“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.”

My deck is now ready for summer. All the candles are in the trees and the furniture uncovered. I just need a warm day or two to get out to my favorite spot under the umbrella with book in hand. Right now it’s 65Β° which is considerably cooler than yesterday, and the sun which was so bright earlier this morning is popping in and out of the clouds. Gracie has had her morning run and is now in the midst of her morning nap. I have a few house chores to do then a bit of shopping, but I’m in no rush. I have the whole day ahead of me.

I like week days here on my street. The mowers are in the garages, the leaf blowers beside them, kids are in school and most parents are at work. I hear dogs barking, sometimes answering each other, sometimes just barking for the sake of it. Gracie, though, seldom joins the chorus of barkers. She mostly ignores them. They are familiar sounds and Gracie only acknowledges the barks of strangers.

I’m thinking of having my living room repainted. It is red right now, and I figure it will stay red, but there are some chipped spots which are driving me crazy. The bathroom too could use a make-over, and I might change that color. It’s pink now, a bright wear your sunglasses pink. A few years ago all the rooms but this one were repainted. They had been white for 25+ years, and I went with color, bright color, in all the rooms. I don’t even know why. I just know I wanted color and I still do.

My doctor once told me our systems change every seven years, nothing drastic, no extra toes or fingers or limbs but more subtle changes. According to him, that’s why my allergies and asthma developed. I would have preferred an extra toe, but I wasn’t given the choice. I wonder where in those seven-year cycles I might be now. I’d check my feet but that would be futile.

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14 Comments on ““Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Renewed ears and eyes every 7 years would be great.
    Colored walls: I love the wallpapers in my room,
    2 walls sunny-yellow with little blue stars and the other 2 walls
    light-blue with little yellow stars. I’m in heaven πŸ™‚

    • katry Says:

      I’m with you in renewed eyes and ears, mostly eyes at this point.
      My bedroom is a sunny yellow, and i love it. The upstairs bathroom is a light lilac, and it is beautiful.

      People around here have fallen out of wallpaper love. Most houses now have painted walls.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Rainy and a bit chilly here today so I’m sitting in the kitchen close to my stove. Since old Erna is gone they say that my dogs bark very seldom. When she still was around they baked all the time, she was their leader but not a very secure one. Orvar seldom cares what happens and they say Nova sleeps most of the time. If any of the others do bark my neighbors says she comes out and make sure they quiet down πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I was going to renovate my bathroom entirely some years ago but decided it was funnier to buy a garden center instead πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Perhaps not one of my smartest choices but the funniest πŸ™‚

    I think I might be in one of those changes now. I’ve usually never had any bigger problems with pollen but this year I do and I hate it! I would rather have gotten another thumb on my right hand πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      It was in the 60’s all day today- a sweatshirt outside but shortsleeves in the house. It was a bit damp but no rain.

      Gracie was just a barking maniac so I went to check. She was trying to dig her way under a fence picket which was turned a bit. It was that rabbit again. I straightened the picket and put wood over the spot so she can’t dig there. I made her come inside, and all that barking has exhausted her.

      I haven’t been bothered by pollen for the last few years after horrid allergies for several years. The pine pollne, though, is coming soon and the green stuff covers everything.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Well, I made it to Home Depot and got the grass seed. On the way home I decided that Rocky and I were going to walk the lake. I haven’t walked the entire circumference of the lake in maybe 10 years so I don’t know what brought that on. I stopped here and there to take pictures or pull up my socks because they were creeping under my heels like they used to do in grade school when I wore maryjanes. Rocky stopped a lot to sniff things and pee on them or greet other dogs. With all of that stopping the 3.3 miles took us 90 minutes. Hardly and aerobic exercise but it was nice. And now I’m not going to do anything else today except knit.
    Enjoy your day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Doesn’t even doing one errand make you feel accomplished? My back has been so bad for a week I couldn’t walk around the block let alone the hike you took. Gracie, though, would love it.

      I remember those socks sliding down so there was a lump on the bottom of my foot. I just threw away one pair that did the same thing.

