December 2, 2023


Science Of Woman

Episode #199: Dwelling Updates – A Lovely Mess

39 min read

This week, we’re sharing all of the updates on our new homes. Plus, we’re revealing our fall ebook membership picks.

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Present Notes:

Right here is Elsie’s Pirate Chandelier

Listed below are the beds Elsie talked about

Replace on Elsie’s transfer:

Moved in three months in the past, however in the course of renovating so nonetheless have packing containers in all places!

Very first thing you probably did to make your new home really feel extra like house:

Emma – embellished for Christmas and cooked together with her husband

Elsie – lit candles, hung artwork and mirrors, put all her quilts out, obtained her puzzles out, and labored on her kitchen

The place to search out Elsie’s quilts

Favourite factor about your new home:

Elsie – It’s her dream home in her dream neighborhood

Emma – She feels settled and loves her neighborhood

Renovations you could have finished:

Emma – Repaired leaky roof and painted the outside

Elsie – Making a visitor suite and a house library on the third ground, including fireplaces, portray, wallpaper, wooden flooring, constructed Jeremy’s studio, altering all lighting fixtures

Fall E book Membership Choices:

Feel Something, Make Something by Caitlin Metz

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers

The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

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Episode 199 Transcript:

Emma: You’re listening to The Lovely Mess podcast, your cozy consolation pay attention. This week we’re sharing all of the updates about our new homes, largely Elsie’s. Plus we’re revealing our fall ebook Membership picks. Books. Books. Books. 

Elsie: Sure. Books and homes. I imply, that ought to have been the title of our podcast. I really feel like it’s the factor. It’s undoubtedly the factor I take pleasure in speaking about probably the most, and I imply, films, books, homes, and films. 

Emma: And my child, however I strive to do this an excessive amount of ’trigger I do know it could possibly be overload. However that’s just about all I wanna speak about. 

Elsie: No, everybody likes it. Okay, so earlier than we leap in, I wished to share my very own private catastrophe. I shared somewhat bit on Instagram and I’ll put a photograph within the present notes. It appears so horrible. It was this very unhappy, very mind-melting second for me. So for the previous three months we’ve been dwelling in our new house and we’ve been making an attempt to get it form of like up to the mark the place we are able to take a renovation break. And in the event you keep in mind far again, some persons are like, why didn’t you are taking a break instantly such as you deliberate? Properly, there’s the rationale why, as a result of it didn’t go as deliberate like every week or two earlier than we moved. And my husband’s studio was purported to be completed being constructed. It wasn’t even began but. There have been simply issues that occurred and that’s such a standard a part of renovating. So I hoped that we might get numerous stuff finished earlier than we moved in and revel in a peaceable summer time and a peaceable fall. However at this level, a peaceable fall can be probably the most we might hope for. The ship is sailed on the peaceable summer time. We nonetheless have contractors at our home each single day, which is okay. I’m grateful that, , no matter, no matter, no matter. Grateful, grateful, grateful. But in addition it’s been powerful. It’s been powerful, ? So anyway, not too long ago I’ve been making an attempt to complete up our third ground, which is like two visitor rooms, a visitor rest room, and a house library, which I’m so enthusiastic about as a result of a brand new little child has entered our household. And we will probably be having particular friends this fall. So I wanna have it prepared, not less than by Thanksgiving is my purpose for that complete area to be excellent. 

Emma: Yeah, ’trigger it had no rest room earlier than.

Elsie: It was simply form of an open attic with two bedrooms earlier than, and now it’s two bedrooms. It has H-VAC, it has a toilet and it has a house library. Fairly quickly it should have painted flooring and partitions and wallpaper too, I hope, and like beds and stuff. So anyway, I had been planning for months this Neverland-themed child’s bed room up there. It began when I discovered a pirate ship chandelier on-line. I obtained it from this enterprise known as Houzze with two Zs like a home, however two Zs on the finish. 

Emma: I’ve seen that earlier than. I’ve by no means purchased something, however I’ve seen it. 

Elsie: It’s round. After which in the event you simply Google Pirate Journey Chandelier, it’s the perfect. Discover the perfect value you may, they’re costly. And that’s all I’ve to say about it. However discovered the perfect one I might, and for me, it was price it as a result of it was Peace Day resistance or no matter, ? It was the magic. 

Emma: I believed it was outdated too while you confirmed it to me. Like I didn’t understand it was new. So like I really feel prefer it appears nice. I believed it appeared superior. 

Elsie: It’s undoubtedly a press release piece. It’s one of many largest statements in our house. So anyway, I put it up there and I knew it was gonna be low. I knew that from measuring it on-line, and I used to be like, I’m gonna make this work it doesn’t matter what. Then I ordered a few, twin beds from anthropology and I used to be gonna do like two twin beds after which the sunshine fixture, after which after that, , identical to decorate the room and it’ll be finished. So on the day, the sunshine fixture was hung, which I’ll present you an image of within the present too. It appeared wonderful. It appeared nice. I’ve this beautiful image. It appears excellent. You form of can’t inform how low it’s as a result of there are not any beds in there, it appears high quality. It appears good. It appears prefer it’s gonna work out. 

Emma: It appears low, however not like, , impossibly low or one thing. I don’t know. 

