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Just because some days are sweeter than others...


Lemme See That Badge, SMAC-Daddy. . .
Mr. K, or as I sometimes call him, “SMAC-daddy” (Stud-Muffin Arm Candy) never ceases to amaze me. He is one of those people who will accomplish whatever goal he sets his mind to. Once an idea seeds in his head, he makes it happen. My personality is more on the cautious side and I have to examine 12 dimensions around the idea, then go over the pros and cons, then mull it over for a while, then consider all the “what ifs,” and then put it on the back burner because my brain is exhausted. It once took me two years to decide what color to paint the outside of my house!

SMAC Daddy, on the other hand, just makes it happen. Last year he thought of an invention and within a few months he had hired a cad artist to render it, patented it, and had a proto type ready to present to manufacturers.  Just in the past several years, he’s received a variety of degrees and certifications. (One, in “lean” is obviously a perfect fit for him!)  He has even learned another language - just because he wanted to!

A few years ago he felt a calling to do something to be able to use his experience in life to help others. Last week Mr. K graduated the required training in this latest goal accomplishment and was sworn in by a Judge and received an official badge.  I'm proud , I'm amazed , and I'm always in awe.

I’m considering changing the color on the outside of the house again. (This might take a while….)


 This Old House - Take 204
I've been in the same house for 32 years. I bought it when I was in my early 20's as one of my "redo" projects.  Every room needed to be gutted, re-walled, re-floored, and re-done completely. For the first decade here, my nerves were challenged and my patience frayed. It was supposed to be finished in a few years. Years later, my daughter was using the living room as a tricycle track. (Which came in very handy on rainy days!) It was only when she used the tax auditor lady as a breaking wall that I clipped her little indoor wheels. I was young but I had became a veteran of living in remodel chaos!

Eventually every room was finished. By that time, though, the first rooms finished now needed to be redecorated. Then the next, and the next and then going back to the first again, and so on and so on. Before the paint brush has a chance to dry, its time to use it again. Keeping up with the little stuff is the fun part, and so much easier than that original insane endeavor.

Well, now it's January, it's too cold outside to play, and I'm getting a big itch to redo something! The rooms here at Casa Kidd have gone from light to dark, to light again, from bland to extreme to subdued, and all around the world and back in their themes. My last redos were just for empty nest therapy.

I don't know what I have planned yet. I have a few ideas. I'm just ready to strap on my paint holster, put the cord in my teeth, and come out with both barrels blasting! (Oops! I think I need to be put on True Grit watching restriction. . .)



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