Monday, June 16, 2008
full swing ahead
i am so tired that i want to write this tomorrow, but i have to get up early to pack & separate the keep & the sell, so i need to write while the writing is good.
we are back after the monsterweek of graduation (yeah, boothe!!!) & driving to our new old house, working on it all week (lining cabinets, setting up kitchen & pantry, painting, replacing light fixtures, hanging ceiling fans, installing elfa shelving, weeding patios, cleaning out a barn, etc.) and getting a lot done, but not getting enough done...along with volleyball camp, commuting, ballet lessons and the etc.
oh, and uncle sam, if you are reading this--- you know the economic stimulus check that you just sent a notice of its upcoming arrival?---well, it is going towards hiring some painters & tree guys. thank you, uncle sam. i will seal 2008 taxes with a kiss.
my mother had offered me my grandparents' old swing---the peashelling and watchingtheworldgoby swing. i was so happy & grateful and decided to punch it up islandstyle via cans of spraypaint. i need to take another photo of it, since the thrifted doubleknit patchwork pillow (i know it sounds sketchy, but it works!) really knocks it into loveland.
one of those moments that is only Divinelyengineered happened this week. i was pulling creeper vine & kudzu off of the bungalow early in the morning and had just wheeled the filled trashcan to the curb and a new friend pulled up and asked if he could see the house. since i was born at night but not last night, i hesitated and asked for his number for a better time and we started chatting. he had grown up in the house after it was built in 1944 and it turned out that his stepfather & my grandfather had been best friends and thought that my grandfather had helped him build my barn. he walked me through the house and showed me where walls and halls had been. his bedroom is now boothe's and his sister's is now princessV's. it is trippy when you experience those moments.
now off to stop for the day. garage sale is on friday & saturday and a major paredown is in order.
once i get my bearings, i will take photos of the house and plans for it and the garden. i plan to leave all original garden beds which don't have a thing in them except weeds and start all over. major riverrocking will happen there and i want to bring the ambience of a german beer garden to it. there is a lot to do and i hope to get it done before school starts.