Elsie: So the beds got here up and I’ll present you an image. I’ll hyperlink them, however I don’t suppose anybody’s gonna purchase them after I give this assessment. However they’re from anthropology. They’re very lovely. I’ll say that, they appeared 100 instances higher in images. And for one, they didn’t actually match the room. They had been just a bit bit too cumbersome, and it wasn’t even simply in photos, I believed they had been going look antique-inspired, however I might say they had been very, very, very far on just like the farmhouse sort. So the feel of the wooden is like in the event you took probably the most jaggedy, splintery, unsanded wooden, after which simply painted over it. Like they’ve a horrible texture. That’s actually, for me, my largest factor. As soon as they had been up there, they had been on the third ground, I needed to pay further for that. All this stuff, I used to be like, I’m gonna make this work. And for one night time I considered like, can I modify these? Can I repaint them? Perhaps I can sand them somewhat bit. I used to be like, I’m gonna just about remake these beds from anthropology, that are costly. However I used to be like, I’m gonna make it work. After which the subsequent morning I used to be like, nope, I’m sending them again. They’re simply not proper for the room it doesn’t matter what, and I be ok with that alternative now. So I did that immediately. I began scheduling it they usually’re going again the place they got here from and I believe that possibly in a very completely different house, they might look good. One thing far more rustic. 

Emma: I don’t know how you describe the feel, I don’t know. 

Elsie: I hate it. I hate the feel. And an enormous factor in our house is that I need every thing to be outdated or look outdated they usually simply don’t. In order that’s actually like the principle factor. They only seem like farmhouse fashionable to me. 

Emma: As a result of your chandelier appeared outdated. As a result of I believed it was outdated. I noticed it in individual. 

Elsie: Yeah. Not every thing could be outdated, however I believe every thing can match into the fashion of outdated, what I imply? Which is completely high quality, that’s to be anticipated. And also you don’t even wanna have every thing in vintage, belief me. Like among the issues they’ve needed to undergo for the vintage lighting fixtures and the additional, it’s a must to do numerous further steps, and it provides cash, and might not be price it for everybody. It’s good to search out ones which can be new, which can be the outdated fashion, proper? Like that’s a very good factor. It’s not a foul factor. So anyway, every thing concerning the room and the opposite factor was, I couldn’t even discover one angle the place it appeared good, it appeared unhealthy from each angle. It was the worst. And I’ve accountable solely myself. I measured this stuff. I did and I made certain that they might match, and technically they did, however like, spatially and visually they didn’t. And so I assume generally you simply have to chop your losses. So anyway, I’m sharing this story as a result of I believe that numerous instances I’m in my dream house period. We’ve got a very good finances and we’re like doing all these thrilling tasks and it’s so enjoyable and it’s so magical and I really feel very fortunate. However I additionally need everybody to know that it’s not excellent, regardless of who you might be, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing, until possibly another person does it for you fully. It’s like there’s all the time gonna be these like hiccups and complications and like disappointments. And for us pivots, as a result of finally the chandelier has to go downstairs right into a dwelling area now. It could’t be within the bed room, it simply gained’t work. And I settle for that. I nonetheless wanna hold it. I nonetheless like find it irresistible. 

Emma: Hey, I believe you’ll see it extra now that you simply’re gonna transfer it down so it’s high quality. It’s gonna be higher. However yeah, it modifications possibly the theme or what you had been planning, and I’m glad you’re sharing it as a result of I believe, properly, I don’t know what everybody else notion is, however for me, like in my first house once I had a a lot smaller finances and , just about every thing was very DIY or inexpensive, classic, I believe I did have this like fantasy in my thoughts that someday I might have this home the place there are not any hiccups as a result of every thing would simply be completely different. I don’t know why I believed that, and it’s like, no, like yeah, possibly your finances modifications or various things do make some components of it simpler, higher, or simply extra what you need. However there’s all the time one thing the place you’re like, oh, no, did I make a foul alternative? Oh no. Did I waste cash? Oh no. Did I waste, like, , the delivery of one thing and like, you simply really feel annoyed and it’s simply unavoidable that generally it’s a must to change issues or pivot or ship one thing again as a result of it simply didn’t work. And it’s all the time a bummer. And nobody will get to flee it. It’s simply what it’s. 

Elsie: Yep. It’s true. Yeah, this one was unhappy for extra nostalgic causes. ’trigger I used to be so hooked up to the idea and the thought, and now I’ve to kind of identical to pivot it somewhat bit, which is okay. It’ll nonetheless be cute.

I’ll most likely nonetheless hold the theme. However I don’t know I won’t, ’trigger I’ve to choose all new stuff now. Anyway, this episode is about our house updates. So we’re simply gonna form of provide you with all of the tea about issues which were happening the previous few months. There are undoubtedly some continuously requested questions in right here and a few embarrassing tales, and I believe it’s enjoyable. I like speaking about homes. 

Emma: So, common replace in your move-in, ’trigger as you stated, you’ve been in your home now three months, nearly 4 months I assume. 

Elsie: We moved on the very finish of Might. Yeah, so like three full months. 

Emma: Do you are feeling like all of the packing containers are unpacked? 

