I recently shared about my transition into my renovation project, and though I posted about a week ago – in real time it has officially been about three months since I’ve transitioned into my #ProjectHouse (said to the tune of Cash Money Millionaires’ ‘Project Chick’… those of us who came of age in the late 90’s and 2000’s will understand). Due to the ridiculously random winter that we had this year in Richmond, it has definitely been an experience. For starters, like many older homes the house lacks proper insulation as well as a central heating system. Added to that, the radiators that were previously installed in the home (…like back in the early 1900’s…) no longer work, and the temperature over the past few months has been a little on the nippy side. So what is an adverturesome, budget-conscious, aspiring home renovator to do? Invest in space saving heaters and large rolls of plastic, that’s what! My beloved man friend and I spent an afternoon draping sheets of plastic over the doorways of the rooms that I primarily use (as I only occupy the first floor of the home, and only 2 of those rooms at that) to retain the heat emitted by the space saving heaters, as well as over the windows. Plastic was also draped around the stairs leading to the second floor, to thwart the laws of physics and to support the maintenance of heat on the first floor. My efforts weren’t entirely attractive…….actually, they’re downright ugly, but they work – especially when paired with a warm sleeping bag, several blankets, and hoodies! And my successfully overcoming an initial barrier to my ultimate goal was so encouraging to me. Like really, my physically staying in the house has served to remind me not only of the home’s potential, but also what I can do when I’m determined to see something through. For that, I have dealt with a little cold 😉 I am so excited to see projects that I start to completion, and during those times when it feels less than convenient to keep pressing forward– I can simply tune up Pharrell’s ‘Happy*’ to bring me back to a positive emotional state. Because really, when I see all that I have been blessed with and the amazing outcome that is to come, I can’t help but become anything less than Happy.
*I love the go-go version of this by the way. I can’t help it, it’s the PG County girl in me 😉