As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Diary Of A Whim

I am busy with Saturday things. 

I think about painting the kitchen cabinets.  A lot.  I am suddenly obsessed with the idea.  And I want to do it now

Ron and I go out for a Christmas errand and a coffee date.  When he mentions going to Lowe's, I quickly agree.  That is a clue that something is up, and he looks at me quizzically.  In Lowe's, he goes his way, and I go to collect a gazillion paint samples. 

This happens...

I look at the gazillion paint chips taped to my cabinets.  Over and over.  In different lights.  Asking the opinion of every family member.  I go online to research how-to's.  I read Ron the how-to from This Old House's website, knowing that he is a fan of TOH.  I watch a few YouTube videos of men who make it look easy and quick. 

Ron asks me to abandon the idea of doing this project before the holidays. 

I reassess our calendar for these next ten days before Thanksgiving.  (Yikes!) 
I imagine my Thanksgiving dinner...with both tables in our farmhouse kitchen...and I imagine that kitchen with all the cabinet doors removed and the untidy innards displayed...and I imagine my aversion to this scenario. 

I concede to Ron that he is right.  (~whimper~)  I will abandon the idea.  For now. 

But stay tuned, because in January...


  1. Stopped over here from Vee's. I love your diary of a whim and paint chips everywhere. So how I operate =) Makes me smile to see someone else on the same page.

    P.S. waiting till January...good idea ;)

  2. I, being one who said "go for it!" am now saying that you are wise to wait until January!


  3. You are further down the trail than I...I think I'll just get my cues from you. I'll let you do all the exploration, self-education, experimentation, etc. and then I'll follow suite.

    I've thought a lot about it. At the rate I'm going, painted cabinets will be a thing of the past and everyone will be wanting wood again!

  4. Cheryl, I am so in love with your "diary" format. And I can sooooo relate to your obsession. "I want it NOW!" When you get in that state, it's difficult to surrender when the dream must be delayed. I'm so thankful for your godly heart, and for your husband who lovingly encourages and guides you.

    I'm looking forward to new diary entries, come January! And to photos of the finished project! Better yet, I should come over and SEE the finished project.

  5. Oh Cheryl... I don't wanna. I've been waiting and waiting for the painting bug to bite me. My kitchen cupboards wouldn't just LOOK nicer with paint, they NEED it. They are old, nice cupboards that have always been painted. It's been 14 years since we did it, and they are looking it. As I said before... I don't wanna! So, I'm not sure if visiting you in January is going to inspire me or frustrate me. ;) I will visit because I love you but just know that it will be bitter sweet... :) Your color choices are wonderful of course. I love Your colonial decor. Mine have to stay white until the day we can replace the old tile counters. Maybe that's the problem. Painting white on white is NO fun at all!

    Blessings, Debbie


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