Doing a Happy Dance!

Here’s a recap of all the amazing things that happened this week!

I finally finished the chicken coop. It took me days, but it’s done. The ladies spent their first night in there last night and I think they love it; I know I do. Expect a detailed post on this later in the week.

A green chicken coop with white roofing and chicken wire fencing around the bottom

They love having access to the ground and they like to take dirt baths. It’s seriously one of the cutest/funniest things ever. I could watch the chickens for a long, long time. My kids agree: they will go outside and just watch the birds. I’m so pleased with how the coop turned out.

Three chickens in a grassy fenced area under a chicken coop

Lilacs smell so good.

A close-up of purple lilac flowers growing on a lilac bush

Our friend Mr. Toad who is also a resident of the yard. I love my boy’s chubby dirty hands.
A chubby brown toad in a child's hands

Thomas and his dad worked on texturing the walls yesterday. This is Terry mixing mud with water with a giant whisk attachment on a drill. Next time I need to make gobs of cupcakes you better believe I’m grabbing a five-gallon bucket and this tool.

A contractor mixing white sheetrock mud in buckets

Thomas hammin’ it up for a picture with the texture do-hicky. He ain’t afraid of no ghost!

A man holding a triangular-shaped tool with a hose to add wall texture

Seriously people, doesn’t that look like cake batter? Mmmm. I’ll lick the bucket.
A man using a mixing tool in a bucket of white wall paste mixture

So they got everything textured and then they cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. The floors look amazing! They mopped up all the white drywall dust, mud splatters, and texture over-spray to prep for painting. The floors haven’t looked so good since January when we started hanging the drywall. 

I was so excited about the prospect of painting that I went to town to buy ten gallons of primer. I’m a well-read and cautious momma and was set on buying low VOC paint and primer for the walls. I was having trouble finding the VOC number on the huge buckets of primer, so I asked for some help. I found one primer that fit the bill and I loaded it up. I came back after getting the rest of my supplies to have the man shake the buckets. He was so odd. He asked why I cared about VOCs (I have very small children and we are living in the house while painting), and then he asked me if I knew what “VOC” stood for. Volatile. Organic. Compounds. Take that Old Man. He went on to tell me that when he was a kid there was still lead in paint and his school had asbestos but he didn’t have cancer. Thank you for that, but why do you care that I care? So annoying! (I learned about VOCs by reading this book which I got from the library. I think you and everyone you know should read it. Knowledge is power, people!)

Thomas and I finished cleaning and put the babies to bed early and I started priming!!! (I had to stop myself from adding 237 exclamation points). I’m so excited! We have had drywall up since January. Everything has taken forever and a day and they were projects that I just couldn’t do. I can paint though. My goal is to get everything primed and painted this week. I don’t care if I work myself into a coma; it will get done. I love being able to work on the house again and feel like I can control something. I’m not good at dealing with situations when I can’t help or control. 

Not only did I finish my coup and prime, but I found out I got accepted to do some guest posting on another HUGE blog. I’m beyond excited and I’ll let you know more details soon. I have to send her a picture of myself and I don’t have any of just me. I made Thomas take a few after church today. This was the best one from the five minutes he wanted to be my photographer. I like it fine, but is it too grainy? I can try again… What do you think? I want a good picture for sure! 

A brown-haired woman wearing a white shirt standing in front of a rustic red wall

I’d love your input on the picture. I also need an introduction paragraph. It seems easy but isn’t! How would you describe me and my blog in a way that would intrigue people enough to jump from her site over to mine. I feel like this is a massive opportunity and I really need to shine. I’d love all the help I can get. 

Thanks so much, really.

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I really like the picture of you! I think it looks good with the house/barn as the background.

Love that chicken coop! And that picture is perfect, especially with the color behind you!

1. You chicken coop is amazing. I am SO impressed. 2. Your picture is beautiful. My eyes got ahead of my reading & I was taken away by your picture. You glow. As far as in intro…hit up my sister Amber. She is great with words or just editing. But something along the lines of lover of life & adventure, simple & down to earth, happy “mess maker” would be words I would use to describe you.

That is one awesome chicken coop! Pretty chickens, too!

Yay! A lot of fun exciting things are happening for you!!! I’m so excited to hear about your guest post 🙂 I think your picture is perfect!

Bless This Mess - About Me

I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.