Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Celebrations and Discoveries

Today, we celebrated Richard's birthday with a trip to the movies and dinner with his folks.

Today, while retrieving scavenged blow mold Christmas decorations from the garage attic Richard discovered old bamboo fly fishing poles wrapped in plastic sheeting.  As I do whenever we find an unexpected treasure or strange, half-burried lawn ornament at the house I said a quick little thank you to  Adele.

Today, I pulled out most of our summer clothes that we won't see until well after the new year, and packed them away.

This last week I've been working on a project, the details of which I've shared with Anna and bouncing ideas off of her has helped flesh out some things and serve as further inspiration.  I've also sketched out ideas for more than a few art projects I hope to tackle in the winter months, but not before I get the dining room squared away - next step is a final coat of paint and buying some curtain tie-backs.

This week I finally feel like I am catching up.  There are still things to be done, there are always things to be done, but I feel less like I'm climbing a mountain of house projects that are constantly sliding out from under my feet.  The living room is a mess, and the guest bed still needs changing, but the yard is clean and ready for winter.  And sooner than later I'll finally unpack the last of the winter clothes and we'll truly be ready, if one can ever be ready for a Wisconsin winter.

Oh, and the countdown continues for the next German exchange, just seven months and oh so much to do.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday, lazy Monday

It is nearly noon on a Monday and I'm almost amazed at the amount of work I haven't done yet.

After a few weeks running at full tilt I really needed a quiet morning to myself.  I'm not running any of my usual Monday errands and I'm not worried about it.  I know the holiday rush is imminent and it just makes sense to have a little relaxing time.

Matthias came to stay with us for a few days and helped me get started on the breezeway turned dining room.  We cleared it out and primed the brick veneer wall and the terrible brown ceiling and walls.  Next step is the final paint color and hanging the new (from our old apartment) curtain rods and the new (actually new!) curtains.  I have some "before" photos to prove just how strange the "brick" wall and drab brown walls and ceiling were.

I probably shouldn't get started on the cold ceramic tile floor, the plan is to find an area rug big enough to cover most of it, but the plan may change.  But really - it's a room with a tiny vent, three exterior walls, and as yet no insulation in the roof, in Wisconsin.  So to say that floor is cold is an understatement.  I keep my slippers by the kitchen door just to cross through this room in the morning.

As for today - after I finally make some lunch and tea for myself, I'll get down to some housework and chores, but no painting today - I'm saving that for a day when I am less sore.  Maybe if I finish all my chores, I'll even sit down for some creating tonight.