Friday, February 17, 2017

Productive Procrastination

I'm taking an online graduate course right now. Four weeks. I am almost half way through. I'm getting my work done (thanks to many late nights), but I am also finding myself other things to do instead of working on it when I could be. And I keep creating projects for myself.

I always enjoy a good project and often have multiple ones in the works because I tend to be a motivational project worker: I work when motivated and stop when I'm not. I like to work in segments and take breaks. During those breaks I usually feel motivated to start another project. And so it goes.

One of my recent projects was a valance for our dining room window. Our kitchen and dining room are one big room and there is a window in each. I decided to make a dining room valance that matches the kitchen valance. It hides the blinds quite nicely when I pull them up during the day.

When I stand at the kitchen island, this is one of my favorite views. Artwork I like near an antique wash stand and lamp on the opposite side of the wall from the china cabinet I found not too long ago.

My graduate course is all about teaching and supporting reading in the early elementary years. As a result, I felt motivated to move some things around in the kid area to make more of a reading nook. I was definitely procrastinating the other evening when working on it, but at least it was some practical application of course content!



I put Susanna's board books on the top shelf and moved the picture books to the bottom shelf. The baskets hold library books. I've been needing a system of keeping the library books accessible but not mixed in with our books. I can't tell you how many times I've had to sort through our books to find a missing library book. 

It's a small change, but moving the table and chairs has opened up some nice space on this rug. The little chairs are not the most comfortable for sitting and reading, but they don't fit at the table because of where it is against a wall and beside a step. 
Edwin really wanted to be able to use the step as a seat. 

This room is still a work in progress. Painting the cast iron radiators is on my to-do list. I'm pretty sure once I've done it, I'll wonder why it took me so long. I just don't have the motivation to paint so close to carpet right now...some day!

This little kitchen was Susanna's Christmas gift (thanks, Craigslist!). Many of the gifts given to her by extended family members were the accessories - pots & pans, toy food, utensils, etc. 
Today we put up some hooks so the cups could be hung up. 
It's a tiny kitchen, but it's perfect that way: it doesn't take up too much space. Now I really do need to get to my course work!