March 29, 2013
The City House
We will be leaving for Star Hill in the morning. YIPPEE! It has been three weeks since this weekend country girl got a chance to go to the country. My goals for the weekend:
- Enjoy family coming up to visit us.
- Cook steaks and sit outside to enjoy the spring weather on the deck!
- Unplug the electronics
- Get organized for work at my new job Monday.
- Visit my friend’s new house. It is almost finished 4 miles from the lake house.
- Spray paint the leggy-ornate table for Tara and get it glazed.
- Completely finish the floating shelves for my nephew. He has been very patient!
- Paint the side tables for our bedroom then poly it.
- Go to church in our sweet little Coldspring church.
I will report in on Monday afternoon. Have a great holiday.
Wish you were here.
March 28, 2013
The City House
Today was the hardest day of my career. Today is my last day at a school that I have poured my heart into. They will be with me always because they made me a better person, teacher, and principal.
March 27, 2013
The City House
I will admit it. We are messy up in this house from time to time. I love my granite counter tops but let me be honest, if I knew how much work they would be I would have thought twice about them, especially a light color. Granite is porous. It absorbs things. Especially greasy things, if you don’t keep the granite sealed. I sometimes forget to seal my granite regularly.
Here are the most recent stains.
I used to freak out a little about stains on my granite but I have learned to deal with the stains painlessly and without spending a fortune. Our granite does not have any added color so do not do what I suggest if your stone was ever tinted.
The solution is acetone, talcum powder, and plastic wrap.
Get a bottle of pure acetone. Don’t try to use nail polish remover. You will also need talcum powder. Pour some acetone into a bowl then add powder until it is a paste. Spoon the paste over the stain then cover with plastic wrap and tape the plastic wrap down. The granite will darken around the stain as the acetone soaks in. Leave it alone for about 12 hours. Uncover the paste then allow it to dry and sweep away the powder. It really works! Here are the same spots after removing the stains.
All the counters are freshly sealed. Lesson learned.
March 24, 2013
My friend, The Social Planner, generously allows Hubby and me to participate in family activities from time to time. She and her husband are fortunate enough to have her three boys living close by. An added bonus is she has two grea daughter-in-laws. The cherry on top is that she has three amazing grandkids who I get to love too.
Saturday afternoon we got to attend the oldest gran’s first ever T-Ball game. He is four years old and the rest of his team is about the same age. They are so cute. While sitting at the game I thought that possibly T-Ball is the perfect sport. I wish life were more like T-Ball
- They don’t keep score. Sadly I work in a field where we are all about the score- sometimes more than the kid.
- Everyone gets three trys to hit a thown ball, but if that doesn’t work you get three tries off the T too. I loved that the kids get a chance to hit the ball first- but there is support if needed.
- Your coach gets to be on the field with you. When you are new to the game (or job, or …) it sure is nice to have someone standing out with you helping you to know what you need to do in case you get lost or confused.
- Everyone celebrates when you score.
- When the game is over, you get a snack.
See what I mean? I want my life to be more like T-Ball.
I hope you enjoy the pictures. My little buddy had a great day. His family was there to celebrate- uncles, aunts, great uncles, great aunts, cousins and me maw and b-paw. Just wish his mom’s parents could have made it, but I know they will enjoy the photos.
There was a lot to do waiting for the ball to come.
Sliding into home plate.
March 24, 2013
Curbside rescue, glazing, painting, Repurposed Furniture
1970's end table, Behr paint, Happy Camper Green, painted furniture
When we returned from seeing The Southern Belle, we were greeted at the front door by this beauty. The junk fairy apparently made a visit while we were gone!
I knew that this dude was worth saving, but we just don’t have a place for it. I know it sounds crazy but I do not sell anything I do. When you sell things someone else is your boss. Right now at this point in my life I have WAY ENOUGH BOSSES in my life. Sooo, I posted it on Facebook and asked my friends if they would like it. My friend Robin was first to reply and she wanted it green. We settled on Behr Happy Camper. I decided to stain the top even though it was in rough shape because I think it has a lot of character.
Yuck. What you are seeing is after sanding it all once.
Eventually it did sand out… well mostly it sanded out. This is what it looked like at 7:15 a.m. Saturday morning.
This is what it looked like at 8:00 a.m. One coat of paint on.
This is what our little green friend looked like Sunday morning after two more coats of paint, the top stained walnut, and a brown glaze applied. I will poly it this week then it gets to live at Robin’s house. I wanted to put the end table in front of the azaleas because I am bragging that we already have 70 degree weather here. Spring has sprung.
March 22, 2013
The City House
It has never been a secret that I am lacking int the technology department. I cannot figure out what I have done wrong this time. For some reason a post that I posted in January is coming up every time someone logs in and not my new posts. I have looked at the settings but cannot figure out what I have done wrong. Any suggestions?