Monday, September 5, 2011

Home again, home again, jiggety jig:)

Spent Labor Day weekend in LA--E got to see his dad and I got some much needed R &R.  I gotta say, as soon as I start to get content in Minneapolis-I drag myself to the airport.  Landing at LAX Thursday night, I was so excited to be back.  No, I'm not a fan of traffic.  I'm a fan of warm weather, the ocean, the mountains and chill people:)  I don't swim, so people always find it odd that I'm so attracted to seawater.  Perhaps, because it is always a high-risk situation for me.  I got to visit my favorite local places-run to Malibu-bike to Venice and while taking breakfast at my favorite little hiding spot in Santa Monica (the International Cafe)--someone shouted Minnehaha?  I gotta tell you-that made me smile.  In a city-where everyone is a somebody (you might just not be able to place them at that moment)--someone recognized me  clad in running gear and smiled when speaking about my big, beautiful house. I like talking old houses-I think I always surprise people with that and they often comment that I'm "so real".  Ummm, cause I am :)  So I chatted about the great  Minnehaha project-which almost left my hands this weekend (but didn't). The weather finally warmed up and I couldn't resist any longer.  I coaxed the boogie board from E and went in the water.  I'm sure it is always a sight-me and the Boogie Board. I'm not a very coordinated human-so I end up looking like a rag doll. It is always a time when I forget that I'm somebody's mom and a grown-up.  In the ocean, I'm 10 years old..tops. So much fun and just what my doctor ordered--30 minutes of not having a care in the world.  I walked back to my hotel with the biggest grin on my face, so thankful that I took that time to be a kid again.  The days before then were fun on the beach--but the moments after I let the burden of my adult life slip away into the sea were so much better.  I have a new favorite pic and it was taken right after that--it's still me, but my the eyes...well, they are those of a happy 10 year old after a day at the Beach. Sometimes the complexity of my day makes me forget that I have a choice to be happy or to dwell on the crappy things.  I wrote a post-it note and stuck it on the door--be happy:)

8 comments:

  1. I spent the weekend watching a Rehab Addict marathon and was thinking that, more often than not, you find so much joy in your work. It sounds like you find joy in your play as well. But hey, Danger Girl, take some swimming lessons! LOL!

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  2. Nicole- my name is Leanne. I am 21 years old and you are my inspiration!!! Ever since I was a little tot everyone around me noticed my love and talent for home design and style. I have so much joy watching your show. You are awesome!! My dream and goal is to become just like you! Keep rockin' :)
    -Leanne

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  3. Hey Nicole! Thought I'd "stop by" and say Hi, and let you know I think the work you do is absolutely amazing and great! The transformations are wonderful! I could go on, and on, so here is my e-mail inforeply2@yahoo.com so please message when you can, and we'll chit chat! Thanx a lot, and best wishes for the future! Sincerely, your friend, Alan! ;)

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  4. I enjoy your show so much and I get so many ideas, thank you! I also want to tell you, when I saw "home again, home again, jiggety jig", I had to laugh out loud :D My dad would say the same thing, when we were kids, while pulling into our driveway. Until now, I'd never heard anyone else use that little jig :D

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  5. I have never seen one of your child but I am going to watch one now I think they should be more women like you out there and someday I might meet one about a Lady and power tools at any man's dream come true by what I've read about you you are one of those maybe we might eat and a great mother maybe one day I will need a lady like you or even get to say hi to you you take care you're doing great god bless sergeant major Jones

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  6. I have never seen one of your child but I am going to watch one now I think they should be more women like you out there and someday I might meet one about a Lady and power tools at any man's dream come true by what I've read about you you are one of those maybe we might eat and a great mother maybe one day I will need a lady like you or even get to say hi to you you take care you're doing great god bless sergeant major Jones

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  7. Nicole,

    You should save this house and rehab it, it's only $32,000! (link to article and pics at bottom)

    This 1894 Queen Anne in rural Henderson, New York has sat empty for the past 20 years, but now, for $32,500, some enterprising folks can save the home before it's too late. The four-bedroom home is actually one of the first versions of the early 20th-century Sears Catalog Homes, which, as the name suggests, involved shipping prospective homeowners a whole kit of materials needed to build a new house. While this home no longer has its original wraparound porch, plenty of original details are still intact, including the three-story turret and the pine staircase inside.

    Here's a brief breakdown of the challenge: the house currently has water and electricity, but it will need upgraded systems and a new roof. The siding is salvageable, but there are no windows at all. Head over to This Old House for all the details.

    https://homes.yahoo.com/news/rescue-wont-someone-drop-32-184249537.html

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