Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
The human universe is made up of stories, our own, those of others and what I call the great story of the human family on this small, blue planet circling a dying sun somewhere in a dark and expanding cosmos. The great story comes in the form of the many myths of the world's wisdom traditions. A myth is not necessarily about facts, although it may contain facts; it is, rather, a means of expressing deep truths that language sometimes fails to convey.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Whew! I've been working on this kitchen four days in a row and I need a break. Monday I stripped the paper off one wall (as per previous post). Tuesday I did another wall and finally finished the last section on Wednesday morning. On Wednesday afternoon I painted all the trim. Today I put a coat of primer on the entire wall and a second coat on the upper half. Leroy thought maybe I should not paint the lower portion at all (which will be papered) because if anyone ever takes that paper off they won't be able to see what color it had been. That's the idea, my dear! I want to erase forever that decorating disaster! (For the record, he was kidding.)
This is how my vintage 70s kitchen looked this morning before I started painting the walls.
This is how it looks now. Notice anything?
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Yes, that ugly gold is the color I painted it before it was papered. When you build your own house and live in it for 41 years you can't blame the decorating goofs on a former owner. I don't know what possessed me to paint it that color except that it was in the 70s when gold was an "in" color. I'm going to tackle the north wall today but I can see it is going to take me three days just to get the old paper off. Plans are to paper the lower portion of the wall with a pattern that looks like wainscoating with a border at chair rail height. The top portion will be painted the same neutral color as the hall and living room. I think the new look will be an improvement. It is going to take me a couple weeks to get there but now that I have started there is no turning back. I am certainly not going to revert to that ugly gold color!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The main reason I do not have a TV is not because my church does not allow it but because I don't want one. I am quite comfortable in my cave and not missing a thing.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Gene said he was afraid Leroy would be offended by the gift of a cane but the first thought that went through my head when I saw it was to wonder which of us it was intended for (given the state of affairs when they left). I soon realized the mortar and pestle was most likely intended for me and I am happy to have improved enough while they were gone that I have no need of a cane. Leroy is welcome to it, although I hope he won't need it either for a long time.
Daryl and Velma are the next ones planning to give a week of service this summer by being head cooks for a girls' camp. Gerald is planning to go to Haiti for a week in August to help his cousin in the medical clinic where she is serving with Christian Aid Ministries. It is good to see our children giving their time and talents to serve the Lord in other places.