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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Bad Fireplace, A Great Friend & A Good Book

When I moved into this house sixteen years ago a few years ago, I vowed to remove the fireplace surround. 
Life happened and I got distracted like a kitten with a shiny object. 
I stopped noticing the surround until  a friend offered, "You know, you can just pop that fireplace surround off. It would look so much better." 
What fireplace surround? Oh, wait...
Last Friday night, I sent a text to a friend that looked a little something like this:
"Please tell me that I am not the only person home on Friday night...in jammies? Will you help me remove my fireplace thing-a-ma-jig?"
My loyal pal, designer extraordinaire Karen, knew that this text was code for:
"I'm in my jammies and enjoying a cocktail. Will you come remove my fireplace thingy for me?"
She grabbed her handy dandy toolbox and came to my rescue. She and my daughter worked together, battling the dust bunnies and the ashes, to remove the fireplace thingy! 
Meanwhile, I mixed drinks and said helpful things like, "Do you like dark chocolate or milk chocolate better?"




                             Our dog, the great photo-bomber!

Thank you to Michele from  The Great Read  for sending me this amazing book about Dr. Paul Farmer!




Snow is falling outside and I am dreaming of curling up and reading more than two sentences before I hear, 
"MOOOOOM! He touched me!" or "Where is the refrigerator?" or "Can you wipe my bottom?"

Link Par-taay at:
http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/
http://www.notjustahousewife.net/
http://sixsistersstuff.com/
http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/
http://www.commonground-do.com/
http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/
http://chiconashoestringdecorating.blogspot.com/
http://romantichome.blogspot.com/
http://www.serenitynowblog.com/
http://www.the36thavenue.com
http://www.houseofhepworths.com/
http://www.theshabbycreekcottage.com

19 comments:

  1. Tracy Kidder is a remarkable, elegant author. He wrote "Soul of a New Machine" (a bit technical for me) and "Among Schoolchildren" (about a teacher;I LOVED IT) and "House" (about building a house; I LOVED IT, TOO). I will have to hunt up "Mountains Beyond Mountains".

    The fireplace looks great! Mine is so plain; someday I will have to do something to jazz it up.

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    1. Now, I have to read those books! Thanks, Jenny!

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  2. Love your fireplace almost as much as your photo-bombing pooch. Promise me if you get into any trouble over there, you'll tell everyone you're with Paul Farmer.

    xoxomichele

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    1. That is a great plan! When in doubt, shout, "I'M WITH PAUL FARMER!" Thank you so much for this book- I love it! Makes me want to be a better person!

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  3. All fireplace thingies should be removed from every house in America. Should be a law. Happy Thursday from the enchanted oven.
    xo,
    Lisa

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    1. Let's make this a revolution. NO!MORE!UGLY!FIREPLACES!
      Thanks, Lisa!

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  4. Love it. Sooo much better. Just watch out for swinging doggie tails!

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    1. Dog on fire! Or as we like to say in Indiana, DOG ON FAR!

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  5. Hahahaha...you knew ya had me at cocktails (and that 1980's brass was making me twitch!!)

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    1. Please just move in, already. I got a house full of stuff you could de-ugly!

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  6. That Karen Devine, she's a handy one!

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    1. That Karen Devine has saved my bacon more times than I can count.

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  7. Hi Kerry!!!!

    You have a great friend!!!!

    I love the way your daughter is in there helping. And your pooch is so sarn cute!!!

    Pam

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    1. My daughter thinks Karen is the bees knees. And, she's right!
      Thanks, Pam! Nice new avatar!

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  8. Love the fireplace, and I remember those days well, when you weren't even safe in the bath. Enjoy!
    Jeannie

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  9. You crack me up as always :) I have so many things that I get so used to seeing that I don't notice anymore. Thank goodness for good friends!

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  10. Thank you so much, Stacy! Just when I start to feel like I am posting the same old, same old, I have to bust out something crazy! Thank you for being the hostess with the mostest!

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  11. Great delivery. Outstanding arguments. Keep up the amazing spirit.


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