Sunday, February 26, 2012
A. Age: 62
B. Bed size: King
C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning the kitchen after DH has cooked
D. Dogs: 1 - Stella
E. Essential start to your day: dark, rich, strong, hot coffee
F. Favorite color: too many to mention, I can't pick
G. Gold or Silver: Gold
H. Height: 5'3"
I. Instruments you play: guitar, ukulele, piano, harpsichord, recorder, learning to play mandolin and mountain dulcimer
J. Job title: teacher
K. Kids: 4, all grown
L. Live: Southwest Ohio
M. Mother's name: Neva
N. Nicknames: Chris
O. Overnight hospital stays: A few too many
P. Pet peeve: Rudeness
Q. Quote from a movie: 'Just keep swimming' - Finding Nemo
R. Right- or left-handed: Right , but pretty ambidextrous
S. Siblings: one older brother, one younger sister
T. Tattoos & Piercings: Piercings - just my ears - no tatts
U. Underwear: Yes
V. Vegetable(s) you hate: Lima beans
W. What makes you run late: Being so involved that I lose track of time.
X. X-Rays you've had: Lots
Y. Yummy food that you make: smoothies
Z. Zoo animal: I guess we need zoos to give people the opportunity to see and value animals they might not otherwise value. Like colors, I have too many favorite animals to settle on one.
I love this photo of baby bats in an Australian bat center.
Totally random facts about me - let me know if you fill this out, too.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
The poor dollhouse has been going through an ugly stage. Once they get assembled, you have to go back and put wood filler on the seams and where the tabs are so it looks smooth and does not have any gaps. So it has spent the day with a combination lavender paint, white paint, and tan wood filler. Once the wood filler dried, I sanded and repainted so it is starting to look sweet again. I still have quite a bit of trim work to paint.
I started to work on the stained glass windows today.
Many years ago, my father bought a beautiful little classical guitar from a luthier in New York. It was his beloved guitar, but the neck had become so warped that it was rendered unplayable. I brought it home with me after he died, mostly because it has essence of Dad in abundance. I took it to two different guitar stores to see if the guitar repair person could fix the problem. They both said that it was beyond repair since it didn't have a truss rod, and the the best I could do with it was to hang it on the wall and enjoy its beauty.
Well, I'm a guitar case kind of girl. I do not like leaving guitars out where they are subject to changes in humidity, etc. so that idea went against my grain. Hey, most of you know me... I don't give up. I was talking to the guitar repair man at the guitar center where I started lessons 7 months ago and mentioned the issues of my father's guitar to him. Now, he is no 'adjust the truss rod' kind of guy. He spent many years building guitars and is an accomplished luthier. He offered to take a look at it and see if it were salvageable. I brought it in two weeks ago and left it with him. When I went to my lesson on Thursday, he brought it out of the shop in perfect condition. It was amazing! I have been enjoying playing it all week. It has deep rich tones and my flamenco is sounding gorgeous on it.
My walking goals have been successfully met this week. I got in a total of 89,000 steps since Sunday. It has the double benefits of giving the Prancing Poodle enough exercise that she isn't dropping a ball in my lap every two seconds, and keeping me.... um.... buff?
It's been a busy week and I am definitely enjoying having weekend time.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The morning began with trying to decide what to do with my last day of my 4 day weekend. I really need to have time to do the things I enjoy doing. I work too hard, so I need balance. On the other hand, my house was needing some attention and I was feeling a bit guilty about neglecting chores. I decided to start the day knocking off a few of the chores... I got the laundry done, the kitchen cleaned, and went to the groceries store.
After that, I allowed the rest of the day for doing what I wanted to do. I went hiking with Stella, then worked on the dollhouse build.
I finally got past the tedium of measuring seemingly endless little pieces for the chair rail and the baseboards so I could actually start putting the walls up today.
The first floor will have a tin ceiling.
The walls are up, minus the bay window wall and the gable walls that will make up the roof. Now I need to add wood filler to the seams, sand and smooth the tabs, and give a final coat of exterior paint before adding the trim work.
I am looking forward to putting in the bay window and the window seat. I got the knobs on the bottom of the window seat cupboard.
Here is the interior so far:
I didn't get all of my steps in yesterday, but that was because I had a great afternoon playing guitar and singing with my group. We added a member for a few of our practice sessions. He plays the mountain dulcimer, a nice addition to our music. Instead of getting in my 10,000 steps, I got in three hours of guitar playing. A decent trade off!
Today I made up for lost steps and got in 14639 steps and 7 miles. I prefer having weekly goals to daily goals. I need the flexibility and things eventually even out.
The short work week will be made longer by having to attend the board meeting tomorrow night. Hopefully, I'll get adequate sleep tonight.
Wish me luck!
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I have spent the last several days sanding and priming the wood for the first part of the build. I still need to paint all of the trim details. I put the third coat of paint on the exterior yesterday.
This photo was taken after the first coat, not the third, but it gives the idea of the exterior color.
This is today's work. I got the interior wallpapered - YAY! That was a lot of detail work. The upstairs will be yellow, the downstairs, blue. I decorated the doors to the bay window cabinet/seat with hearts.
Picture window trim, chair rails and baseboards when it is time to add the trim work.
So far, so good. Time for a break! Dinner, a walk with Stella, and some time with my guitar. The Lovely Lavender Cottage can now wait until tomorrow.
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