The wallpaper story

Well, first off, the good news—we’ve had an offer our house, and if all goes well, we’ll be moving in a few weeks!  I’m so glad the process of cleaning-the-house-to-make-it-salable every day lasted only a week. While it was wonderful to have everything pristinely perfect all the time, it’s so unrealistic while you’re trying to live and pack to move.

After weeks and months of getting the house ready to put on the market, we agreed with our realtor to have an open house.  With all demand of other things this past year, my time was limited to sorting, packing, and clean-out rather than fix-ups on the house.  That was my dear hubby’s department and he did a marvelous job.

But some things we just had to forego—certain yardwork projects, fresh paint in every room, etc.  The big project I had to let go was stripping the wallpaper in my new kitchen and giving it a new look.  I just couldn’t pull it off.  So we did some touches of new paint and d├ęcor to go with the wallpaper colors, and I prayed earnestly that the Lord would send a buyer who could live with it or be willing to change it herself.  It did look rather charming, I thought, a country kitchen all gleaming white and new.  I consoled myself with assurances from interior design gurus on the internet that wallpaper is coming back in.  (Maybe they won’t know this is twenty years old.  We call it ‘classic.’)

Fast forward to open house day.  When we returned home from our don’t-hang-around escape to the library, our realtor happily informed us that we’d had an offer for the house from an out-of-state couple relocating here.

“It was funny,” he said. “When the lady walked into the kitchen, she looked at the wallpaper and cried, ‘Oh!  It’s just like mine at home!  I love it!’”

I started to laugh.  Can you believe it?  Isn’t that just like our dear Lord to answer my prayer so specifically during such a stressful time?  To so kindly and specifically save this house for the lady-who-loved-the-wallpaper?  I needn’t have had an anxious thought about it—God had been arranging things for months.

I’ve been smiling all week.  There’s just nothing like having such little, super-personal revelations of the Lord’s love burst in on your daily landscape.  What a perfect reminder of His incredible, detailed care about everything in our life, such a comfort for both now and in the days of change ahead.

Maybe you should consider wallpaper in your kitchen.  Smile


The BEST window cleaner

While packing up some books, I came across this old household tips book.  I almost tossed it in the thrift store box when I remembered it had a great window cleaning recipe.  Sure enough, there it was, so I mixed up a batch for my first go-round at the windows.  It's fantastic!  Really, the best solution I've ever used, better than store-bought.  A lot cheaper, too.

It uses just three ingredients, mixed in half a bucket of warm water:

1/2 c. white vinegar
1/2 c. ammonia
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Wash a window down with the solution first. I used a cotton washcloth. Then, wipe the excess wetness off with a cotton towel.  Finish with paper towel or newspaper for a streak-free finish. The windows dried so quickly that I used very few paper towels.  Nice.

Voila!  Dazzling windows.