Elsie: My gosh. Can’t even say that with out laughing. I’ll simply be sincere, our home appears worse than ever. It appears horrible, however I do really feel like we’re on the ending phases. So at the moment we’re having each gentle fixture modified loads. There’s been these large packing containers of sunshine fixtures in each room for months, and people are all getting modified. Like even proper now as we’re recording. I’ve 4 completely different wallpapers sitting in my entryway able to go up, which can make a big impact as soon as the mission’s finished proper, and we’ve our final portray appointment. Scheduled, which will probably be such a aid, and we’ll have bookshelves after that. That’s an enormous purpose why we couldn’t unpack. We simply didn’t actually have bookshelves after we moved in. Like there was one small bookshelf in the whole house and that’s not the fitting quantity for me. So now there’s gonna be an epic quantity of bookshelves and we gained’t be capable to fill it for years, which is so thrilling. So, yeah, our home appears horrible, however I do really feel that by September, which I don’t know, possibly that’s when this episode will air round that point, I believe. Yeah, I believe by September it’s going to begin wanting good, and within the fall time I’m going to have much more weblog posts exhibiting what we’ve finished thus far. And folks all the time ask me like, why don’t you share extra of the center, extra of the mess? Truthfully, I simply don’t wish to, it’s not enjoyable for me. It’s traumatic. It’s a headache. And to attempt to make it into content material on high of that, I don’t wish to, it’s not pleasurable. 

Emma: Yeah. I imply, in the event you’ve by no means blogged, and it’s completely comprehensible, however prefer it’s truly numerous work to place collectively any weblog publish. So then in the event you’re placing collectively one thing that’s form of like simply to replace individuals within the now, however it’s not one thing that’s gonna be content material that’s helpful sooner or later, in any significant means. It’s form of a waste of effort and just like the instances that we spend running a blog or recording this podcast, that is like our time away from our children, so we would like it to be impactful, and we hope that each piece of content material we ever make is pleasurable, however we additionally need it to be stuff that we’re gonna reference again sooner or later. Or actually the podcast is our place to simply form of riff and be like, , such as you’re telling your story about how the beds didn’t work with the ship chandelier. I really feel like that is the right place to speak about that quite than making an attempt to. {Photograph} a room tour that you simply’re by no means going to reference once more ’trigger you’re exhibiting how one thing didn’t work and all you’re actually doing is linking beds that didn’t be just right for you. 

Elsie: That’s precisely all that it’s. 

Emma: So it’s form of not even that useful of content material for individuals anyway. So sure, it’s not such as you’re making an attempt to cover stuff or be like, our lives are excellent and we by no means present you the messy components. It’s like, no, it’s simply form of a waste of time. 

Elsie: That’s actually what it’s. Thanks for summing it up so properly. I believe that claims it higher than I’ve ever been capable of say it. It’s identical to, I don’t wanna spend my time making posts that I don’t wanna make. Like, is that okay? 

Emma: Yeah, it’s simply not useful content material actually. I imply, it’s means much less useful than you’d suppose. However there isn’t a secret about how messy our lives are or something. It’s simply numerous effort, we’re not Kardashians, individuals aren’t filming us day by day. We must do this ourselves. Method an excessive amount of work. We are able to’t do it. We don’t have sufficient time in our week. 

Elsie: So yeah, to reply the query, I might say the transfer went properly. Our packing containers aren’t unpacked in any respect.

Emma: I’ve been to your home, it’s numerous packing containers. It’s a zoo in there. 

Elsie: It truly is.

Emma: It’s somewhat catastrophe, however you may see what it’s gonna be and it’s gonna be lovely.

Elsie: If it’s not nice within the fall time, I’m gonna freak out in a bizarre means, however I really feel like it’s coming alongside to the purpose the place it’s, it’s like about to have its tipping level and each renovation has that, the purpose the place you lastly get to truly eliminate all of the packing containers and also you truly get to take pleasure in your area and cling issues in your partitions ’trigger they’re lastly painted or wallpapered or no matter. Sure, it’s taking place quickly, so every thing’s gonna be wonderful. Okay, so the subsequent query is, what’s the very first thing you probably did to make your home really feel like a house? I like this. What did you do? 

Emma: Once we moved in, it was just like the day earlier than Halloween, and so I believe I form of felt unhappy about not getting to embellish.

Elsie: Oh, that’s a tragic transferring day. 

Emma: Halloween? Yeah, and ’trigger our renovation additionally obtained pushed again and pushed again and we additionally didn’t have rails on our stairs till New 12 months’s Eve. 

Elsie: Emma had somewhat little bit of a painful renovation. Like she needed to transfer right into a home that wasn’t finished and like some disappointments to navigate, which is basically regular.

Emma: Yeah. And never finished is okay. I believe the rails, I did really feel form of indignant and needed to simply be over it as a result of it was legit, it was unsafe, and our child was underneath two and studying to do stairs, so it was very like I carried him up the steps till we had the rails. 

Elsie: It was nonetheless like that at Thanksgiving. 

Emma: Yeah ee had household over. Sure, my largely blind nieces, my aged grandma. And I simply was like, my home is unsafe and it actually makes me indignant that they didn’t end this after they informed me they might. However that’s high quality. Nobody obtained harm and it’s high quality. However at any charge, the very first thing they did to make the home really feel extra like house was I simply went forward and embellished for Christmas, immediately as a result of I used to be like Miss Halloween, Christmas, after which additionally I all the time suppose among the first instances you prepare dinner a meal in your house, which for me, often we do extra of a dinner after Oscar’s gone to mattress, he goes to mattress at seven after which it frees me as much as like spend extra time and like deal with making dinner. So like cooking, we make numerous steak with risotto or various things like that. It’s numerous meat with a carb. However I like to love simply spend time making risotto or making a pasta dish and identical to, I don’t know, cooking with my husband that makes, that makes it really feel like house to me. ’trigger that’s such a factor we do on a regular basis, cooking in our home.