      I had chores to do but was hedging. I took a nap and when I got up, I felt better so I could cross off all my chores including a trip to the store for half and half.

      I felt accompished.

      • Caryn Says:

        Actually, I stopped at midpoint and removed one of the offending socks. When I got back to the car, I removed both shoes and the remaining sock so I could put my aching feet in the cool, cool grass. I threw the offending pair of socks away in the park trash barrel.
        I did not even knit yesterday. I zoned out playing Bejeweled Blitz.
        But I felt very accomplished. πŸ™‚

  4. Zoey & Me Says:

    We bought a Colonial House in N VA and got really engrossed with the Williamsburg Paint Colors. We had all the rooms painted in different colors before moving in. The gun grey was my favorite and it worked well in the Master Bath. I wonder if that paint selection ever hit New England. Consider them if they are up there as some are so washed out they really do remind one of the historic civil war era. We could never find them here and a trip north is useless since the paint has to be prepared and used the same day. I forgot what else I had on my mind to write.

    • katry Says:

      I love those colors. At one point my house was Williamsburg red. It wasn’t carried here but could be ordered so I did.

      That’s a great suggestion for picking the paint for the repainting, but that won’t be until the fall when it’s cooler.

  5. Bob Says:

    Personally I like white walls. I like to have color accents but white walls and ceilings. Somehow a red room would appear smaller than the same room painted white. But I would never want to recommend color to anyone.

    I think every seven years your body does change. My waistline has gotten larger and I think I have shrunk about a half an inch. My ability to remember names has really diminished. I think our ears keep growing during our entire lifetime.

    As I was driving into my garage this evening I heard a story on NPR’s All Things Considered about Manchester City winning the English soccer tournament against Manchester United. I didn’t hear the entire story, because I really don’t care. I guess there is more than one fan of British soccer in this country other than Hedley πŸ™‚

    By the way, the Rangers took two out of three games from the Angels this weekend and Josh Hamilton hit nine home runs during the week. I guess the Rangers have taken the title of America’s team away from their next door neighbors the Cowboys. The Detroit what team? πŸ™‚

    • katry Says:

      I liked them but after I saw the colors, I’d never go back to white again. The red room doesn’t look small at all.

      I think the symptoms of hearing loss and height loss is a matter of aging, not the 7 year cycle. I too have trouble with names and even common words I’ve always known. The thingy becomes my substitute.

      British soccer is big even here. I know my nephew watches it all the time. I think its popularity depends on whether you’re in a part of the country where soccer is big. It really hasn’t been here in New England but it has on the west coast and western states.

      I still think the Patriots are America’s team-just look at their name!

  6. katry Says:

    My threshold for feeling acomplished is really low, and I couldn’t be happier.

    Walking through cool grass is one of the neatest things to do!

  7. MT C Says:

    Having painted many rooms lots of colors (and yes, even black and white) I never tried to account for taste. Inside colors are more a sense from who we are, and even sometimes what mood we are in, or something traumatic happening in our lives. So, I’m thinking its just as well to go with whatever tickles your fancy at the time (and I’d like to know where that expression originated! or maybe not!).

    In my own places, when redecorating using my own intuitions, I’d always start with an idea, then change and change again as I stood before all the colors. I’m thinking that the Home Depot paint department has a great idea. Not only do they show you colors, but they show them in conjunction with each other. Its a great system and actually encourages some imagination with combining colors in different ways. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t encourage using their paint! There are much better ones on the market for less. But their glossies do set out some nice ideas, color wise that other companies can mix for you. On the other hand, their paints do produce good results, also. I’m not talking them down either.

    I’d go for an extra digit, too, all thing considered!


    • katry Says:

      I don’t know-I think the origin might be interesting!

      My paints come from the Benjamin Williams store-I like their colors and the quality of their paint. It was a long time before I went for wall color but my decorations around the house were always colorful, many coming from Africa. I think the colors of Ghana stuck in my head and I figured it was time to bring them out!

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