Up to my eyeballs in paint, with endless ceiling above and a mess of drop cloth below, a bit of a mean spirit had come over me. Who in their right mind would ever take on a home improvement project of this size during the holidays? Priming, painting, sawing, hammering, packing away multitudes of belongings is no way to glide into the New Year, I thought. It’s supposed to be a time of a different kind of preparation - Peace, serenity, good will and all that...bah, humbug!
Reloading the roller and slowly attacking that large, but ever-diminishing area above, my mind analyzed how I got to where I was at that moment: frustrated and angry at the load of work ahead. The answer was simple - I’d agreed, planned, bitten off a huge bite and jumped in with both feet! Now, I was seriously having second thoughts.
The room I tackled first was the most difficult one, with 6 small walls of rough cedar boards to prime and cover with 2 coats of a new, lighter paint. Of course, it had to be done with a brush, as a roller would not begin to cover all that rough wood. Suffice it to say that it took a looong time.
My husband picked up the new door and arranged for a couple of friends to help with the installation. Seems the door we received was not exactly the same size as the floor model that he had ever-so-carefully measured and planned for. The hole in the wall, left when the old door was removed, needed to be enlarged “slightly” with accompanied complications that I won’t go into. The road there was not particularly smooth, either.
We became tired, concerned, frustrated, edgy - we snapped at each other and said things we wish we hadn’t. We cancelled our traditional New Year’s Eve gathering that year as the whole house would be in a mess. Our minds raced, our aging bodies ached and our spirits sagged...
In life, we are always putting our house in order. We can resolve to hang in, muddle through - in spite of the messes - and look forward with optimism, patience, and thankfulness. A New Year has begun.
Rid yourselves of all offenses you have committed,
and get a new heart and a new spirit.