summer 2011

summer 2011

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Monday, January 25, 2016

new day, new week, new hope....

Here's the thing: There's a lot to do around here. Sitting here writing about it first is a waste of time, a complete waste of perfectly good time. But some of us need to encourage ourselves, get our thoughts in order, rev our engines before we roar into the day.

I ordered some chalk paint last night, from Walmart, to paint the end tables I have had since I was in high school. Yea, who else bought furniture with their babysitting money? They were unfinished pine, $49, and I bought two. For my future home. I also bought a couch and loveseat and paid for it weekly. It seemed perfectly logical at the time, as Paul and I were planning to get married sometime after graduation, and it turns out it was the following March, when I was the ripe old age of 18 and a half.

Anyway. I sanded and finished these end tables, 32 years ago. It's time for a change. There are SO many things I want to do around here, it's overwhelming...the walls and ceilings need to be wiped down, primed, painted...the kitchen cabinets don't like their boring old oak finish any more...they are thinking white, with a little distressing...some doors want paint, light fixtures and lamps are screaming for makeovers, lampshades need replacing...and where do I possibly start? With the end tables. A small easy project, I hope. I will take some before pics, clean them up and sand them, paint them, wax them, put on some new knobs, and take after pics. Sounds tremendously relaxing and easy, ha. But the cat will surely jump on one while it's wet, and some totally innocent child will put a cup of water on one and say, WHAT? I didn't know!

Anyhow. Today we are going out and about, library and maybe Target, as some little kids here have gift cards and want to browse. We could use a few things from the store, milk and eggs and fresh produce.

If only I had gotten an earlier start....but I needed sleep. I woke up bright and early, my eyes hurt, so I went back to sleep. Saturday night was our girls' hotel night and I dare say I slept an hour at most. Seriously, at 5:59 I was still wide awake. But oh it was worth it! I was a zombie yesterday, then stayed up too late reading, as per my usual when Paul is gone...

He got to spend time with our granddaughter's so adorable! She calls him Papa. I am bound and determined to go out there and visit them pretty soon...2,700 miles is just so far away.

Paul went from Seattle to San Francisco to New Jersey to Paris, then rented a car and drove to wherever he is in France...he won't be back until of course I had to read until midnight. It's how I function when he's gone.

Anyway. Today we are going out and about. The weather is nice, chilly and not snowing. We missed the major east coast storm. Sam got pummeled in D.C. though.

I like driving when the roads are clear.

Things are getting out of hand here. Charlotte Claire is roller skating with Camille's crutches to help her stay up. Camille is sweeping the kitchen floor in Heeley's, those sneakers with the roller wheel in the back. Mama is sitting in her chair, no school work is being done, and now UPS is here and the dogs are barking. Okay. I'm done being lazy. Bye for now...


terre said...

good morning! i do chalk paint myself and am currently redoing an O-L-D curio cabinet for my daughter. i wanted to tell you, if you don't already know, to check out Annie Sloan paints. you do not need to sand at all - just wipe clean so no dust and then paint and wax. you owe it to yourself to check into it -- she has lots of nice colors and you can mix then too. and its way faster too!!!! good luck on your tables!

terre @ ZoomamaSpeaks

S. Mifsud said...

Glad to hear you missed the storm. Hope it was a nice day out & about!

16 blessings'mom said...

Terre, I have never tried chalk paint, but have heard good things about the Annie Sloan. I decided to just try the cheap Walmart stuff and see how it is chalk paint, so maybe I don't have to sand the tables. They are old and banged up, so they will certainly look vintage, ha. I bought wax, and Waverly wax and paint brushes. I am excited for this project! Do you have pictures of this cabinet? I would love to see it!