Times Have Changed

DSC_0059I feel terrible for not having posted anything for an entire week.  I haven’t been very busy this week, so I guess time just got away from me.

This weekend was nice enough to share with everyone 🙂

I’ve had a slight bit of GOOD change this past week.  About a week ago, I bought a metal filing cabinet from my boss.  It is a great cabinet, but I didn’t like the color, which was a drab gray.  As soon as I saw it, I knew it was a good quality, probably once very expensive filing cabinet and the handles on it actually look contemporary, so I knew I could work with it.  I was really excited when she said she was going to sell these for only $50 because I have been in the market for a metal filing cabinet for the past year.  With everything going electronic, at home and in my office (why she is getting rid of them), you might wonder why I would buy one.  Well, my boyfriend is a doctoral student now and he keeps a LOT of paper (e.g. articles, assignments).  I feel sometimes like our house is nothing but binders and paper and folders and honestly, I can’t handle it anymore.  I hate the sight of paper.  I hate the texture of paper.  Most of all, I simply hate how much paper is in my home.  Ergo, I bought a filing cabinet just for him 🙂

We decided to paint it black because I thought it would go nice with most of my things.  I have the bad habit of buying only black and white furnishings.  I never really noticed that  until some friends came over and mentioned it.  Anyway, here is the before picture:


Here is the after pictures (1. before, 2. after):

  1. filecabinetbefore
  2. Notice Chester in the door :)
    Notice Chester in the door 🙂


As of right now, it’s still drying, so I haven’t put it back together yet, but I still wanted to share our hard work 🙂

The weather was phenomenally beautiful this weekend, something you all know that I have been waiting on for quite some time.  The change is good and my spirits seem to be much more uplifted these past few days.  The first photo of the flowers is, admittedly, not a recent photo, but I thought pretty to share.  I have to admit this because you can see that these are clearly not fresh blooms.  Some of them are actually dead it appears 🙂  I have yet to actually see many flowers though.

The weekend wasn’t so great when I found out that my grandfather had a heart attack.  I always have a feeling when something like this happens in my family as soon as I see that it’s my mom or dad calling out of the blue.  I knew right away when my mom sent me a text to call her.  This just isn’t like her, so I knew something had to have happened.  This kind of change is what makes me realize I’m no longer a kid anymore.

A couple of weeks ago, my nephew had his third birthday party and my mom, dad, brother, sister, and maternal grandparents were there.  It wasn’t until that moment of us all in one place that I realized just how old we all are.  I must look older too, but just don’t realize it.  Time has flown by and is taking us all with it.  It made me see how I should appreciate the people I have in my life before I don’t have them anymore.

Times indeed have changed.






79 thoughts on “Times Have Changed

  1. I applaud the hard work you did over the weekend. I had foot surgery last week and have to stay off my feet. I am sorry to hear about you grandfather. I hope he is doing OK. It is true that we are all getting older. My mom is 81 and I worry about her all the time. My motto is each day is a gift and not a given so enjoy it to the fullest. I love your writing.

    1. It was quite the work indeed. We were and probably are both still exhausted 😉 My grandfather is doing better, but it is hard to hear something like that. I love him very much and he’s one of the few people in this world who I look up to. Live is definitely a gift.

  2. Blugh…. We are all going to die…. Life sucks, for other things there’s Master Card. The universe is eternal. Energy cannot be created or destroyed and we are star dust. Compared to this infinitely vast universe us and everything in the universe is zero in size. So all of our problems, all of our good fortunes, all of our love, all of our hate, everyone we knew, know, and will know disappear in the vastness of time and space. Nothing matters anymore. We’ve already died many times. Our cells are just new cells that replaced all of our old dead cells. Shit thinking about this makes me think the self is an illusion. haha… I don’t even know what I’m talking about right now. What you said was so depressing. I don’t take any good out of that knowledge. I think this world is a horrible place. A horrible hell designed to make people suffer endlessly and torture each other. That’s an absolute ultimate mega Truth from the beyond. Damn I’m turning into a monster. Whatever I’ll shut up. Good looking filing cabinent now. You really fixed it up. Damn I think I’m forgetting how to speak english. I’m really going downhill.

  3. I’m sorry to hear about your grandfather. I hope he’s doing better now. Great work on the filing cabinet. 🙂 My wife’s binders from her various classes, mostly 4″ binders, are all over the place. She keeps everything school-related. Everything. She has papers she wrote in middle school. When she starts grad school…. If you have more of these cabinets, I may want a couple. lol

    1. Yeah, I know what you mean. My bf does the same thing, but I guess it’s understandable 😉 Luckily he hasn’t kept things from when he was in middle school though. I just don’t think I could handle it 😀

  4. I just got a file cabinet from work too. I try not to keep much on paper, but things like tax documents, mortgage paperwork, insurance, etc. Are good to have on hand in paper form. I never thought I’d be this excited to be getting a filing cabinet. Yay growing up! lol

      1. you have a vibrant personality. it shows in everything you do. Was that really the length of that file cabinet ? or was is just how the picture was taken.

      2. It is a huge filing cabinet 🙂 It is almost taller than me, which isn’t saying a lot, but it is tall for a filing cabinet 🙂 Thank you for your lovely comment!

  5. Nice outcome on the cabinet. It’s amazing how just a little paint can make something look so good.
    Hope your pappy is doing well, by the way.

