Wednesday, March 25, 2009


For months I've known what color I want to paint our dining room and living room, but over and over I've walked out of hardware stores with Tom because I just couldn't find the right 'autumn gold'. Or the price of paint was scandalous. Or I needed more time to decide. Or more likely, I just wanted to decide alone without Tom standing nearby, waiting for me to make a decision. During our long winter I never did drive to a hardware store or Walmart alone--I hardly drove anywhere alone--and if there's one thing I know, it's that I shop best by myself when I can take forever--if that's what I need--to make the wisest choices. (Is anyone else like that?)

So finally this morning--hooray!--I drove through the sunny countryside to Walmart. I just knew this would be The Day when I would not only find my autumn gold paint, but I'd find it in the Oops Paint Section for only a fraction of the original cost. I just had a feeling.

And guess what? Before I even knelt down before the cans, I spied that perfect little dot of paint on top of the can. The perfect shade of a dark autumn gold, darker than I need, which is a great thing because now I can stretch the paint and mix it with white, creating more than just one gallon. (Always, we've got white paint around the house, but then, doesn't everyone?)

And the paint was only $6.34 for the whole gallon. Love that. And no, it's not a less-toxic kind... I seem to vacillate, especially lately, between saving money and risking my health. Sometimes the penny-pincher wins, sometimes the tree-hugging, health nut does. Today it was the penny pincher. Alas.

Anyway, it was fun, for as I said, I just knew my paint would be there waiting for me. And it was... and I whispered, "Thank-you," many times while I rolled my cart away.

It's exciting to walk in faith and expectation of good things, even for just a simple can of paint.

3 comments:

Tracy said...

What a blessing to find the perfect golden color you wanted!

Elizabeth said...

Yes, I am that way also. I love to shop alone and take as long as I want,I call it my therapy.
Elizabeth

Saija said...

*smiling* ... i know exactly what you mean ... in all things, God loves to give His children good things ... the desires of their heart ...

blessings on ya!