Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “wallpaper.” Use it however you’d like. Have fun!
My parents didn’t have wallpaper that I remembered, because I was probably too young. But I do remember they had “contact paper” in the kitchen over the sink. Contact paper was supposed to be easier wallpaper, I guess. Maybe it was a peel and stick thing. They loved it like the coolest thing since sliced bread. It had yellow, orange, brown, and maybe green flowers, with a 60s look. When we were getting the house ready to sell a few years ago, I peeled it off and painted it yellow. The buyers probably redid all the walls since the house needed a lot of work.
Early in my first marriage, we lived in a duplex that had different contact paper in every room. We had looked at the place in the dark since the landlord didn’t have the electricity on. Of course, that was a mistake, but the rent was low. The living room contact paper was similar to what my parents had over their kitchen sink. The kitchen had contact paper with lemon and lime slices on it. The landlord was proud of it and said, “it came all the way from New York!” He was probably in his 80s and had a thick German accent. Talk about a time warp. The contact paper was still tacky, even in 1985. I hung a lot of stuff on those walls to try to distract from the paper. One thing I hung was a large brown and white tapestry that I bought with the money I saved in a jar when I quit smoking cigarettes. It had a Native American design. I gave it to my son when he quit smoking cigarettes. Who knows where it is now. I still have a lot on my walls, but no contact paper or wallpaper. I do have peel and stick blue and white squares on the wall over my stove. They are meant to be temporary, until I get real tile, but I like them.
Below is a clip where Lucy and Ethel hung wallpaper. Lucy was always worried about Ricky being mad at her, but looking back, he didn’t get that mad. He had some patience. My mom was like a quieter version of Lucy – emotional and zany, but quieter. Come to think of it, Dad was often quiet, though when he used his Gunny Sgt voice, you paid attention and didn’t give him any back talk.
I bet Lucy would love contact paper.
Back to 2022, there have been a lot of praying mantis sightings lately. Besides the one below which I found walking upside down on my clothesline, a big brown mantis was on my shoulder at the sanctuary yesterday. They’re a good luck sign!
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August 6, 2022 at 1:04 pm
What a funny Lucy sketch. 😀 😀
August 6, 2022 at 3:53 pm
It has stayed in my memory all these years. I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
August 6, 2022 at 8:08 pm
Great memories. I once rented an apartment after viewing it in the dark. These are things we look back on and wonder. I love the Lucy clip.
August 6, 2022 at 9:58 pm
Now, I don’t feel so alone. My ex and I were in our twenties and had let a friend sleep on our couch in the one-bedroom apartment, then decided we needed another bedroom. She moved out a few months later. This is how we learn.
August 7, 2022 at 6:45 am
Learning through adventure 🙂
August 7, 2022 at 9:31 pm
August 7, 2022 at 4:11 am
This fascinating stream reminded me of the maisonette in which I grew up: https://derrickjknight.com/2012/10/09/porridge-in-the-bedroom/
August 7, 2022 at 9:30 pm
Thank you very much Derrick! I enjoyed the post about your childhood home and landlord. Maisonette is a new word for me. 🙂
August 8, 2022 at 2:14 am