Ever hear the phrase, “don’t put your cart before the horse?”
Well, I am going to share a little something to do with that phrase but I wanted to catch up first.
If you hang out with me on Facebook, then you will know that I have had jury duty all week.
Running from jury duty, to my “brick and mortar” job sucked up the majority of my time…..and I put family first when I got home (someone pat me on the back because my kids sure didn’t) and put blogging last…..and yada, yada….you get the picture.
But…..back to “putting your cart before the horse”.
I NEVER leave fifty million projects left un-finished. Lately….it feels like that is the way, “I roll“……
Well, I have had plans to change up my dining room because my dining room table was made for the Giant that lived at the TOP of the beanstalk and was freaking HUGE.
See picture for evidence.
It doesn’t seem it but you couldn’t back the chairs up that sat near the fireplace….
Both people sitting at the end would have to get up if anyone attempted to get seconds and had to leave the fireplace side of the table.
You definitely couldn’t add a leaf because there just wasn’t room.
The chairs were big and awkward.
All of that….. and this room was barely used.
I have previously had it as a sitting room and a library full of books but I really like the idea of a functioning dining room. I have a big extended family and we always need more room for dining.
So, I had plans to create a new dining space.
And…..I wanted to be able to have a table and not have the table hide the prettiest part of the room.
I love my fireplace.
The table can block that view.
So……I knew I wanted change.
I just forgot to tell everyone else.
Just recently I sat down with the kids and told them that we were making “budget” cuts.
That it wold be drastic but I didn’t want them worried.
Drastic meaning….”they would feel it”.
Cable, cell phones etc. All getting down graded.
They were great.
It is good for them. A little dose of reality goes a long way.
But……I didn’t mean to totally freak them out when they unexpectadly came home to this.
And when I didn’t say anything about it….because I was busy….and it stayed like this for a few days…..
Ok. Over a week now.
I could see it in their faces.
The youthful face of ……
Are we poor?
I am sure they were scrambling to their rooms and checking their electronics to see what I may have sold of theirs.
So, I have re-assured my children that down sizing from an i-phone plan and from digital cable to basic cable, does not make one poor.
No children, I didn’t sell the table to buy your groceries.
Your mother just “put the cart before the horse”.
I thought I would already have found on CL what I wanted buy, to replace the table before it sold.
And I may not for a while yet…..
But I have made a great financial impact on my kids.
Try it sometime. Want to have them understand that you are cutting costs?
Do something drastic.
I did by accident and it worked perfectly.
For the new space……I am thinking:
Drop leaf table used as a sofa table, behind two, upholstered chairs.
For dining…leaves pop up….upholstered go to heads of table and I am looking for antique chairs that will be placed in room as well.
But who knows…..for now the room is working great in it’s “very.own.way” : )
I am in no rush……..
Think I am mean?
Like the drastic by accident story?
What about the plans for the room? Care to give your own ideas?
I wold love to hear from you! Miss ya!