Saturday, October 30, 2010

" I Need to Get Serious !"

I am getting frustrated with myself. I have had all of this free time as of late and have wasted it. Yes wasted it. 
Everything has been moved out of the dining room so that I could prepare the walls, wash them and then paint.
Granted It did take a good four days to fix the one doorway. I had to literally rebuild the corner with Spackle. It was really banged up and damaged. Then I repainted it and nailed up new corner guards to protect from further damage.
After which I got the jig saw out and cut a new piece of plywood, primed and painted it. We put it in the doorway to keep the dogs in the front part of the house. We've tried child gates but they where a pain in the butt to open and close so often. We can just step over the board.
The old board was too heavy and damaged the wall. So since I did that which I didn't expect to be so involved, I sort of slacked off.
I baked a cake. Those of you who know me also know that I hate cooking and baking. Wastes too much time and energy for me. I'd rather be crocheting, sewing, crafting , cleaning, gardening, well...
you get the idea, anything BUT cooking or baking!!!
I had been crocheting another pair of fingerless gloves for my older daughter Ginny. After I finished the first one, I tried it on only to discover that I stupidly used a size ten needle instead of a size eight!
I could swear that I grabbed the right needle! So I had to start all over again as this glove would only fit an eight year old.
Ginny suggested that I finish them for my granddaughter Sarah, the eight year old! Good Idea Gin, thanks!
Speaking of Ginny, she will be here for Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday. So I need to get my butt in gear and get this room done!!!
Why am I in such a hurry you may ask? Well I'll tell you, just calm down! My husband will only be home one more time before Thanksgiving. This will be next weekend. There are certain things that he needs to hang in that room that I can't. Also since there is only one electrical outlet in this whole room, I pretty much demanded that he put in a new one before Thanksgiving!
No I am not an ogre. Simply put, this is a fairly easy job for him. We have lived here eleven years. I have had to use an extension cord going across the whole room for eleven years every time I want to listen to the stereo.
Here's a little secret. Come closer. I don't want anyone else to hear....
my husband sometimes plays stupid. Yes he does. It has taken me longer than it should have to find this out. I guess that would make me really stupid!! 
He is very handy. Sometimes when I suggest a project be it big or small, he will stand there looking lost, blank eyed. I don't remember the exact moment at which I discovered this little trick of his but I did call him out on it. Now there is no playing dumb for him anymore. He and my son are to install a new electrical outlet in my wall next weekend.
So you see I have to get this room done! 
I colored my hair yesterday. Something that I never thought that I would do again. But I did it. It is a warm chestnut color and I must say that I am very pleased with the results.
I asked my fifteen year old, Katie, if I looked ten years younger without the gray. She just looked at me and said "What do you want me to say mom?".
What does she think I want her to say? I want her to be honest and say "Oh mom, you look at least ten years younger!".
I really like it. I couldn't stop looking at the pretty color. More time wasted. I could have been putting color on those walls!!!
So today I get serious. I am not cooking. There are leftovers and frozen pizzas. After I finish my coffee and this post, I am off to the dining room like a painting warrior!!!
I have until 3:00 p.m. at which time I will have to stop and get ready for church. Tonight is our Reformation service. We always have a weeny roast before service. Now how could one pass that up I ask you?
So you may not hear from me for a day or two. I'll have to take a break sometime, I will visit you then O.K.?
Wish me luck, patience and a steady hand!


Anvilcloud said...

You're a very "handy" woman. I'm impressed. But I want to know if that's a hollow-weeny roast?

Bernie said...

Have a great weekend Di, I know you will get every thing done eventually....and it will be lovely...Happy Hallowee...:-)Hugs

Bernie said...

Well I'm sure you know that is suppose to be

Barb said...

Hi Di, Any free time YOU waste is time well-spent! Hope you got a lot done today and are now enjoying your time at church.

Wanda..... said...

Doesn't sound like you're wasting time to me, Di. Good luck with the painting, which I'm sure will be finished by Thanksgiving. ;)

Dee said...

