There is something I haven't been real clear about.
I abandoned my daydream.
I didn't finish.
The work isn't done.
I neglected my daydream.
I can't show you the finished inside because as close as I got, I didn't quiet finish before one of those life challenges totally sidetracked me.
During all of this sharing and reminiscing, I have been trying to remember why my daydream came to a screeching halt. And when.
It has been years. Yes. I knew that. The sad thing is the reason I could not remember is because it has been so long. That and my total disgust, sadness, grief and shame for letting it go to such decline.
It really is not as bad as my telling sounds. Any old house will need repainting. When I painted it, I remember that I hoped it would last until I was 60. Sure enough, about ten years ago, the paint was peeling. But I had abandoned my daydream.
I saved restoring the floors for last. Also, installing the attic floor was a long range goal. Restoring the parlor floor was the last undertaking before abandonment.
Finishing the floors is not such a big job.
While I was shamefully neglecting my daydream, seasonal (winter) guest moved in upstairs. You might even call them squatters, of the furry type. They found the accommodations to their liking but oh my they are a messy bunch. So there is that!
I have been studying all of the photographs for clues about why, when and how this neglect happened. One of the chair photos below has a date, April 2001.
With that date, I knew the why, when and how. It is not part of this story except it is the cause of the beginning of abandoning my daydream.
|chippy farmhouse jelly cabinet|
I made a pact with myself that I would not buy any furnishings for The Garden Palace until everything was done.
Yes, that deal lasted maybe a couple of months.
This little jelly cabinet was my first purchase.
|one of two tables that I purchased|
|someone told me this was a library table|
I used this table for a work table until I decided to move the base to the big house and add a glass top on it.
After all, I had two tables.
|set of four homemade chairs|
This is the picture that had April 2001 on the back. I'm getting it ready to paint.
Notice the parlor floor.
|mustard yellow homemade chairs|
I brought these to my studio and made cute little skirted seat covers. I purchased these along with the jelly cabinet.
They still live in my studio.
Here, I can see the parlor floor has been finished.
My last accomplishment.
|chippy red metal cabinet|
and my ten foot ladder
to be continued....