today, thank you for asking. A little (very little) retail therapy, getting out of the house -- be damned with the quarter-tank of gas left in the car -- seemed to have done the trick. As I was heading down the highway I spotted a train sitting still under an overpass. I knew where I could go to take pictures of it, so I hurried to that spot, but the train had left. I took a few pictures of the overpass itself . . . I like the one above, looks all moody and mysterious. That Santa Fe primer and finish applied in 1958 seems to have done a halfway decent job -- unless it was originally white or red.
It doesn't take much retail therapy to make me feel better . . . a trip to the book store, where I can kill an hour or two just browsing and leave with three magazines and a bag of great coffee; a trip to another carpet and flooring place to get samples; then back home. It's all good.
I need advice on the floor. I want to put wood floors in the great room area. The kitchen, daily dining area and family room are just one open room. The kitchen area has white tile; I think I'll keep that because it's decent. The dining-family room has a lot of storage as well as a fireplace surround, mantle, and TV cabinet built in, all matching the kitchen cupboards that are either walnut or cherry, stained a medium color with a slight reddish cast. I can't decide whether to go lighter or darker with the wood floor. The darker will show dust, I know. The lighter looks pretty contemporary for this very traditional house. And matching would I think just overwhelm the space with too much of the same color. The leather couch and chair, which we owned when we moved in, are actually about the same color as the woodwork (someone who came to the house once said, "Wow, you matched your cupboards to the furniture.") and so is the dining set. But I think I'll quit worrying about it because I will have area rugs under the dining and seating areas anyway. So then I can worry about the area rugs. I think I will put something dirt-colored under the dining area. Or food-colored. Maybe a combination of tomato, Dr. Pepper, ground up potato and taco chips, chocolate and hamburger colors, with a touch of grease, oil, grass and soil. Now there's a challenge for an artist.