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Yellow cat Renovation Project #1Posted Thursday, June 25, 2009, at 1:44 PM
My son Matthew and daughter Kristin were an important part of making the yellow cat's vision of a new DeJournett kitchen come true.
When most people remodel some aspect of their homes, they rely on advice from experts, friends, or family members to give them advice on what they should do.
However, the recent remodeling of the kitchen in my rural Tillman home was begun by none other than my large yellow cat Louie, who began the project several years ago by chewing on the 70's style fruit wallpaper every time he got hungry or frustrated.
Louie wasn't around to help choose the wallpaper when my husband and father-in-law built the house in 1975, so I suppose his latent hostility began at some point after my daughter and I brought him and the black cat Tybalt to our home.
Lest all you cat-haters jump on me and say, "You shoulda known better!" let me explain. When my husband died in 1997, my house was so incredibly sad that my 15-year-old daughter talked me into spicing our lives up with a pair of cats. My husband, a dedicated cat-hater himself, would never have tolerated such a move, but he forfeited all choice in the matter by dying.
We must have taken Louie from his mother and his rural Painton home too early, as he had all sorts of adjustment problems - one of which was that he wanted to eat all the time. When I tried to force him into a schedule, he sought out loose pieces of wallpaper upon which to vent his frustration.
In my defense, let me say that I liked the cat better than the wallpaper, which was perfectly matched with my Harvest Gold refrigerator, stove, countertop, and tile.
I might also add that my darling daughter positively hated both the wallpaper and the Harvest Gold (and loved the cat)--- so one weekend she came up from the Armpit of the South with paint samples from Home Depot.
"Wouldn't this look nice, Mom?" she said. Things moved quickly from there, and since my children and my sister came to help in "The Great Wallpaper Weekend," I can't complain. They can paint the walls chartruese, for all I care...
Now I have a lovely pale yellow kitchen with a rooster theme going on. Yes, yes, I know that roosters are a bit corny, but this is a COUNTRY home, after all. I have every right to use a chicken theme in my kitchen. We raised the creatures out here for years.
As for Louie, he has already started another project -- two of them, in fact. It seems that the vinyl floor covering in the kitchen and laundry room is BORING, so Yellow-Cat-With-Too-Much-Time-on-his-Paws has already begun the second phase of the DeJournett country home update. He has chewed a hole about four inches in diameter in the kitchen floor....just to test out his theory that it can be done.
In the laundry room, he's taken advantage of the loose seams in the vintage 1975 yellow brick pattern. He got a good start on this project during one of my recent trips to faraway places.
"Can't you stay a little longer?" my sister complains.
"Sorry," I reply, "My interior decorator has already begun the excavation of my laundry room. I must return home before the project gets totally out of hand. (or out of paw)"
From the sweltering green hills of Tillman, Missouri, this is your rural reporter Madeline, looking forward to a glass of iced tea in her lovely new Yellow Cat Kitchen!
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-722-5322.