Monday, August 13, 2007
Things just seem to fall into place
Be like the flower; turn your face to the sun. -- Kahlil Gibran Needless to say it has been hectic around here since mid May. A lot has been accomplished and while there is more to do [when does it ever end?] progress is showing its self off! I was in so hoping that the bedroom, the new mattress, the recovered bench and chair would be in place on the 10th. Alas and alack it did not QUITE make it. Instead, we used Tatami mats, ours not quite with Japanese tradition. I actually slept on those when I was in Japan several years ago, not too bad to sleep on actually. We also had camp pads for use under sleeping bags to soften the floor. The skylight was awesome as we gazed into the evening sky. Tatami (畳 tatami?) (originally meaning "folded and piled") mats are a traditional Japanese flooring. Made of woven straw, and traditionally packed with straw (though nowadays sometimes with styrofoam), tatami are made in individual mats of uniform size and shape, bordered by brocade or plain green cloth. Tatami were originally a luxury item for the wealthy at a time when lower classes had mat-covered dirt floors. Tatami were gradually popularized and finally reached the homes of commoners towards the end of the 17th century.[ My Sweetie and I worked most of the day re hanging artwork in the bed and bathroom. Replacing tie racks, making a shelf unit that will house the towels and generally cleaning the room. We have reclaimed our room. All that remains is cutting in the accent colors on the window trim, the doors and the mantel. That is something that, while it takes time, it is a pleasurable chore. The re painting of bedside tables is ½ complete, and since it is enamel, that takes time and at least 4 coats also factor in the humidity. Weather wise we have had a reprieve from the humidity and that is always a good thing. Guess one could say we are on the last leg of THIS Marathon. ;) “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time” John Lubbock quotes (English Biologist and Politician, 1834-1913) Now off to PAINT!