?

Flash Saturday Update


Flash’s test results came back negative for Strangles.  This is great news for the most part but I still have that bad feeling.  He’s still not right.  The lymph node under his jaw is very swollen.  Something is causing it but we don’t know what.  However, I have suspicions.

I think he might have a bad tooth infection.  It would make sense because he’s not letting us touch him anywhere near his mouth.  He’s had teeth problems in the past and that’s how he has acted.  Also, since he’s not really chewing his food very good, it could be the reason for the colic.

I have the vet coming out on Friday to take a look at him.  I’m a little nervous that he’s going to colic again before then but it was the soonest they could come.  I wanted a particular vet that is hard to schedule with because everyone asks for her.  She’s the one who helped the last time he had teeth problems though so that’s why I want her to be the one to look at him.

Every time we go to the barn, the cats are hanging around.  This one was just so cute today that I had to take a picture.  We call him Buddy. He has one blue eye and one yellow eye.  He’s a pretty special barn cat.


Not Much Progress This Week

I’m stuck at a very frustrating point right now.  Nothing seems to be going the way that I would like and I’m feeling the Christmas time crunch already.  It’s less than two months away and you can barely walk through the house.  Work and 4-H have been taking up way too much of my time so progress has been very slow.  Here’s where I’m at:

  • The weather is getting cold so I  need to finish up my front porch.  It’s a small enclosed porch and tends to become the catch-all place for everything going in and out of the house.  It’s also where I keep all of my horse things.  I can envision this porch being decorated really cute with old horse bits and other antique country gear or horse tack IF I ever get it cleaned out.
  • My living room has turned into a bedroom which is pretty much turning all of my plans upside down.  Right when I was in the middle of making huge progress, my daughter broke up with her boyfriend and is here all the time now.  This is the daughter who thinks she has fairies following behind her who clean up after her.  She hasn’t quite figured out that those fairies are other family members and she doesn’t understand why we are always yelling at her.  According to her, she doesn’t make a mess!  Ugh!!!  Anyways, this is putting even more of a strain on my time shortage because every time I have a few minutes to work in here, I have to start by moving all of her stuff and then I either run out of time for working on what needs to get done or I’m too tired to keep working on it.
  • Decluttering has actually been going okay.  I’ve made some tough decisions and taken a few trips to St. Vincent de Paul.  Yesterday, I tackled an area that had a lot of stuff that was meant to be donated but had never made it out of the house.  I was going to load it into the car to take it to St. Vinny’s but one of my other daughters has really started enjoying the free table idea and so she wanted to set it up.  We put a lot of things out there, including a great big box of clothes.  I didn’t take a picture this time.  I just set it up and left for a few hours.  I couldn’t believe it.  When I got home, there was hardly anything left!! The great big box and everything in it was gone!  I had put a really neat lamp out, decorative candle holders, an M&M collectible guy and some toys and they were all gone!! Awesome!!  It was so much fun to come home to those empty tables because I know it was nice stuff and made some people happy!

Well, I see a lot of sun outside so I think I’m going to go work on my front porch!  Maybe I’ll finally make some progress on it today.

ProsperityandCalamities put this quote in a comment on one of my posts and I think of it every time I work on my porch.  It keeps me motivated!

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris

My front porch is far from beautiful right now so this quote is perfect for this area!!   If I make enough progress on the porch, I’ll post a pic later today.