Today is a good day for a good day…..

People are always talking about binge watching television series. I am not really a binge TV watcher. I watch many series on Netflix in the correct order – Season 1 to the last or most recent season, for example. But it would drive me crazy to sit and watch one program, show after show, season after season, all in a row. I know many people do just that. Not me.

I will watch one, maybe two, in a series, and then move on to something else. I will come back to the next in the series a few days later. For example, right now I’m watching Gilmore Girls, Longmire, Doc Martin, Call the Midwife, and Blue Bloods, but not all in a row.

imagesBut I will tell you what program would give me cause to make an exception – Fixer Upper. Unfortunately, there is only one season on Netflix despite the fact that in real time they are on Season 3.

You’re killing me here people at Netflix. I can’t get enough of Chip and Joanna Gaines.

I am not particularly a huge fan of HGTV. Once in a while, if I can find absolutely nothing on cable despite the fact that I get somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000 channels, I will tune in to a House Hunters or House Hunters International as background while I crochet. That, in fact, is how I first stumbled on to Fixer Upper. It just happened to be on as I searched desperately for a program that wasn’t Law and Order: SVU or Criminal Minds, both of which you can find any time of the day or night on some channel somewhere.

For those of you who, like me, are unaware of what’s popular with people who live exciting lives, I will fill you in on Fixer Upper.

The program takes place in, of all places, Waco, Texas. In Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna help a family buy a home they can afford (generally something that is in terrible shape) and then help them fix it up to be something perfectly splendid. It’s an interesting concept, but not everyone could make this idea be show-worthy. The Gaines do it because they have what it takes to be interesting. They are funny and charismatic and clever and seemingly so very fond of one another. I could watch the program 12 hours a day, every day of the week.

Now here’s a surprise. Bill really enjoys the show as well. Chip Gaines is so goofy and funny and talented that one can’t help but love him. Joanna plays the straight role perfectly and their chemistry is amazing.

By the end of the show, they have turned a terrible house into something beautiful, and made it look easy.

Don’t get me wrong. Quite frankly, all of the homes end up looking basically the same. That’s because they do the same thing to every home. They tear down all of the walls, making the first floor one big room. They lay hardwood. They put in French doors. They put in a kitchen island. They install crown molding.

And, whenever possible, they use shiplap.

By the way, last spring when my brother Dave and sister-in-law Sami came to Denver to visit us, I talked with Sami about wanting to remodel our kitchen and family room. Any ideas, I asked her.

6b247d5c69b5Her response? Shiplap.


So Sami attempted to explain shiplap to me. Being entirely uncreative, I simply couldn’t understand what she was talking about. Now I understand because, well, Fixer Upper.

So Bill and I have varying ideas on what we want to do to our Denver home this spring when we return. And I’m pretty sure, now that I understand what it is, it will involve shiplap. In a perfect world, it would also include knocking down some walls, but the world, my friends, is not perfect.

By the way, another thing that Joanna loves are sayings stenciled onto the walls of the home. The quotation that leads off this post was one of my favorites.

Oh, and shiplap.

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