Thursday, August 7, 2008
Close to Nowhere
I am 39!!!
• With three birthdays in August here at the newspaper office, there’s been a lot of talk about “getting older.” Not that any of us are getting any older, thank you very much!
Mary Minor from the Extension Service dropped by the office Tuesday morning and she’s going to have a birthday this year also. Imagine that -- a great many of us are going to be 39 (again) all in the same year.
“I don’t think I’m grown up yet,” Mary said laughing.
I have to agree with that. My body may be that of a 39(+)-year-old person, but my insides aren’t quite that old yet. My insides and my brain are stuck somewhere in my early pre-teens I think.
I’ve learned not to look in the mirror -- that shatters my mind-set and it takes a couple hours to get everything set back to my “real” age of teenish!
Then, Lois Swanee sent her article in and, lo and behold, it was about aging (I’d like to know her secret!). I laughed out loud at several of her comments; going so far as to read a couple of them aloud.
Sunday, just before church service started, several of us in the congregation were talking about a lady who had recently passed away -- and someone said, “She wasn’t old, she was only 72.”
• This is a secret, do not tell my husband! I bought a nail gun!
I’ve always loved the Food Network and recently, I’ve become addicted to DIY and HGTV as well. Now, I not only see how to cook; I am learning how to rebuild the kitchen -- indoors or out. I truly love those outdoor kitchens!
I’ve watched Rock Solid, with the two stonemason cousins, enough that I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be any trouble at all to throw one of those massive stone grill/sink/refrigerator things together. It would only take a couple tons of fieldstone and I’d be ready to go!
Before I tackle a massive fieldstone project though, I am going to do some minor renovations in my teeny, tiny kitchen.
One of my projects is an extension of my cabinets -- all the way to the ceiling. That’s where the nail gun comes in. I’m going to be nailing “stuff” to the kitchen ceiling for supports.
My friend Jane has a Skil saw that she’s going to loan me -- and I’ll tell you a secret about it if you promise not to tell her husband -- she was working with the saw in her attic; it slipped out of her hands and she very nearly lost her big toe on one foot. It still makes me sick to think about that...
But, shelves and cabinetry must go on. Jane finished her project with the saw and has gone on to many others -- she’s even installed a cat door!
“I am woman, hear me roar!” “We’re not getting older, we’re getting better!”
I’d join the Gray Panthers, but I’m not old enough yet...
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