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The Ghostly, Mythic, Tarot & Fairy Tale musings of Lisa Hunt

Toiling away the Three Little Pigs Way

The Three Pigs

The Three Little Pigs

Lisa tarring her parents house, age 12

Lisa tarring her parents house, age 12

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a pretty resourceful woman. I grew up in an environment where being hands-on with sundry tasks was part of the childhood experience—this included helping expand and remodel my parents’ house. All those chores of yesteryear provided valuable lessons in carpentry and home improvement, as I began tackling my own remodeling endeavors in chez Hunt/Kramer. My Taekwondo Master and classmates have told me that I’m really strong. Well, this is not from ever having a gym membership or engaging in organized strength training. Rather, my strength derives from good old-fashioned manual labor, a humble and effective way to stay fit and save money!

Working Lisa 1

Working Lisa 1

My most recent accomplishment, with the help of my trusty assistant Kort-hubby and under the experienced eye of my father, entailed installing hardwood flooring in my hallway. I’ve been wanting to do it for years, but such an undertaking takes mental and financial preparation—there is some planning to consider including what wood to use, color, square footage, thresholds, wood grain direction, adhesive or nails and all manner of particulars that must be pre-determined before commencing with this no-mistakes-can-be-made type project.



While on my knees working on the floor (next time, I’ll invest in knee pads!), I felt like one of the cloven-hooved protagonists in The Three Little Pigs fairy tale. In the artwork for the story an ambitious pig wearing a blue apron, symbolizing focused labors, is building his house one brick at a time. This is how I felt as I smeared the adhesive and placed a wooden plank down gently. I knew what I wanted and despite the mess and misery that are byproducts of such intense physical labors, I enjoyed envisioning the floor and watching it slowly come to life one plank at a time.

Gluing the floor down.

Gluing the floor down.

There may be a project that you’ve always wanted to do, but have put off for a while. The Three of Pentacles reminds us that envisioning a plan and bringing it to fruition requires focus, attention and productive determination. But the results can be most gratifying! And there is something to be said for feeling tired after a long day’s work. There is a big difference between mental fatigue and good, deep physical exhaustion. I think I like being physically active because it provides a nice break from the intensity of my studio. And I need both to feel accomplished and alive. Good thing my house still needs a lot of work!

Lisa Work Finished

Lisa Work Finished

~ Lisa

To view the Three Little Pigs art, click HERE.

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7 Responses to “Toiling away the Three Little Pigs Way”

  1. Lisa says:

    Thanks everybody! Since its completion, I’ve polished up the floors and am really amazed at how much it opens up my house. We still have the baseboards to reinstall, but all in good time. I appreciate all the wonderful responses. Puss in Boots is my hubby, btw–as the administrator of this blog. I’m just the little ol’ writer/artist here.

  2. Arlene Wites says:

    Wonderful! Can I hire you? My bedroom has seen too many years of fur balls

  3. Aw Lisa, that floor looks amazing! My Husband & I have put down laminate flooring a few times…the clip together stuff as oposed to the stuff you glue down, & I know what a job that is! LOL
    I sympathise with your knees…hehe

    The little pigs card looks fab! I can’t wait to see all these together :)

    Julia x

  4. You did a really nice job on that floor! I’m sure it makes you smile every time you walk across it.

  5. Diane says:

    I love the Three Little Pigs card!

    The floor looks gorgeous, btw. Another great job from a multifacted lady!

  6. pussinboots says:

    It was a long, sticky, bruised knees, splinters-in-fingers job, but it turned out great and I’m very happy with it. Just a few touch-ups and we’re all finished. I still can’t believe we made it with just one piece of wood to spare.

  7. These photos are adorable of you! And kudos to you for creating such a beautiful home environment on your hands and knees. (Heh.) I’ve always been a big 3 of Pentacles fan myself. Relating it to the three little pigs is genius.