Domestic Delight

After 40 years in the workforce and hating housework, a career woman retires and finds she likes nest-feathering.

9/24/09 - My mother is an oddball. She also doesn't recognize the limitations and boundaries that surround other people. (She doesn't set limitations and boundaries for herself, either, except for one time when, on a teenagerly impulse, I called her a bitch. She made it very clear that I'd crossed a boundary.)

She likes to explore and thinks nothing of exploring on private property, without permission from the owners. She loves ideas, the more exotic the better, especially if she can get somebody else to turn them into reality, especially if the raw materials don't cost her anything. So when she turned up at my door with the upper front panel from an ancient upright piano and refused to tell me anything about its origins, I had to wonder 1) where it came from, and 2) would the owner want it back, 3) would trouble come knocking at my garden gate.

Mom had no idea what I should do with this banged up piece of musical furniture, but she was sure as shootin' she wanted me to have it. I set it in a corner of the garage and left it there for several years to see if the sheriff would show up on account of it. He never did. Eventually, Ted and I hung it up on the wall over our bed, as a headboard. Mom was pleased.

Earlier this week, we put it up anew in our New Mexico bedroom, the walls of which are masonry. It's not so easy to hang stuff on a masonry wall. The work makes a gritty mess. You have to drill holes through the plaster into the block, using a carbide bit and a good bit of force. You have to use special masonry screws. If you mess up, you either live with it or spend some more time patching and painting over the mistake (you'd have to do that with goofs on sheetrock, too, but it seems more ominous in block).

Piano headboardI made such a mistake when we mounted the headboard. If I had specified the mounting too low, we could drill new mounting holes in the masonry and the headboard would hide the boogered-up places.

No such luck here. I had Ted mount it too high. To move it down where it would look better meant the original holes would be exposed.

What to do?