December 09, 2022

Friday Night Photos

It's Friday already, and this week has flown by! I had a few appointments this week, which always throw off my schedule, and one of them was with my psychiatrist. I was really sad that it was my last appointment with him; he's retiring this month.

I can't even describe how grateful I am to him for literally saving my life. I was at such a low point mentally and he was my last hope. I remember sitting in the parking lot before my first appointment... I planned to listen to every word and follow his advice, regardless of what I thought of it.

When he diagnosed me with bipolar, I thought he was crazy! But he patiently explained it to me, and told me why my antidepressants didn't work for me; I needed to be on a mood stabilizer. So we tried out a new medication, and literally four days later, I started to feel like a completely different person. It was AMAZING.

He is the kindest psychiatrist I could have asked for and I am so happy that he was a part of my life for the last five and a half years. I thanked him, trying not to get too emotional, and wished him well on his retirement. Next month, I will see a new psychiatrist to get established with him and hopefully not have any breaks from my medication regimen.

Anyway, I have a mishmash of pictures this week. Some of them I've already posted throughout the week...

First, Noah bought a new (used) car yesterday with his own hard-earned money. He is VERY into cars and he's been researching them for the longest time. He's only 18 years old, but he saved up nearly $6,000 for a down payment. The car was about three hours away in Ohio, so earlier this week, he dove down there to check it out and see if he wanted it. Then he came home and applied for a loan at the credit union. All went well, so Noah, Jerry, and my dad (who has been an auto mechanic his entire life) went down there to pick it up. My dad approved, and all was good! Noah is THRILLED with it!

I was trying to write my blog post and (as always) Duck insisted on sitting on my lap. He drives me CRAZY. If I don't look at him, he presses his paw right on my face. I have to constantly crane my neck to see over him while I'm typing. Still, though, I don't have the heart to make him get off.

These are just a couple more pictures from last Friday. I didn't see them until Jerry sent them to me today. This first pic (collage) is from when Riley did my make-up.

And this picture is when I was reading to Luke. He loves to learn about how things work and why things are the way there, so I bought this book of 1,111 questions that give detailed answers (with lots of pictures). Since I give Riley a charm for her necklace every time I see her, I thought it would be fun to do something with Luke, too. So I let him choose a couple of questions and we read thought those.

This picture is my latest project piece. It's a Pottery Barn console that I picked up from Facebook Marketplace for cheap and I planned to paint it. So spent a couple of days working on that...

And here is the before and after! You can see the details on this post from a couple of days ago.

I turned it on when I went to bed that night. With the room being black and all the lights off, this is all you could see. It was awesome!

And speaking of my room, I got new shades for the windows today. They are blackout blinds and I am thrilled not to have the slats to clean. I'm hoping these will clean easily with a vacuum attachment.

I stopped at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore to look for a light fixture, and I found this one for $10. It was perfect for what I was looking for! I love it. I might miss the ceiling fan eventually, but I don't mind. I thought it was an eyesore.

I was VERY unsure about painting the bedroom black--especially the ceiling!--but I'm really happy with my choice. The more we get done, the more I love it.

And finally, my next short project piece... a dining room table!

Our current one is probably 20 years old and I had bought it for $5 at a garage sale! It's just too small for us to play board games or build puzzles or whatnot, so I wanted a bigger table. We found this one on Marketplace, so I'm going to refinish it like I've done with the other pieces. I haven't decided what color to paint it yet--I'm thinking either white, dark gray, the same light blue as the cabinets, or I could go with the previous color of orange. I'm leaning toward dark gray with light gray chairs.

Okay, time to work on the bedroom a little more. Have a great weekend! xo

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