Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Life's little side trips

                        Up and
                                   the highway of life I have traveled.

I married young.......probably too young, but you know how young folks are. 
I was barely 19 and he was just 20. 
However the odd gods favored us and we had three wonderful children and 30 
better than just good years
together before that road took a wrong turn. 

More than a just a detour.

More like a dead end with no turn around access.

I enjoyed the footloose and fancy free single lifestyle for about 27 1/2 days. 

And the road curved again and I met the penultimate 
Mr. Wrong
for all the wrong (right) reasons.

He was a tricky son of a biscuit maker.

And kept his wrongness cleverly hidden from me for a while,
 and from no one else from the beginning.

He was foxy and sneaky like that.

and he knew Carlos Santana 

and Grace Slick 

back when they lived down the street from him and played in their garages....

yeah right

Would I have listened to prenuptial warnings? 
Probably not, because you know how middle age folks are.
I was older and oh so much wiser. 

HA HA HA.. go ahead and laugh
and tell me you told me so.

I can take it.... now


fear or a phobia concerning the number 13.
(doesn't apply at all, but it tickles me...)

Anyway one day, just like Popeye, I had "took all I could stands, I can't stands no more"!
and showed him the door.
He went through it, but took all of my furniture (almost) with him.

I didn't even care 'bout that
The first night he was gone, I called my sister and said, 
"Guess what I am watching on TV"? 
"Everybody Loves Raymond"!!!


My baby sister bought me a mattress.....  Thanks 'Nessa

and my daughter in law gave me her old bedroom set.... Thanks Karen

That gave me the help I needed for a new start.......again.

That was in 2009
I pretty much lost my way for awhile.
But, last year I decided enough was enough and yanked myself out of a funk and began, yet again, to pick up the pieces.

I've discovered that I love refinishing, re-doing, re-purposing furniture. 
I've discovered a love for my home.
It was only a house before.
Now, the more I love it and pamper it and make it pretty, the more it becomes my home.

So this past weekend, I decided to paint the bedroom set that my precious daughter in law gave me two years ago in my time of bedless need. 

I mixed up some paint.....  old white and a smidgen of french linen and started on her in my bedroom. No way I could have moved that dresser by myself. 
I was real careful when I got close to the carpet!!!

Took off the round wooden pulls.........

and added a little feminine frill to her with glass pulls
(i've been itchin' to put some on something)

Distressed her just a little around the edges

and waxed her good with Annie Sloan's clear wax.

She's a pretty girl!!!!!

I'm working on the bed right now and pondering what to do with the night stands. 
I'm thinking about doing them in another color. 

What do you think?


  1. Go for another color and make it wild!

  2. Enjoyed reading your bio, can relate in some ways. Quite a few actually! ;)

  3. I enjoyed reading about your journey. You go girl! I am going to start following you and would love it if you would follow me.

    1. Thanks for commenting, reading and following! It truly means so much to me.

  4. I loved ur blog!! Around the same era but too straight to be a hippy flower child. Did wear hot pants and go-go boots though! Oh and wild is good!

  5. The dresser looks great!

    ood for you for pulling yourself together & carrying on despite the past!

  6. Your blog is so creative and makes me smile. Each day is a new beginning. Carry on my new friend...

    PS..I married at 17...thankfully, God has blessed and we're still in love.

    Have a great week.

  7. what creative sharing! found you via the blog hop xo

  8. Looks great and so is your blog ! Lovely story !

  9. This post was so entertaining! I love your writing style...and the dresser looks great!

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