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Why chai at six? Because growing up, my family and I would have chai every evening. Those moments of my youth are among my most favorite memories.

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    chai at six
    There are times when having a male figure around is helpful. This is one of those times for me.

    I'm undertaking all thse DIY projects: staining a dining table, adding stains to patches of an older chest of drawers and replacing knobs, painting the walls (yes, quite possibly), hanging things. Now granted I am pretty independent and tend to read the instructions of technical gadgets before I buy them, I really could have used some trustworthy advice as I stood in Home Depot and Lowes today for half an hour at a time wondering if the nails I had in my hand were long enough and thick enough to hang a mirror and also my clock.

    Alas, my independent streak doesn't like asking for too much advice. I hate to feel stupid, and I'm sure many of the men in the DIY warehouses wondered what the hell I was trying to do.

    I did end up settling on stain though for my table. It's this lovely Bombay Mahogany. It's as luscious as its name: a rich dark brown satin stain with red highlights. I've envisioned the finished table — a modern square piece of furniture made more beautiful by the grain of the teak highlighted through the stain. Yet as I sat down in my living area and gazed at my DIY supplies I wondered if I had enough stain, if this would actually work, and if it would look good.

    The stain I got to supposedly match my chest of drawers doesn't seem to match. It could just be my hasty jump to conclusions though. I really should be more patient and give the dresser more coats of the stain gel. There is still debate about my selection of the knobs.

    Regarding my other projects, I haven't even figured out how I will reach the top most corners of my walls if I do decide to paint. The ever important task of color selection will be another hurdle to cross. Nor\t one I'm ready for yet.

    Artson Masambo, where are you when I need you? As our handyman/driver/employee/member of the family and more, Artson would have known exactly what to do. If only we could have handymen here like we did in Z.

    By the way, three straight posts! I rock!

    Posted by Jigsha at 6/04/2003 02:23:00 AM | link to entry |