Whew, it's over! Unlike the days in the thick of The January Cure, the final day of it went quietly, over brunch with my big sis. With my son's birthday party falling right in the middle of the Cure, I was done with large celebrations and ready for nothing more than to sit down over a lovingly prepared meal for relaxation and conversation with one close companion:
Day 19: Catch Up & Take a Photo.
Today I finished my goal project and took a pic of it. I'd fallen behind by failing to "measure twice, cut once". You see, I purchased and measured the baseboard for the area where it needed filled in, and my husband took it along to cut on the compound miter saw at work. But I'd mis-measured and we had to do it twice before getting it right. Anyway, I am happy with the baseboard now that it's in place and painted. Looks like it's always been here, which is sometimes the best complement on a home improvement.
Day 20: Hang Your Artwork.
I purchased a frame and matting for my little Notre Dame du Haut postage stamp and hung it, along with a small print, beside our living room bookcase. I followed Maxwell's advice on how to hang your artwork and not screw it up and got it right the first time (unlike my baseboard goal project!).
Day 21: Speedy Spruce Up & Surface Clean.
With my sister coming for brunch, I focused mainly on sprucing up the kitchen and breakfast area, as well as the adjacent powder room. I knew we'd be eating at the little table in the kitchen so we could enjoy cooking brunch together and chatting while working. So I hit the floors, countertops, and table in those rooms, as well as a once-over with the vacuum throughout the house.
Day 22: Shop For the Get Together Goodies.
The temperature today was in the single digits, which had me in the mood for gathering ingredients for a warm and hearty brunch. I hit the local food co-op, The Community Mercantile, for the best ingredients I could get my hands on. For the menu, I relied heavily on The Kitchn since this was in celebration of an Apartment Therapy Cure: omelettes with caramelized onions and Sara Kate's kale pesto, broiled grapefruit, overnight steel cut oats topped with maple pecan granola (oats on oats, I know, but something I came to love during a stay at the Barkeater Inn), and homemade chai lattes.
Day 23: Weekend Chores - Pat Yourself on the Back, Relax and Celebrate!.
Woo hoo! This morning my husband and son headed to an exhibit of model trains and my sister and I had the "cured" house to ourselves. She showed up with flowers and sweets to eat after the big meal, and we took our time cooking, eating, and just chatting. A three-hour brunch with her was the perfect celebration of January's Cure, and the perfect beginning to a new way of treating my home.
Thank you for the opportunity to share my cure experience with you. How did the January Cure go for you?
(Images: Regina Yunghans)