As soon as we got married, Mike wanted to convert the duplex into a single family home. I liked having the extra income, but we did need more space, so we took down the wall between the two units and started to redecorate. Here's a description of my living room before Mike and I got married. Afterward, I'll show you a picture of the new living room.
The old, worn carpet looked tired and dingy, and dark paneled walls absorbed all the light. The woman could use some new furniture too. Several spots on the sofa looked like red Kool-Aid, and one of the two chairs was threadbare.
“Mama, it’s cold,” the child complained. “I thought it was supposed to be spring time.”
“It is spring time, but it takes awhile for things to warm up. Give me a minute and I’ll light the heater.”
The little girl ran over to a kerosene heater under the window. “Hurry, Mama.”
In case you were wondering, Jo is the daughter from my first marriage to Ethan West.
Okay, here's how it looks now.
This is the first time I ever really had the chance to buy everything new at one time. My parents weren't rich and Ethan and I didn't have a penny to our names. If you'll come back next week, I'll show you my new dining room.
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