Sammy and I were excitedly making plans with a friend who was contracting with us to build a new house for us.  I was dumbfounded when he asked, “What color brick do you want?”   What!   We have to choose a color for brick.  Isn’t brick red?  Brick equals red, doesn’t it?  I assumed brick was red.

Now that I think of it, we were living in a rental house at that time.  It was – get this – gray brick.  Still it hadn’t dawned on me that a brick house was anything but red!

You can imagine how I panicked when asked what color walls, woodwork, wall paper, carpet, outside windows and doors, counter tops…  My friend, Bill the contractor, was a generous man of great patience.  Thankfully.

The brick in the image is close to the color of brick he used for that house.  I think it was less expensive than other colors.  Maybe it was overstock!  Anyway my new brick house was not red – not brick red.


Color prompt challenge by tourmaline:



About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. calensariel says:

    You know, a lot of folks are painting their brick these days. Our neighbors went from a dingy gray to gold. HUGE improvement. But perhaps brick painting wasn’t in vogue just then?

    • oneta hayes says:

      I haven’t seen brick painting except in refurbishing a house. Mostly then it is only white. I don’t generally like it. I did see some gold brick while browsing for this image. I would be very cautious as I was when I painted my varnished kitchen cabinets. Changed them to white; I like it much better. So I guess it is worth the try. 😀 Thanks, Calin.

  2. Faye says:

    Great post. Times have changed. In my younger days bricks were all one colour a kinda gray/red. Thank you for post.

    • oneta hayes says:

      This was in my younger days also; I was thirty. It was our first real house except for the rental to which I referred. We had lived eleven years in a trailer house; that was before the nice mobile homes. The first was a very poor “cardboard” type. But we did progress to nicer ones. I sort of feel sorry for young people who start high and have to downsize. I always enjoyed my move up as we got nicer trailers. Thanks, Faye.

  3. Timelesslady says:

    Great bricks for the challenge. I also played around with both the color and the visual. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. Pingback: Color your World: Brown | Tourmaline .

  5. Tourmaline . says:

    Way too many choices! I agree. But you’ll do just fine.

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