Ack. Sorry I’ve been MIA for almost a week. Did you ever have on of those days weeks when your head is just a jumbled mess? Or one of those days weeks when it feels like you have so much to do, you just don’t even know where or how to begin.  Yeah, it’s kind of been like that around here.

Without getting into all the messy details, I’m just a bit (pardon my french) pissed off at life these days. And I know that the rest of this post won’t really reflect those feelings, but that’s kind of where I’m at right now. The sad part about being pissed off with life, is that I feel like I’m left to figure things out on my own. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I can’t really explain how or why I feel the way I do, or maybe it’s because the only person that can help me is myself. The problem with that is I don’t know what to do or how to change. So, I end up just feeling lost and changing nothing. Am I making any sense? If I am and you have even a dribble of advice I would appreciate it immensely.

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Now, back to the regular schedule post…

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As I mentioned last Monday I’m working on fixing my front porch. Thankfully the weather last week was unseasonably beautiful. This week, not so much. It may even snow on tomorrow.

Anywho, If you can remember, this is what I started with …

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… an amazing porch post repair job by my Dad. The bottom of these posts used to be a mess. The wood was starting to rot causing the porch roof to sag. Not good.


Last week I broke out the wood filler/putty, and my trusty hand sander and gave the posts a little plastic surgury.

I guess this is one of those cases where it looks worse before it looks better.

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These posts have been holding up this porch for almost 100 years, so other repairs and patches were required from top to bottom.

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After lots of filler and sanding, things started to blend seamlessly. They are not completely smooth and perfect, but they’ve come a long way.

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There were also a couple areas on one post where the molding was cut away to run an electrical wire which I no longer need. The wire was removed and I patched the molding with pieces of wood and filler. Again, it’s not perfect, but you really wouldn’t notice it if you weren’t looking for it. I was pretty proud of this fix!

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 Once all the sanding was complete I applied a primer to all the posts.

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Here’s what it looks like with the back two posts painted.

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I finished up as the sun was setting and forgot to get a proper picture of all the posst fully primed. Since then, the weather has been less than corporative,  so you’ll have to deal with this instragram picture I took before I went out for a walk the other day. As you can tell it was raining.

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I adore the white!  It just make the porch and house look so much more welcoming, inviting, modern and fresh. This is also why I decided to paint my patio furniture white. Much, much better.  Once this project is complete, I will also be repainting the wood trim around the windows which you can see in some of the pictures. It is currently maroon and will be going white. Its like a mini facelift for my house!

This is the back porch I mentioned previously. This is the railing I will be installing on the front porch. I’m hoping to start that next week.

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I will also be replacing this railing (Arrow ONE) …

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…which is on a little balcony above the back porch. I know, it looks terrible right now, don’t judge.

Arrow TWO is the maroon trim that will eventually be painted white. Arrow THREE is my attic (aka my future home, as discuss here). Those are the windows my dad and I installed two years ago.

So in addition to a full bed and breakfast and contemplating my life, that’s what I’ve been up too last week.  Exciting stuff.

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Now, onto the second part of this story. The Post. For those of you that follow me on Facebook, this is going to be old news.

Last week I was featured twice on The Huffington Post. Yes. Twice. On THE Huffington Post. Ridiculously exciting!!

First, I was listed on their ‘Hot on Pinterest: 5 Pinners to Follow Now‘ List on Thursday. As you can see they used the image of my sign to introduce the article. So exciting.

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Then, on Friday my ‘making of a chevron wall tutorial‘ was featured.

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I had a little phone interview with the sweetest gal from The Post, Kathryn. She put everything together and the story was published on Friday. The best part about the article? She called me a ‘design expert’.

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Yep, a ‘design expert’. I literally almost feel apart (in a really amazing way) when I read that. It still gives me goosebumps and puts a ridiculously large smile on my face. ‘Design Expert Michael Wurm’ I could get used to that.

If you have a spare moment, and are inclined to do so, I would really, really, really appreciate it if you would post a little comment on this article. You absolutely don’t have to, and I hate to solicit comments from you, but I would be most appreciative. Thank you to those of you that already did. You comments truly warmed my heart

So that’s it’s for today. I believe you are officially caught up. Oh, and ‘Operation 20lbs‘ has sort of hit a snag as well.

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I’ve been running/walking at least 5 miles everyday for the past 14 days. I’ve also been watching my food consumption religiously. I feel and look like I’ve lost more weight, but the scale seems to disagree. My friend (a nurse) said I’ve probably gained muscle weight from running, but I’m finding that hard and frustrating to believe. So I need to revisit my plan.

Okay, that’ really it for now. Happy Tuesday everyone!

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