Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Painters Are Here! The Painters Are Here!

by Leann

We have lived in our current home for 21 years. In that time we have replaced many things--expensive things. Like air conditioning units and the roof. But as for the aesthetics? Only the wood floor my husband put down in the dining room was really just to make the indoors prettier. Probably because I am the only one who cares about "prettier." I did get some wallpaper border upstairs and in the utility room when I asked for them as "gifts." But until this week, we had the same old paint and the same old worn-out carpet.

After our visit to South Carolina, my husband finally decided all his friends were retired, so why wasn't he? He came home and went back to work thinking all the time, "I could be fishing right now." He called a painting contractor and now half the house is a beautiful, soothing, eggshell white. The rest will be done next week. They will also paint the bathroom vanity cabinets upstairs and down--something I've wanted to do for years. I went to Lowe's and the carpeting installer is coming Monday to measure. We have needed new carpet for six or seven years now. The thought of draining the water bed, however, has been the deterrent (excuse, maybe?) and I haven't been well enough to do something like that on my own. Saturday, the water bed was drained! (It took a whopping 4 hours. Now how hard was that?)

Will this be one of the best Christmases ever for me? You betcha. But the biggest reason isn't just all this fixing that needed to be done for years. The best reason is my two granddaughters will be here--not to mention my kids. They won't recognize the old place! (YAY!!!!)

How about you? What are some of the best gifts you ever received?