Friday Finds #43: Acting on a Whim

Do you ever do anything on a whim? I’m sure we all do. For some odd reason that I can’t explain, I’ve been following my whims quite a bit these days.

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Maybe the fatigue of the pandemic is making me a little loopy and causing me to act more on impulse. Or maybe acting on a whim is my way of secretly rebelling against the precautions we’ve needed to take this past year. Regardless, I’m surprised at some of my (harmless) actions.

For example, five weeks ago I was scrolling through my Instagram feed in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep and responded to a Noom ad. Noom is a weight loss program that’s primarily administered through an app, although you can also use their website to track your weight and food choices. So far I’ve lost five pounds in five weeks so I guess the impulse to sign up has paid off.

The most recent whim I followed was enrolling in an online watercolor painting class. This time I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw Nicki’s class at Life I Design. She seemed nice, her paintings were pretty, so I signed up, just like that. It was a total impulse decision and I can’t explain why I did it. But I’m looking forward to giving it a try and will share what I paint if it looks decent. LOL.

In conclusion, I’m blaming my recent whims on the pandemic. But at least they’re whims that could improve my life, as opposed to other options available such as drinking more wine or drowning my emotions in chocolate. Have you noticed any unexplainable changes in your behavior due to the events of the past year?

Okay – on to the real reason you’re here – a little inspiration from the internet. It’s time for Friday Finds!

Let’s start with an amazing Colonial home tour filled with color and thrifted finds. It’s such a great example of a renovated historic home that’s comfortable and lived in.

Next up is an impressive DIY project from my friend Sarah at Rocky Hedge Farm. She made her own kitchen island and shares the tutorial for anyone who’s ambitious enough to tackle this project. But even if you don’t plan to exercise your carpentry skills, you’ll enjoy seeing her farmhouse style kitchen.

Have you ever been to St. Augustine, Florida? I took a trip there when my son was just a baby and fell in love with the romance of the tree-lined streets framed overhead with Spanish moss dripping from the live oaks. Ms. Toody Goo Shoes shares what not to miss if you ever take a trip to St. Augustine.

Getting back to the artistry of painting, here’s some Easter egg ideas if you plan to decorate for the upcoming spring holiday. We’re hoping to do a family picnic this year so the kids can play outside and we don’t have to worry so much about potentially spreading virus germs.

Let’s end with a backyard makeover since I’m sure many of you are itching to get in the garden and spend more time outdoors. The makeover is a great example of making good use of space in a small city yard. I promise you’ll be amazed at the transformation.

In closing, here’s hoping to a pleasant weekend for each and every one of you! Don’t be afraid to follow a whim – just let yourself go and you might be surprised at what you can do!

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  1. Thanks so much – enjoyed the house tour & the pops of red that they used in the house. So much has been dark it seems so love the color they used!!

  2. Jennifer, I am a new member of Town and Country Living followers and I am delighted that I found this site. In fact, i think you should move to Virginia and be my next door neighbor. …. how presumptuous is that? Really I am so enjoying your posts. In fact I am going to do a few of the Easter ideas, modified a bit , with my grandsons. Thank you. Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Lots of great info for inside and outside decorating and fun spots to see in St. Augustine. And yes, you DO NEED A COUPLE OF DAYS to do it justice. Then come on over to Ocala to visit our beautiful Silver Springs and tour a few horse farms! And our city is mask free for optimal enjoyment of our healthy, sunshine-filled enviornment!

  4. Thanks for the house tour, island, and gardens. The house was beautiful and would love to visit St. Augustine.

  5. One thing I love so much about your blog is that you always introduce your readers to other blogs that are fun and interesting to read. I really enjoyed reading the ‘Friday finds’ this week especially. Thank you so much for sharing such a wealth of ideas with all of us!