I realize I've been absent from any sort of blog post for quite some time and I apologize. While I have some updates about upcoming books and other author things to discuss, I thought I'd talk about something that I noticed recently - Necessary Life Skills.
Part of the reason I've been so absent the past couple of weeks is because I was busy painting a house. We had to get a second rental in a different town for my husband's new job. And just like any rental, it needed a complete repainting on the inside before we could really move in. Since I'm the one with summers off, that responsibility fell to me.
No problem. I love remodeling houses. In fact, my husband and I remodeled/updated every house we've ever lived in together. There are always house projects. So I enjoyed it...but it took a full week even though the house is very tiny. I have some family members that live in this said town, so of course I asked if anyone could spare some time.
Okay, well not completely. One family member (who shall remain unnamed) did give me a few hours of her time. I asked her to roll the paint on the wall while I worked on the trim. And this is what she looked like:
Seriously. She immediately began painting up and down and then left to right with a few diagonal strokes mixed in. I stopped her as soon as I could and asked:
Her response? "That's how they do it on HGTV."
Yep, the silent eye roll and a demonstration about the correct way to roll light paint onto a dark wall. But it got me thinking...why didn't she know how to paint? It wasn't just the spastic rolling, but it was the paint on the plastic, the floor, and a complaint about how "I don't know how to paint."
I now believe that painting should be one of those life skills that you know how to do. Like driving a stick-shift (and I KNOW there are people my age who can't). But especially if you are a home owner...you should know how to paint, have an electric drill (with varying drill bits), and at least a hammer somewhere in your belongings.
So what do you think? Can you paint a house? Is this a necessary life skill?
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