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Not Losing My Marbles Again


Oh my, you can't imagine all the time and energy I've been spending on this kitchen. I have spent the last weeks working on it, scratching off hot glue with my fingernails. Coming up with something else. Try this, doesn't work, cross it off the list. And on and on it goes.


No Six On Saturday features today. I don't have the time or energy today to go touring through Blog Land.


And secondly, my daughter is picking me up in less than an hour so I can go see my grandson Andrew, who just this week has learned to walk. And that takes precedence over everything else.

I think I have ironed out what I'm going to do for the counter tops and back splash. But it will take a bit more time, and I'm waiting on some tile decals (faux tile) from India.

Thursday I was in the middle of painting. Realized I needed a little table to put my gallon paint can on. Went into the living room, grabbed a table. And wouldn't you know it? I forgot that I had a huge glass cylinder full of marbles on the lower shelf of that table that I didn't see.

Yes, broken into a million pieces. Dogs in the middle of it. I'm in the midst of a paint job and need to hurry before the paint dries. 

I don't know how, but marbles and glass went around the corner into the kitchen and into every room in this apartment.  

I'll probably be finding marbles and glass for months.

There I was trying to pick marbles out of glass splinters. Luckily I came away with only one cut. Add that to my tattered fingers from scraping off hot glue with my fingernails.

But let me tell you a story about those marbles, and why I cherish them.

Before I left Tyler, Texas, I had hundreds of marbles in my gardens decorating the top of the soil. Over the years, dirt had covered many. So I had to dig them back out.

I had originally found most of them while digging for my gardens in the first place. I guess a child played with them back there or something at some point in time.

I was determined that after digging all of them out of the soil there, that I wasn't leaving them behind.  

They were little treasures I dug up. And I had to leave SO much behind. But for some reason I just can't explain, I wasn't going to leave my marbles. 

Someone who lived there before me "lost their marbles" and I felt duty-bound to take care of them. They were going with me across the state line.

So I'm off to see Andrew and rest myself just a little bit. Because I have plenty more work ahead of me.
Cozy Little House
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  1. I'm enjoying your blog - so many great ideas. The story about the marbles is a good one, I'm glad you took some of them with you. The calamity with the glass and marbles everywhere sounds familiar. In my case, I always end up breaking something I really like or something special, so irritating. My cat knocked a antique teacup and saucer (my grandma's) off my bookshelf recently - broke in a million bits...oh well. Thanks!

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    1. As with all ideas, some are good. Some are bad. And some are in between.

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  2. It sounds like you're having a perfect day! Funny when you think about it. It's not a trip to a fancy resort in the end that gives you the same feeling a visit with family offers. Also the actually dollar value of the marbles is very little but the feeling they give you is priceless. Working on your kitchen is along the same lines. It's not an extravagant rehab. its just making you little home a cozy haven.

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    1. It's working on it and knowing that even if I don't own it, for now it is mine. And I make the decisions on how it will look. Nothing remotely extravagant. But cozy.

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  3. whoop whoop a visit to the daughters for Brenda~!!!! yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Happy for ya Sweetums..

    enjoy and good luck with your kitchen.. its gonna be Fablousssssssssssss
    love ya bunches

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    1. Well, it's going to be colorful, certainly. Which, after painting white, white, white for days, will be welcoming.

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  4. I broke a vase the other day (no marbles) and said oh well. It happens. Just glad you are picking up your marbles. :) Enjoy time with your Daughter and Grandson. The sun is shining here and I'm just so happy!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  5. It must the time for being 'butter fingers'. I broke a vase yesterday, or should I say the wind did! Nothing to do with the fact that the vase was overburdened with flowers and a bit top heavy! I have a dish with lots of marbles in from my kid's play days way back when - they are incredibly tactile and I love to play with them while reading at the pc. Have a wonderful time with your loved ones xx

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    1. Well, also the ex and his girlfriend were moving into the house the day after I moved out, and even though the marbles would have been completely meaningless to them, I was not leaving my marbles.

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  6. it is likely you will be finding marbles for some time to come - I dropped a container of stick pins for my sewing in the kitchen one day last week and I got out my magnet to do "sweep" over the area and thought I got them all - well of course several days later I was still picking one up ever now and then - in the dining room next to the kitchen - my how they flew. Have fun with the daughter and grandson

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    1. I did have fun. And took lots of photos!

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  7. I love marbles and had many as a child but never saved them... then I had a son and shared my love of marbles with him... he's 20 years old now but I have saved his marble collection and display them in a large glass jar in my living room.

