Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Day #560 Daisy's Footprint

When I bought this house almost eight years ago, it was in an as-is state, which meant a great deal of it was fairly shoddy. Over the years I’ve replaced all the major appliances, the furnace, the toilets, most of the faucets, and the water heater (my wonderful plumbers, at Keep Smiling Plumbing, love me). 
I had to rip out ALL the carpeting because what was here was so filthy. Because I had a bunch of cats, though, I chose not to put in any new carpeting except in the one completely cat-free room in the entire house.
I probably should have replaced the linoleum that goes through the dining room and kitchen, but I decided that, with some elbow grease, I could put up with it for a few years. The other floors, the ones without linoleum, were just the bare sub-flooring, so I cleaned them all, bleached them, sealed them, and painted them various colors. I now have green floors upstairs, blue on the middle level, and a red floor downstairs. 
Four years ago I decided to repaint the blue floor -- it was getting worn in a number of places, and the white sealant was showing through.
So, I strung up chicken wire to keep the cats off the floor while it was drying.
That cruddy linoleum ended up with Daisy-footprints all across the width of the dining room.
I was almost finished cleaning them up, when it occurred to me that the one little footprint remaining might be kind of cute if I left it there.
So I did.

It's getting a bit worn, unfortunately, so I try to keep from stepping on it.

It covers about one square inch, and I laugh whenever I see it, so I thought I’d share it with you. See what I mean about the cruddy linoleum? Those scratches and the ground-in dirt have been there for eight years. They’ll last a few more. After all, If I replace the flooring, I’ll have to get rid of the footprint.
That would never do.
BEEattitude for Day #560:
       Blessed are those who don’t bother to plan ahead, for they shall find surprises along the way.
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AggiePete said...

That is so neat! And I love the idea of painting the floors. This morning I went out to feed the 'outside kittehs' as we call them (neighborhood feline children) and there was a precious one sitting by the car. Didn't run or even flinch when I walked outside. In fact came up to me and let me pet her. I loved on her for a bit and then allowed me to pick her up. We were thinking of a name for her, and with your permission, I think Daisy would be perfect!

Fran Stewart said...

What a lovely thought, Petie. I think my Daisy would be proud as can be to share her name with your little bundle, Petie. Give you Daisy a pat from me.