I boldly grabbed a brush and some wood varnish:
Some of you probably could have done it better, but I consider it not too bad for someone who never painted anything but her own nails before. I'm reasonably pleased with the result, and in the future, plan to do as much as possible around here on my own, without having to invite someone. It saves a good deal of hassle, time and money.
I hope your day, too, brought you new delights, or maybe a new angle of seeing the blessings you've already been given. As I went through your comments and emails, I just couldn't resist saying a huge thank you to each and every one of you, for being so supportive, kind, encouraging, uplifting, wise, insightful and friendly! Your caring, funny and gentle words are one of the sweetest pleasures of my day. I feel truly blessed by 'meeting' you online!