  6. Black and or white is always classic. Your home must look very put together and elegant. A color scheme like this is so versatile. To change it all you have to do is pop in a bright colour – a plant – a magenta pillow. Cheap chic. Then when you get bored all you change is the small things. I have slip covered both my chesterfields white, and last week changed my pillows to spring colours. You are definitely on the right track. Virginia

    1. I definitely agree, very classic 🙂 My favorite color to add is red and it’s only minimally, but it adds a great effect, even if in the smallest way 🙂

  7. I know what you mean about paper. But the printed copy, I believe will always be here even though electronic versions are popular. I have an old cabinet that needs painting to store more of my papers, what kind of paint did you use to paint yours? PS: For those who think Electronics are everything, I think you’ll get a laugh from this short video: http://vimeo.com/61275290

    1. 🙂 We sanded the entire cabinet first to get off any loose paint and rust. Then I used rust-oleum black primer on it. After that dried, I used Krylong black gloss paint. I am usually afraid to use spray paint, but I read that it binds best to metal, so I just went with that and it actually looks great. The key is just taking your time and not keeping the nozzle spraying in one place 😉

  8. Sorry to hear about your gramps – is he doing ok now?
    Yeah, life has a funny way of going on… somehow my parents are frozen in my head at an age younger than I am now…
    But I wouldn’t go back for anything –

    1. He is doing better. Thank you for asking. I know what you mean about having a frozen image of our parents, so weird to look at old photos, even of myself. How time flies…

    1. 🙂 I guess its the perfectionist in me that made the cabinet look so well. I’m glad to be back. I always look forward to your visits 🙂

  9. I love black furnishings as well. 🙂 Sorry about your grandad. It’s amazing how the weather dictates our moods. And growing up is a good thing. Hugs Paula xxx

  10. I actually like the feel of paper and while I have a kindle I still like a book. I like the tactile sense of turning pages. I built a library out of my dinning room simply because I needed a place for the hundreds of books that I have collected. Now I have books stored in every room of the house, bookshelves everywhere .. Lol. I did however spend the afternoon purging files from my cabinet.. I think I kept every owners manual to everything! -best

    1. I have a kindle and find that I read so much faster, weird huh? I like the look of books filling my shelf and don’t mind touching them, I just HATE loose paper 😦 and binders too actually. Yeah, I’m weird.

      1. It’s ok.. If you saw the way my desk gets, you would probably freak… LOL The kindle Is great for Late at night reading… I also like it because if I want a book, I don’t have to go to the store and buy it. I simply download it. Instant gratification…

  11. I sympathise with you guys having lots of paper stuff to file; I am self-employed and have to keep receipts etc so I have the same problem! My cabinet is hidden in a cupboard so it doesn’t look as nice as yours. I love Chester watching the work – cats are so nosy!

  12. I want a filing cabinet and yours looks lovely all done up, a credit to your work and effort. I think we need to sort out our office space first as we haven’t been in our house very long.

    I hope your Grandfather is on the mend. This really struck home with me, my Grandad is 82 and has never shown his age until recently. Its so hard to face their mortality, but in a way I feel that by dealing with some of these feelings now will help when we have to say goodbye. As much as I hate to admit it, one day we’ll have to.

    Your blog is lovely, I really enjoy reading it. Thanks 🙂 x

    1. My grandfather is doing better. Thank you for asking 🙂 I hope you can have an office space too sometime soon. Don’t be fooled though, my office space is actually my living room/dining room/study 😉

  13. You guys did a fantastic job on it, I never realized how much I miss a filing cabinet, I could use one now with the doterra taking off…I’ll put that on my list. I loved your post honey and you.

    1. 🙂 I think she has four more she is selling. Try looking on craigslist, or better yet, put one in the paper. I bet you could get a cheap one from there. Love you too.

  14. Thanks for following my blog, I’m enjoying reading yours and your experiences of living with OCD. I’m glad I’ve only got depression! I like the fact that you are so honest and straightforward about it.

  15. That was very uplifting, thank you for sharing. It’s so weird how a story about a filing cabinet lifts my mood. Maybe I have a weird thing for filing cabinets? No, I just think it’s nice to read something positive.

    Thank you again.

  16. I’m a student too. i know my wife is sick of my books and paper. I think I may get rid of a lot of it this summer after I graduate. i don’t want to lie to myself and say that i will look at my professor’s comments or grades after I graduate. At best I will read more into the books i was forced to skim through. Plus i do not like the sharp corners on file cabinets so I have to do something before my wife buys me one.

  17. Just found your blog via a like on mine. I really enjoy your posts. You’re quirky, friendly, and above all well-spoken. Nice to meet ya. 🙂

  18. Thank you for visiting my blog. I love visiting others to see whats going on in the world. I need a cabinet too for all my husband’s piles. I don’t like piles! Plus I do genealogy and have tons of information. You did a real nice job on yours. Thanks again.

  19. It’s often both sad and joyful when the passage of time is pointed out to you. I’m only 21 (yes I will always add the word ‘only’ before my age – even if i reach 90!) and was mentioning to a younger cousin about when the internet first became a ‘thing’ in homes and she looked straight at me with no regrets and said, ‘that makes you sound so old’.
    My little baby nephew recently started school too… it creeps on you, but I think in a good way, we can’t be the new generation forever.
    Thanks for liking my post!

  20. I wish your grandfather a quick recovery. Stay strong. Great job on the cabinet, very handy thing too! We had two some years ago, but as we don’t have the space anymore in our new house, we have instead built tall shelves to house all of our collective catalogues, how-to books and other workshop paraphernalia. Just too much stuff, but at last very organised.

  21. I am very sorry to hear about your Grandfather. As for the black/white furniture. I love that color combo. It’s very popular here too and very modern.

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