This is the week for getting it done

How is your list going?

I know you have one.

My mental list, you know the one I don’t write down,  is getting shorter this week. I am coming down to the wire to get things done before the holiday season begins.

1. Two oversized closets cleaned out for overnight guests that will be here for Thanksgiving.     Gotta have room for suitcases.

2. Garage area cleaned out and organized. My stash of stuff has been there from moving in day (1 year) . I had forgotten what most of it was. Some went to Goodwill.

3. Strip and repaint coffee table. Can’t check this off yet, but here’s where I am with this project.


Starting point.. Tray coffee table. Under the wicker tray is ugly peeling paint. With the wicker tray, really can’t see it and it looks pretty good.  There are plans for a family puzzle project during the holidays on this table top without the tray. 



Step one….sanding and stripping


Step 2. More sanding and stripping


Yes, this table was once painted with white chalk paint……before the brown.

Did I mention this table is 25 yrs. old?

Step 3. You guessed it More Stripping and Sanding.



And I will start again tomorrow with more sanding and stripping. Going to try a citrus paint dissolver recommended by another blogger. I Will let you know how it works.

At this point, I don’t know if the makeover table will end up with paint or stain. It will be determined on the success or non success,  of the sanding and stripping.

After pictures later.

Now what else is on that list………sigh




Shut the door.

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Doors. How often do we think of them? Me, not so much, other than how pretty or ugly they may be.


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I recently read about a 5,000 year old door found by archaeologists in Switzerland. That got me thinking deeper thoughts about doors. How long have doors been with us and what did the ancient doors look like?  What were they made of?  This calls for research. In ancient times, (before the internet)  I would have to get out the old trusted encyclopedia.


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In 2015, no need for that. In a matter of minutes everything I ever wanted to know about doors is at my disposal.


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The oldest door in England can be found in  Westminster Abbey and dates from 1050. .

The door of Westminster Abbey . And what's nailed to this door in 1395 ...

The history of doors, while interesting, is just that…….History.


Today’s doors have two purposes from my standpoint.


1. Functionality: to keep the things in that need to be in and to keep the things out that need to be out.



2. Style and personality.  The front door gives a good indicator of what’s inside. A casual front door is setting the stage for a casual and informal furnishings you can expect to see inside..


A wooden mahogany door would indicate the style of the house and furnishings to be traditional and formal, whether a church or a home.

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A screen door can guarantee a homey cottage.


And my front door, indicating openness and airy spaces inside and the personality of always loving being decorated no matter the season. 



The Handsomest House in Town

The ”Handsomest Residence In Hastings” as it was known in 1885 when Daniel Striker built this Queen Anne asymmetrical style house.

Visiting Hastings Michigan this summer, my eye caught this beauty, It was located near the charming downtown and was definitely a step back in time.

It was recently listed for sale….my opportunity to tour…Virtually of course.

This extravagant home offers 3 fireplaces, turreted tower, quarter sawn oak & butternut ornate woodwork.

The magnificent hardwood staircase is absolutely stunning. Hardwood floors throughout the home with custom design features in the dining room. An open floor plan that can easily be changed to offer privacy with many hardwood pocket doors.



Nearly all of the furnishings are from the original time period of the home (most of the furnishing are included)


Daniel Striker constructed this house in the 1880s;.

He lived there until his death in 1898. Striker’s wife Sarah lived in the house until her death in 1915.

After that, the house was used as the second home for Hastings’ first hospital, then known as Good Samaritan..  In the 1960s, it was converted into apartments and became a convalescent home..

It was later refurbished into a single-family home


The Daniel Striker House has 4,106 square feet.

There are 5 bedrooms and 2 baths.



This home recently sold. A new family can now say they live in the “handsomeness  house in Hastings.’’