Saturday, November 16, 2013

Finished? No. Done? Totally.

<taps mic>

Is this thing on?

Hi. I'm back. Actually, I never left, I just walked away from the computer monitor for awhile and picked up the paint scraper and.....well. I have an announcement to make:

I'm not finished painting. But I'm done. Done for the season. Done for the year. Stick a fork in me, I'm done. Overdone. DONE.

When I last left the blog I was still lamenting the rather crappy condition of clapboards on the south side of my house:

I was still scraping away like crazy while the weather got colder, and wetter, and colder, and wetter....

And while the rugby matches scrummed forth:

Courtesy of ISU Men's Rugby Club

And while birthday cakes were baked: 

Noah wants Kit-Kats on a chocolate cake. Every year. 

While Death and Batman stormed through the 'hood: 

Meanwhile, back at the cape cod (this doesn't have quite the ring as "back at the ranch") I was getting up against it. 

Grant came home the first Sunday in November to pitch in sanding some rough spots: 

And then finally some paint went on the building. I worked as fast as I could before the temperature and daylight both gave out on me, but I still came up short on one little patch: 

If I haven't mentioned it before, I have issues with symmetry. I wasn't going to be able to look at this all winter. 

So on Friday we had a lovely sunny day for November, and I finished this little area up:

I ran out of time to even begin work on the gable. The windows still need work, but I consider them a separate project to coincide with storm window replacement. 

I swept up paint scrapings and washed out my brush literally minutes before starting this blog post. I've neglected the inside of the household since June. My children are sick of sandwiches and deli pizza for supper and even my dust is dusty. 

I'll regroup in another post soon, but right now I'm going to shower, and have a glass of wine--or three. And forget where I put the paint scraper until April. 


  1. Yay! I've missed your voice. I was starting to wonder if you'd fallen off your ladder or drowned in a bucket of paint. Not really, but I was afraid the job had somehow done you in. So glad to know you're the right kind of done.

    Wishing you a cozy winter full of indoor projects. From there, you won't notice the unfinished wall at all! You've definitely earned some fun time.

    1. I wish I could say I've hit the ground running on indoor projects, but so far all I've done is excavate my laundry room. And took a few naps on the sofa. :)

  2. I love those little corner caps on the clapboards. I wonder why more houses don't have those.

    I can relate to the scraping and painting. Here in MI it isn't warm or dry enough until the end of April beginning of May and then July and August are so hot you could pass out, then comes wet September, and iffy October. The way I see it, here in MI we have 3 weeks of painting weather.

    1. I used to live in Michigan, so I am in complete agreement with you. I'm in the Midwest too, and I'm not thinking I honestly did much better than 3 or 4 weeks myself.