Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Never Say Never

Wouldn't you think that by virtue of reaching the wise old age of 58 (almost 59) I would have learned by now that I shouldn't say that I will "never" do something...anything. Old habits die hard, so once again I find myself eating my words. Here are a couple:

1) I will NEVER put a television above my mantle. In decorating homes, I have seen a few tasteful uses of the flat-screen wonder above a mantle. But, I have a very traditional look in my furnishings and decor and just could never envision that I would need or want to do that. In fact, in our townhome, I elected to not even have a television on the first floor except in my kitchen to avoid putting one over the mantle. Isn't art much nicer?

But, in our newly-leased abode, I had a choice to make -- and it wasn't even that difficult.  I could:

     a) get rid of one of my matching red sofas, or
     b) mount my flat-screen television above the mantle.

Naturally, I chose the latter, and up that sucker went. Now, what do I do with it. Because we have eight-foot ceilings, there isn't much space to do anything. My other dilemma is that I am still unpacking boxes, so I haven't found any of the items that I might want to use on the mantle, yet.
And, because I am just leasing the house, I don't want to do something costly or permanent like building a frame around it, which I consider the best fix.

My friend and decorating mentor has a philosophy:  "The bigger the fireplace/mantle, the bigger the t.v."  It's all about proporation. She's pulled it off in a traditional setting.

Do you have any other ideas of links for putting lipstick on the pig above the mantle? Do I just need to get over it?

2) I said I would NEVER drive one of these from Dallas to South Carolina, again:

But, tomorrow morning, Blueeyed Bride is flying in and she and I will jump in this truck and head to Columbia. My urging to her today is:  think about everything you might want to put in this truck to take to South Carolina, because I HOPE to never do this again.  See how I'm learning!

The good part of this trip will be the time we spend together, the stops along the way to see family and friends in north Louisiana and Birmingham (I'll see that mantle above in person!). Pray for us as we travel.

The real prize awaits at the end of the trip:

He's waiting for his KK.  And, I'll see TC, too, of course. And the in-laws. And, Hudson and I will watch a little football and celebrate Halloween. Aaah, Fall. My favorite time.

The other good news, that U-Haul rental is one-way.  I'll be flying back to Dallas.

Thanks to so many of you who have inquired about my M.D. Anderson visit last week for follow-up scans.  I was hoping to post the results by now.  I do know that the ultrasound of my lymph nodes was good, but I don't have the PET Scan results.  Thank you for your prayers that my melanoma will not reoccur.

Psalm 121:
I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? 
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;
 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.


  1. Hope you guys have a safe and fun trip!

  2. Still praying, glad the ultrasound is good. I know how hard it is to wait on those results!

    I'm jealous of your quality mother/daughter time! With three babies now, it's hard for my mom and me to get that in. I know y'all will have fun. Also jealous of the visiting with friends along the way. I am always wanting to do that on our road trips but we never seem to have the time. Be careful as you drive across the country!