Fireplace: DONE! Thank you all for your support.
Looks awesome (to me). We choose a really soft white. It is White Flour from Sherwin Williams. It's true, someone actually got paid to think up that name!
On to painting the walls (Lazy Gray...really? I could do so much better naming paint).
Yesterday, all the art came down off the walls; family photos stacked on dining room table (anyone in Blogsville know the maximum weight capacity for a dining table with 4" x 4" legs?).
Cleared end tables; moved them and couch, chairs and coffee table to center of room.
Then, moving on to the bookshelf!
Remember, 2017 is the year of the Great Purge for me. Getting rid of
Not so easy. First ten books, need, need, need, oh, I love this one, need, need...OMG, how am I going to do this?
What order should they go? What do I toss, what do I keep?
Oldest first? Dustiest, maybe?
Novels can definitely go, well, except for To Kill A Mockingbird and my first editions of Tom Robbins and Jean Auel collections.
Metaphysics...but all those margin notes and sticky notes?
First Edition of Pinocchio is definitely staying. ( Or, I could E-Bay it and replace the sinks in the front bathroom).
Kids books, definitely going...but wait! What will I read to our great-granddaughter when she stays over?
Deep breathe, Toni, deep breathe.
Do I want to spend Act III of my life dusting books that I might never read again?
Why do I want those 'certain' books on my shelves? Is it, so that after my funeral, strangers come into the 'estate sale' and think, "My, my, this dead woman sure was well read," or " an intellectual" or "Whoa, she was frickin' weird!"
Mostly likely, those strangers will think, "There certainly is a lot of dust in this place!" OR "I bet those bookshelves have created permanent grooves in the hardwood floors!"
Hmm, I don't care what those strangers think.
I've already told my kids and grandchildren to take any books they want.
Responses: "Your books are too woo-woo for me, Mom, but thanks anyway!" (Though, last year, he did take all of my ancient Edgar Rice Burroughs books with a big old grin on his face!)
"Man, Mom, do we have different tastes in reading!"
"You're kidding, right? Do you know how many books I have to pack to move to Massachusetts? You can have some of mine, if you'd like!" (To which I responded, "Okay! Thanks!" and brought home about 20 more tomes).
"Can I please have this one, Nana! I've heard it's good!"
So, this is the plan. I'm headed over to Office Max to buy 10 boxes. I will fill them up and label them. Donate, (school, church and metaphysical library), Garage Sale, Keep.
One KEEP box for every ten boxes packed. Max.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
(In the meantime, while I'm painting, any of you interested in coming over and dusting off some books? There is wine and cheesecake!)