Rainforest Glow to be more precise. I have just painted the first coat of Dulux Designer Silk’s “Rainforest Glow” on the western wall of my study. This time I wasn’t too alarmed looking at the product of my sophomore effort. I remember feeling aghast when I painted the feature wall in my living room – after the first coat, the wall that was smoothly painted before, seemed so hodgepodged with my uneven brush strokes. After the second coat however, the room was transformed into its rightful look and its new character.
I contemplated on having a bold colour for the feature wall in my study room. I toyed between different shades of blue or green, because I wanted the room to invoke a sense of serenity – where I can work, chat, write my blog entries or just do hours of time-wasting web browsing. 😛 I nearly picked a pepperminty kind of blue-green, but at the end I settled with a more spring green colour so it wouldn’t clash with the colour of the other walls and ceiling.
My plan is then to put the Ikea Expedit Bookcase on it, so that the green wall provides the background for the white bookcase, thus creating a contrast. I can’t wait! I will have to wait for another hour before I can do the second coat, but I think I will wait until tomorrow morning, to ensure that the wall is truly dry. Besides, I’m drying my paintbrush and the EasiPaint Kit – I washed them right after I finished the first coat because I don’t know if I have enough time to do the second coat. I have another Christmas Service to attend at 5 o’clock in another Indonesian church in Ascot Park.
I’m now taking a rest while listening to John Williams’ album: The Ultimate Guitar Collection. It’s very soothing to hear the melodic classical guitar while my bamboo windchimes and the two fuurins in my loo happily tinkling away. Having a lot of free time also means having a lot more free time to listen to my favourite music again, while I scour the internet for job opportunities, or just as I create my Flash Christmas Card or the clip that I’m making for my parents’ Golden Wedding Anniversary.
After writing the paragraph that you’ve just read, I actually went outside to repot the two geraniums in the front porch because they looked quite miserable. Hopefully with the extra potting mix, they would grow stronger and bushier. I also used the chance to prune and fertilise my French lavender tree in front of the house. Unfortunately only one survive – the English lavender gave up on me a while ago. I still need to find its replacement. After finishing with the geraniums and the lavender, I then proceeded to prune my Wollemi Pine in my EuroCorner. Because of my lack of care last year, some of the branches had dried up and I didn’t have the heart to prune the tree – it felt sacrilegeous to prune an ancient species! I also ended up pruning my diascia, cleaning up the dead stalks and also putting some fertiliser to keep the plants going.
Doing some plant maintenance and painting on such a marvellous cool Summer’s Day makes me grateful for the chance to enjoy my house. I didn’t have a lot of time to tinker around with the house or with my plants when I still worked at Adelaide Bank. Even when I had the time, I didn’t have the motivation nor the joy to do so. I know that sometime in the future, I will also look back at this period in my life with gladness and with a tinge of sadness. I may not have such a long period of time when I can enjoy my own company – just to relax and to fill my days as I see fit. In the future, no doubt there will be my work to keep me occupied, church matters to take care about, as well as friendships and personal relationship to cultivate. Days in the future, when I have my children to take care, I’m sure I will long for the days like today – when I can sit back and listen to the music that I like, and do things that I enjoy, without the interruption of my boy or daughter, demanding my attention or asking me to sing the same song for the umpteenth time. 🙂
So this is what I’ve learned today – enjoy your time today, and live in the present blessings. Don’t miss them by fretting over tomorrow, or feeling downhearted by the lack of attentions or love from others.
We are so much loved by God – pause, enjoy life and smile. You are loved. 🙂
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (KJV)
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.