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Screen Porch Woes ...

My Chicago screen porch was looking a bit sad. It held great potential but really needed some TLC ... and design. And then a wrench was thrown into my decorating mix ...

Are you a go with the flow kind of person? 

You know. When life gives you lemons do you make some lemonade?

When life throws you a curve ball do you fall apart?  Crumble at the seams? Or do you regroup … and make a new plan?  Set new goals?  Strengthen your character?

I’d like to think I was a low key flow ‘er’ type of person …

But the truth is, I like to plan.  I need to plan.  I live to plan.  And when a wrench is thrown in that plan … no matter the size the plan …

No matter the size of the wrench …

It throws me off my game.  It messes with my mojo. 

So when I was greeted with the sight of my twisted and broken starburst mirror* first thing this morning, I should have realized right then and there my day would not be running according to my plan …

A plan that included early morning errands to pick up some herbs to plant in little pots for the screen porch …

Little potted herbs labeled with chalkboard stars.  And not just any old stars.  Rock star stars …

... I’m trying to boost their confidence in themselves … and me too.

Instead I found myself spending the morning – and into the early afternoon -- at the emergency room getting my daughter’s ankle x-rayed (no bones broken; just a sprain).

A plan that included a trip to the grocery store for some fun and flirty flowers to complement the birch tree artwork my daughter and I made for the screen porch …

And some flowers to adorn the table …

Well, that plan had to be waylaid until the teen son arrived home after school.

A plan that did not include my beloved city living up to it’s windy city moniker …

… which kept blowing my screen porch drapes and hanging drum shade lights to and fro.

A plan that included a mid-morning photo shoot and edit.  And putting this post to bed in the early afternoon …

But instead I found myself in the wee hours of the night fixing exposure and saturation and sharpening and watermarking …

Good thing I don’t have any plans for tomorrow. Well, that’s not quite true.  I plan to park myself on my finally finished screen porch …

… and read.

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