Is Papering A Lost Art


A LINE in an obituary reminded me of a “lost art” or almost a lost art. The obit reported a woman had been a wall paper hanger for 42 years. My father and mother did their own paper hanging and I can remember how much fresher the rooms would look after they were done. Of course, hanging new paper called for painting the woodwork or at least polishing up the varnished woodwork. I can remember several women who hung paper, one being Mae Smith of this community, and contributed a lot of financial aid into their family incomes back when many women didn’t “work out of the home”. You hardly hear of anyone “hanging paper” any more. However, my daughter-in-law Samantha papered at least two rooms in their house in the country near Le Roy. However, it was done much differently.

The paper was torn into pieces. Yes, I said, it was torn into pieces. Then it was soaked in water to wet the sealer on the back and placed on the walls with the straight edges along the ceiling, windows, etc. From there it was a “work in progress”. One day I was there when she was working and became very intrigued with the way it looked as she finished a spot. When all was said and done, it really looked nice. She is a pretty handy gal at that sort of thing, and likes to do it, up to a point.


GOING back to the statement about “didn’t work out of the home”, I would like to add a note about something that always stuck in my craw about the organization called Business Professional Women. A woman who didn’t work out of the home could not become a member. I was working out of the home, but I still was proud of my profession – yes I said profession – of being a homemaker. I can think of a number of women I know who are professionals, both at home and at work. They are proud of their profession of being a wife, mother and homemaker while still juggling lots of responsibilities in their profession outside the home. I am so proud of them. It is entirely possible to wear “both hats” and do a good job of it. It is called “multi-tasking”.

And if a woman chooses to be a full-time homemaker, my hat is off to her. As I see it, her profession is just as great as any other profession, and maybe even greater.


I AM watching with great interest the decision to have a 9 p.m. curfew for youngsters under the age of 15 in Kansas City, Kan. I am of the old school and believe that kids of that age probably should be home at 9 p.m. and if not, be supervised by a responsible adult. If this curfew saves even one young person’s life, it will make it all worthwhile.


SATURDAY night found Nina and I attending a Kansas City Regional Missouri Fox Trotting Horse show at Longview Lake in Kansas City, Mo. It couldn’t have been a better night for a horse show as it was cool and comfortable to watch and the horses and their riders were not near as hot as they could have been. It was a pleasant time as we not only saw most of the classes in addition to visiting with many friends who we had not seen for a long time. Larry Moore was the announcer for this year’s show and his daughter Jessica was the winner of the fox trotting championship class riding her mother’s mare, A Fancy Floozy. All in all, it was a good way to spend a Saturday night.


SOMEONE asked me about all the pets in the past week or so. Well, Roy, Izzy, Dory and Bianca are all well and fine. They had baths Friday and are still reasonably clean. The three cats, Joe Joe, Amelia and Bootsie, are also doing well. I may sit down for an afternoon nap with Dory on my lap and wake up to fine Izzy and Bootsie up there too. Bootsie is not sure she is a cat; sometimes she gets confused and acts a bit like another pup. But, let me tell you, when it comes to going to bed at night, all four dogs and Bootsie are in my bedroom, waiting for their treats.


I ENJOYED mowing most of my yard Saturday morning. It had been so dry that it hadn’t needing mowing for a long time. Other folks were also out mowing and I expect they were glad to have something to mow.


HAPPY TRAILS to you until we meet again!







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