I'm sure many of you are familiar with the children's series of If You books where one simple task leads to a whole domino theory of events. Kind of like the Bag House last Thursday night when the Teen Son yells from the other end of the house "What stinks in here! Something's burning!"
Hubby and I went running and sure enough PU Panic as something was stinking and something was burning. I knew right away it was the washer and started grabbing electrical cords from the wall before things moved on from the stinking stage.
So IF the washer starts burning up, and you are not surprised because you knew it was dying anyhow, you spend the next several hours on line researching all the latest and greatest washing technology.
And on Friday, IF your old washer is sitting there with a tub full of water and you have mountains of dirty laundry because you know you'll be spending part of your weekend at the Laundromat instead of the sewing machine, you stop at the bank and get a roll of quarters, as you head out into the world to buy a new one.
And IF, on Friday, you pick out the model you want and then hem and haw about whether or not to replace the dryer as well and then you ask the salesman when they can be delivered and he says let me check - how about tomorrow?, you jump for joy because you won't have to be hanging out at the local laundry.
And IF you decide to go ahead and just get the dryer now cause you know it's not going to last much longer and sign all the papers and buy the extra cords and the extra this and that because "law requires ma'am" and then you call the hubby, all happy, from the parking lot.
And IF you tell the hubby that the Good News is that they'll be delivered on Saturday, but too bad cause you were going to ask him if he wanted to go to Lowe's and get paint because you were going to re-do the laundry room but the new machines are going to be delivered tomorrow so that's not enough time.
But then IF hubby says no, you can do it, I'll leave work now and we can go to Lowe's and A. and I will help you and you'll be much happier if it's done and you say OKAY.
And IF the hubby and the son drag the water-filled washer out of the laundry room to the garage you laugh at them -- because you can.
And IF you go to Lowe's on Friday afternoon and drop a wad of cash because that's what you do there and then come home and you change into your grubby clothes and find the iPod and the laundry room looks like this:
And IF you're in the middle of one of these projects then surely you will have help, whether you want it or not, from your four-legged friends:
And IF you work hard on Friday night by Saturday at 10:00 a.m. your laundry room looks like this:
and like this:
And by 12:00, it looks like this:
While laundry room overhaul wasn't on my to do list for the weekend, I'm glad I did it!
Before the bug knocked me down, I was in the process of a different sort of crafting -- painting my family room.
I am so pleased with the way it turned out. The room is very relaxing now.
This is a hard room to work with because of the way the house is laid out and the various light sources as well as doorways into the room. I used Cottage Timber on the back wall and Cozy Throw on the other walls. All paint is Lowe's Signature Paint Seaside Retreat Series. I've used this paint many times before and it's such a pleasure to work with.
All the furniture is gone and the NEW furniture will be delivered March 13! Can't wait.
On the dark wall is a partial view of all the pictures we have hung on the wall - they go all the way down the wall. With the exception of a couple that Hubby and I picked up in Hawaii and the big one that is a view of Florida from space, the rest of the photos were taken by family members of local scenery. You can see that I now have a spot on the far right-hand side for a photo that will balance out the whole wall (I can't get a full pictureof both sides - there are several missing on the left side).
About a year ago the Son showed an interest in picture taking and has taken some very good photos. I suggested he take something for the spot on the wall. I could tell, in his teen way, that he was honored to be offered a spot on the family photo wall. The other night he took several moon shots. These two are my favorites, especially the second one.
The Mom: Check out these photos your brother took for that spot on the wall.
The Daughter: Hmmm, yeah, they are okay. No, I mean pretty good.
The Mom: Which one do you like?
The Daughter: Well, I like the first one but it's kind of blurry. The second one is kinda cool but it's scary.
The Mom: I like the second with the moon and the trees. It's not scary, it's nature.
The Daughter: No, it's scary, but it's your wall so if you want to hang a scary picture on it then go ahead.
(The Son has not seen them downloaded yet so the jury is still out.)