Pears, Peaches, and a Painter

No Del Monte cans allowed here!

Our house painter’s name is Curley.  When our builder introduced him we were speechless.  Six years ago Curley was pushing 80, worked alone, and had this mop of white hair that was (and still is) unlike anything we’d ever seen!  Thus began our love affair with all things Curley.

Our house has loads millions of painting flaws.  Better Half “supervised” the building of our home.  When I’d point out a painting problem, BH would sheepishly shrug his shoulders and say he would mention it to Curley.  Nothing ever got fixed and BH finally fessed up.  Curley was always proudly asking, “How’s my painting?” and BH couldn’t bear to disappoint someone who could be his grandfather.  Ah.  I got it.  I still get it.

Curley lives in a teeny, tiny house near a railroad.  There is a big sign above his carport painted Curley Loves Here.  Yes, loves.  His living room is a Nascar shrine.  His kitchen is covered floor to ceiling (literally) with delicate teapots.  He gardens like nobody’s business.  The only spare spot in his home has been turned into a virtual food cellar filled with home-canned veggies and fruits.  I never leave his home without jars.  Good karma to Curley.

We like to stop by and visit with Curley every few months.   His innocence puts things into perspective for us.  His patriotic mailbox makes me proud all over again for Better Half, my oldest stepson, and Curley, the former Navy cook.  Sometimes we take Curley berries from our garden, or we just stop by to trade smiles, recipes, and laughs.  Haven’t you heard? Curley loves there.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Sandie {A Bloggable Life |365}
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 14:59:57

    “Curley Loves Here.” Breaking out an old piece of barn wood and the acrylic paint as I type…


  3. Tricia @ {every}nothing wonderful
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 14:02:09

    OMG! I LOVE Curley! How awesome (aside from the painting issues) is he?


  4. Janet
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 17:47:43

    There is no fruit like home-canned fruit–and all the better if it is given to you. I think I want to meet Curley! You are fortunate to have him as your friend. And thanks for coming over to AmericanJanet’s blog! I don’t do much with Ravelry but took a few minutes to look around today and searched for friends in my vicinity. I live in Ozark County, MO, not far from you. Love to come to Cotter and poke around in the antique shops (if there are any left) and have lunch at Giftiques with my dear knitting friend from Harrison–it’s half-way for each of us. Maybe you could join us sometime? I also want to meet Phyllis. Do you know her? I heard she was starting a knitting group in Mtn Home–we could all join!


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