March 10, 2014

Cat Tales: Two steps forward, one back

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Hi folks.

It’s been five months since I retired from being a news writer at the paper and I wanted to fill you in on what I’ve been doing with all my spare time.

Before I left, I had a walk-in bathtub installed in the guest bedroom for my mother. We decided to make the room into a laundry room and cleared everything out of it, storing most of it in the basement. I had already given the bed to my sister in order to make room for the walk-in tub.

I decided it was better to use the guest bedroom to make our lives more comfortable because we rarely have guests anyway and when we do, they stay in a motel because it’s more convenient for them.

I decided to buy a new washer and dryer to put in the laundry room because the ones in the basement were old and didn’t match. By putting a washer and dryer in the laundry room upstairs my mother can now wash her own clothes. It was a lot of work for the plumber/electrician because of all the pipes involved and the installation of another smaller switch box for safety reasons. Come to find out there were two wires in the old switch box that were “narking.” The electrician said the house could have burned down.  If I hadn’t wanted to install a new dryer in the laundry room, I wouldn’t have known this until the house caught on fire. Everyone needs to have their electrical boxes checked yearly.

Next, the blue laundry room needed a new coat of paint. I chose a semi-gloss acrylic latex paint called ambrosia, which is a pretty, light bluegreen. Since there was some paint leftover out of the two gallons I bought, I also painted the stairway to the basement. For safety I painted the stair steps with a gray, non-skid formula. I then painted my blue bedroom a sassy lilac mainly because I liked the name. My sister bought me a lilac quilted bedspread for Christmas which completed the room except for all the boxes of paperwork I will have to go through and throw out. Everything except the important papers.

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Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

A. No major plans. We will probably hang out around Laurel County.
B. Going to the beach!
C. Kentucky has a lot of wonderful state parks, and we plan to visit a few and enjoy quality family time.
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