Catching up

Last week was spring break for Jesse. Jim took the week off to start on one of our biggest and most needed projects: painting the house. This is the “before” view:

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The shutters on the left of the house are faded; the shutters on the right are peeling. We didn’t know that the ones on the left were made of plastic until Jim took them down and piece of it broke off. The ones on the right were made of wood.

With a split level, there are odd little places with pieces of roof sticking out from the rest of the house and little patches of paneling. I was inside the “sun room” at the back of the house when Jim and Jeremy were on a little section of roof to paint the wall above that and below the main roof. I took this picture from inside the sun room looking out at them.

House painting

House painting

Yes, Jim is climbing a ladder on a roof. Yes, I did pray for safety a lot during the week!

Jeremy and Jesse working in the front:

House painting

This is the contrast of the new color on the left and the old one on the right:

House painting

I was a little alarmed at first because the new color looks more yellowish (though not so much in this picture) when I was trying to avoid a yellow tone. When I told Jim’s mom we were painting it off-white, she said, “Ecru?” Unfortunately there are scores of tints and shades in that color family! But when I look at a wall of the new paint by itself it doesn’t look yellowish, so I think it’s fine. Better be! It’s too late to change it! I was just frustrated with myself in my color choice, but it will be fine in the long run.

Jim working on the front:

House painting

More prayers for safety!

Jeremy did most of the shutters and gutters:

House painting

While I was walking around taking pictures, I thought the view of the sky through the dogwood tree was pretty:

Dogwood

This is the view this morning — the lighting is a little different because the previous pictures were taken on a sunny day and it is overcast this morning. The old is on the left, the new on the right:

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I like it. It looks a lot lighter and brighter.

When I was looking at colors, I didn’t even think about the area around the windows, but changing that from dark to light makes a lot of difference.

Jim was frustrated that he lost two days of painting due to rain at the beginning of the week. He used the time when it wasn’t actually raining to do some prep work, cleaning and scraping. He had mercy on Jesse and didn’t make him work as much as he could have so he could just relax some over spring break. Jesse did get to have a friend over one night. Jason doesn’t get a spring break from his school and had a heavy week of homework, so he wasn’t able to help much. I felt bad that I didn’t contribute more. I am no good on a ladder: one of the residual effects of TM is balance problems. I did have some extra time on Saturday and offered to help Jeremy with the shutters or gutters, but where he was set up on the patio there wasn’t much room, and he was enjoying listening to his iPod while working and didn’t really need or want help at that point. I did provide lunch and dinner. šŸ™‚ I don’t usually make lunches for all of us: years ago when the kids discovered the joys of sleeping in, they woke up at different times and ate at different times, and if I made them each something to eat whenever they got ready, I would have been in the kitchen all day. So they usually make their own lunches. But this week they usually took a lunch break all together, and I figured having a meal ready was the least I could do. And, of course, I’m the chronicler and photographer. šŸ™‚

The greatest majority of it is done. The wall on the left and a little patch of siding on the right is all of the “big” stuff, and Jim will have to rent a ladder to reach the peak (at least I think and hope he is planning to. He did mention the possibility of putting a ladder on top of the van. :OĀ  ) They also need to do the doors. But there is some tedious little stuff left, like the wood parts on the window panes. We’ll just have to fit that in as we can.

Today everyone is back to school and work. I sure enjoyed not setting the alarm clock last week. Funny how 6:30 is “sleeping in” these days!

This Saturday is the ladies’ luncheon at church. We got the favors mostly done at the ladies’ meeting last week, and I have a pretty long to-do list before Saturday, but, though it is going to be a busier than usual week, it doesn’t feel really pressured and overwhelming. Even so, there is a little underlying feeling of nervousness that seems to be a part of planning any event, even though things are going well and there’s nothing to worry about and it is all in God’s hands anyway. I just try to ignore it and carry on. šŸ™‚ But I’d appreciate your prayers that everything go well and especially for the lady doing the presentation of Darlene Diebler Rose’s Evidence Not Seen as she prepares. I’m praying that neither of us is adversely affected by the pollen that is so prevalent this time of year!

I was playing around with StumbleUpon last night after noticing in my blog stats that someone viewed one of my posts via Stumble. I clicked on the link, but it didn’t show me what page was viewed: it just took me to a page saying someone had viewed one of my posts, which I already knew. I had already signed in with them but just hadn’t done a lot with it. I looked around and read several things. I didn’t know if I could “stumble” any of my own posts, and I tried it just to see if I could. I was astounded this morning to see that the posts I had stumbled had all received over 90 views just since last night via StumbleUpon, and one, When there is no hunger for God’s Word, received over 2,000 views! I guess it works!

I think that about catches us up with the goings-on here. This will be a busy week preparing for the ladies’ luncheon; next week I’ll have the ladies ministry newsletter/booklet to do; Jason graduates in May, and his fiancee and future mother-in-law are coming for that, so there are some house projects I’d like to get done before that. Jesse has a sports banquet coming up as well as a piano recital and choir concert in May. Then when his school gets out later in the month, I’ll have a breather for a while — until Jason’s wedding in August!!

12 thoughts on “Catching up

  1. Painting the outside of the house is a huge job! The color is nice. Our house is white and I hate it but alas hubby loves it. It’s very blinding to my sun sensitive eyes as it reflects all the sun. I wouldn’t mind going for a color like that because it’s still nice and light yet not startling white. But alas, hubby does all the work of the painting so I defer to his color.

  2. I sure enjoyed reading your update. The new paint on the house looks great – lighter and brighter, like you said. I know your husband and son appreciated having food ready for them, so you did help a lot. If they’re like my husband and boys, they would eat junk if I didn’t fix them something, especially when they’re busy working on things!

  3. Tell your guys “great job” for me. I especially like the new color on the shutters. It makes a huge difference. The whole house definitely looks lighter and brighter! Happy for you!

  4. That is such a huge job to do. I remember when we repainted ours…and I hate to paint. Your’s looks fantastic. It really lightened it up. Great look. And the photos are excellent. Thanks for the update

  5. I like the new color to the shutters. I know you’re all happy to have the fresh new look. I think contributing prayers and food is a lot of help. But I know how you feel. We always think we should do more.
    You have a busy summer coming with graduations, banquets, meetings and wedding. I guess there will be showers and Teas, also.
    Have a lovely week.
    Mama Bear

  6. I like the new color! I agree that the new color looks brighter and the lighter shutters make the house brighter too. Who would have guessed? That drastic of a change always makes me nervous!!
    We hung a new kitchen light fixture this weekend. I went from white to black and that made me nervous. Of course it took us 3 whole hours because neither the husband nor myself are handy. But it’s up, it works and no one got electrocuted.

  7. Nice! I was scrolling through looking at all your photos before reading your captions and text, and I said to myself “lighter and brighter.” Then I saw that’s what you and everyone else thought too! There’s a consensus!

  8. I LOVE the new paint job on your house! We don’t have shutters, but I have always wanted them… I’d still love to get them. We have vinyl siding and so we don’t paint the outside… we just have to get out the power washer from time to time. I’m sO thankful for that!

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