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George Jones died today. It’s made me profoundly sad because he was, by far, my dad’s favorite singer. I have many warm memories of riding home from church, alone with my dad, listening to George on the 8-track. One time I asked my dad about George’s song, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” – why did the man stop loving “her”? My dad said it was because the man had died and that death had been the only thing strong enough to break his bonds of love for “her”. After that, I cried every time I heard that song. Once we were watching “Hee Haw” (how old am I??) and George Jones came on to sing that song. I sat there with tears streaming down my face and my mother immediately asked me what was wrong. My dad just laughed and said “she always cries when that song comes on”. My mother thought I was weird, but then my mother never ‘cared for’ George Jones, bless her.
Today when I saw the news that he had died, I think my heart broke a little. It probably has to do as much with those silent car rides with my dad, and the passing of time, as it does the man himself. I found this video on Youtube and listened to that song, once again, with tears streaming down my face. Goodbye, George. I’m going to miss you.
I know it’s mid-February now but I want to do a recap of The January Cure 2013. I didn’t get every single thing done that I would have liked to, but I’m still very pleased with my overall progress. I wish Apartment Therapy would do a Cure every month because it really gave me motivation. I’m not sure why other than the “in it together” feeling and reading everyone’s comments about the progress they were making gave me the oomph I needed to work on my own projects.
The first day started with making a list of projects that I wish to accomplish this year. Most of the items on my list involve our basement but a few are upstairs, such as finally painting the rest of the cracks in the kitchen cabinets. I’ve been working on that project for over a year and still have one more section of doors to go. There is also a scary cabinet that needs cleaned-out. It is stuffed with stuff and the door has to be shut quickly to avoid an avalanche.
The second day we started an “outbox” which is a temporary holding place for items that you may or may not want to get rid of. Our box mostly consisted of items out of N’s room and he ended-up giving everything in it away, along with a few items that I got rid of myself.
Skipping ahead to the seventh day, our task was to select one project from our list that we wanted to accomplish during The Cure. I chose re-caulking my bathtub since it was in a pretty dire situation.
However, it ended-up being a complete fail.
Apparently when the directions say to dry for 36 hours before letting the caulk make contact with water or moisture, they really mean 36 hours, not 12, which is about how long we let it dry. It was fine for about a week and then it starting peeling off. So, that’s going to have to be re-done. Yeah.
Day 23 took a look at living room lighting. We needed some sort of light near the fireplace so after thinking about it for a hot minute, I retrieved a currently unused IKEA lamp from the basement and plopped it on the plant stand.
I like the light there even though I’m not really thrilled with the plant stand, so we’ll definitely be re-addressing the lighting there at some point. For now, this is a free and easy solution.
And some projects I didn’t do period, like purchase fresh flowers. I just couldn’t do it. I even looked at them in the store on more than one occasion but I just couldn’t spend the money on something that was going to die. I compromised and bought this cactus, which is still living at the moment.
Mostly it was fun and I enjoyed working on these little projects around the house. Did any of you participate in The January Cure 2013? Did you accomplish what you’d hoped? Share!