And POOF the weekend is gone! Saturday was filled with college football and World Series and Sunday was church, annual meeting and potluck afterwards. I would never miss a church potluck – there is simply nothing like it! I wish I could have taken a picture of all the yummy! So much variety – nobody gets to eat like this at home. Our church brings only homemade dishes. Every outlet is used to keep crockpots warm and every oven is on keeping things hot. I wish I could have all those choices today.
Moving on – I said I’d explain my wood floors which date back to 1980 when the old farmhouse was literally torn down around our heads. Do you know what corncrib siding is? It’s a 1 x 8 pine board that is flat on one side and grooved in half on the opposite side. Every surface of floor, walls, and ceiling were covered with car siding. All ceilings are the grooved side.
Walls were the flat side.
And all floors were the flat side. I did all the staining and varnishing of every board before it was used – it took over 16 gallons of stain!!! and many gallons of varnish!
Around the edges of the room the floors still show the original finish .
But this is the original stain and varnish – dull and worn.
When we expanded the kitchen I just asked that the floors were patched together as needed.
So the answer to the question is that these pine floors are very old – 42 years as a matter of fact. The boards have shrunk over time leaving gaps between boards which obviously fill with dirt, pet hair and dust. There is no possible way for all of us – cats, dogs and humans – to move out of this house so the floors can be redone. They are perpetually dirty – how can they be anything else? I damp mop them but never saturate them. The wood is now raw with no finish left and that’s the way they’ll stay for my lifetime in this house. The animals are far more important to me than perfect floors. I’m never worried about them being scratched up or marred. Dogs don’t wipe their feet so everybody walks right in and I never let guests take off their shoes!
I have many nice throw rugs but can’t use any of them because Rick might fall. One more picture of the cupboards made in the 1930’s and when I had the kitchen painted white I couldn’t bring myself to paint these beauties. They are classic Midwest farm cupboards. The counter level is low, made that way for the short farm wife who lived here in the 30’s – if I raised it I would lose lots of counter space so I’ve just gotten used to it.
So that’s the story of my worn looking wood floors – no mystery and virtually no upkeep – perfect for someone like me who isn’t interested in a pristine house.
I worked hard on my Color Parade quilt last night but still not close to being finished. Its 25 degrees this morning – thankfully the yard work is done and maybe I can find a couple hours today to sew.
And that’s Monday! What’s your week looking like?