Wednesday, December 12, 2012

He's at it again

Now that it has turned cold outside, Dave looks for things to keep him busy indoors. We have been discussing painting this fireplace wall since we moved in. Yes, then no, then yes again. For five years we debated, and then it just went straight to yes. The fireplace is going from espresso to white too. We'll just have to wait til the painting is done to know if we made the right choice.
Obviously I am not sentimental about rock, even tho this rock came from this land, collected by the previous owner.
  He had a coal burning stove here, rather than a gas line which we put in later. The coal stove stunk up the place, despite all the air fresheners sprinkled about. He's lucky (we're lucky too!) that we overlooked the sour sooty smell and bought the place anyway.

I busied myself in the kitchen making biscotti. I've decided that this is a Christmas cookie, and make a different version every year. This one has cherries, apricots and almonds in the mix. I like a hard biscotti, which won't fall apart when dunked in coffee or tea. These meet my desired crunch.
And I've finished knitting my latest cardigan, blocked it and am waiting til it's dry. Hoping for the best.



  1. I will be watching on how this project goes. I have an ugly tan brick fireplace and I have been debating on painting it. Painting the rock is a brave thing to do, but it is not the prettiest rock. What type of primer did Dave use?

  2. I just showed this picture to my husband to try and convince him. We have the identical rock face but the wall was built at an angle in the corner..and we Never use the fireplace!! I want to paint it white and use the mantel to anchor a large screen TV...

  3. Do you a recipe for the biscotti, or do you just wing it? I'd love to have some with my coffee!

  4. Love the cardi- is it an original pattern or one you knit from a pattern?

  5. Marybeth10:16 AM

    Are voting on keeping the rock original or keep on painting?? I think you will really like it painted! And when you feel the need for color you can paint each rock a bright color, too your liking... hehehe. I hope you have a long list for Dave because it could be a long winter. Mb

  6. Anonymous6:36 PM

    My next biscotti will include apricots; hadn't thought about those. I add a couple of tablespoons of polenta or plain cornmeal for that extra crunch. It helps a lot.

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  8. Ooh, this is gonna look AWESOME! When it's done, make sure to snap a closeup of the birdhouses and birds on the gas stove!!!!

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