In with the new

Kate plans to move back home sometime in August.  Money, school, the usual litany of reasons–it’s good.  She can concentrate on her school and we save 15,000 dollars per year on living expenses.  Hurrah!  To ease the transition of being an adult at home, Kate was told she could remodel the two “kids” rooms into whatever would work for her.   Out with the old became the new mantra.

First thing that went was all the furniture and stuff from her sisters’ bedroom.  I came home last week to bunkbeds in pieces in my living room.  Clearly they needed a new home. Luckily the old chant “free plus delivery worked”.  My notice in the coffee room at work found a taker. A good friend wanted everything–the beds, the mattresses, and even the sheets.  Her son had been sleeping on a trampoline for the last few years.  When it started, it was supposed to be temporary. She had moved into the a new house, and money was tight.  So the trampoline was set up in his room as a temporary measure.  And the boy loved it.  He could jump on this 8 foot wide trampoline before going to bed.  Well a few years later, the boy is still sleeping on the trampoline.  Now he is 15 and when he stands on the trampoline his head brushes the ceiling.  And when his friends come over to spend the night, they are sleeping on a a hard wooden floor.  The beds went to a good home, one young man is delighted to have real beds.

So now for the new.  Over the last week, Kate has painted the room and put in a new laminate wood floor.  And the room is shaping into a lovely space.   Here’s Kate after a hard days work.    Now Bob helped just a little bit. He did perhaps 80% of the work, but we don’t talk about that.  Instead notice that Elly seems to approve of Kate’s efforts.  


Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

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