    Cheryl @The Creative Me and My McG

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    1. I've always been smitten with marbles. The curvy colors radiating through. Whimsical.

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  8. Hope you have a wonderful time with your grandson and your daughter and glad you are spending time away from all the projects, since upon your return, you will probably look at them in a different light, and maybe even be enlightened with new ideas. Happy weekend, Brenda!

    Poppy

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    1. You're right. Once you've been gone awhile, it gives you time to reflect and gain perspective on what you've been doing.

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  9. I can't wait to hear about and see the tile decals. I would love something on the small area of backsplash near the kitchen sink. Boho is my style, so looking forward to you talk about this.

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    1. My daughter and I went into Pier 1. I'm telling you, Bobo is everywhere you go now.

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  10. I hope you find all your "marbles" and have a great time with your grandson!

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  11. There are some expensive items that don't seem so special to us, but some other, less expensive things like marbles that have a much deeper emotional value. I'm glad you weren't seriously hurt. I think those marbles want you to put them in a more visible place.

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    1. Well, I had them there because the whole apartment is virtually in a mess because I'm working on the kitchen. And while I'm working on it, most stuff has to be moved out of there and there isn't a lot of places for it to go.

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  12. Love the marble story. Enjoy your day with your grandson!

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  13. Isn't it interesting which things hold emotional value for us? Glad you are okay and can't wait to see the new kitchen project.

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    1. It usually isn't the flashy expensive things that hold such value. It's something with a story to it. Like my marbles.

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  14. I love marbles too! Spent many happy childhood hours playing with marbles and games we made up

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    1. I can remember trying to flick the marble across the ground, and not being very good at it!

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  15. Have you tried using a heat-gun and a putty knife to get rid of the glue? Heat-guns are a wise investment, fact I learned for myself! Saves so much time, and your nails and sanity, when you are painting, loosening glue, etc.
    Hope you have a wonderful visit with the grandbaby!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. I got up as much as my sanity would allow, and painted over the rest.

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  16. Do be careful you don't step on an errant marble and fall. If there is a stray one, the pups will probably find it.

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    1. Funny, the pupsters don't care about things that fall on the floor. The only time they pick anything up is when Abi is mad and sees a piece of paper or paper towel she can shred. Charlie is oblivious.

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  17. I can't wait to see what you do to the counter and backsplash. Have an awesome time with your grandson, it will be such a thrill to see him start walking.

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    1. He walks a few steps and then plops down on his bottom. Funny, he also crawls a bit with one knee on the floor and the other up. Looks so funny!

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  18. Hi Brenda! Oh, my goodness! Don't you go and trip yourself up on a marble! Have a great time watching your little grandson walk. This is so precious and I know you'll savor it. I got to see my little grandson take his first step. I love this stuff. Be careful.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;0

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  19. Now when I look at something I'm considering buying, I ask myself if it's worth it if it's glass. Because I am clumsy and it's likely it will get broken.

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  20. Oh I can relate to the marbles. We had red lava rock in a 2x30 ft area between the sidewalk and the house. When hubby mowed, some of the grass would shoot in the rock and it wasn't very attractive. I decided we, meaning hubby, myself and 3 daughters were going to clean it out. He wanted to just toss the rock, but I cannot throw anything good away. So we spent the day scraping it up, washing it in a wheelbarrow of water and fighting ants that were in it. Now it's a funny memory for us.
    I too love marbles! There is a marble factory in my state-WV.
    I am happy to hear about your Grandson. They just make the world a sweeter place!!

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  21. The American Toy Marble Museum is in Akron Ohio. Marble lingo is fascinating!
    Have fun with your grandson. The little ones give us hope for the future.

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  22. What a day! I'm sure it got better once you got over to the little grandson learning to walk ! :)

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  23. So glad you found your marbles. Mine are still missing. LOL

    So exciting about your grandson. Hope it was a wonderful day. xo Laura

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  24. I lost my marbles a long time ago, Brenda...but I understand your need to hang onto those small little "things" from another lifetime. xo Diana

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  25. I'm wondering Brenda...since you're renting, will the office have any issues with you redoing the countertops?

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  26. Brenda I know I am too late but have you thought of those aluminum ceiling tiles for a backsplash. So glad you are going to see your grandson.

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  27. Oh Brenda..don't things like that always seem to happen when we are busy doing something else???..I am happy to hear that you had another nice day out with your daughter and little Andrew..

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