~ Maggie Reyes
Summer vacation? Ha! While it’s true that I have had, for the most part, a break from my teaching routine, I have been keeping myself very busy.
I moved into my current home in the fall of 2001. It was shiny new at the time but has been well used during the thirteen years I have spent in it. My three children grew into adults here. We have raised numerous pets here. I teach piano lessons here; every week, forty students and various family members walk in and out the front door. It’s all been good, but it has taken its toll.
I may not be able to live at the beach but my dream has long been to paint the walls of my house in the bright colors I love. I started three years ago, when I painted my piano studio purple. This spring, my ex-fiance surprised me by having my kitchen, dining room, living room and hallways, and master bathroom painted in other colors I had chosen: sky blue, coral, yellow, and flamingo pink. I am forever grateful to him for that. This summer, I finished the project.
I covered the dull brown walls in my studio waiting room with the color of the outside of a lime; I painted the adjoining bathroom the color of the inside of the lime. I painted my bedroom the pale pink of the inside of a conch shell. And I painted the third bedroom a lovely shade of aqua; it is now my craft room. Here are a few pictures showing that process.
|BEFORE 1. Boxes and bins filled with whatnot.|
|BEFORE 2. More boxes and bins filled with whatnot.|
|All the boxes and bins sorted, organized and stowed in the closet.|
|The painting begins. It took two coats to cover the dark green with the aqua.|
|AFTER 1. A cheerful beading nook.|
|AFTER 2. A happy sewing corner.|
After almost fifty-five years of life on this planet, I finally have a room of my own where I can sew, bead and scrapbook to my heart’s content. A couple of days ago, I sat in this sunny space and created something beautiful.
Yep. It was a dream come true.
Since then, I have had new vinyl plank flooring installed in my kitchen, foyers and master bathroom, and tomorrow I am looking forward to the delivery of a new refrigerator to replace my twenty-year old leaking side-by side and a new range with a double oven to replace the builder-grade range that came with my house. I will post more pictures later. In the meantime, I have a couple of questions for you.
What is it that your heart desires? What can you do to make your dreams come true?
For me – at least this summer – all I needed was a few gallons of paint and a lot of elbow grease. I’m glad I stopped waiting for the perfect time.