Monday, December 2, 2013

Breaking the Rules

I spent the first 50 years of my life following the rules.  As a young person, I thought I'd go to hell if I didn't follow the rules. The older I've gotten the less I follow the rules.  I'm not staying that I break the law because I don't. I do, however, think much more for myself these days and if I want to do something that won't hurt someone else and makes me happier, I do it.  

Case in point are these paint brushes.  Nell gave me a big set of paint brushes with really long handles.  I'm sure there is a good reason for the long handles but I didn't like them.  I've poked myself with them more than once. 

This past weekend I spent time with my dad out in his wood shop.  I asked him to cut off the ends of my brushes.  Then I had the best time using his belt sander to smooth and point the ends.  I was so proud of myself.  I felt like I'd built a building. When I visit my dad I'm not allowed to touch the saws. That would usually irritate me, but I like my fingers a lot so that's a rule I don't buck.

I know this little rebellion on my part will upset some people.  I once told a lady at the Art Supply store that I was going to cut the handle off a brush I was buying.  The poor lady almost had a stroke. I did learn my lesson with the brush.  I tried to break it off with my hands and then I had a really rough, ragged end on my brush.  These days I wait for a saw and a sander.  

The best part about this whole adventure into the world of wood working was spending time with my dad.  More on that later.


  1. They look great to me. I'm sure the other end will work just fine.:)

  2. I understand the long handles are for smoother strokes when standing at an easel, but, I too got the ends cut off. I'm glad that what I buy aren't so expensive I feel guilty for chopping them down hehe. :o)

  3. Exactly: YOU and only you should decide what's best for you :) Nice post, Boo. I enjoyed reading it.

  4. I love reading your blog - so honest and candid. I have heard it said, if you don't like the road you are on - get off and cut you a new one. I think this also applies to your paint brushes!!