Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Nip It In the Bud!

If you know this saying..."Nip It in the Bud", then you are showing your age.  Must of us can hear the voice of Barney Fife echo through the annals of television history.
Others say, "Just Do It!"... "Yank it!"...  "Put One Foot in Front of the Other".....all reminding us to "Take the Bull by the Horns!" and "GIT 'ER DONE!"

This worn out chair was the pride of all who have sat in it and may I say...there was a lot of sitting.  All seven of us house-bound people competed for the right to sit in the BIG CHAIR.  I taught more than one school lesson while in the comfort of it's cushions and many hours of devotionals and children's stories were enjoyed in this seat-and-a-half chair.  But all things deserve to be given new life after they have served you well.

It was time... I had P-R-O-C-R-A-S-T-I-N-A-T-E-D far too long.  What started out with "all guns a'blazin'" came to a rapid intimidation-factor stop.  The longer I looked at the unfinished project, the BIGGER it GOT!  Time passed... and passed... and passed... and passed....................you get the picture.

I couldn't do it...I had "bitten off more than I could chew."  

So I did what any wise woman would do............I hid it!  Yes, I pushed it into the teen room.  Wrong place to hide the unfinished project.  Now every teen boy on our side of the planet used it to prop his feet...ate his chips...do what teen boys do...used and abused my unfinished project.  It was time to give in... "Nip It in the Bud."

I pulled that large mammoth out of the teen room and put it in full view... Right in the middle of the game room, half blocking the television.

I finished it.!
It has been brought back to life.  Benjamin crawled up in it to read.  It's destiny has been restored.
What a lesson to me..............things are rarely as hard as our minds have us believe.
"Just Do It!"

14 Joining in with more words:

Christine said...

I know prayers were said AND look!
Completed with style!!!

(A few hidden lessons are in this post.)

Farm Girl said...

I know you wrote this for me. I have a couple of chairs I have been telling myself to do. The one thing that is good for me if I get into a bind is my husband did auto upholstery as a teenager. I was telling him the other day, how nice it would be if he would do that for me. So I need to get over the fear. Your chair turned out wonderful. He hated upholstery so much he would do anything but that. :)

Vee said...

It looks so very different now that I wouldn't recognize it. Yes. "Get to it" is a line I repeat to myself multiple times a day. Usually, it (whatever IT is) takes far longer than I had anticipated, but every now and then I'm pleasantly surprised. Well done with the chair! I can imagine Benjamin reading or watching "101 Dalmatians" in it. =D

myletterstoemily said...

Look at you, nipping it in the bud! It's
lovely and very trendy at the same time.
Well done, Barney!

Sharon said...

I love the new Texan look!

It looks like it was indeed a BIG project - but kudos for getting it done. The finished product looks great.

And I agree with Christine - there are some good lessons in this post. Praying for God to continue HIS work of transformation in me.


Sarah Jane said...

awwww.... I took many naps in that chair! It looks GREAT!!

Maryann said...

I love it (and I get the lesson here) Time to start "nipping"

Sandy said...

Great lesson and beautiful chair! You are super talented, Janette! I need to learn to do this. How did you learn? I have two chairs in need of help.

Sue said...

Indeed you did nip it in the bud, great job!

Debbie said...

WOW I am totally impressed! It looks great. I think I would be totally intimidated by such a project! Good job getting er done!

Tanna said...

Yep, there is a moral to this story. ;) One I need to be reminded of frequently. Lately, I've been using: You know how to eat an elephant... one bite at a time. ;) Great job, Janette! And, I'm glad the favored chair has returned to its place. blessings ~ tanna

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Well, a chair with that many memories certainly needs to be restored. And, what a great job you did. Is there anything you can't and don't do How lovely! Have a great weekend!

podso said...

Sigh. A good lesson for us all. It looks great by the way. And I didn't know that's where "nip it in the bud" came from. I love learning the history of such expressions.

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Yep, fear has a tendency to hold us back. When we plunge forward, we are amazed we were afraid. Love the chair, great jog, Janette! You are talented. I know I don't have the experience or expertise to pull that off! But, you sure do!

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