do you wanna build a pantry?

The dust is settling…actually there seems to be much less dust uptown away from the orchards, dairy farms, pumpkin fields and major thoroughfares here at the new Big Top. But yes, the dust is settling somewhat here; and it remains quiet uptown, save for the trains which one can hear anywhere here in Manteca. Boxes are quickly being unpacked and our home is feeling much more like our home. I can park the Dory car in the garage because my darling husband loves me and wants me to be happy which means organizing the garage so that I can park my car in the garage. It’s the little things y’all.

My darling husband walks into the house from the garage feeling very accomplished as he smiles and says:

You know, I’m really liking this quirky little house.

Yes, The Big Top is a little bit quirky being the 80s built house that she is. I thought we did a great job downsizing until we moved our downsized circus into this 600 square feet smaller Big Top. This circus of mine literally has too much stuff still! So we adjust and adapt and downsize a bit more…and we discover that yes, we are liking this quirky little home of ours as we make it our own.

Well, except for the reality that there is literally NO STORAGE in this kitchen; like no storage at all! And so, for the first time ever for us, we find ourselves exploring IKEA and finding what we believe the perfect pantry and shelves to meet our circus needs. And because the only other alternative is our pantry foods stored in boxes, we make our very first IKEA purchase.

We might be unicorns.

Friends laugh and tease us with the horror of putting together anything purhased from IKEA. My darling husband is not phased recalling all the disposable and not so disposable furniture and Barbie dream houses he has assembled for this circus over the last three decades. This will not be hard, he laughs.


Three giant boxes full of all kinds of IKEA fun. This might take awhile.

There might have been moments of self doubt and what the fresh hell is this piece and why??? But I press on with my handy little IKEA tool thingy along with a Phillips screwdriver and a level and my youngest daughter, my son and my darling husband.

There was quite a bit of sweat…no tears…no cursing, which might be a miracle…voices were raised once or twice or a few times more.  But eight hours later…


Yeah, we are feeling pretty accomplished right now because IKEA assembling badge achieved.


And yes, we are really liking this quirky little house that is our Big Top.

Want to know the key to a long-lasting relationship? Don’t go with your loved one to Ikea. One psychologist says the stress of a visit to the popular furniture store can cause serious friction between couples, whether it’s disputes over what to buy or spats while you assemble the items that you bought there.

Juan Williams