Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Of course each time you go back and do it you get a different result. :) I like this one.

You Are The Moon

You represent the unconscious side of life, what happens in dreams.
You are capable of great genius - but also of great madness.
Emotions tend to be primal for you, both your fears and your fantasies.
Your intuition is always right, listening to it is the difficult part.

Your fortune:

You are about to embark on a very important journey - and a very difficult one.
Some of your deepest dreams will be realized, as well as some of your deepest nightmares.
Follow your creativity and visions; stay away from your weaknesses.
You are taking a voyage to the center of yourself, and you may be pleasantly surprised by what you discover.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

My New Toy

As of this afternoon I'm the proud owner of a pickup truck. A 1987 Chevy S-10.

I'm kind of amazed!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Yellow walls???

I just said in the last post that the yellow walls behind my quilt would be around for a while. NOT. I suddenly had a vision for the room and decided to start painting. Well. I'm on my fourth color and I'm still not really happy. There isn't any natural light so it's really hard. I need to make sure all of the lights have daylight bulbs.

The real success for this week was the purchase of a Hoover SteamVac. Wow. The white Berber carpet in the front room wasn't white anymore, especially the path between the front door and the hallway. I'm not at all surprised by how dirty the carpet was, it's old and well used. I'm just blown away by how clean the Hoover was able to make it! It was just like the TV commercials, a clear demarcation between the clean part and the yet to be cleaned part. It doesn't look like new but it's pretty darned clean and doesn't need to be replaced for now. :)

Can you see the still dirty section at the bottom of the picture?

Pushing the machine is really hard work. My arms and hands were aching when I finished. But as I could see the results I was practically dancing while I worked! LOL Almost the same instant gratification as painting the walls! Not a bad way to spend a few hours.

Now if I could just feel good about the new painting project.....

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

First quilt

This is the first quilt I made, way back around 1980. It's queen size. The arrangement of blocks is called "Wild Geese Flying". I was super glad to find a place to hang it right away in our new house. The yellow walls won't be staying but they are clean and neat so they will probably be the last ones I'll paint.

Sadly, I haven't really made anything as large as this quilt since. I have a quilt top I made in a class but mostly I've kept to wall hangings and baby quilts...as well as dolls. If I ever get all this painting done I'm going to finally have time to sew! To say nothing of space to put up a large quilt frame. I can't wait. It's what keeps me going while I'm up on my scaffold.

This was today's project (room number 5). The walls were dark moss green and the ceiling a dark khaki. The previous owner had the room set up as a library/music room and it was perfectly nice. But I'm not able to get myself around the moss green. Not my color. The colors also suck up the light and it's way too dark. We don't really know what to do with the room as far as what to use it for. I don't have a piano for starters. :-) Wow, I just realized what I said. This house is big enough I have space I don't know what to do with! Cool.

So this is before....
And this was this morning. I couldn't resist taking a photo as the room started to brighten up as soon as I started to paint the ceiling. By dinner time the ceiling was done and all the green behind primer. Tomorrow color. Neutral. I watch HGTV too! LOL


I got Frampton tickets, I got Frampton tickets, I got Frampton tickets. :-D

I was on the scaffold painting on either side of the crown molding and I heard it on the radio. At the Progress Energy Center in Raleigh. Very cool. Of course Ticketmaster is a pain but it finally worked! Hee hee!

His hair is the same color as mine. I LOVE IT......age appropriate entertainment. Yessssssss.

Oh for heaven's sake. Listen to me. It must be the paint fumes.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

I'm done, I'm done, I'm done *happy dance*

I have finally finished the master bedroom, master bath (mostly) and my dressing room...the bedroom that's so small it's not useful as a bedroom. All three rooms are the same shade of pink. (The Tramp's favorite color is pink.) I bought Simply Shabby Chic curtains at Target when they were on sale. They look fine but they sure are shabby quality control. One panel was about 4 inches shorter than all the others! I also got the white crochet lace ones for the guest room. One panel was hugely scented. Some kind of fake rose sachet scent. AWFUL. I had to take them down and wash them before I could go back in the room! And they shrunk about 4 inches. But this time it was a good thing since it means they are above the A/C vents now. Except of course the one that is hemmed way crooked. Sheesh. And they aren't particularly cheap either.

All my rabbits are out of their packing box finally. :)

The previous owner had installed a mega shelving unit on one side of the room, which is what makes it so small. The curtains (as of yet un-ironed) we got at Ikea two houses ago and I'm glad to be able to use them again to hide the shelving.

I'm also glad to have a place to hang my pretty plates. They match the curtains! When the Ex and I received them as a wedding present over 30 years ago there were six of them. In the last move three of them broke. :(

It's a dark photo, but you get the idea. No place for a bed here.

Someone is really liking a room empty of boxes! This is the new carpet. I love the color, it's called Napa Valley. It's dark, because the Stealth Dog leaves a black shadow wherever she lies down. I can see all the bits of fluff and paper left over from my unpacking. I think I'd better go vacuum!

The next challenge.....the guest room. Freshly painted and curtained, but full of boxes and furniture to reassemble.

Monday, July 9, 2007


Last week we took the plunge and bought our own riding mower. It took a day for us to get up the nerve to actually use it! LOL But we did. The Tramp and I did about half of the yard each. It's been so hot, dry and dusty, mowing turned out to be just about the hottest, sweatiest, nosiest, filthiest job I've ever done! And...due to the nature of grass...I'm going to have to do it again and again. Aaack!

In a moment of insanity we had considered buying a very cool 6 acre property but I'm glad we came to our senses! .7 of an acre is quite enough thank you very much!