I also think that it is the Mother of forcing people to discover new hobbies and interests.
For example: refinishing furniture.
I stink at it, but I have recently picked it up out of necessity.
We had to sell/give away/throw away most of our possessions when we moved from Minnesota (including all our furniture), so I have scoured Craigslist (and Grannie's barn!) for some furniture to furnish our home with and found some screaming deals.
I have found enough solid wood pieces to nearly furnish our whole house without having to spend much at all!
Of course a lot of the furniture I found have been diamonds in the rough, so I have spent most early mornings and late nights working on refinishing furniture while the girls sleep.
My projects so far......
It has been yellow for the past 17-ish years, but after a lot of stripping, sanding, painting, and staining, it has become this beauty:
Merry Christmas to me. Thanks, Mom!
And then I found a small "desk" for Kenners to have in her room and decided to have it match the big one:
Grannie had four chairs like this sitting in her barn:
I originally thought that I would use them as dining chairs, but after finding a solid oak dining table with 6 great chairs for $75, I decided to have some fun refinishing and antiquing these chairs in different ways and this is what I came up with:
And my next projects? To refinish/paint this pigeon-poop encrusted rocking chair:
And refinish this dresser:
I also have a hutch and another large dresser to refinish.
This refurnishing stuff has become slightly addicting and has actually been a lot of fun. And I can't wait to get it all into the house.
One day more. :)
One day more. :)
(Another day, another destiny. This never-ending road to Calvary......oh Les Mis, I love you! Please come to Alaska so that my husband can surprise me with tickets to come see your show after a delicious dinner of sushi. Please.)