Elsie: That’s magical. Okay. So for us, the very first thing we did was gentle the candles. So I obtained a bunch of recent candles and like made certain that it was like speedy candle time and that it did assist me loads. It made me really feel like a very good feeling, and it was a time when it was like, not fairly.

Emma: And it smells good.

Elsie: Yeah. It’s a very good vibe and we’ve form of been doing that, hanging some artwork, hanging our mirrors, issues like that, like make me really feel actually good, identical to getting issues of their place and having like unfinished stuff. I’m okay with it so long as I’ve some completed areas. So we determined not too long ago that we’re like a quilt household. We simply realized that comforters are inferior to quilts. Like we love quilts, like the sensation of sleeping with them. 

Emma: We’ve got a quilt on our mattress proper now. 

Elsie: You’ve one quilt or two quilts, relying on the season, and it’s like, I like that. So yeah, we’ve quilts on each mattress. I like that. There’s one on our porch, there’s like a porch swing, it’s a mattress, I assume. It’s so cute. So there’s a quilt on the market and it identical to, I don’t know, I felt like that was a very good homey factor ’trigger they had been all new. 

Emma: I used to be gonna say, the place do you get your quilts from?

Elsie: Yeah. You recognize what, I’m gonna hyperlink these within the present notes as a result of I’ve like very particular. However one in all them is from LL Bean, and it’s so random, however it’s like a tremendous quilt. I find it irresistible. And a few of them are from, I believe, West Elm Children, they usually’re like, they’re not pretty much as good high quality, however they’re actually cute they usually’re actually good for the youngsters. Then I obtained a pair from Goal, so there’s some there. After which there was yet another, I’m gonna have to simply hyperlink it within the present notes. However the different factor I like about quilts is that they final, they usually age properly, ? So I believe I’ve simply discovered that that is sort of a actually good bed room state of affairs for us. After which the opposite factor we did to really feel at house immediately was we obtained out our puzzle desk and began a puzzle. And I spent probably the most time in my kitchen. So, in my house, nothing is basically organized and nothing is how I need it to be, however the kitchen is fairly good. It’s undoubtedly like a section one kitchen ’trigger I’m certain we didn’t renovate it. We added an island, which was nice. 

Emma: The islands are superior. 

Elsie: We didn’t change the rest. We simply added a number of little cupboards from Amazon, like bookshelves, mainly. To retailer issues after which that’s it. So it undoubtedly does want a renovation and it seems like it will likely be extraordinarily higher when it’s renovated on the identical time.

Emma: It does really feel very usable proper now although. And it does really feel good and comfortable and because it all goes collectively. ’trigger you want painted these further cupboards that you simply purchased and one in all ’em was like from the vacation home that we had obtained at a classic retailer a very long time in the past and also you painted it. So it goes with the opposite ones, and I believe it feels very nice in there, however prefer to me, I can inform simply ’trigger I do know you that it’s not finished. It’s like a section one however I really feel prefer it’s a very good section one.

Elsie: Thanks. We did the perfect we might and I nonetheless really feel just like the kitchen is the toughest half. Like my husband has it cooked in any respect as a result of he’s like, he doesn’t know the place issues are and he’s not like he has a psychological block about it. I prepare dinner day by day, however I’m not like, extraordinarily pleased with the place issues are saved and the way, however I additionally really feel prefer it’s not fixable proper now. So we’re simply kinda like making it work and we’re contemplating doing our renovation subsequent spring, which is basically not very distant. And if not that, then possibly the subsequent spring after that, which might be okay too. No matter, no matter perpetually. We’re form of burned out proper now.

Emma: No matter, perpetually certainly. How about your favourite factor about your new home thus far, ’trigger this could change within the years in fact. So anyway. What’s your favourite factor about your new home? Or a few stuff you need? 

Elsie: Okay. I’ve two issues. The very first thing is for years I’ve, wished to stay in an outdated home. In all probability for 5 years after we had been first purchasing for our second Nashville house. I’ve wished to stay in an outdated home, however it identical to wasn’t within the playing cards, wasn’t within the playing cards, couldn’t make it occur. Lastly, it occurred and I believe I’m identical to loving and having fun with this intangible outdated home factor that it has. And like Emma stated when she came visiting that. Inform them what you stated.

Emma: I don’t keep in mind how I worded it, however primarily my feeling once I obtained to your new home, which I knew the place it was gonna be, however identical to being there with you after you guys had moved for the primary time. It felt to me like your first home in Nashville, your different two homes. So that you had three homes in Nashville and the primary one I used to be like, that is Elsie’s home, that is their house. It seems like their house, at the same time as you’re renovating it ’trigger I had seen it when you’re renovating. It simply was like, yeah, that is their house. And the opposite two simply by no means actually felt like house to me. They only, I don’t know. They had been lovely homes and the stuff you did in them had been lovely, and there wasn’t something improper with them. They only, I don’t know methods to clarify. They only didn’t really feel like house. And once I walked into this one, your new home right here in Springfield, I used to be like, yeah, that is the Larson’s new house. It simply felt prefer it, and every thing that I see is like placing extra issues up and it’s beginning to look extra like itself as you’ve form of completed just like the renovations which can be identical to subfloors and placing in rest room stuff, ? It simply increasingly more seems like the home that you simply’ve been wanting, the home that you simply’ve been speaking about and like was making an attempt to make your final home into, which was identical to a very cool nineties home and excellent for what you guys wanted on the time, it seems like this was meant to be.

