Monday, March 23, 2015

Taking In Air

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A while back I mentioned that I was tackling a couple of projects; this one needed to be done so the painters could caulk/paint it.

The air return is oddly positioned (why vertical and in the middle of the chair rail?) and was so ugly. I've had this change on my mind for a long time; so glad to achieve Project Completion. None of the tutorials online were exactly what I needed so I improvised.

Ugly, right?

Gathered up my tools.

Time to get rid of the ugly.

Yep. It involved brute strength
(I needed to keep the metal frame).

Moulding for the outer trim cut, joined, and nailed and/or glued in place.

Used the wall color instead of the trim color on the insert.
Trimmed it to size and stapled it to the back of a frame
made from more moulding.

A few Command strips attach the inner frame with metal grid to the inside
of the new outer trim...gonna have to change that filter, you know.

A closer look. I'm so happy with the result (and the new wall color)!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March Madness Continues

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A sample of the current madness! It may not look like it but there has been progress since last week. The foyer walls and upstairs ceilings are done. The hall and stairway trim is finished and just needs another coat in a few places (stairway treads and spindles are the devil!). 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

All the Light We Cannot See

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Great book, wonderful friends, and a most delightful dinner for the Bluestockings tonight...I love my book club!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March Madness

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For about the last ten years, we've been putting off painting the interior trim. There's so much OF it and frankly, I knew if I did the work it would take me years and possibly cost me my sanity....which is why it's not been done. Finally, the sun, stars, and moon have aligned (budget, painter availability, and no guests planned for a while), so this is what's been going on around here. After a week, the upstairs is still a work in progress, meaning this is not going to be a quick adventure. Still, it needed to be done. 

While we've got them here (they stay SO busy), the halls and foyer are finally going to upgrade from the white we painted everywhere when we built to something a bit darker. You know I would have tackled this long ago if I could have figured out how to paint a two-story foyer!

While I'm here and the house is in disarray, I'm beginning to check off a few projects that have been floating around in my brain for a while. First up, a new cover for the weirdly positioned air intake. This one has been a long time coming and ended up having more steps that I would have believed possible. Everything's ready now, just waiting on that trim to get painted! I've also been making some shelves for an upstairs closet; they're ready to install as soon as the paint dries. Really looking forward to taking some 'after' photos...soon, I hope!

Not even going to talk about the caulking that's been going on. Ugh.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Little Visit

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Jay was out of town for a couple of nights, so Kate and the boys headed south for a short visit. We'll take it! 

Bo, like most children, loves being outside. He helped E.W. with some real estate work, hit some golf balls, and did a lot of just running around. Thankfully, the weather cooperated!

Loading up the mail.

Bo thought the John Deere junk mail was his; he studied it very carefully...

...for a long time!

The boy loves a truck.

That face!

Bo's take on the purpose of a stroller.

Scrubbing down.

Kate DID bring Banks; it's just that he wasn't involved in quite as many activities as his big brother. Mostly he ate, slept, and grinned. So precious. We were trying to decide if they really did look more alike than we thought at first. You decide!

Bo at two months                            Banks at two months

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Still Excellent!

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Another year in the Circle of Excellence for E.W. and I'm so proud! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

On the Move

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This morning was another fun time with this busy boy. The weather was nice enough that we could play outside and all three cats joined us (although Aspen looks rather terrified).

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Breakfast Date

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It's been way too long since we've seen our nephew, Ross.  Usually, when we're in town, he's busy with work and we're busy grandparenting.

Today, though, was his day off and Kate, Banks, and I met him for a leisurely breakfast. It was so, so good to share hugs and catch up with this one! 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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