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SET IN STONE

SET IN STONE

H and I are in the middle of a disagreement right now. I call it a disagreement because if I let myself voice my opinion it would be well beyond disagreement status. Sometimes I have to pick my battles. 

He’s old school. I’m not. I say let’s paint some of this old dark furniture and he says let’s not.

H – “It came from Grandmothers house in Philidelphia.”

Me – “Actually it didn’t, but so what if it did come from Grandmothers house in Phildelphia. There is no law saying we can’t paint it and brighten this place up a bit. This is a beach house for heavens sake- not a Victorian mansion! 

H – “Absolutely not! It’s old. It’s an antique.”


So that was about the end of that conversation until he said he would move that china cabinet to another room in the house if I didn’t want it where it was. 

Me – “Ok…so what other room do you put a china cabinet in? There are three bedrooms and one and one half baths to pick from. You choose. ” I said that with a little smirk on my face. 

H – (I could see him holding in a laugh with this one because he knows I’m right.) “I can find a place. In our room. In your sewing room.” (aka The Philedelphia Room)

Me – “What will you do with all those boxes of stuff from your office that has been sitting against the wall in our bedroom for three months? And…in my sewing room it will have to sit in the middle of the room for lack of wall space.”


H – “I could find the space if I needed to.”

Me – “Well you let me know when you find the space.”

He wasn’t budging. I walked away from that discussion even though I can sometimes get him to cross over to my side.  I didn’t even want to move it. I only wanted to paint the #*%€ thing! 

When H’s mom or dad did something one way it was set in stone – don’t move it or paint it or change it in any form. In my opinion nothing is set in stone. 

That’s the reason I am waiting for this dinasoar of a fridge to kick the bucket because if H had his way we would purchase a new one and put the old one in Andrews room (of all places) because his mother at one time had a freezer in there. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us! 

There is also the subject of the tacky storm door on the back door going into the breezeway. H thinks it will save us from a hurricane one day. As if! Dad put that there so it was for a reason. 

As for that old dryer in the side yard that needs to go on the curb or to the junk yard – well you know, it was Mom’s last dryer. 

I won’t even go there. 

~Elle

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress.

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  1. I empathize. Men seem to look at their surroundings through a different lens. My posts on cleaning out the basement demonstrate my set-in-stone issues of late.

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  2. LOL, sounds like a conversation I had recently with my husband! About to go clean out my garage… – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  3. LMAO…choking on the coffee I’m drinking out if that old mug. It does not leak, so there’s nothing wrong with the way it is….is there?

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  4. Yeah … my Mom died recently but I am happy with my memories and photos. I do not need “stuff”. Good luck!

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  5. Definitely with you on that, Elle. I’ve got some old dark Victorian stuff which i tried to sell to an antique dealer – he said absolutely no one buys it any more. On the other hand, when it’s sanded and nicely painted, it looks a treat.

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  6. best line….This is a beach house for heavens sake- not a Victorian mansion! I suddenly saw that stately piece of furniture in a bikini. πŸ™‚

    I like the clock.

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  7. He needs to go away for a few days so you can get some stuff done. Paint the cabinet and kick that dryer to the curb!

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  8. Oh dear well it does loom a bit …It would be better without the top and still brown? Gone altogether with something to take its place? If it’s lavender on the walls? Better to be cream, maybe? Or the palest of grey. Instead of painting the cabinet, suggest doing the walls? Blue and brown not a good combo. The two colours, jar. At least in the photo … good luck!

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    • That lighting is bad. Walls are not that blue. In fact when painted you couldn’t tell any hint of blue until it dried. It was just be better painted! Sigh…

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      • I suspect that the blue in the white which gives a “cold” effect; reacts poorly to the warm brown of the old fashioned welsh dresser. Painting either or both would help. Certainly refinishing the dresser. Antique? Hmmm old does not make an antique, it must be said. If it were on the market? I doubt you could get $100?

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        • Probably not. H just likes it because it was his mothers. Anyway. Pairing the walls are not an option. Just painted recently and love the color. I’ll just hide my time and he may cross over to my side. Someday!

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