Elsie: I undoubtedly suppose it was meant to be. For like my fellow simulation nerds. It’s like my proof in life, my proof that I’m dwelling in a simulation is that like I obtained my actual excellent dream home. It couldn’t be extra excellent. It’s my dream home. So like actually my dream home. 

Emma: Yeah, you pull as much as it and I’m like that is like Father of the Bride home. You stroll into it and also you’re like, it’s like a Knives Outs home. It simply feels such as you guys had been meant to stay there. And once I see the ladies exterior, I’m like, they match right here. That is their neighborhood, that is them.

Elsie: The opposite factor that I like a lot is our new neighborhood is like my childhood dream neighborhood for my children. It’s a cute childhood neighborhood. It’s simply, it’s lovely, you may stroll to issues. 

Emma: Together with grandma’s home. Properly, they’re nice grandmama, however your grandma. 

Elsie: Yeah, they’ve a piano trainer now. They’ve had artwork classes. We’ve got somewhat pottery studio. Identical to so many cute issues that you are able to do.

Emma: Goldie’s favourite restaurant. 

Elsie: Goldie’s favourite restaurant, A Sleepy Possum Cafe. So it’s like a breakfast restaurant, it’s like a popup. However yeah. Anyway, it’s magical. So yeah. What’s your favourite factor about your new home? 

Emma: I actually like, critically, nearly each single day I’ve a second the place I’m like most likely working from house or simply hanging out with Oscar, and I’m like, I like this home. I’m simply so blissful. I really feel very settled as a result of like my final two homes, I didn’t really feel as settled and, one in all them I like hated. 

Elsie: The snake home. 

Emma: The snake home, off of Ozark. I simply by no means beloved dwelling there. It was actually laborious to do my work there. I felt very remoted. I felt very distant from everybody on a regular basis. It wasn’t an amazing neighborhood to stroll in and I like happening walks. I didn’t have Oscar, however fascinated with it now, I’m like, that may’ve not been my favourite home to have Oscar in. As a result of once more, there wasn’t actually wherever for him to stroll and we had been exterior on a regular basis, strolling up and down the sidewalks on a regular basis. He like has somewhat experience on the bus that I purchased from a thrift retailer and cleaned and he’s all the time driving it across the neighborhood. And our neighborhood is hilly, however it has some sidewalks and like there’s some neighborhood children and it simply feels good right here. I simply really feel very settled and I like our home. I by no means envisioned loving a cut up degree or I don’t know there isn’t essentially something about the home that I used to be like, I manifested it and I’m dwelling in assimilation. I don’t have the identical factor that you’ve got, however I do love the home and I really feel prefer it’s the right combine for Trey and I. It feels precisely like the 2 issues we would like all mixed, and it additionally simply seems like a very good home to boost a child in, and that’s what we’re doing, that’s my season of life. So like his daycare’s like 5 minutes from right here. Like I stated, we play exterior on a regular basis. We’ve got a sandbox, we’ve a yard for our canine. We’ve got like somewhat circle drive that he performs in and sidewalks that he performs on. After which we’ve a neighborhood pool and I’m going there nearly day by day after daycare. If it’s not raining, I take him. ’trigger he simply loves being exterior, he’s two. Being exterior is every thing to him. And so we’re simply on the neighborhood pool or hanging out exterior. The within of our home is gorgeous and I like working in it. I really feel prefer it’s a simple area for me to work in. The kitchen’s nice and it has sufficient gentle for me to {photograph} and do my meals running a blog life, and I simply find it irresistible.

I like our home. It’s an amazing, nice match for us and feels, I hope we by no means transfer. I hate transferring anyway, it’s a lot work. Yeah, I simply find it irresistible and I really feel actually, actually grateful to love be in a home that seems like I’ve settled. Yeah, it’s a pleasant feeling. 

Elsie: My favourite factor about your neighborhood, this morning I drove by the Swan Pond and the swans had been out, they usually’re so cute. I’m obsessed that she has swans in her neighborhood. It’s so cool. 

Emma: It makes me really feel very refined. I can’t even clarify why, ’trigger it’s not likely fancy. However one way or the other if I’m out on a stroll and I see the swans, I’m like, I’m dwelling in a Nancy Meyers film and I stay in a neighborhood that’s fancy. Like, I simply suppose that for some purpose, as a result of it’s cute and it’s quaint and it simply, I don’t understand it feels cool. Swans are superior. 

Elsie: Yeah, it’s a really, very candy neighborhood. Oh, renovations you’ve finished. Okay, properly you may go first ’trigger I really feel such as you did a full renovation and I’ve solely finished not a full renovation. 

