Long Jet Trails Across a Blue Sky…

Mar 10 2016
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Well we finally made it to our first spring here in the old/new place 🙂 I remember spring here on the farm when I was just a kid, making rivers in the yard to help it drain, getting muddy, wet and being just blissful in what was finally warm days. The thing is about living in such a northern climate there is a reason why we can wear shorts when its thirty degrees outside, its because when you’re this close to the sun its literally 75 degrees when you’re standing in it 🙂 I was out feeding the horses a couple of weeks ago, on our first truly spring-like day, and turned around to see these jet trails across the blue sky. Immediately I was singing that country song by Joe Nichols “Sunny and 75” I remember it well because when it came out and got popular on the radio up here Joe and I were first together. Isn’t it funny how songs do make their mark on us?

UPDATE: December 15th, 2017. Joe and I are now divorced. I will not be deleting blog posts like this one as it is still a diary to some extent of my past and that still matters to me. I wish I had been more honest about how things were going to you guys here on the blog… I thought things would get better. There was always something: once this happens then he won’t be so angry… But, eventually, he ran out of excuses and I had to face my reality that I was wrong about Joe in every way possible. Grandma’s house is completely mine so now it can actually become what I dreamed it would be on all those late nights alone when I was renovating it. Happiness does not always come the way we expect it to (sometimes it even takes a broken heart to get us there) but I still believe in happy endings!

“White jet trails across the blue sky – Your ponytail showing off the sunshine – Like a postcard, out of nowhere – You get to me, you give me that smile and – I’m somewhere, somewhere sunny and 75!”

Long jet trails across a Minnesota blue spring sky and working on my barn wood book shelves for my library!
With the new wood stove in our house our lives have improved dramatically. No more worrying about the house freezing! In that same breath though while I’m busy and running with my day job and working on house projects my poor husband Joe got laid off for a couple of months so he’s basically losing his mind. Just between you and me though I kinda like having a stay at home husband 🙂 For the first time since we’ve been together he’s there to get up with me in the morning and give me a kiss goodbye when before he was always gone by 5 am. And, because he can’t sit still, the house is clean and the dishes are done and, sometimes, even supper is cooking when I get home at night, its pretty awesome! And, honestly, it couldn’t have come at a better time for me as my last three weeks at my day job have been ridiculously busy and stressful on top of another side job that I have besides this blog, I damned near became over whelmed. Isn’t it funny though how some of the things we do that most people would consider “work” are our own personal escapes and fun times? That’s what this blog is and all of my house projects are for me! Besides my busy days I’ve been working on my office and here is the barn wood book shelves sneak peak that I’ve been promising!

Long jet trails across a Minnesota blue spring sky and working on my barn wood book shelves for my library!

Grandpa and Grandma always come through for me when it comes to materials 🙂 I’m calling these lovely 2x6s barnwood because they are old and they were out in the barn. However, they’re really not that old, they’re the standard 5 1/2 x 1 1/2 you would expect of 2x6s cut to today’s standards. Regardless though after I wiped them down with vinegar, they still possess some lovely character don’t they!?

Long jet trails across a Minnesota blue spring sky and working on my barn wood book shelves for my library!

And here’s the shot of the brackets I chose 🙂 I’ll be posting about this project soon and go into greater detail! I love how, when the shelves are covered with books, you can’t see the brackets at all and, at only $3 a piece, they were just about the perfect price for my budget! Can’t wait to show you all the details guys!

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