Happy Wednesday!

I hope everyone has enjoyed their Wednesday! I have been very busy over the past few days.

On Saturday, I helped a friend and her brides maids pick out the makeup look they wanted me to do on them for the wedding the next day. It wasn’t supposed to rain, and yet, it poured down rain off and on during the ceremony and reception. It wouldn’t have been so bad, except it was an outdoor wedding, and there wasn’t a tent in sight. Generally, no one gets tents for outdoor weddings in Redding, California once it hits April, especially in a drought year, but this year it had to rain. Despite the damp weather, fun times were had by all, and I even caught the bouquet!

Monday, Tuesday and today were spent working in the yard and going over things that need to be done for the new bathroom. My contractor friend has been slammed with appointments these past few days, so I’m hoping he is able to come out tomorrow. I mostly need to know what he needs me to do in order to get the ball rolling. I’m hoping it only takes a month to get the new bathroom and wet bar in to the studio, but only time will tell.

During the evening, after I get my son to bed, I have been working on my next screenplay project. One of the producers editing my most recent screenplay is currently working on a production in LA, so meet once every few weeks to discuss the latest draft and changes that need to be made. I’m also hoping to get his take on my latest project.

In the meantime, I’m going to finish painting the soffit in my kitchen, as well as the ceiling in both my laundry room and kitchen. Then I’ll be able to shift gears to focus on the studio around the same time that project fully gets underway.

I hope everyone enjoys there evening and I’ll leave you with a few pictures I took over the weekend during the wedding!

Kitchen Update

So, my sister was supposed to come over and help me paint the ceilings in my laundry room and kitchen; however, she ended up getting a sinus infection and bronchitis. My son is 3 and autistic, so he loves to help and needs to be near me at all times. He makes painting interesting.

In light of my sister’s illness, I decided to do a small paint project in my kitchen that involved a paint sample of “Green Tea” from Valspar and a brush. Painting with a brush does take a little longer, but its worth it to not have my son tip over a paint tray.

My upper kitchen cabinets both have soffits, but only one of those soffits is lath and plaster, the other is made of the same wood my cabinets are made out of. For the past few years I have dreamt of painting the soffit, putting up a quote I bought, and then painting the rest of the kitchen a nice cream color.  In a few years, I’ll have the cabinets stained a darker color, put in a new counter, install a tile floor, and have new appliances installed. For now, I just want it to not look like a depressing taupe/grey color.

I did the first coat of paint tonight, and it took about 20 minutes. I wasn’t too worried about taping the ceiling because that’s going to get a fresh coat of paint next week. I mostly taped the ceiling in the corners. Then took my paint brush and carefully laid down an even first coat. Tomorrow I’ll add a second coat and paint the underside of the soffit, and will probably add a second coat to the underside of the soffit as well.

I’m a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, as well as a freelance writer, and I have been asked to do a friend’s makeup for her wedding on Sunday, so Saturday we will be practicing. That means no painting or craft projects this weekend, because I am also expecting to get a screenplay back with a bunch of edits, which will make for a long third round of edits.

Anyway, enjoy the pics of the progress so far. I really love paint samples because they allow you to add a touch of color or drama to an area for under $5. Being on a budget and having to slowly decorate after you’ve saved the money can be a real drag sometimes, especially if it is taking months. So, the instant gratification I can get from adding color to a boring space helps me feel like I am making progress towards my decorating goal.

Unexpected Blessings

I was a reporter for a small newspaper for 4.5 years, and in December my position was eliminated. I was fortunate to receive a severance package, and a tax return after filing. However, after paying off a few things, and then catching us up on our bills, the money ran out.

One of the biggest projects I had wanted to add was a bathroom to one of our outbuildings that is currently a studio space I use for guests. It was my hope that we could rent it out for some additional income to help easy the burden. We fall short every month because my unemployment is around 60% of what my former income was, and even cutting out all the extras, we are still short by a few hundred dollars each month.

Our problem is we can pay the bills, and not eat. Or eat and not pay the bills. Because I own my house, if we go on any kind of public assistance, the government will either sue my ex-husband to get the money or put a lien against the house. My ex-husband doesn’t have to pay child support in exchange for my having sole legal/sole physical custody of my son. I call him on occasion when we need money to help us out, and he gives it to me.

Well, the other day I reached out to him to ask if he could pay for my son’s health insurance, and he agreed. We talked and caught up on each others lives, then we disconnected and I didn’t give it a second thought. He called last night, and offered to pay for the bathroom addition to the studio, and he said to not worry about paying him back. It was an amazing blessing, and is a huge relief lifted off my shoulders. I’ve been praying for a few months for help and direction, and it looks like my prayers have been answered.

I called a friend of the family who is a contractor, and he will be over this afternoon to look at the space and he’ll also get the permit for the new bathroom. For the first time since I lost my job, I know that things are going to work out in time, I just need to be patient and keep praying foe guidance as I walk through this new chapter in my life.

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