Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Is It an Oxymoron. . . .

to have snow on a rain barrel that's almost filled with rain water? On April 23rd?  Even my artifical flowers have snow on them.

Oh well, Mother Nature would say "You humans, you complain about the drought and no moisture, now you complain about snow!"  But, I'd say "Why didn't you do this earlier so we'd be in spring by now?"  My thoughts to the folks handling all the flooding problems.

Friday, April 19, 2013

And the Paint is Peeling - With Some Help. . . .

My body has decided it needs a rest from climbing up and down ladders, bending, twisting for the last 2 or 3 days.  It is refusing to do much - and, the brain seems to be going along with the body's idea.  Have you ever had days like that?

As many of us are experiencing "different" Spring weather, the work I need to do outside
(or with windows open and fans blowing) has slowed me down - according to me!  And, the weather man says there might be snow again next week (we had the whole gamut last night - thunder, rain, frozen rain, sleet, wind, snow)!

I am still working on the kitchen:  the cabinet framework is painted with the semi-gloss I chose called "Quiet White".  I have put two cabinet doors back up.  Am letting the paint harden before closing the doors.
Oh, disappointment on removing paint off the cabinet hinges:  only the first 2 cabinet doors had the polished/shiny hinges, the rest, as I am uncovering them, are a satin chrome finish.  Darn, really liked the shiny chrome.  Ya, I can buy them to match but not high on my priority list now.

The ceiling color is on the left, painted soffit on the right.
The soffit over the counter and sink is also done; but, it is certainly white in comparison to the yellowish-white ceiling!  I was hoping there wouldn't be too much difference. Since we have had so many overcast days lately, I wanted to wait until the sun came out (today, yea) to compare and make a tentative decision. I am going to apply some elbow grease to cleaning part of the ceiling and see if that helps.  It needs doing anyway.

Meanwhile, I started scraping the paint applied on the trim in the back bedroom.  Underneath is a layer (or two) of beige oil-based enamel.  It is a color I want to use on the trim, so am peeling off the white latex as much as possible.  Unfortunately, the quart of matching paint, that would be used on areas that won't scrape, isn't matching and is nothing near the color of "Vanilla".  Back to the paint store.  I will be applying a primer recommended by several paint stores before painting on the semi-gloss.  I like semi-gloss on trims so it is easier to remove smudges, etc.
I did get valances made for the back bedroom and painted primer on the trim around the window.  When I had the new windows installed 3 or 4 years ago, new trim was used and I am just now getting around to applying primer/paint.  Eventually, the walls will get painted too.

But for today, it's doing laundry, playing games on the computer, reading on my new Kindle I won, may vacuum (may), may take the paint back (may).  I don't usually win arguments with my body, especially when the mind has joined forces with the body.

My prayers and thoughts are with the folks affected by the events in the Boston area; and, with all who are suffering from the explosion in West TX.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

My Traveling Friends Must be Bored with my Home Improvements, Well. . . .

Just sometimes we must get these things done to do what we want.

The last couple of days have been - ya more spring cleaning.
 Since our City has imposed the Stage 3 water rationing (no outside watering period), I thought I would set up my rain barrel and use it to store gray water for watering my plants.  I had the dang thing 1/3 full and we got a notice from the City about our Stage 3 rules; and, one was no use on the ground of gray water.  Well, I did give my shrubs a big drink of "gray water" and moved the barrel to the front porch and hooked it up to the only gutter system I have.  Now, watch it NOT rain.

It's not very attractive and all the neighborhood kids are asking what the barrel is for.  I bought this several years ago from a local organization and never set it up.  I can just hear all the neighbors wondering what the "old lady" of the neighborhood is going to do next.  I remember those "old ladies" when I was growing up.

Well, next was flowers for my front window boxes; and, since we cannot water outside I bought some inexpensive artificial flowers from Alco.  I put some cement rocks in the bottom of the window boxes, filled them with old potting soil and stuck the flowers individually in the old potting soil.  If they fade, I can replace them.  If they disappear (like yesterday when we had 30+ mph winds whipping around the house) I can replace them.  The flower colors go with the accent colors around the outside of the house.

Since it is still nice out (a bit windy again today), I was curious about how long it would take to get 3 layers of paint off the cabinet hinges and what would be the fastest way.  I set up a work table at the garage door and went to work stripping and stripping.  It took me around 90 minutes but love the results.  I just hope the other 18 hinges turn out as beautiful.
The right is what I am cleaning off and the left has the paint removed.  It is a beautiful chrome underneath that matches the handles.
At the same time, while I was waiting for the stripping compound to work, I was sanding and deglossing/cleaning the cabinet frames in the kitchen.  I am hoping for a nice day to come along next week so I can paint the cabinet frames and the soffit above the counter and sink all in one day.  At some point next week too, I'll start sanding and degloss/clean the cabinet doors.

The laminate floors are getting a "down on all fours" scrubbing too.  Have not done that for several years and it is time.  This will be a very slow job as I am not very excited about the getting up and down; but, it is easy and rewarding to see the difference.
The left hasn't been cleaned, the center is a work in progress and the right side of picture is cleaned.
Oh, I had a 6-month visit with the cardiologist and the pacemaker techie ran a report from the PM.  Everything is "stellar".  Upper chamber is using the PM only 30% of the time and the lower chambers are doing their thing on their own as they should be. Whoopee.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

And, the Cabinet Handles are Clean & Polished

Well, they are the only thing that is ready to be put back.  I was watching "Survivor" tonight and decided to clean them up tonight.  They are so pretty all polished up.  Under all the paint on the cabinet door hinges, I have found matching hinges.  Have a good job ahead of me.

I have been busy making pillowcases for my grand-niece as her second birthday is on Monday.  She lives in California so I needed to get them made and in the mail in time for her birthday party.  I forgot to get pictures so I asked my brother to get some pictures for me.

I also made some new valances for my bedroom window as I didn't really have any. Next week I will make some new valances for the back bedroom - I have kind of ignored that room until now - it's on my list for re-makes this year along with the kitchen.

All the cupboard doors, in the kitchen, are now off and am waiting for warmer weather to work on them outside.  I have discovered 4 or 5 layers of paint - two white, brown, and a green and maybe another white.

The lower walls in the bathroom are now clean - they are the washable wall panels.  I am trying to figure out if I can remove the dark stain on the laminate flooring left by the carpet we have in there. So far, a bleach cleaner works the best but the stain can still be seen.

Oh, I pulled the dryer out from the wall and got down on all fours and cleaned out the lint from inside the dryer and along the dryer vent hose & tube.  The vent hose & tubing is about 12 feet long to the outside. Achoo, achoo, lint tickling the nose.  Been a couple years since I cleaned it out.  Glad I don't have a picture of that cleaning process!

Oh Spring, how I love thee as I get to do all this cleaning and it feels so good.  Granted some of its a bit over the top, but . . . .

At some point I'll take some time to clean the trailer - it needs a bath!