Murdo Girl…Touching up the Cottage

I decided this would be the perfect day to make the cottage a little springier. I began by staining the beautiful wood walkway that Kip built. I was almost finished when a humongous gust of wind came through. It picked up the pan of paint and threw it into my face. Can you believe it? Kip was convinced that my new glasses were ruined. “It will eat the plastic,” he said.

I ran into the house and immediately   cleaned my glasses, which were fine. I wish he would have been as concerned about my painted hair. I could not get the paint, that was holding huge chuncks of my hair hostage, to break free. I read online that toothpaste would work…it didn’t, plus I mistakenly chose a whitening toothpaste. I’m pretty sure the paint covered hair has lightened up again. Remember my highlighting fiasco? I just got the yellow calmed down.

Taken before I highlighted or painted my hair...

Anyway, I’m going to sleep on it and see what further steps I need to take in the morning.

I’ve decided to paint the posts brown…and then decorate with spring/summer colors. Maybe LJ will have some ideas.

I will soon get back to the stories about the Swinsons, McNinches, Francises, Gustafsons, and Sandersons. There is so much more to tell…

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women out there who have had a hand in raising kids…it takes a village.

I was almost frustrated enough to get the scissors out and cut off the mess, when a little bit of common sense returned, which is surprising. I’m going to see my grandson graduate next week and I have already far exceeded my usual before trip weight gain, so I didn’t want to go with 2″ long hair.

It’s all about the rhythm of life. We aren’t clones of those I write about, but there is no mistaking the genes and family history along with our higher power, predetermine who we are or at least greatly influence who we become.

5 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…Touching up the Cottage

  1. lifelessons May 9, 2021 / 12:07 am

    Was it a paint or a stain, Mary? Did you try putting paint thinner or some other solvent on your hair? Whatever is used to thin or remove whatever type of paint or stain you used? What a freak accident. You might also try fingernail polish remover if it was an enamel paint. Whatever you do, however, don’t smoke while you are doing it!!! Your walkway and cottage look great. Thank God you had those glasses on so the paint didn’t go in your eyes!!! Take care..


    • Mary Francis McNinch May 9, 2021 / 5:00 am

      You’re really sweet, Judy. It’s an oil based stain. I was finally able to work it out with toothpaste and baby oil. I had planned to use nail polish remover next and after that the scissors. I should be more grateful I had my glasses on. I’m up early this morning to work a little more on my arms and fingernails.


      • lifelessons May 9, 2021 / 6:09 am

        I’ve gotta say what Duckie would say. Did you take photos?


      • Mary Francis McNinch May 9, 2021 / 8:12 am

        I was so upset, I didn’t and Kip was walking behind me saying I should be more careful. I will say that initial pan in the face would have been hilarious.


      • lifelessons May 9, 2021 / 12:10 pm

        In retrospect only, I’m sure. What a freak accident.


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