1. Vicky
    August 16, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Don’t you just hate it when after so much stress and planning it just isn’t quite right. I think it is beautiful but I am not the one that has to LOVE IT. I think you should put a sign on the front lawn: “The shutters are NOT black” and carry on.


  2. Rose L.
    August 17, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    Oh, Victoria, please forgive me this late late comment but it’s my first visit. I laughed until I cried and then I called my significant other in here to read the casino bit and he laughed until he almost cried. Then…I jumped on his lap totally out of control because for the first time I felt like I am a normal woman. Because it must be the same with every well adjusted couple that we just can not see things eye to eye and I am finally not guilty of being out of whack (or a whack job). God bless you dear woman, you have freed me to be me! LOL!


  3. AnnieC
    September 7, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    “The porch flooring is IPE or Brazilian hardwood… or something I do not really understand. If you do, good for you, but please do not try to explain it to me because I no longer care.”

    That statement made me laugh out loud simply because I’ve been there one too many times. I now feel much better knowing other couples go thru the same scenarios when it comes to construction/remodeling. Thanks……….what a talent you have!


  4. noreen
    May 27, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

    i really loved this post and could relate. i spent five years without doorknobs… including the toilet.. because i just couldnt find the perfect one which lived in my head.
    my daughter was seven before she knew how to use one. I too have got over it… more or less


  5. George Kane
    January 21, 2015 @ 9:21 am

    I am so grateful to go through all these. All staining posts are fabulous. Thanks for sharing all these.


  6. Kelli
    July 13, 2016 @ 3:26 am

    Okay. I’m very late to this party, but I just had to tell you…
    Your porch is gorgeous and you and I could be soul mates based on the focus on the most minute of details and thinking, thinking, and over thinking of said details…
    BUT… what prompted me to actually comment is that it is 2:30 a.m., and I probably just woke at least one family member up laughing hysterically at your description of your reaction to your hub’s bad mood. You could be describing me!! By the time you got to buying the Chanel purse, I was literally in tears!
    I will go down with the ship, and I’ll take you down with me before I give in. Haha! Age and 20 years of marriage has mellowed me *somewhat*… but, oh my… I’ve had my moments… especially in the DIY department.


  7. Jessica
    February 28, 2017 @ 4:46 pm

    I know this is an old post and it probably pains your soul to revisit the reminiscent tale of the stain debacle but I must ask- What didn’t you like about the honey teak color? It seems the perfect brown to me but I love your taste and appeal so wanted your brain thoughts 😉


  8. Cenepk10
    September 25, 2017 @ 11:42 am

    That is why I always use a clear wood stain and let the wood speak. Your porch is glorious and I peed my pants laughing at this tale. Love your blog.


  9. Prischilla H Grover
    January 21, 2019 @ 3:10 pm

    Hi – I just discovered you and I so hope your blog is still active, cuz it is SO funny! Just sent the link to my hubby for him to read – we stained our porch last summer, luckily with far less drama, and he’ll be entertained!


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