Men talk about Man Caves, women discuss She Sheds, and I’ve been working on my bedroom. I’m no sultry diva. This is not all about curtains, bangles, or red satin sheets. It’s about restful space, creative space, and peace of mind.

It began with the need to pull up old disintegrated carpet. My mattress rested directly on the floor and I woke up congested every morning, so the first task was to rip that up. I did this on Weekend #1.

The underlay was plywood – quite unattractive, so I did some shopping around and pricing of rugs and laminate floors. Lowes had a laminate oak pattern for $.99 that I ultimately decided upon to avoid the former rug problems. This way, I thought, I could sweep or vacuum easily. So for just a little over $200 after sales tax, Weekend #2 was spent laying down my first ever attempt at a laminate floor. During the week I added face board (to hide the ends of the laminate) and caulked that.

Weekend #3 was spent moving furniture back into the room and rearranging it for more space. A new mattress was due to arrive that weekend too, but so far I am halfway into the week and the delivery is delayed. I shopped around for some colors, thinking that perhaps painting the walls will become a summer project for space and colors that renew me. A frame for the bed has been ordered that will lift me off the ground during sleep hours and provide storage for art materials that I don’t have time to use much during the working school year.

Weekend #4 will be devoted to a project my husband has been waiting impatiently on for a few years now – there is a partially completed mural of The Chestnut Gatherers I have recreated from artist Georges Lacombe in his bedroom. The back ground is mostly done, but he said the women are weeping because they have no faces. And once that is finally finished, I am making myself a promise to make no more time consuming promises such as, “Honey, I have a great idea! I’ll paint you that mural!”

I think that as I am arriving at that “Golden Time” of my life, it is instead time to carry on with an ambition I have long put aside, and get back to work exploring my own inner symbols through painting, drawing, and the art of writing. My “She Den” will be complete, and the perfect place to carry on my intentions.


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