Thursday, September 16, 2010

One Thing Leads to Another


Hmmm. Where did this picture come from? I did not mean to upload it to my blog...I know Bookworm snapped this shot the other day as the birds were bathing in our castle moat...

This last week I felt puny... I hate feeling puny. I hate how I fall behind on my housework, and I tend to feed my kids bowls of cereal and corn dogs and frozen pizza for dinner...Because I'm too crummy feeling to do anything else.

Well, Saturday, the switch flipped. I felt better. I had taken a 30mg pseudoephedrine pill at about 10am. It was in full force by 1pm. Studmuffin was out cleaning the pool, so the girls could have one last hoo-rah before we close it. (Uh, yeah, the water was too cold and they only stayed in maybe 5 minutes). Anyhoo, while he was outside, I had a burst of energy.

Did I go clean out my garden of weeds? No.

The cause of my invalideness lately (I love creating new words) is ragweed. Outdoors was not an appealing option.

I decided that while I love my house, it needs some change. Specifically Popcorn's room. She has a 12x12 room with a queen size bed. Can you imagine it is crowded in there? Especially considering that organization and tidiness are not in her repertoire. Naturally, I have a solution! Take apart the bunk beds in Bookworms room and get rid of that big bed!



WAIT!

I can't do that. I don't have another bedroom, and someone is forever coming to visit me (which I love) so I obviously need that big bed.

Hmmm....What to do. Whattodo...

What. To. Do.

There I was. Energized. Ready to do work. Snot running out my nose like a river and a voice like a 4 pack per day smoker of 30 years...Jumping out of my skin from the lovely cold medicine that was giving me a false sense of feeling betterness....

Obviously this required drastic measures, people

I did what any sane, hopped up on cold medicine woman who is used to moving at least every 4 years and has been in the same house with the same furniture in the same arrangement for over 2 years.

I rearranged my living room. Which lead to dusting every single surface. And vacuuming off every piece of furniture as well as under it...

Which lead to my ultimate goal:


No, no, no. Not getting rid of the bed. Although that is still a goal. Just not the ultimate goal. Please. Try to keep up.

I have this beautiful solid cherry roll top desk. Strangely, it was the very first piece of furniture we bought as a couple. It has been moved to 4 different abodes, not counting it's original delivery...Which I don't count because WE didn't move it!

It has been in my bedroom since we moved into this house. Because that's where I thought I wanted it when the movers brought it in.

Then, I decided, NO. I did not want it there. But it is large. Heavy. Awkward to move. So it stayed put. I griped about it. I begged to get rid of it along with the desktop computer. Who needs a desktop? Let's go all laptop baby! Who needs a bulky desktop cluttering up their life? Besides, the roll top desk is code for "stuff all your paper work that needs sorted in it and close it..."

So. The desk was on my nerves. Popcorn's too big bed was on my nerves. Obviously, her bed has to stay put...

And also obviously the best time to move a heavy large piece of furniture is when your husband is otherwise occupied and unable to nay say you during a chemically induced afternoon of mania.

So. I rearranged my bedroom. I dusted all of the furniture. I vacuumed...I got the desk as far as I could manage.

Which wasn't very far. Granted, I had it on sliders, but there is a piano in our living room. That is NOT on sliders. It had to be moved to get the desk through the hallway door.

I had to call in the recruits.

Err, recruit.

Okay. I had to admit to my hubby what I had started before I was finished. He walked in the house to find an end table in the middle of the room with the lamp on it...My great great grandmother's dining room table was moved out of it's original spot. The couches were askew. Cushions were on the floor...

"Ooookayeeee. What's up, Babe?" Don't you love how he calls me Babe, even when he knows I probably started something he won't like? Translation: He never likes change. He is almost always certain it will "never work."

"That desk will not fit in this living room. It will be too much furniture. I will just sell it. I'm going to put it in the OEC newsletter for best offer....Why did you start this today?" yada yada yada...



However, he helped me move the desk. After all, I'd come that far on my own, and he knew I'd just injure myself if he didn't step in.

We started the desk out the bedroom door. We scratched the door. I will not type the word that he uttered. This is a PG blog, but you can imagine the words that he let drop.

Oops.

But, we succeeded! We got the desk out of our room where I thought it was doomed to stay forever, and it now has a new, possibly temporary home in our living room...



And, I only have one stray end table left complete with a lamp that I bought at a garage sale for $1. I think it was a moment of garage sale mania...That's my only excuse. I saw it, and literally thought, "That lamp is hideous. Yet, I like it. I think I will buy it. After all, I need a taller lamp on the table in our den." And, I haven't managed to replace it yet. Oh, and the end table? It's the very same end table that was my mother-in-law's when Studmuffin was growing up.

I fear my house is overflowing with "heritage"furniture that I'm doomed to be stuck with through all eternity...Or at least until my kids move out and I generously give it to them out of the never-ending fount of kindness that is my heart...


Oh, and just in case you think the lamp was a strange once in a lifetime aberration that I suffered, allow me to introduce you to my pig...Why did I buy him? I have no idea. I saw him, and thought, "That is one ugly pig. Yet, I love the colors. And that ribbon on the tale. Oh! It's a dollar! I must have it!" And, it now sits on the floor of my house. The location has changed, but every time I start to get rid of it, I get a chuckle out of it's cute patchwork ugliness, and it stays...


Now. Is that picture not worth the 25 minutes of your day you thought were wasted reading this incredibly long post?!!

You're welcome. Again, the never-ending fount of kindness that is my heart is here to pour out love and generosity on the less fortunate souls who actually have stuff to do besides create work for themselves...

5 comments:

Dawn said...

Where did the dining table go???? I obviously can't keep up!

Andi said...

Between the couches as an end table!! Keep up, sistah!

Dawn said...

Oh, Now I see it! I just didn't scroll up far enough! I was distracted by the bow on the pig..... Haha!

Dawn said...

GUESS WHAT!!!! I don't like Gone with the Wind book or movie either!!!! The CIVIL WAR lasted f-0-r-e-v-e-r. But I did love the CArol Burnett Version of it!! You can watch it on Youtube if you're so inclined!

Marilyn said...

Talk about heritage furniture...Today as I was making the rounds at the local garage sales, a lady commented about the doilies that they used pn those old dressers that had a vanity in the middle. You know the ones!! THE VERY ONES THAT I INHERITED AND CAN NEVER GET RID OF FOR FEAR THAT THE GRANDMOTHERS WILLCOME BACK AND HAUNT ME.