As I worked my way through the alphabet, I always seemed to see words that began with P. Now, I’ve reached that letter, and I can “P” to my heart’s content. (Yes, there was a Pun there!!
If you’ve learned anything about me, you must realize that I’ve always loved to throw parties. Now that I’m not able to handle all the bother and fuss involved, I don’t do as many, but the thoughts and ideas are always there. I loved giving my kids’ parties for their birthdays – and I really liked it when the moms would stay and ooh and aah over my presentations. My daughter’s were the easiest – the end of October lent itself to Halloween, and I’d do that theme, with kids in costumes each year. I stopped being the hostess for awhile when my son’s classmates arrived for his sixth birthday, and were the most obnoxious group I’ve ever seen. They had no intention of listening to anything I said, and they turned into brats right in front of me. Two of them grabbed my son’s presents, opened them, and began to play with his things! Several treated my brother (who was helping me) as their servant – “I want more juice.” “Get me some more chips.” “When are we having real food?” Then one of them didn’t like the cake, so he turned it upside on my table and began to shmush it into the wood. Finally, I had one whose parents didn’t come to pick up until an hour past the end of the party. After that, Chucky Cheese and Sahara Sam became my buddies. Now I have some birthdays coming up soon, and I have to keep it simple, but I’m thinking of a cake that shows pigs in mud (I saw it on Pinterest,) and another with running shoes as a motif. I’ll let you know if they ever happen!
Since we need to do some painting here, I’m thinking of color schemes. My living room has always been white, and I think I’ll leave it that way. My den is paneled – it was always that way, but it needs a change. I think I’ll paint it (or others will) plain beige. The darker honey oak furniture will stand out and it won’t look so dark. I want to keep simple window treatments throughout – fabric-covered, wooden valences over simple sheers. The dining needs to be un-wallpapered and then painted – I’ll keep it a light grayish-blue. The kitchen and breakfast room will remain beige with a small plaid paper on the lower-half, and a border on the top. No change to the white/cream powder room, but paint – again neutral – in the family room. The front bedroom and master suite will also be un-papered and painted in simple, light colors – gray for one, very pale sage on the other. I’m told that these colors attract buyers, so we’ll see.
Sometimes it drives me nuts! I see so many great ideas there, but I could never duplicate them. Every week, in my areas of interest, I receive an update of new creations. The greeting cards make me want to scream with impatience that I can’t make similar ones with my weak, almost paralyzed hand. The decorated cakes and cookies might be doable, but I’ve never tried. With Easter and birthdays looming, though, I may give it a whirl.
One of my chores is to organize my work area here in the den. I can’t believe I’ve collected so much paper – every color, so many designs, and lots of plain stock. The sheets aren’t heavy enough for cards, so I may be donating a good deal to a school. That doesn’t even begin to mention all the envelopes I have on my shelves. How did I get to be a paper hoarder?
I just threw that in because it was another vocab word. It sounds ugly, but it means beauty, loveliness, elegance, attractiveness… I haven’t seen it used all that often, but I like words that look as if they have one meaning, but in reality, have a totally different definition.
That’s it for “P-ing!” There are many more I could have included, but these must suffice!