spending time.

You know, it’s funny, but when I initially was thinking about putting together a year end recap blog post I felt like I hadn’t really done that much in 2022 and it would be hard to come up with something that wasn’t lame.  After all, what did I spend my time on last year?  Now that I’m retired from the day job, I have to admit that I feel a little bit like I’m spending too much of my time doing unimportant things like reading a book, taking a nap or watching YouTube.

Then I started looking back at my blog posts for 2022 and I realized I did do some things.  For one thing, I traveled quite a bit.  I visited some old favorites like my mom’s place near Vegas, Disney World and Puerto Vallarta.  Plus I saw some new places like Sedona …

and Charleston.

I also did a lot more gardening last year than I have in the past, and that led me to start a weekly ‘Sunday mornings in the garden’ blog post.

I also did plenty of thrifted item makeovers.

And garage sale item makeovers.

And even some makeovers of my own stuff.

Of course, there were countless toolbox makeovers!

And lock box makeovers.

And tackle box makeovers.

Speaking of tackling, I also tackled a project I’d been putting off for a couple of years, turning the photo cottage back into a potting shed.

I learned a new technique in 2022 with the I.O.D. paint inlays.

I also got my first paid magazine feature in 2022.

And my first paid blog post sponsorship (Dixie Belle Paint Co does not pay me, but they do provide me with free product, fyi).

Looking back over all of these things, I realize that I did a lot more in 2022 than just nap, read and binge watch YouTube.

I guess I tend to focus on furniture makeovers when trying to decide whether or not I’ve accomplished something, and 2022 was definitely not my best year in terms of productivity or profit when it comes to furniture.

However, I did create some really cool pieces like the fritz kohnen armoire.

And the raw wood experiment dresser.

The botanical cupboard was one of my favorite pieces in 2022.

And the splitsville nightstands created from a dressing table were a fun project to work on too.

My motivation for working on furniture stalled a bit over the last year because my stuff just hasn’t been selling as quickly as it used to.

At this point I can’t promise that I’ll be ramping back up when it comes to furniture makeovers, but I hope to have plenty of projects of all kinds to share with you guys along with a smattering of gardening and travel posts (we’re going back to Norway!) in 2023.  So I hope you’ll all stick with me for another year.

Happy New Year!


24 thoughts on “spending time.

  1. Happy New Year to you! I have enjoyed all your posts. It looked to me like you had a very busy 2022. Furniture is due for a revival. Let’s hope it happens in 2023.


  2. Happy New Year to you! It looks like your 2022 was pretty busy, and I’m looking forward to your blog posts and projects (and trips!) in 2023!


  3. Yes, indeed, you certainly had a busy year, and kept all of us entertained! Thanks for all the wonderful, beautiful and funny posts! Even as a retired person, you get more done in a day than I do in a month. Enjoy the upcoming years! I SO enjoy your posts. Thanks for sharing so much with us! Best wishes for the New Year to you and Mr. Q!


    1. LOL, well, I don’t know if I’ve really earned it. I certainly don’t feel like I have. Mr. Q keeps reminding me that I worked a full time job for most of the last 40+ years, so I’m allowed to be retired now, but I still feel rather guilty every time I just sit around reading 😉


  4. I have enjoyed following along these past several months. Enjoy your projects and gardening adventures. Happy travels in 2023!



  5. You’ve done SO much!! So good to remind ourselves of all we’ve accomplished☺️ you ALWAYS inspire me and I will for sure be following along this year!!! Especially Norway!!! Yayyyyy🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻


  6. Oh my goodness, Linda! If I got done even a tenth of what you have done this year, I’d be thrilled! I walked my dogs a lot LOL….and read your blog every day. I was often inspired to act, but mostly I just ooohed and awed your accomplishments! Thank you so much for sharing all you do!
    Happiest New Year to you and Mr Q!


  7. Well it looks to me as though you had a very productive year in 2022! Your blog is one of my favorites, I enjoy it so much. I hope that you continue to enjoy your retirement – and that includes enjoying having the time to read, nap, garden, travel, watch You Tube, hit the garage sales and thrift stores, etc. Happy New Year!


  8. Wow you did a lot in 2022. I enjoy your blog so much and it’s the variety of topics that is so fun. Enjoy your retirement. Looking forward to all that you write about in 2023!


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