Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pitfalls of Perfectionism and other Random Ramblings

I finally decided that it was time to post once again. I have not quit blogging, not to say I didn't think about it. I am not sure there is anyone out there still reading.   I guess there hasn't been anything  to read, now has there?

Remember this?

 Well now we have this!
I wish I could report to you that all is finished, and all is well, but alas, it is not. The counter top has been wrong twice, and just when I thought we were past counter top issues, there is a spot on one side where the laminate is separating. It has been a slow process, especially when I have done most of the painting on the existing cabinets
Here's where pitfalls of perfectionism come in.
 My eye seems to be drawn to every imperfection, and I have had to decide what I can let go of, and what has to be fixed.
There were some paint issues on the doors. Corrections made. They are not perfect, but I still love the way it looks.
When you are paying someone, I guess my standard may be too high?
The bead board is great, however the installation...not exactly what I was hoping for. But it is getting there. A little more caulking, and touch up. It is looking like a totally different kitchen.
Beginning a major project during the holidays is difficult, however, this was the best time for us.

I even celebrated the big 50 while I was away!
My husband brought me my favorite cake, and we celebrated quietly, just the way I like it.

Other things that have been going on:

  • I helped give a couples shower/dinner for a friend that got married last weekend.
  • Last weekend spent helping prepare for the wedding reception. I was the coordinator, of the food that is.
  • My son is home until his next move to Seminary in the fall, at least that is the plan. It has been a joy to be able to spend more time with him.
  • I am reading through the Bible with our church. It has been a blessing. I have never read through the complete Bible. I am learning a lot, mostly God is speaking to me about many things.
  • I am learning to crochet. That has been fun!
  • My cute grandson (and his Mama) have been to visit several times during all the mess.
  • My parents are coming Friday, so I am trying to do some intensive cleaning!
I warned you that this would be random. On another note, I am wanting to change things up a bit here. Not sure yet, exactly what that means, but I know I do want my writing to be meaningful and encouraging to others.
For now I will close, and promise not to be so long in posting again.
Blessings to you all.


Autum said...

Hello there! The kitchen looks wonderful!! It is hard to accept anything less than a job done right when you are paying for it. From the photo, it looks really nice though!

Welcome back
xo Autum

Miss Debbie said...

Yes, we are still here and we have been missing you! Your kitchen looks beautiful! sometimes I think we have to finally say..."good enough"! Sounds like you have been busy...helping and learning...two good things! Happy Belated Birthday! Take it from someone who has been in the 50's for quite a while's not so bad! :-) Glad you are back..look forward to you sharing more with us!

Christine said...

Welcome back to blogland and yes I did check in on you while you were away and yes I do read your blog!

Seems that a lot of bloggers are taking sometime off, which I understand.

I appreciate the way you got us all caught up with your life. Your kitchen is beautiful.

Perfection can bring us down and we have to see beyond the cracks. That is what I tell my husband.

Happy 50th Birthday!

Kristen, pajama mama said...

Jackie-Happy Birthday. I understand about celebrating quietly-I think I like that too. And the glimpse into your kitchen is gorgeous. I'm sure the countertops will be worth the hassle and wait.

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Wow... it is beautiful! I can be a bit of a perfectionist as well, so I understand those darn pitfalls! lol Happy 50th Birthday! Celebrating quietly is my style too. :)

Victoria said...

What a gorgeous new kitchen! I am sure you are itching to be done with it though.

Happy belated birthday!!!!

Sounds like you have been one busy woman. :)

Crystal said...

Wow, the kitchen looks amazing! And so does that cake! Happy Birthday!

Ginny said...

What a transformation in your kitchen! It looks a million times better.

Enjoy the crocheting. I find it relaxing and enjoyable.

Runner Mom said...

Hey, friend! I have missed you! And, Happy Birthday! Whoohoo!!!

So excited that you are reading through the Bible! It is wonderful! I am seeing things this year that I missed last year--or more than likely, God is revealing them to me this year because I need to see them!


Panic Away Review said...

Your kitchen sure looks lovely!

rebecca @ older and wisor said...

It's so hard to know when things should be fixed and when to say IT'S GOOD ENOUGH. But from what I can see, it's looking like a complete transformation. I can't even believe it's the same kitchen!

As for taking a break, I stand by my decision to only blog when I want to. Blogging is always low on my list of priorities, and I only do it when I feel like it. Otherwise it wouldn't be fun, and who wants to do something that isn't necessary or fun? Not me.


mary beth said...

Oh yes, we are out there! Just wanted to say how wonderful your kitchen fresh and bright! You have worked so hard and maybe you should just take a break from all remodel projects, live with the imperfections for a month or so, and then see what is still bugging you. I have found that I find it so much easier to accept little flaws in our new home now that we've lived with them for a while. While you're in the midst of it, you get this idea that it has to be perfect right away, or you worry that if you let it go, it will never get fixed. In the end, does it really matter? It sounds like you have a really busy time ahead...get some rest girl, and enjoy your guests. They will love your remodel as much as I do!

Karee said...

your re-kitchen is fab!
and though this is the 1st time I have visited your blog (and therefore your posting frequency is not an issue...) I wanted to let you know your sweet post IS Meaningful & Encouraging.
Live & Post at your own pace because it is your life and we are just party peekers!

Christina said...


Your kitchen is beautiful. I am seriously in love with the beadboard backsplash and the creamy color. I understand the perfectionist thing. When we sit and look at those things in our house and live w/them day in and day out they do seem to jump out. Of course, it goes without saying that we want things that should be fixed to be taken care of. It will be delightful when it is all done. I've missed catching up with everyone. Sounds like your days are busy, but very fulfilling.

Happy 50! Hope your grandbaby is doing well too. Growing up, I'm sure.