Emma: Yeah, after we did most issues earlier than we moved in, though as I already talked about, there have been a number of issues not finished just like the rails, however since we’ve moved in, the principle issues we’ve finished is like getting the outside painted and like altering out some exterior lights and issues like that, actually fairly minor stuff. After which like most houses, while you transfer in, you uncover a number of issues that want repairs or possibly I’ve unhealthy luck too. I don’t know, however like are typically a number of issues that break after we transfer into homes, it’s simply the way it goes. So we had some leak points with our roof. We’ve obtained all that mounted and we needed to redo some drywall and repaint it, so we did all that. I’m sincere, and I’m simply being actually sincere right here, ’trigger the podcast is our associates. I’m burnt out on renovating, and form of adorning, not seasonal decor, however identical to, I don’t actually plan on doing.

Elsie: If it’s not a Halloween skeleton, she doesn’t need it.

Emma: I don’t give a if it’s not a skeleton, get outta right here with that ’trigger I’m not , like proper now we’re recording in my basement as a result of Elsie’s basement isn’t fairly finished. It appears precisely the way it appeared after we toured this home, and I don’t actually plan to alter it anytime quickly, possibly ever. I don’t know. Like I simply don’t care. I really feel like our home is nice sufficient and I like each area and there are some small issues I’m gonna do. I’m solely thinking about issues that I can do, like actually myself. ’trigger I’m simply bored with making an attempt to ebook contractors, after which in the event that they don’t present up and I earn a living from home it’s somewhat bit disruptive identical to it’s for Elsie. Like if I had contractors proper now, you’d hear them whereas we’re making an attempt to report our podcast, which is part of how we make our dwelling. So it’s simply, , this type of problem of like, I’m bored with having individuals in my home and I’m simply taking a break for some time. I don’t understand how lengthy, however some time. 

Elsie: I undoubtedly really feel the burnout for the primary time in a severe means, and like I do suppose it’s undoubtedly actual that like, , most individuals can’t deal with doing this for that a few years in a row.

Emma: Yeah. Individuals all the time ask me like, are you gonna get a scorching tub? And I’m like, I don’t care sufficient. Like I like scorching tubs a lot, and I simply can’t, simply the work you’ll get later. I’m like, not proper now. I’m burnt out proper now. Perhaps in a few years. I don’t care proper now. 

Elsie: Yeah, I’m burned out too, however I’m like an inside battle inside myself as a result of I all the time wanna hold doing stuff, even when it’s like not what’s greatest for me, and I’m making an attempt to love to do much less, however then additionally like solely do crucial issues and it’s powerful. 

Emma: Yeah, I’m solely like, oh, I’m gonna paint this one little room that’s like my library. Oh, I’m gonna paint the sunroom, however like I’m gonna do it myself, and so it’s simply gonna occur slowly over as I’ve time, , my one hour after Oscar goes to mattress or no matter, . However that’s all I’m doing for some time ’trigger I’m just a bit burnt out and I’m simply giving myself a break. 

Elsie: No, that is smart. I believe that sounds actually good. Okay, so renovations that I’ve finished. So our third ground is sort of finished, and it’s like a visitor suite and an entire library. 

Emma: It appears superior.

Elsie: Thanks. 

Emma: The library half is so cool ’trigger it’s form of like windy. Yeah, it’s cool. 

Elsie: It’s undoubtedly like an oddly formed area, and I’ll make a video of it as quickly because it’s painted and somewhat bit embellished and share extra of it. However yeah, I’m very pleased with the way it’s coming alongside and I’m so excited to get the bookshelves as quickly as they’re painted and cured, I simply can’t wait to get out all my books once more ’trigger it’s driving me loopy to have all of the books within the basement. It’s like unhappy. And I really feel like I’m like lacking my associates and like a few of them are reference books that I take advantage of, sporadically, ? So, anyway, the opposite factor we’ve added fairly a little bit of is fireplaces. We added three fireplaces. There’s one in Jeremy’s studio, within the basement. There’s one in our bed room that we’re constructing proper now, and I’m constructing a reproduction hearth from a well-known film. It’s one in all my favourite films in the event you can guess it. 

Emma: You win a prize, however we don’t know what it’s. 

Elsie: Sure, it’s a must to purchase the prize your self, however you win. And in the event you’re considering of proper now, it’s what you’re considering and it’s gonna be wonderful. I can’t wait. I’m so excited. I’ve all the time wished to do that reproduction hearth for some purpose. After which the place’s the opposite? Oh, the opposite fireplaces in our major front room. So the best way the home was after we purchased it, it was like a really modernized hearth, and so we’ve rebuilt it into a standard hearth. So yeah, and likewise making them electrical. I identical to realized, I’m like not a gasoline hearth girly, and I don’t need gasoline smelling in my home ever. And likewise like some individuals who work within the medical area have informed me that it’s not good for you. So for all these causes, I’m out and I’m excited to have the electrical ones. We discovered this one hearth that we use 3 times that appears actually lifelike, and it additionally provides off warmth, so it form of does every thing I need, however with none gasoline scent, which makes me really feel, particularly within the bed room loads higher. After which aside from that, , we’ve painted, we’re doing wallpaper, we did our wooden flooring and we constructed Jeremy’s studio. Proper now we’re getting each single gentle fixture in the entire home switched, and a few of them are transferring round. So I believe it’s gonna be epic. It’s gonna be fantastic. However actually, it’s been hell pay this summer time being like a summer time mother on high of engaged on high of working with contractors each single day. I really feel in a not good place, however I do suppose it’s gonna be higher quickly ’trigger we’re taking an intentional break for the autumn. 

