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Making Do [Nov. 19th, 2016|05:02 pm]
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There's another name for this now, but when I was growing up, my mother could make useful things (and did) out of all sorts of stuff.  Nothing was thrown away (it might be given away) as long as it had any use in it.  She made end tables out of apple boxes, painted them so they were bright an attractive.  She had other furniture, but mostly she combined materials she could get cheaply and made them into what she needed, and most had more than one purpose.   When we moved from Austin to San Antonio, into a small house (not the 'tiny house' being touted today, but 750 square feet) it did not have much storage (understatement) and she came up from south Texas with a lot of wood and masonite already cut to size; the masonite became sliding panels on the tiny screened entrance fo the kitchen, and the plywood became four 18" cubes with lids, in which I stored (in heavy plastic tubs) flour for baking bread.  That was in...1973 or early '74.   The cubes have been used for other storage, too, like yarn, magazines, toys.

But the years have not been kind to the faux woodgrain finish we put on them, and I wanted to use them again, so I bought paint Thursday and R- painted them that afternoon.  Here they are in the process of going from brown "wood" to solid dark green:


And here they are set up where they will be, in the living room that last year got new carpet and new furniture.  Pretty spiffy.  One at each end of the large couch, two in the space between.   We played a game of Chinese checkers to celebrate.


it's a narrow space between the loveseat and couch; the geometry of the room (where doors are placed) makes this necessary.  But the 18 inch cubes fit perfectly   When the paint is fully cured (they dry to touch in a couple of hours but curing to "you can wash it with soap and water" is said to take 14 days)  I'll take the lids back outside and give them a good polyurethane top coat.

[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-11-22 01:21 am (UTC)
And just to complete the proof of how old I am...the day after Thanksgiving was the day after Thanksgiving, not Black Friday. Not only were stores not open ridiculously early, they were not open on Thanksgiving. Store workers got Thanksgiving off, all of it.

Christmas decorations in stores did not go up before Thanksgiving, and usually waited until Dec. 1 or later. Thanksgiving decorations did not show up before Hallowe'en, either. Such as they were, they showed up at most two weeks before. (Generic "fall" and "harvest" decorations--totally inappropriate for where I grew up since we did not have any trees that changed color in the fall, let alone oaks and maple--could be used until then, once we were in October.)

Not counting holidays, stores were closed on Sundays. I remember when the first "convenience" store in town opened, and you could get a few things after 7 pm without calling the store owner and claiming an emergency need for a pound of nails or a new bath towel. Stores often stayed open late on Saturday nights (always before Christmas.) There was no such thing as "open 24 hours." The hamburger place closed at 10, midnight on home football game nights. If you needed a prescription filled after hours, then you called the drugstore's emergency number, woke up the store owner, who woke up the pharmacist, who then drove the prescription to your house because if you needed it in the middle of the night you were too sick to drive.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2016-11-24 12:25 am (UTC)
I still live in a town which has 5pm closing hours, 10pm for the supermarket, and most will be closed on or the day after public holidays. :]
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