Carolyn's January Cure: My Fifth Week

January Cure Diaries

It's been a long, project-filled month, and while there certainly were some ups and some downs, finishing the January Cure has left me much happier in my home. As far as this week goes, though, it certainly was a push to the finish. Since this week at work was unusually hectic, my final Cure week was more like a final two days.

My progress this week may not have followed the Cure timeline, but everything got accomplished in time for our get-together on Saturday night.

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Friday night, Ed and I hung several pieces of art that had been idle around the house for too long. A painting that I bought from local artist Dan Elliott has been propped up over the mantel for about a month, but it finally took up new residence on the wall, and while my inconstancy has been driving Ed crazy, I've had a lot of fun rearranging items on the now-free mantel.

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We also hung the Napoleon sloth picture, using a glossy red Ribba frame from IKEA. Last weekend we finally tackled that chalkboard wall, and after letting it cure for the better part of the week, we finally had the chance to go at it full force. Ed, always city loyal, contributed the Chicago flag, and knowing my affection for my home state Texas, he added the Lone Star for good measure. I had fun with the magnetic primer and some faux picture frames.

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Saturday was devoted to that speedy sprucing, which was made slightly less speedy by the fact that I also made a large batch of cinnamon rolls that morning. The rise time makes a perfect cleaning window, the house smells heavenly while they bake, and there's always a reward waiting when all the toilet scrubbing is finished.

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When I went shopping for my get-together goodies on Friday, I purchased a large bunch of eucalyptus, which was ample enough for several bouquets throughout the house and for a decorative centerpiece for our get-together.

Saturday night, we made the venison roast with celeriac, potatoes, and parsnips again, feasted with a few friends, and cut loose in our clean and refreshed home.

MORE OF CAROLYN'S JANUARY CURE:
Week One
Week Two
Week Three
Week Four

(Images: Carolyn Purnell)