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More springtime joy!

3 Mar
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I heard this wonderful story on the radio yesterday about my all-time favorite poet, e.e. cummings. His work has spoken to me since I discovered how cool poetry was when I was in 7th or 8th grade. And, today, I got to learn something new about him. He was also an artist! Listen to the audio version of the story, if you can. It’s delightful. It includes my favorite e.e. cumming’s poem, “sweet spring is your”.

Story on NPR’s Weekend Edition (html | audio)

E. E. Cummings Conservation Project

Enjoy another dash of spring surprise!

Song inspired by “sweet spring is your” by e.e. cummings

There is nothing like a coat of white paint

19 Feb

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Days of labor. Hard labor. Sanding. Painting. Sanding. Painting. More sanding. More and more and more painting.

We got a lot done. All the cabinet interiors have a fresh clean coat of white paint. This was an involved process. We had to clean up the cabinets first. My mother-in-law and I took out old contact paper. My husband sanded and sanded and sanded. Then we used a white primer on the cabinets. Finally, we painted the interiors with a fresh, clean coat of pure white semi-gloss paint.

What an incredible amount of work this has been. We refuse to do a shoddy job. So much shoddy work has been done on this house over the years and we refuse to participate in that. So, we’re making it look GOOD!

And, eating out a lot!

We went to IKEA on Saturday night and picked up our cabinet innards. The new drawers but also pullouts for the cabinets.

Do we really need all these boxes?

It was a bit of a comedy of errors. All the IKEA people were great. I love that store even with long lines and tired screaming babies (not mine, thank goodness!).

Here are a few pics of the latest work efforts . . .

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Greg and his mom, hard at work.

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Working on everything . . . including the kitchen sink

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A coat of primer and suddenly things look better. That yellow glow on the wall is the wall color (although it won’t be in that actual spot! 🙂 ) Isn’t it gorgeous? Like Alpenglow.

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Somethings are not responding as nicely to the primer as we’d hoped! Rats!

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Greg just wore himself out sanding.

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Giving my old cutting board a new lease on life. I did the hand-sanding myself, thank you very much!

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One of the drawers needed some glue (couldn’t get an IKEA drawer innard to fit 3 of the drawers in the kitchen). I like Greg’s unique clamping methods!

So, a coat of clean, white paint. Done! Next step, the finally selected green on the cabinet faces. Then, Greg adds all the innards and the hardware. Then, we paint the walls. After that, floors. Wonder what joys all that will entail.

Stay tuned!