They began painting our house yesterday! Well, one guy with a roller and a paintbrush.
This is gonna take awhile.
With just one wall painted in only one coat of yellow, not even finished-- already I love the change. The color's a bit more yellow than I'd wanted, but oh! It's actually hard not to smile when you look at that wall. And too, we're bringing our house into the 21st century--that 1980's blue so dated it.
But choosing the shade of yellow --what a test. Eegads. I'll spare you the drawn-out, frustrating details.
Then there've been the Sammy Tests. The past three days he's stubbornly done just about everything he's not supposed to.
In fact, he knocked a large, heavy mirror down our stairs at night (don't ask me how) which put two holes in the walls and scratches in the lovely-stained stairs. Gah.
Then yesterday our next-door neighbors had their front lawn dug up and the sewer worked on and now it's all one hill of dirt with a big pipe sticking up about two feet out of the ground (???). We have company coming from California on October 6th and that's what I get for wanting everything to look perfect. (Didn't I just blog about that?!) :)
Tests! But we all have them and once you realize what's going on--that God is trying to iron the wrinkles inside of you and make you more like Him--well, you start cooperating and learning and changing. And that's a Good Thing. A Grace Thing.
Speaking of yellow houses..... Shhh, don't tell anyone, but I still love reading the original Boxcar Children series of books, the ones Gertrude Chandler Warner wrote in the 50's, 60's and 70's. I just finished reading The Yellow House Mystery and thought it one of the very best. It had everything a good kids' mystery should have.
My best deals from the supermarket this morning:
The paper towels were free.
The 6 boxes of kleenex were .50 cents each.
The laundry detergent was $2.25 each.
The fruit bars were .90 cents each.
The canned beans were .49 cents each.
The Jello mix-ins were .50 cents.
A major thing I love about combining sales and coupons? The prices I pay remind me of grocery shopping in a California mountain town 30 years ago as a young married woman. Good prices, good times back then--and the same now, too.
Oh! Almost forgot. Did you see the little yellow sun at the top of this post? That was a yard sale find. I love those whimsical kinds of faces--I think it all began with Grandfather Clock on Captain Kangaroo. :)
"Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands." ... Deuteronomy 8:2