Sunday, May 23, 2010

I have been 2 busy!!






I know I have not posted in forever, but the entire month of May has been a blur. A tornado of activity, the likes of which I haven't seen in a long time! I really have to start at the beginning, when a sweet little "wicker" settee followed me home from the Habitat Bargain Barn at the end of April. Of course, it had no cushions, so a quick stop at Lowe's remedied that problem. Got it on the porch, and of course, the new cushions made the old cushions on the 2 green iron chairs look so bad...you know what's next, right? Back to Lowe's for new seats for them. Got them on the porch and all colorful new stuff made the rest of the porch look horrible!! Now, I've been wanting to redo this porch for awhile, but the sheer amount of stuff out there was daunting to say the least. Then one night my friend Steph was over, and after admiring a rearrangement of the living room, she informed me, as only a true friend will do, that the porch looked like crap! Thanks Steph...love ya too! But....she was right. So began the whirlwind month of May...cleaning, moving stuff, stuff & more stuff... cleaning some more, and finally painting! I live in a very old single wide mobile home, so I decided that I would paint the entire thing by hand, with a brush...a 3" brush, no less! I thought I would use this as" therapy"...there's something almost mindless about painting a sea of aluminum with a 3" brush. So I'm in "therapy"...and have been on every day off, cool mornings when I don't have to open the shop, some evenings when I get off work, and sometimes even in my sleep! So, it's cheaper than a shrink, or a grief counselor, and I do feel a real sense of achievement when I look at the house, but I have found and used muscles that have been ignored for far too long and are letting me know it! Now, the end of May is almost here, and all the "fun" parts of the house are painted. I'm am now facing a 60' x 8' expanse of ugly old aluminum, broken up by a shed, 1 door and 3 windows...arrggh!!! That's a whole lot o' brush strokes. Hey, maybe I'll have muscles in my arms after all this, instead of that weird thing I call the Granny Flap! Hmm...that shrink's couch is starting to sound better and better. Just kidding...I find that I feel much better when I am busy right now, and now I have the added benefit of my neighbors yelling "WOW!" at me as they walk by my house! Not bad for a 3" brush!! Boy, this post is really wordy...so I'll pop in some more pictures, and let them do the talking. My arms are getting tired...again!! Have a great week *elaine* ps...please ignore any weird, jarring elements in these photos if you look at them enlarged. The bottom of the mobile will be skirted, as soon as I can figure out a way to do it without taking out a second mortgage...oh and excuse the morning's gardening socks in 1 picture...what's that? You didn't see that? Okay...never mind. :o}

12 comments:

Sue said...

Well done, you have done a great job, and love the wicker!You should be proud, and we all have different therapy devices, we understand!
Sue

Marge said...

Great paint job!! Love the wicker, too.

Hugs,
Marge

Chickens in the Basement said...

Your form of therapy sounds similar to mine! Keep me busy with mindless, trivial things and in the midst of it all, I process my problems and ususally end it all with a new plan!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

elaine, everything looks great! You've been working very hard and it shows!
gail

Shara said...

Your house looks so inviting and comfortable. I know you are going through a rought time, so any sort of therapy you can give yourself, thriftng, junking, painting...it's all going to help you.

You take care! shara

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Wonder Woman,
So that's how I get rid of the "Grandma Angel wings" as I call them :) Had over your paint brush.
Good for you!!! The white with red trim looks great.
Take care.
Warmly,
Deb :)

kanishk said...

Great paint job!!
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Granny J said...

That paint job looks wonderful and I love the way you've decorated your porch. The little flower bed is really cute too. I have a few of the glass insulators that I'm going to dig out and use in my flower bed. Thanks for the idea.

I have granny angel wings but didn't know they were called that. I think I'd need to paint all the mobile homes on my block to get rid of them. LOL

Kudzu said...

glad to see what you're up to....awesome wicker and cushions,and i love that barn red trim color on your home.

take care
cherry/kudzu

Peggy said...

I absolutely love your porch! It looks so warm and inviting that I want to sit and enjoy everything.

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

What a cute place. All your hard work really shows. Hope you are doing well. Found you b/c I love Junk too... Will return.
God Bless,
Leslie

GeorgiaPeachez said...

It looks very inviting and comfy. I hope that your therapy is starting to mend your broken heart just a bit. xo, suzy