Have you ever had one of those seemingly innocent conversations that, in hindsight, ends up costing thousands? If you have…welcome to my world.
Literally a few months ago Connie and I were sitting in our living room when I mentioned that it’d be nice to replace the carpeting in our living & dining room. It was at least fifteen years old, had survived three daughters running across it, had absorbed multiple spills, had obtained a black stain about the size of a quarter that I think was asphalt and was an easy target for one rogue cat that had occasional bouts of the stomach flu…spitting up juicy hairballs. It started its career as a pristine, beige in color, medium pile carpet. It ended its life as a well-worn speckled beige-like floor covering. What began as a “thought” took on a life of its own. Not only are we getting new carpeting in the living and dining room but also new flooring in our entryway, half-bath, kitchen, up stairs bathroom and carpeting up the stairwell and upstairs hallway. Its true. Most of the flooring in our home on the main and second level were from the 1990’s and (wait for it….) 1980’s. While showing its age, fashion-wise, it was holding up fairly well considering all of the traffic that our and the previous families had put on them. No sooner had we brought up the idea of getting bids on the flooring when Connie brought up the fact that our furniture in the living room was past its prime….so we went furniture shopping as well. Oh. My. Goodness. Between trying to match fabric samples verses carpet samples my right-brained analytical wife went into overdrive. A new couch, chair, end-tables, coffee table and entertainment center are inbound to the Palatial Estates. I honestly just lost interest and turned the decisions over to her. Here’s another little deal….you can’t have new furniture and carpeting without….wait for it….a new paint job in the living and dining rooms.
So…the floor guys are here now. They’re not being quiet. There were around three or four layers of older vinyl flooring beneath the one that we thought was way past due. They’re pounding the life out of our kitchen floor. Literally…hammering away on it like their very lives depend on hammering away. Stripping, sanding and hammering. Our refrigerator and stove are in our dining room…as is the breakfast bar and kitchen table. Its all a mess. A big, noisy mess…so be careful of what you say.
Onto another topic (stay with me now…its been two full months since I’ve blogged so deal with it). I was removing the leaves from our ancient oak kitchen table when I had one of those “jeez…just think if this table could talk” moments. It all started back in 1988 when Connie and I were newlyweds. A co-worker had this old table that she wanted $100 for. She had bought it from a farmer then stripped the paint off. Stained and varnished it looked pretty good to us… being poor, and needing a table we jumped at the chance and our seller threw in four chairs from a former pizza place. What a deal!! Our new table was built to last, hefty and if you accidently grazed your sock covered foot on one of its thick oak legs then you probably broke a toe as the table always held its ground like a fortress of heavy oak against that puny little toe.
The table is over a hundred years old. Built to last. Its seen multiple moves from rental house to apartment to first home to this home. It was with us before we had kids…but not before nephews acting silly with Grandpa.
Its seen our family go from two, to three, to four and eventually grow to five. Feeding a young one in a highchair as we had supper. Wiping up spilled milk as it ran between the leaves and onto the floor. Thousands of meals. Plenty of talk…lots of laughter and maybe a few lessons learned along the way.
Once the kitchen flooring is done the table will return, minus any leaves. We simply don’t need that large of a table. In its heyday it held fifteen of us one Thanksgiving, though now it’ll just be the two of us…again. Its kind of weird how things in life circle back around like that. Weird and yet reassuring. I hope it finds another good family after we’re done with it in a few years.
Thanks for coming along.
God Bless you,