The Spring Cure: Throwing a Party!

The Spring Cure: Throwing a Party!

Maxwell Ryan
May 4, 2009

Here's our final Cure dinner back in the fall of '07! It was a whole day of shopping, prep, repair, cooking and then partying with a couple of old friends. I documented the whole day, why don't you?

Cure Clock: 1 week remaining
Assignment: Read Chapter 11, pps. 222-236
   • Give your home a good cleaning
   • Prepare for our party

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This is it. One more week. Now is the time to work very, very hard, because you will soon be back on your own again. And what a good week to work! Spring is in full bloom all over the country and it's a great time to have some people over to celebrate your home and the new season.

Here's our post and dinner from Thanksgiving in the fall. Setting this table is an annual tradition for me.

In writing the book, I really wanted there to be at least one calmer week before the end. Week's seven and eight are therefore both a little lighter and meant to allow you to slow down as you approach the end and catch up if you need to. I also think that it's important to build enjoyment into the process, because otherwise you might not take the time to enjoy what you have done. Part of this feeling of enjoyment is sharing your work with others.

I love this dining room and would love to set this table. (via Emmasblogg)

When I taught school, we were trained, as teachers, to constantly share the childrens' work back with the whole class to complete the learning experience. It is so helpful to see your own work amongst that of others, and so helpful to have the opportunity to stand back and say to oneself, "Look what I have done." Though we are no long little children, we all still benefit from this and don't get it often enough.

Here's a final, final week dinner table from December - a dinner for four. It was a delicious meal, but due to the season, two active toddlers who didn't go to bed early enough and the wine, we all crumpled early.

Your ending party is meant to do just this, so don't skip it. Even if you do a little, impromptu thing and invite one person over to see what you've done, that's great. Even if you are really behind and you can't invite someone over for another two weeks, that's great. Just clean up, cook or drink a little something and show what you've done to someone else and you'll have completed the circle.

Here's another view of the rustic dining room that I like so much. I would also like to decorate this one for a big meal with lots of flowers and branches down the middle.... (via emmasblogg)

Doing this Cure is a big deal. You have made a commitment to yourself and then worked towards your own goal, when you could have done nothing. This is an achievement on so many levels, and it will stay with you, making it easier to do again and again.

Best of luck. You have only six days left.


Week 7 - Show & Tell
Week 7 - Tips & Tricks
Week 7 - Intro
Week 6 - Show & Tell
Week 6 - Tips & Tricks
Week 6 - Intro
Week 5 - Show & Tell
Week 5 - Tips & Tricks
Week 5 - Intro
Week 4 - Tips & Tricks
Week 4 - Intro
Week 3 - Show and Tell
Week 3 - Tips & Tricks
Week 3 - Intro
Week 2 - Show and Tell
Week 2 - Tips & Tricks
Week 2 - Intro
Week 1 - Show and Tell
Week 1 - Tips & Tricks
Week 1 - Intro


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