Emma: Yeah, you’ve needed to be a robotic who’s like, I’ve no emotions. I simply do the duty. 

Elsie: Yeah, I used to be telling Emma that I’ve cried the final 3 times we’ve talked or frolicked. Like several time we speak, it’s like I all the time begin crying simply because I can’t, I’m barely getting by means of.

Emma: It’s simply numerous emotions too, and numerous area for them. 

Elsie: It’s been a difficult summer time. It’s been very difficult, identical to scheduling-wise and, taking up an excessive amount of. So anyway, is there the rest we wanna speak concerning the house updates? 

Emma: Perhaps you need to inform ’em about your entrance stoop as a result of it’s form of humorous, the squirrels. 

Elsie: Yeah. Okay, so one final replace earlier than we transfer on. So our entrance porch, after we purchased the home, the paint was chipping somewhat bit and we had been like, we should always most likely repaint this. Then a few months later we began to understand that the wooden appeared actually torn up and I used to be like, our contractor’s boots being actually tough. I used to be like actually confused about the way it was wanting so unhealthy so quick, after which someday we noticed squirrels on the market and it appeared like they had been consuming the wooden. They’re consuming the steps to her home. So we appeared it up they usually’re truly identical to sharpening their tooth or like gnawing on it. They’re not truly consuming something however they’re nonetheless destroying it. It doesn’t matter. In order that’s fascinating. So we needed to reduce a piece of our deck off. So there was a day when part of our deck was lacking and it was form of scary. You simply needed to take a very huge step over it. Oh, you came visiting to the home on that day? 

Emma: Yeah, I used to be over that day and I used to be like, Hmm. 

Elsie: Yeah, and you then changed it and now it’s simply primed. So we’re ready till the painter comes quickly, after which we’re going to color it. I’m truly gonna paint it form of the identical shade as Marigold’s bed room, which is a dusty pink shade. It’s form of a press release shade for a porch. However our complete neighborhood is, it’s very huge and it’s all outdated homes, and I’ve checked out each single porch shade, and that is what I made a decision. Matches this home the perfect ’trigger I actually like the homes with crimson steps. However generally I believe a crimson porch is an excessive amount of. So I made a decision to do a dusty shade I believed can be extra, I’m a pink individual. I like pink. I don’t use it as a lot as I used to and never as vibrant pastel as I used to, however I’ll all the time love pink. It’s undoubtedly an amazing shade. It goes with so many issues. And for this porch, it was grey and it appeared good grey. And I used to be initially gonna paint over it with a grey, however I simply felt prefer it wasn’t thrilling in any respect. It was the alternative of thrilling. 

Emma: Yeah. You’re simply fixing one thing that was damaged, which is okay. However not very enjoyable. 

Elsie: And I really feel like it will simply add somewhat little bit of a particular one thing, so I hope it seems properly. I’ll make a video as quickly because it’s finished, and I’ll present it for certain on Instagram. I hope it’s finished quickly. However yeah, that porch has been fairly a, I believe that I’m studying concerning the commitments of outdated homes proper now as a result of there’s undoubtedly, , they’ve their surprises, their little shock electrical invoice. 

Emma: Shock, the squirrels ate every thing or sharpened their tooth on every thing. No matter. I do love your entrance door although, with the like humidity architect message factor. It’s not likely a message.

Elsie: Sure. So for anybody who hasn’t seen it on Instagram, I’m going to make it a everlasting video. It’s known as like Ghost Writing, however what it’s, is basically at one level there was some form of last or painted signal on this door, and it’s been scraped off for a very long time, however each time it will get tremendous humid, you may see all of the letters once more, and it’s so cool. I heard about it from the unique home itemizing, which was like an outdated itemizing, however I had by no means seen it, it took months. After which someday it was there. It was so thrilling. 

Emma: It’s fairly cool. And , as a lot as you’re keen on spooky stuff, and like, I imply, it’s actually known as ghostwriting. So I simply really feel prefer it’s excellent. And it’s simply cool in the event you like outdated stuff. It’s neat to see somewhat piece of historical past that’s solely revealed when it’s humid. I don’t know, it’s enjoyable. 

Elsie: It’s an indication for an architect. So at one level, an architect was functioning their enterprise out of the house, which is fascinating. 

Emma: Or the door was from, possibly they took the door. 

Elsie: Yeah, that’s true too. 

Emma: Who is aware of?

Elsie: I truly suppose the door is completely different, so possibly. Fascinating. Okay, I’ll determine that out. I’ll crack this case.

Emma: Report again. All proper, now we’re going to let you know our fall ebook membership picks. So we’re going to do three fiction books after which one non-fiction ebook, and I’ll allow you to inform them concerning the non-fiction ebook. Why don’t you do this first truly? 

