My Whimsical Table

Tuesday, May 12

I spent last weekend potting plants purchased on Saturday morning, at Lowe’s. The place was a madhouse. 🙂 Still, I ended up with mini-dahlias, a pink azalea, some lavender, a few marigolds, etc. The next day I was at Fred Meyer, purchasing more potting soil. As a newbee at this gardening thing, I have trouble estimating how much dirt I’m going to need. According to this morning’s weather report, we’re going to get a freeze tonight, so I’ll be hauling all those pots into the kitchen late this afternoon. Good thing I resisted the urge to jump the gun and plant things in the ground.

I bought an unfinished wooden table some time ago–I think I mentioned it on this blog–and it sat in the garage for weeks. Finally, I asked members of the ranch crew to bring it downstairs, to my office, where I’m writing this, and MORE weeks passed. I was waiting for just the right idea, though I had a vague concept that I wanted it to look McKenzie-Childs-ish. With lots of bright colors, stripes, checks (I am passionate about checkerboard designs) and polka dots. Once I basecoated the table with antique ivory, the floodgates opened! Now it has one blue leg, one gold, one green, and one pink. I applied polka dots (blue on green, etc.) with the eraser end of a pencil, a trick I’ve seen on many a craft show. The sides are the forementioned colors, with gold stripes, painted freehand and (I like to think) charmingly folksy. (Read: uneven) The top will be black and cream checks, and I may or may not add houses and trees. 🙂 Although the piece is far from finished, it lifts my heart every time I look at it.

One thing leads to another. Now I’m thinking: chairs. 🙂

Sadie has lost 11 pounds even, as of yesterday!

And now, to work. Those Texas McKettricks are up to mischief.

Tomorrow: what I learned from my zinnia seedlings.

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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