Time Lines

This morning I received in my email a Google alert about my wife’s not-quite-defunct blog site. The alert was for the use of the word ‘purrfectlee’, Lee’s not-so-official personal brand, and it directed me to a website by Charles Powell entitiled Best Paint Inspiration: Find Many Ideas for Painting. On his site, Mr. Powell shared one of Lee’s posts from 2012.

It was fun to see the original Pinterest post and my daughter’s work to recreate it (#NailedIt). What was most fun, however, was being able to be taken back in time to when Lee was actively blogging and my daughter was still exploring her budding artistic talents.

I hope Lee finds her way back to sharing her thoughts and experiences via her blog, and I hope Natalie never loses her sense of wonder, fascination, and creativity. With both of these women in my life, it’s part of what makes them so beautiful.

Project Baffroom

This past 4th of July, Lee and I undertook a home improvement project. The mission: Completely renovate the main guest bathroom in our house. Thus, Project Baffroom was born.

First, some background is in order. We are very fortunate to live in a house with four bathrooms. There’s one in the master bedroom, one that is just outside my mother-in-law’s room (it would normally be the guest bathroom), one in my daughter’s room (she’s a teenager, so her bathroom is mostly off limits), and the one in the hall outside my son’s room and our home office. We affectionately refer to it as ‘The Baffroom‘, mostly since it’s the one I use when the kids aren’t here.

The urge to re-do the ‘Baffroom‘ came from me just being tired of the plain, boring, and kiddish looking bathroom. It was unequivocally unimpressive. And since I spent so much quality time in there anyway, I figured it should be a room I enjoy being in. So Lee and I circled the dates on our calendar, scheduled some time off from work, and took to it.

Below are a couple of pictures that document the transformation. I am very happy with the final result, and I am also surprised with how well it came out. I owe a world of thanks to my wife and mother-in-law for the sweat they poured into the project, to my good friend Leigh Stevens for his guidance and expertise whenever I got into a jam, and to all of you on Pinterest that helped with drops of inspiration here and there (specifically with what we did to replace the medicine cabinet).

This goes to show that if you can visualize it, you can do it. I am ‘somewhat’ handy, but by no means am I a handyman. Still, we stepped outside our comfort zone and tackled the project head on. I hope it serves as a reminder to Lee and myself that as we look at the many challenging goals we have in 2014, no matter how unsure we may feel now, we are more than capable of achieving them. We just need to be resolved to do so.

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A plain kid’s bathroom with a surfer motif.
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Nothing exciting about this bathroom.


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I was terrified when I took out the flooring …..
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… but I have to admit ripping out the sinkand cabinet was kinda’ fun.
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New paint ….
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…. new flooring ….
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…. and new wainscoting.


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Replaced the commode and added the little touches to bring the room altogether.
I love the modern vanity and the ‘manly’ faucet I got to go with it.
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But what really makes the room is the wonderful tiled alcove Lee made where the medicine cabinet used to be.

042/365 Twisted Mister

I have a saying. “If I can do it, it’s not art.” After tonight, I may have to re-think that a little bit.

This evening, Lee and I attended a session at Painting With a Twist, a studio where you can come in and the instructor steps you through creating a painting. Lee had a previous experience with Painting With A Twist, and she was really eager to do it with me, especially since the painting we did was called “Colors of Music.” So rather than us go out to dinner for our Valenversary (Lee and I met on Feb. 15, 2005), we decided instead to celebrate by signing up for this Painting With A Twist session.

I have to say that I’ve never really painted on a canvas before (actually, never painted before at all), and I was excitedly anxious to give this a try. The direction from our instructor was excellent, and although the pace can be a little quick, the overall experience was fun and supportive. It also helps you can bring your own beverages, including the adult kind, and consume them in the studio as you paint.

Although it’s no Van Gogh, I am really happy with the finished product, and I am looking forward to hanging it up in my closet office. I am sure Lee and I will be back to Painting With A Twist someday soon.