Thursday, April 19, 2012

I Ran Across This . . .

I was reading another blog (The Back Porch View on her 4/18/12 posting) and a comment made by Ed, Carol and Gopher the dog. The quote was "The Greatest Adventure", from The Ballard of the Hobbit, from the animated movie The Hobbit, based on a classic book by J.R.R. Tolkjen. If you are at a crossroad in your life, read this . . . .

The Greatest Adventure, The Ballad of The Hobbit
From the animated movie The Hobbit

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.

The greatest adventure is there if you're bold.
Let go of the moment that life makes you hold.
To measure the meaning can make you delay;
It's time you stop thinkin' and wasting the day.

The man who's a dreamer and never takes leave
Who thinks of a world that is just make-believe
Will never know passion, will never know pain.
Who sits by the window will one day see rain.

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bathroom Painting is Almost Done


I can't believe how long this project is taking. I started at the end of January. I finally had to place a deadline on myself as it was just dragging on way too long. The deadline was last Sunday, now it will be Wednesday.

I've had one accident - I was climbing down the ladder and was on the 2nd step from the bottom when I put my foot onto a tilted bucket and lost my balance. I was mad because I still had a paint brush in my hand and I was getting paint on everything in my way! I was mad because I put my foot on the bucket! I had a little bruising and stiffness for a few hours that afternoon but by evening I wasn't too bad. That was yesterday.

The most time consuming part has been preparing the "satin" paint for repainting. The "satin" paint is below a layer of paint and is an orange color. A lot of the top coat peeled off. I peeled off what I could on the woodwork/walls. I used various methods I read about to roughen the surface. It was just like glass! The walls weren't as bad as the trim. I guess I could have replaced the trim/doors. This is what has been taking so long. I really was concerned about the age of the orange paint and if it was pre or post 70's (suspecting post 70's as there are 3 or 4 colors under the orange that are probably lead-based, so was hesitant about getting aggressive. This house is 93 years old, so am pretty sure there are lead-based paints, though a number of window trim has been replaced - some when my new windows were put in and exposure of bare wood here and there.

Finally, I said the heck with it and started painting. Guess I'll keep a little of the paints handy for touch ups. Grrrrrr. Maybe a blood test might be in order, just in case. Maybe some of my readers can clue me what I encountered.

I still just have a little bit to go, some edging mainly - then cleaning up and putting everything back. Housemate will be glad to find his towels in one place now. Think will take a painting break for awhile. Next painting job is the outside of the garage.

J&J (pacemaker) is doing good, doing good. Two months now and time to send in my 2nd teletransmitting reading on Friday.