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March 10, 2014

Cat Tales: Two steps forward, one back

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

My next plan of attack was the kitchen/dining room. I had it painted several years ago with a medium blue to match the Pillsbury Dough Boy pattern in my curtains. The room was too dark. I was sick of looking at Dough Boy for more than 10 years. He had to go with the blue paint. I learned my lesson to paint the walls first and then buy curtains to match.

This time I chose a beautiful light creamy yellow paint called zest. To match the walls I bought curtains with yellow sunflowers, rose buds, and daffodils on them with a green lattice hem. They match perfectly with the yellow walls.

Since the kitchen cabinets were in pretty good shape, I cleaned them with Old English polish and stained the worn spots a golden oak.

I also replaced the old kitchen sink that was a brown cast iron with a stainless steel one and put in a new tile countertop. The countertop has 50 shades of gray running through it. It matches the new sink, the stainless steel top of the kitchen stove, and the silver backsplash behind it.

After I finished the laundry room, the stairway, my room, and the “wow” kitchen, the unbelievable happened. On January 7 my road was ice and snow covered but the night was clear. Around 11:30 p.m. I saw flashing lights through the front room curtains. I went to the side door, looked out, and there was a big white pickup in the middle of my front yard. A 17 year old who allegedly was speeding ran off the road where it was straight, knocking down a fence and two posts, one of my clematis trellises, two red bud trees, a pine tree, and a bird house before he was stopped my a big maple tree in my front yard. Two limbs on that tree were  broken and had to be sawed off. He was lucky the two posts didn’t go through his windshield. He was shaken up but not hurt.

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