all around renovation

Isn’t it normal to set resolutions in January? So I’m going to jump in too. This came to me when my parents brought my middle daughter back on January the 5th and announced surprisingly that they wanted to renovate her room. The room was a disaster area (she’s a teen) with lipstick writing on once pink walls and piles and piles of unwashed laundry, books, discarded toys, and waste paper, so the renovation was overdue. Naturally I didn’t let my parents do it all on their own (they’re in their late 70’s), and this is the result:


The colors were chosen by my daughter. She loves them.


The fake window was originally planned for the kitchen but never made it there.

When the room was done and my daughter happy, I felt a deep sensation of accomplishment. Improving something felt good. So I vowed that I will manage to update all those novels that are published but not perfect enough before the year is out.

Don’t worry though, I haven’t forgotten about my new stories. After all I wrote enough new words in 2015 to publish at least one novella every three months.

Did you make any resolutions for 2016?

10 thoughts on “all around renovation”

  1. Juneta says:

    What a great room. I love the window picture. Looks so real and the colors are great.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

    1. The great thing about renovating her room is that she keeps it tidy now. 😀

  2. Lyn says:

    Looks so fresh and youthful, Cat. Your daughter is a lucky girl. 🙂

    1. Cat says:

      Thanks for the praise. At the moment, she sees it too but when puberty’s ups and downs hit, she forgets. I’m sure she’ll understand us better when that time has passed. 😀

  3. D J Mills says:

    I love the window. 🙂
    Also love the bright colours on the walls and ceiling.

    1. Katharina Gerlach says:

      We’re also pretty pleased at how this turned out. Thanks.

  4. Mil Holmes says:

    That’s what we’re in the process of doing for the whole house. My son has to decide if all those piles of books, games, cd’s, dvd’s, video tapes should be alphabetized or caterforized. And what can fit on the three bookshelves we have left. No more furniture can fit in his room.

    1. Katharina Gerlach says:

      Yes, making something nicer than it was before ist hard work and involves a lot of decisions. 😀 Good luck with it.

  5. Will Hahn says:

    OK, that tears it. Your daughter lives in a better room than my office. Tell her I’m moving in and throwing her out.

    1. She’d be delighted to swap places for a while. 😀
      Wait — doesn’t your office have kitchen appliances in it?

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