Elsie: Okay. So the non-fiction ebook is known as Really feel One thing, Make One thing by Caitlyn Metz. They usually’re a tremendous artist that we love from St. Louis. So additionally from Missouri and yeah, I obtained the ebook. I pre-ordered it. I obtained it on the day it got here out, and it’s unimaginable. It’s precisely proper up our alley for A Lovely Mess podcast listeners, so I can’t wait so that you can see it, and browse it. It’s form of like a hybrid of like numerous illustrations, numerous pages are full illustrations. After which there’s additionally like loads you might learn. I might say it’s most likely a simple learn, like it will take a few hours to learn the entire thing and it has tasks in it. So it’s a ebook about, , expressing your emotions and likewise making issues. And there’s an entire half on the finish about making little zines, which I believed it was like, it gave me the best rush of inspiration. So, yeah, I believe it’s gonna be a lot enjoyable to work on collectively. And I additionally obtained like 5 further copies to place in our neighborhood free little library ’trigger I used to be like so enthused about it. Like I need everybody to learn it. 

Emma: I find it irresistible. Yeah. I actually didn’t know something about it, Elsie despatched me the quilt and I used to be like, oh, an instantaneous sure. It simply appeared like one thing I used to be very thinking about immediately. After which the three fiction books we’re gonna learn is we’re going to learn Sensible Magic by Alice Hoffman, which is a ebook, however it’s additionally the start of a sequence. So in the event you wanna hold going after that with a sequence, nice. However Elsie and I are each gonna learn that. We’ve by no means learn it. We’ve got seen the film and we talked about it ’trigger I like that film a lot, however I’m excited. I like that writer and I haven’t learn the sequence, so very excited. It’s excellent for the season. 

Elsie: Yeah, the followers have informed me that the primary ebook isn’t even the perfect one, which I all the time love as a assessment sequence.

Emma: I do too. That’s thrilling. After which we’re additionally gonna learn All Good Individuals Right here by Ashley Flowers, which in the event you’re a real crime junkie like I’m, you then already know who that’s as a result of she does Crime Junkie, and I believe she’s additionally the founder or one of many founders, I’m undecided of Audio, Chuck, they usually do an entire bunch of various sorts of podcast about crime, true crime and different issues. However anyway, it is a fiction ebook. All Good Individuals Right here, and really my husband purchased this ebook for me some time in the past, and he learn it first as a result of we had been like, oh, let’s each learn it, we solely have one copy, , no matter. And he stated he actually favored it. It’s a thriller. You’re making an attempt to resolve against the law, and he stated it has a few twists and he didn’t see it coming. And he all the time sees the twist coming. He’s a kind of individuals. So I really feel prefer it’ll be enjoyable. So I’m excited for that. After which we’re additionally gonna learn the Heaven and Earth Grocery Retailer by James McBride, which I’ve truly by no means learn this writer earlier than however I’ve heard so many nice issues. I really feel like Barack Obama beloved one in all his books and put it on his summer time studying checklist or one thing like that. However the premise of the ebook sounded somewhat bit spooky. I believe that they’re like tearing one thing down. They’re gonna construct one thing they usually’ve found these like skeletons or a skeleton after which that’s form of just like the jumping-off level for the ebook. That’s my understanding. So I believe it sounds actually fascinating and I’m excited to learn a brand new writer that I’ve a sense I’m most likely going to like, however by no means learn earlier than. 

Elsie: Good. I’m very excited for this season. It’s gonna be a very good studying season. Yeah. I wish to get extra individuals concerned with our ebook membership. Like I’m undecided methods to make it somewhat extra interactive.

Emma: I don’t know. That may be enjoyable although. 

Elsie: If anybody has ideas, like possibly we should always do extra Instagrams about it or one thing. I don’t know. However learn together with us. 

Emma: Learn together with us. We’ll put all of our pics for the autumn within the present notes for this episode. And as normal, we’re a bit random, so we’ll announce just like the episode earlier than what ebook we is likely to be doing, however we don’t know what order we’re gonna do these in but essentially. So, and particularly the nonfiction ebook.

Elsie: We are able to’t play by these guidelines. 

Emma: We actually can’t. We’re not organized, okay. We’re not organized. We’re simply doing our greatest. However the nonfiction ebook, because it’s form of a, it’s not a workbook, however it has workouts.

Elsie: It’s form of a workbook. 

Emma: In all probability that one will come final in order that we’ve time and , you all can have time to love to work by means of it somewhat bit, and never do all of it without delay ’trigger you don’t must really feel all of your emotions in someday. That’s an excessive amount of. 

Elsie: Everybody’s gonna find it irresistible, it’s wonderful. 

Emma: Okay, now it’s time for a joke or a truth or meditation with Nova. 

Elsie: All proper this week we’ve a particular visitor. It’s Marigold and Nova. Marigold, do you could have a joke for us? 

Marigold: What sort of key opens up a banana?

Elsie: What sort of key opens up a banana? I don’t know. 

Marigold: A monkey. 

Elsie: Ah, good one. 

Nova: I informed her that joke, and he or she informed it to that podcast. 

Elsie: Good. Oh my God. She’s doing so good nonetheless. It’s so cute. She stated, Mommy, I higher report a joke or a truth with Nova, or else nobody will hearken to your podcast.

Emma: She’s not improper. 

Elsie: You’re most likely proper. Thanks a lot for listening. You possibly can submit questions at [email protected] or name or voicemail at (417) 893-0011. We’ll be again subsequent week with our 2 hundredth podcast episode. So yeah, convey some champagne. We’re very enthusiastic about that. We’ll be letting the teachings that we discovered from recording our first 200 episodes.

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