My Siblings Are the BEST
Meet my brother and sister.
My brother, John, and sister, Marty, were born with a gene for exceptional talent and creativity and a spirit to get any job done in the best way possible.
My brother can build you a house or fix just about anything else that exists… wooden things, things with motors, electrical things, plumbed things, and way many other things. Just this past month, he came back to Florida with me and finished siding my house… by himself. He knows stuff!
If that isn’t awe-inspiring enough, he is a fisherman right down to his socks.
Marty has been an artist all her life. When she was in elementary school… maybe 2nd grade… she was drawing the rosy red sunsets we saw growing up in New Mexico. Her teachers, having never seen a sunset that red, questioned her grasp of art. What they didn’t grasp was her eye for the beauty around her. She is particularly good at painting moving water – be it ocean, river or stream.
She visits me regularly and spends a great deal of time taking pictures of the ocean and reef at Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island. It is her favorite piece of the ocean, and she paints it often.
Marty is unrelenting when she wants to do something grand. She has a talent for turning the proverbial sow’s ear into a silk purse… in spades! Just this month, she turned an old chest of drawers into a captain’s bed and a youth bed for her two great grandsons.
This is the dresser that she started with.
Sow’s Ear to Silk Purse
Marty separated the bottom two drawers and the rest of the chest of drawers from each other. She then had two pieces and the beginning of two beds.
I visited Marty in Missouri this month and was put to work sanding the bad places on the dresser and dusting everything so she could paint the dresser and all the drawers.
She built side cabinets so the bed was long enough to support a twin bed mattress on one and a crib mattress on the other. Then, she painted every piece and assembled the beds… by herself.
Marty Made Magic
I am so impressed with what Marty did. Just look at the beds.