Home Improvement

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Spring is here! It’s time to renew and revive. There’s no time like spring for a few home improvements!

Actually, it all started last winter while we were gone to my grandson’s birthday party and we had that hailstorm. When I got home, the yard was full of hailstones. I figured the roof was okay. It wasn’t until later that the water started coming through the living room ceiling. Then I noticed that everyone on the street was suddenly getting a new roof – except me.

How could it be that everyone else had roof damage and I didn’t? There was nothing to do at that point, but get the roof fixed. Those variegated shingles look so much better and than the old roof and it is such a pretty shade of gray now.

Naturally, something had to be done about the spot on the ceiling and wall where the water had leaked in, so there was no choice except to paint the entire living room and hall. It was not my fault either that the curtains fell apart when I washed them. I opened up the washer and found a big ball of string where my curtains used to be. Guess I forgot how old they actually were.

As any woman knows, get something new and it makes everything else look dreadfully shabby. That old front door looked absolutely awful after the new paint job on the rest of the room. I’d wanted to get it replaced for ages anyhow, and this was the perfect time.

Well, I got all that fixed and wouldn’t you just know it? The carpenter that fixed the door was also a painter. He couldn’t help but notice how much my house needed an exterior paint job. I’ve never liked the color anyhow and with the new roof, it looks tackier than ever.

I’m really excited about getting it painted. It is going to look great. I’m having trouble deciding on a color, though. My grandson suggested red. Never ask a four-year-old what color to paint a house. I’m thinking that maybe gray would match the roof best. I got a paint chart and can’t believe all the different shades of gray there are.

Before the house could be painted, I had to get the shrubs trimmed back. The yard guy wanted to just dig them all up and replace them as they are really overgrown, but I had to draw the line somewhere. I can’t do that and recarpet the living room too. Since the door is fixed, I’ve been thinking how much better the living room would look with new carpeting.

My honey asked me if I was going to redecorate the whole house. Men are so silly! Why on earth would I do that? He would be perfectly happy with peeling paint and buckets to catch the water coming through the ceiling. Men don’t understand that the roof and exterior paint must coordinate, not to mention the walls, drapes, and carpeting. I wonder if it matters whether the inside and outside coordinate?

I really think my furniture will work okay with the color scheme. No point going overboard with this redecorating, even though I’ve not done any major home improvement in at least 10 years.

This should be all I need to do for a long time – unless you consider the bathrooms. Come to think of it, I’m getting tired of that wallpaper in the bathroom too. Wouldn’t it be a coincidence, if the carpenter turned painter also does wallpaper? Maybe I’ll ask him – as long as he is going to be here anyhow.

Remind me not to let my grandson pick the color for the wallpaper, though.

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About Sheila Moss

My stories are about daily life and the funny things that happen to all of us. My columns have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and websites.
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2 Responses to Home Improvement

  1. Trust me, none of the old furniture will look right in a newly painted and carpeted room.

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