Saturday, November 14, 2009

BLOG: Lazy, busy, colorful Saturday

Today was a lazy, busy, colorful Saturday afternoon. By lazy, I mean that I didn't have to be anywhere at any specific time and you know, in heels or a business suit. And by busy and colorful, I mean that the day involved kids, as usual, and a few cans of clearance paint from Home Depot.

So, anyone who lives in my town knows about the wall. It's right down the road from the University and its colorful presence is embraced by both long-time residents and college students passing through.

Once, when I was in the 9th grade, a girlfriend and I bought a couple cans of spray paint and decided to hit up the wall. But, my mom drove by and we ducked and ran. (Oh, high school.)

Never did get back to the wall. Until today.

I thought it would be a great way to send a message and make a memory. Sent the hubby to Home Depot and told him to pick up a few cans of clearance paint. They call it "Oops paint," the cans of paint that have been mixed but rejected by the customer.

He showed up at the house with a can of white (good) and a can of oops paint that no one wanted. It was, um, fluorescent pink (not good).

"I know I told you clearance paint, but, hot pink? Really?"

And so, we traded the Oops paint in for a quart of gold ($1) and a gallon of purple ($3.) And then, armed with a couple of paint rollers, pans and brushes, the family and I hit up the wall. We were there for about an hour. After I painted the banner, my daughter and niece suggested we add in a colorful stick-figure family.

"Well, let's mix the purple and gold together and see what we get," I told them. "Then, you guys can paint the kids."

"It's brown!" my niece announced. "It's a pretty brown."

How fitting. The gold and purple mixed together to form a nice, pretty brown. So much nicer than fluorescent pink stick people, I thought. So much nicer. (Not that I have anything against fluorescent pink stick people. Just saying.)


  1. OMG! I love it.. too bad I wasn't driving around that part of town to see it in person. Thanks!

  2. I love it!!! Are you in Gainesville by any chance...if so I live in Ocala, and we want to drive up and take a picture in front of it!! I have been married to my husband for five years and have three BEAUTIFUL children!!! What you are doing is amazing Iam on board!

  3. Ok so after seeing facebook i see you do live in Gainesville! Do I know you by any chance from Spirit Life Church?

  4. I did go to Spirit Life a few times. We are good friends of Craig and Rhoda.

  5. Oh, by the way, it's been vandalized by now. Things on the wall don't stay up for very long. But I like your thinking. I'll have to think of something that will bring us all together in person. That would be fun.

  6. We go to Spirit Life in Ocala, I asked because I saw that you were friends with Pastor Sergio Limon on facebook. Yes I know Craig and Rhoda, they are an awesome family!! Small World!!!

  7. Hi! Please contact me as I found your stolen photo on a white supremacy website. My photo was also stolen for the same article and I have asked them to take the photos down, but they are refusing. I have no problem filing a lawsuit & thought you'd be interested since the photo of your entire family is on there. Please email me!! Peace!! Traci Orticelli