Thursday, December 29, 2011

Nothing is Impossible, even cleaning Courtney's room.

It's NOT that bad.  She said to me as we took a look at the mess we had been putting off for a very long time.  To be totally honest I did not want to clean her room and I kept saying that an eleven year old should be able to clean it up herself.  But after months of sending her to her all day retreats with nothing to show for it I decided we should tackle this together.

"It's NOT that bad".

So we looked around and figures out where we should start.

A look right.  I notice even the mattress can't lie flat.

So we started in a corner and worked our way around the room.

We made a clean spot!

"Ha Ha, I got something caught in my hair when crawling under my bed".

"See? Uh, I can't get it out".

"No really! Can you help me?!"

Next the bed only to cover it again!

Then the table, but everything ended up back on the bed.  Ugh!

Now it is just a massive pile. We have been at it for hours now.  I think we will have to try again tomorrow.

  Hey this isn't so bad.  The pile is getting smaller!


"Oh Yeah".


Told you it wasn't so bad.

After the room was clean Court wanted to move the furniture around.  Now was the perfect time!

We moved the bed and brought out the table.  That made enough room to fit the desk given to her by Grandma.

 Then we put her work table in front of the window for extra light.

We moved the dresser too.

Wiley likes it too.

The walls were painted by me years ago.  If you would like to see more pictures please visit my web site at  The round table was created out of a wire spool from a construction site.  The small chairs were made out of small cable spools.  And the work table is made out of metal pipe.

It only took us 2 days.  When it was all over I showed the pictures to Courtney.  I asked her if she could see how it really was that bad.  She said no. "I really don't see how it was that bad". 

I realized that no matter how clean we get her room, so long as she does not see a problem it will never get better.  I guess you can lead a horse to water but not force it to drink.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fear is insidious, conniving and crafty.  Never underestimate the destructive power of Fear.  Fear might be a sane man's warning system before they are about to do something stupid. But, it could be that little bit of gum on your shoe slowing or stopping your next step; causing you to hesitate, stumble or even fail.

The hardest thing about fear is recognizing it. 

This week I am going to try to do something I normally would not because of fear.  I am going to talk to that person or contact that gallery. I will fear rejection, judgement or something and this week I will do it anyway!

I am not a portrait painter.  However I have a patron who has bought 3 in the past 2 years.  Here is the latest, her second son. Thank you Rebecca!

Monday, December 5, 2011

20 days till Christmas.

20 more days till Christmas.  How exciting.  I love Christmas now if I could only get others to want to sing Christmas Carols with me.

2012 is off to a good start.  I have been booked for a NYE party at Lake Royale.  How Fun!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

So Excited! A new place to babble!

Ok How many times do we start something new with every intent to follow through?  I am the same way.  But this time will be different, right?

This is just like a NYE Resolution.  Exciting!