July 29, 2015

Necessary Life Skills - Part I

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.

Their response...crickets.

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."

My response?


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?

Comment below within the week and be entered to win something in my weekly Hump Day Giveaway (open to everyone). I'd love to hear what you think!

15 comments:

  1. I don't have a house of my own informants but I hope to. I've helped painted the inside of a house. As far as it being a necessary life skill I don't think so. Would it be good to know, absolutely but I don't think it's a necessity as you can always waste money and hire someone lol
    Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Ha! That's true...you could always hire someone! Thanks for commenting. :)

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  2. This is something everyone needs to know!! I'm usually the one that ends up painting at home but I make sure to get my 4 boys involved too and teach them how to do it. :)

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    1. Yeah, I had my 10 year old nephew come and help...he didn't last too long but maybe that helped teach him something! Thanks!

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  3. Yes I can and have painted walls in a house. Super boring and time consuming though. I hate making everything off. I also can paint in a different way as well. I'm an oil painter. I used to paint a lot before babies but now I have no where to do it in our rental house that our kids wouldn't get into it. I miss it a lot.
    On another note I can also drive a stick shift. We never had a stick shift car growing up but I had two different boyfriend with them so I learned. I think that's the only positive experience I walked away with in those relationships.

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    1. Ha! Nice! (regarding the stick shift). :) And you're right, painting IS boring. :)

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  4. I definitely think it is something everyone should learn how to do. I love painting houses and my husband actually paints houses for a living. So house renovations are something we love to do together.

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    1. Thanks Chasity...although I'm not sure I'd enjoy it so much if I had to paint for a living and then come home and paint for fun. Ha! Props to your husband!

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  5. Painting is something everyone should do at least once in their life! Great for thinking time!

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    1. Agreed. I blast the music and sing at the top of my lungs. :)

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  6. I actually painted our house (our first!) entirely by myself, by hand, in 2 weeks (after work and on weekends) about a month ago. It was EXHAUSTING. It may be a life skill, but I think I'm officially too old for it. ;)
    (or maybe next time, I'll get an airbrush machine and do it that way)

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    1. It IS exhausting! My hands hurt (wrists, thumbs, knuckles)...made me think I was also getting too old. Ha! Thanks for commenting!

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  7. I would argue that YouTube is created for this very thing. Painting a house is good skill to have, but it is also a skill that can be learned in a 20 to 30 minutes of watching lessons. I painted an apartment once in college, but since then I've never really needed to paint and simply left it to the landlord.
    Whether or not painting is something that everyone should learn is a function of the number of activities/ demands in ones life. If someone has a high number of demands (busy time at work, many extracurricular activities, or family obligations), then higher someone to do it because your time is need elsewhere. However if you feel you have the time, then I would agree that it can be a mindless task that allows someone to clear their head.

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    1. To make sure I'm not the wizard hiding behind a curtain, this is Chris Bouquot.

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    2. Hey Chris! You make a good point. There are a lot of other pressures we face other than learning how to paint a house. And there are people who want to get paid to do it. :) Thanks for commenting!

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