I realize it is very late in the season for a summer mantel.
But this is really not about a mantel.
It is about several stories coming together and resulting in a reclaimed wood whale.
And this whale is special. She even has a name.
Glenda the Happy Whale.
And while she is very happy living on my mantel for now, this is her temporary home. She is really destined to live on Long Beach Island, NJ.
Last year during Hurricane Sandy, my parents small beach placed took on so much damage that it had to be gutted. And while they did get some insurance coverage, the rebuild has far exceeded what they received. So, I am trying to help out by creating budget friendly items – and Glenda is the first one.
And, because as always, I am a sentimental girl, I used the wood from my Grandfather’s house to build her.
Two destroyed homes coming together to make a happy whale. I know a stretch. But like I said, I am a sentimental girl.
I am a dreamer. A planner. A list maker.
I keep putting myself out there, keep trying, sometimes, some might say, to a fault.
But it is just the way I am wired.
Sometimes, dreams come true.
And sometimes, actually often, we face disappointment and are let down.
No matter how bad you want it, you are let down. And, at first it seems overwhelming.
But with time and perspective, you realize there were reasons for each part of your journey and where you are being pointed towards.
Okay, I have to say it.
Although we still have one week left till our girls go back to school, I am thinking about fall.
I am thinking about cool nights and crisp air.
And admit it, you are too? Even just a little bit?
Since we have lived in our home, I have loved decorating our mantel. It seems to be the first place that I change with the seasons and it seems to set the tone for everything else I do for the season.