Dave's sister Carol and her husband Dan are coming next Tuesday, from IL, for their first ever visit to our little country home. Of course Dave chose this time to paint the whole house a new color.
It is a very light limey green, sorta Lime Frost and I am so happy with it. I doubt it will be finished by next week, but no matter. Everything here is always a work in progress. It keeps him healthy, (and outta my hair!) This is the first house that I have lived in that is my choice of color. The others have been brown, beige, and this was gray, so not me.
Already the lighter color (first coat) has made a huge difference in brightness. And it makes the house look extra cottagey.
This side faces west ( the guest room) and the original builder seemed to have lost interest when he got to this side. There were many gaps in the clapboards and they were filled with caulk, not neatly I might add. Dave dug it all out, sanded and replaced some of the warped boards and Mike, our hired man, put new framing around the windows since they were unframed and just caulked. What is it with men and caulk? This is the most time consuming side, but there will be death defying painting when they get to the upper story. Dave says he has a belt and hook system imagined to keep Mike from sliding off the slippery metal roof. O yes, it will be Mike who goes up there. ha!
The porch floor and stairs will remain the 50 shades of gray they currently are, and the trim will get another coat of white paint to finish it. No rain in the forecast. Phew!
I am off to the quilt group today, in minutes and I have high hopes. I'll let you know all about it.
I had a great time at the quilt group! It was a dream come true. My dh had seen them before me, during the summer, and had 'warned' them that I was an art quilter and offered the url of my website too. So when I walked in, and introduced myself, they asked, "Are you the artquilter?" I tried to be humble and demure. Lost cause. But they were really welcoming and so friendly and I could tell a lot of them were from other places and knew what it was like to be new.
There was a big quilt on a frame and chairs all around so I sat down, having thought ahead to bring a thimble, scissors and my fave needle and put in a few atrocious stitches. I mean I was a like fish out of water when it came to working on a frame again. Haven't done that since 1981.
Then they set up another quilt on a second frame and that one had thinner batting so I could do a less embarrasing job. But still, I vow never to ruin anyone's quilt with my handstitching again.
The group, if all the members are in attendance is EIGHT. Eight???? I could easily fit them all in my studio at once. Actually my studio is larger than the meeting room. And of course THIS IS JUST WHAT I WANTED. Ten minutes from home, lots of laughing already, and interested and eager women. Hurray, huzzah, yippee!