I can so relate to the dumb look from your husband..mine tries that with me at times.LOL It sounds like you are getting on a roll with the dnning room.I wish you the patients you need and the extra you, I do not care to bake or cook and would rather clean and do my art. I think getting your hair colored was not wasting will want to look good in that new dinning room when you have company over. :)

Maria said...

Hi Diana!
It's amazing that you manage your home alone most of the time... God bless your husband, too, for all the traveling he must do...
Another friend of mine is in the same situation... sometimes there's just a weekend in between two weeks of travel...
Lots to do all the time.

I think you were "wasting time" because I believe our bodies just make us rest.
I hope you're recharged and ready to finish your project.

I also empathize about the dog "gate"
We use a long white coated steel shelf ... the kind you put in closets. It's nice and long and I can step over it easily. The dogs don't really bother with it because they don't like the crashing noise it makes when it tips over... so they stay away from it!
Enjoy your Sunday ~ hoping you can rest again~
I'm so

Maria said...

I have no idea where "I'm so" at the end of my comment came from LOL
so funny!

Gutsy Living said...

Yes, it does sound like you got a lot done. I can relate though. Today I didn't get moving until noon. Went to bed after a party last night and was too tired this morning to go to the gym. Felt very guilty, which is silly, I know. Glad you like your hair color.

Rebecca said...

I'm weary just keeping up with your description of your days! You ARE wonder woman!

And I know what you mean about time flying between now and Thanksgiving! While trying to arrange a visit with a friend, there was literally only 2 days it would work for me - and neither of them worked for HER!

Can't wait for pictures of the dining room & HURRAY for you and Jake! I know you'll really appreciate having those extra plug-ins (I say go for 2 while you're at it). When we added a few feet to our living room, I had them install ONE plug-in (in an obscure corner) up high so I didn't have to bend over when I wanted to plug in my vacuum. It works nicely for a little lamp I have on top of a higher desk, too!

Lois Evensen said...

Wow, you've been so busy.

I'm just catching up after being away where I couldn't get pages with lots of pictures to load again. Darn, why can't I find cell towers everywhere I travel?????? ;)


Donna's Book Nook said...

Wow! I got tired just reading this post! Sounds like you've accomplished a lot! How hard can it be to put a little paint on the walls? I trust you got it done and you enjoyed church.

Cindy said...

Diana, you have been so busy, I have to say our husbands must be related, except I would not trust mine to put in an outlet, even if it took him eleven years. he is in his glory handing out Halloween candy tonight. good luck with your room. I am right there with you about cooking and baking, now rebuilding walls that is a huge job to take on. you go girl. I think you must look at least 15 years younger, I am looking in my crystal ball. thanks so much for the comment you left on my blog today. hugs. Don't overdo it.

Jenny said...

OK. Breathe in. Breathe out. Do what you can. Don't worry about what you can't. Do the important's OK to not be productive every single minute!

Jackie said...

I wish you luck, patience, and a steady hand, my dear friend...AND...don't change a single thing about you because I just LOVE coming here and reading your work so just as hard...and have hit the nail on the head when you describe husbands. I have seen that "deer in the headlights" look sooooo many times. It comes with testoserone, my friend! :))))
I'm sorry you used the wrong sized needle...but I like the suggestion of using the gloves for Sarah. Anything you make with your hands is a precios gift....
I LOVE your profile photo!!!!!!
Love you know that I do.

Jackie said...

I can't believe I misspelled so many words in my above post...sigh......maybe the words can be understood.....I don't want to delete the comment......(just wanted to comment again!!!!)
Love you, my friend

Vicki said...

Di, you remind me of me! Projects always seem to require more time and energy than I originally plan. By the time the preparation work is done, I'm exhausted and have to take a day or two off from the task at hand!
Did I tell you how beautiful your photos of your trees are in your last post? I think I forgot.
Thanks for stopping by with sweet comments as always, Di. You make so many of my days happier!
Now, I'm off to read your latest post...and to see if that dining room really got painted! LOL ♥ Vicki