Hello again, it's you and me
Kinda always like it used to be
Sippin' wine, killin' time
Tryin' to solve life's mysteries
How's your life? It's been awhile
God it's good to see you smile
I see you reachin' for your keys
Lookin for a reason not to leave
Several years ago, when I was a brand new blogger - actually I think it was one of my very first entries, I wrote a post that began with those lyrics. I even included this same bench that sits on the front porch of our Galena getaway.
It's so true. The line about "lookin' for reason not to leave".
We relish our time here.
Well that was a while ago and even though I still love it, the song has dropped way down on my playlist by now. As for the bench, well it was really beginning to show its age.
Who am I kidding? It wasn't just beginning to show its age. It looked decrepit. It was dirty, the paint was lifting and even the wood was getting that rough weathered texture that if left much longer would make this a very uncomfortable place to sit.
So this past weekend, while the weather was spectacular and unusually warm for March in the midwest, I had this burst of energy and decided to give our Memory Bench a fresh coat of paint for 2012.
Because building covenants here don't allow me to have a brightly colored front door like that vivid yellow that I have at home, I decided to get a boost of personality with this colorful bench instead.
It came with the house and was a boring blond oak until I got my paintbrushes on it.
This time around I will top coat it with a marine grade polyurethane. I think I just used whatever I had on hand the first time. Hopefully that will get us through the next three or four years.
If the bench is still worth saving by then I think I might sand it down and start from scratch. I'm thinking I should incorporate that Bon Jovi quote the next time I dress this baby up.