Saturday, February 12, 2011

A Mark on our Doors

My husband stained our interior doors today, a full 10 years after moving in. "There's no sense in rushing into things," he has always said. To give him credit, he put a lot of thought into this project. The interesting thing is that now each of our doors now has a cross on it, becoming visible only after the dark stain was applied. While this might upset some people, I think I rather like it.

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Our priest has blessed our house a few times in the past. He visited each room anointing windows and doors plus adding blessed medals on top of the jams and on the window panes. I am certain visitors will wonder about our crosses. It should make for some interesting discussion.


Catawissa Gazetteer said...

I must correct a bit of confusion on my lovely wife's part. While my motto is, and always has been, "Never do today what can be put off 'til tomorrow!", in the case of the doors, as with so much of the other woodwork in the house, I've been waiting for the cats to die.

You see, cats have claws and they tend to use them, most especially it seems, on finished wood. Our oak knewl post upstairs has been nicely carved by our feline artists, as have the oak jamb liners leading into our dining room. They've sculpted their artistic vision into cabinets and chairs, drywall and furniture.

It's not that difficult to repair the damage before the finish is applied but it's a pain in the butt afterwords. So I told her years ago that I'd finish all this trim after the cats were gone.

The last one died last week and now I've leapt into action!

By the way, as an interesting sidenote, that last cat, the one that died last week, has been sitting in a box on our front porch since then, because the ground's frozen and my wife didn't want him just dumped in the woods. I'm hoping Kathy rolls out early this morning and rushes him to the vet, not in vain hope of a miracle cure, but before he starts thawing out, to have him incinerated. It's supposed to get into the '50's today and we're going to be cooking sap. I really don't want the lingering odor of eau de dead cat to spoil the experience.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Gizmo was properly taken care of early this morning. I was surprised to find out that he was 20 lbs(the cremation fee is based upon weight). It is true that the cats have done some damage but I didn't have the heart to put them outside or funds to declaw everyone. BTW, it was not the front porch, ground floor where visitors would arrive, but rather the upper porch so nothing would be able to disturb him until we could bury him- impossible with this horrible winter so the vet was my only option. Poor Gizmo.

TLW said...

RIP Gizmo

Kathy's Husband, you and countless other men live by the same motto. Well, it must feel good to have gotten it out of the way. The result is beautiful. I'm married to a house painter, so needless to say, our house goes in constant want of touch-ups.

Manny said...

Yeah, I live by that same motto. God knows how my wife pesters me to get things done around the

The staining looks great. And the cross is rather interesting. Was the cross from the priest blessing your doors and has remained on the door since then?

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Yes, he blessed the house before they were stained so I guess the oil soaked into the wood. They were originally very light wood so we didn't see it until now.