Popsicles and Redecorating

My cousin has a memory of me that she says she will never forget. I don’t remember it at all. Then again, I was probably 2 or 3 at the time and she was in college. 

The story goes…It was summer and we were spending the day with my aunt at her beach cottage, like we did everyday while they were visiting our little Amelia Island. We lived there. My mom and my aunt had bought Popsicle as a treat for us kids, nine of us altogether, to eat.

Apparently, I wasn’t given the color popsicle I wanted and pitched a little toddler temper tantrum. My cousin remembers me laying (or is it lying? which ever…anyhoot) on the beach waving my arms and kicking my feet, throwing sand everywhere, with alligator tears in my eyes. She said both my mom and my aunt just looked at me and walked away. I may not remember any of this, but I’m pretty sure of the look she was talking about. You know…that mom look that says you’re dead in the next 10 seconds if you don’t stop. Not sure what happened after that, but this story has taught me a lesson many a times! 

What does that have to do with redecorating? Recently, I haven’t gotten the color popsicle I want and I am pitching my little fit. Just in a more “mature” way. In other words, my funds for redecorating have run out (I budget for redecorating) and I can’t do what I want. I’ve been pouting about it all July. 

So, I complained to God about it. You know what He told me?

Try a different flavor.

He was telling me that there is plenty to do around here to prepare for when I do get the funds again and to do those things.

A different flavor, huh? 

I sat down and came up with a list of different flavors. (I’m sure some of you already have come up with some of these, but I also know there are some of you that are as frustrated as I am with your finances right now and just need an extra boost.)  Here they are.

Popsicles and Redecorating


  • Clean out and reorganize the baking cabinet. I noticed how awful it was when I painted the kitchen. I really just need to do them all!

Popsicles and Redecorating

  • Clean out and reorganize the laundry room.
  • Take down the wallpaper in the room I want to paint
  • Wipe down the walls. A good wall cleaning will do wonders for the room.
  • Clean the carpets. (Probably my least favorite flavor!)
  • Clean out and organize the bathroom cabinets

Popsicles and Redecorating

  • The hall closet needs a good cleaning out and organizing as well
  • While I’m cleaning out stuff, get it ready for a yard sale and make a little extra decorating money. (Tied for least favorite.)
  • Does the fridge and oven need cleaning? Sadly, yes! Along with the freezer. Oh joy :/ (my new least favorite!)
  • Spend some extra time in God’s word and delight in Him. 
  • Shop my house and change a few thing around. I could redo the mantle or some vignettes 
  • Swap pictures around the house. It’s amazing how just changing a few pictures can give the room a whole new feel. 
  • Rearrange the furniture
  • Swap out pillows on couches and beds. Wait…I need to make some first.
  • Change bed coverings. 
  • Prepare a piece of furniture to be repainted while you wait to get the paint. 
  • Use any leftover paint to repaint a small piece of furniture. 
  • Have any scraps of wood? Build a small shelf then use leftover paint to paint it!

Popsicles and Redecorating

  • Rearrange things on shelves. You’ve been looking at the same thing for years! 
  • The porch furniture needs cleaning. So do the posts. Oh, and there are 2 big spider webs that need to come down. 
  • The porch roof is also looking not so good. A little Clorox should help with that!

I think that list should keep me busy for a while. They aren’t really the flavor I would choose, but they aren’t bad tasting and will help me to feel like I have accomplished something. 

What do you do when you can’t do what you want to do? Me? I’m off to do the baking cabinet in the kitchen! 

Love ya, 


About Jayne

I am a housewife desperate to give my heart and home to the Lord. I like to share with others what the Lord has taught to me. Taking care of my family and home are my passion. I like to craft and decorate and to share the ideas I come across with others. I try to find ways to incorporate crafting and decorating with sharing my faith in Jesus.
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10 Responses to Popsicles and Redecorating

  1. Kim says:

    Seriously, Jayne, that was a wonderful post. Thanks for reminding me that when a door closes a window opens. I really appreciated that you included your list as well as there are so many things on your list that could be on my list. I can’t tell you how much that post spoke to my heart as redecorating money is a a little short around here as well, since I stopped my out of the house job to concentrate more on what needs to be done in the house. If this is what you meant when you said you were looking at going at blogging from a different direction, then you hit the nail on the head, for me anyway!!!

    • Jayne says:

      That brought tears to my eyes! Thank you, Kim! I’m really having to look at everything with a different “flavor.” Some of them might not be the flavor I want, but none of them really taste that bad. I Cor. 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” I figured that if temptation is common to man, then I must have more in common with man, including tight finances and decorating. Yes, I would love to have a home that looks like the ones in magazines, but the truth is, it doesn’t and I’m sure many people feel the same way I do. Those are the ones I think God wants me to reach.

  2. pattisj says:

    This is encouraging, there are things we can do in the meantime that will bring a feeling of accomplishment. I could make a list a mile long!

  3. I think more often than not, we tend to have a great sense of calm when we work on the things “behind the scenes” !!!!

    • Jayne says:

      Me too! To know that they are there and to keep putting them off makes me feel guilty. When they are done, I just feel a good sense of accomplishment.

  4. Margaret Fain says:

    I love your style, and it is especially wonderful when you bring our Lord into it!

  5. I can relate……both to the Popsicle incident….and the redirection your efforts…I have learned that when things aren’t working out for something I am passionate about….it usually means I am passionate about the wrong thing, at the wrong time….if it was good…then God usually brings me back to it when I am ready to face it again! : by the way….blue was always my favorite color! :)

    • Jayne says:

      Thank you for always being so supportive and encouraging! I am learning God is much more concerned with my spiritual than anything else. When that is right, everything else falls into place. I just wonder why it takes me so long to learn my lessons. lol

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