Friday Five: Redo, Refresh, Restore

Songbird from RevGalBlogPals writes:

We’re in the thick of it in church life as we approach the end of Lent. Palm Sunday and Holy Week await. In the midst of this busy-ness, I undertook a little redecorating here at RevGalBlogPals and found a new template for us.  [note from Deb – it looks great, Songbird!]

It’s the sort of task I like in the middle of chaos, a chance to redo something, to refresh the way I feel, to restore some sense of order.

Please share with us five ways you redo or refresh or restore your body, your space, your blog, anything in your life that needs perking up this week.


I’m in dire need of some rest and remodeling, so this is a good way to think about what it is I need to do to refresh myself a little…

1. My Body: I did go get a pedicure this week. It was my first one in a LONG time. Now I understand why so many RevGals insist it is a necessary part of self-care! While it did tickle, it was also a nice way to be tended to instead of being the superintendent for so many things in my life. Reedy Girl and I decided that we will both go for a pedicure when it’s closer to my graduation. The ultimate graduation gift: pretty feet!

2. My Home: Bearded Brewer and I have had several prints and paintings waiting for framing. This winter we finally got them framed and put up. I am enjoying the new vistas on my walls. 

3. My Hobbies: I have been making time for things that feed my heart. Music. Photography. Family. And if it ever stops being “mud season” — my garden! I can drive myself to exhaustion. I’m learning that I need this Re-creational Space in my life.

4. My Study: When we did some remodeling and refinished our basement, there was a debate about where I should put my study. I need natural light to feel alive, so I really didn’t want to be a cellar drudge! I ended up taking over the fourth bedroom/former playroom. It receives the afternoon sun, and I have a great view of part of the garden. One of the other aspects I love about it is that I have version of the Last Supper by Piasecki on one wall. (You can learn more about it here.) My study also has a window that looks out on the back garden. And it has LOTS of books. Here’s a few photos… please pardon the piles on my desk!!

The view inward…

The view outside…

5. My Heart: I have discovered that I need a balance of activity and quiet. Yes, I definitely an extrovert, but the moments I can have with no demands on my time or attention are very precious. I’ll be going to the next day silent retreat on Wednesday April 21st here.  Care to join me?


  1. I'm loving the idea of new things on the walls, and your garden area and view look great! When I see retaining walls like that I think of creeping phlox, a favorite spring bloom of mine.Yay for your efforts to take care of you!


  2. Thanks for the info about that painting – no wonder you like it so! And I think I would feel right at home at your desk (assuming I could bring along my MacBook Pro). One's gotta have piles to be productive!


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