Monday, December 20, 2010

Travelling to warmer climes this Christmas?

How does maroon and purple carpet grab you?  I feel the same way, perhaps even more strongly, but alas, maroon and purple carpet is my fate.  At least until it gets replaced.  Priority one: getting the ceilings and walls in the bedrooms painted before we move in, which has been slightly more labor intensive and time consuming than I had supposed.  Also, I had forgotten just how much paint a person can acquire on one’s body in the space of three days.  The magnetic paint (don’t ask) was the absolute worst.  I’m still picking off traces of it on my wrist.  Maybe it will help with any iron deficiencies I have. 

Translation of above excuses, whimpering, and whining: I am out of time and energy, so relying on that old trick of picture=thousand words seems the logical move, even for me.  For those lucky enough to be heading south this holiday season: 

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This charming little display was part of a temporary reptile exhibit in no less a place than Palmer, Alaska.  Which I assure you has no native vultures, reptiles, or desert succulents.  More’s the pity.

Any painting counsel for me?  Times you ran out of water in the desert?

16 comments:

Green Lane Allotments said...

I think you will have to go a long way south for warmer climes. Here in the UK and Europe we are having one of our coldest winters on record!

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

Really cute and humorous post. I always love your adventures. Painting can be a bear. When I was remodeling, I was the painter, and every sweatshirt I own now bears witness to my messy affair. My hair, my face, everywhere, even the walls.

Kate said...

Ha-ha! I hate painting. We had the bright idea of painting the outside of our house two summers ago. Why bother hiring people when we can do it ourselves?? Yikes. I painted everything with that paint sprayer. The dog, the neighbors. It was a nightmare. Glad to see you're making some good progress on the new digs.

Merry Christmas!

Marguerite said...

funny, I thought all paint was magnetic...

Missy said...

I'd send you some of our summer heat from Australia if I could, but better just send warm thoughts instead - have a great Christmas (and Happy Painting)

Tundra Monkey said...

Wear a mask when painting the ceilings; I had white freckles on my face for a while after doing mine! Good luck!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Christine. LOL! I always end up with paint in my hair no matter what I am painting. Never fails.You have been busy girl.
Wishing you A Wonderful Christmas in your new home.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Wear long sleeved shirts, gloves and a cap. That is the best I can do for you. I pity you those carpet colors. Just hang in there and it will all come together. Just think this spring you can begin on the garden. I can't wait to see that. Cheers and Happy Holidays.

Bangchik said...

we are not going anywhere..., it is wet but warm here.

Grace Peterson said...

Painting is not much fun but the results are sooooo worth it. Hang in there. Maybe you'll even grace us with before and after photos?

Problem with drinking all that water in the desert is that if there isn't an outhouse nearby, well, mind your cactus. [Sorry, my weird sense of humor is more than evident.]

Faith said...

Painter's tape is easy off, relatively cheap when applied with painter's paper. I'd send you some nice pink rubber exam gloves too if you want.

I swear that the dogs that used to live in our house had puppies on our bedroom carpet. And the previous owners NEVER cleaned. Oh well. It's clean now.

Birgit said...

Very Cute post!! :)
Ein ganz gemütliches Weihnachtsfest und ein gesundes neues Jahr!
liebe Grüße
Birgit

lifeshighway said...

Your picture is worth at least a thousand words to me and maybe a few points. Love it. Good luck with the painting. Not my favorite chore.

Barbara said...

For a year now I've been telling myself "I really enjoy painting the living room myself". I'll let you know if this strategy ever works!
Merry Christmas!

Wendy said...

hmmm, no painting counsel. I guess I might suggest that you take your time, but I know that when you're in the thick of it, all you want is to be done. Then...you live with it for years and years thinking - I should have been more careful with that edge - I shouldn't have rushed.

I saw the magnetic paint as I bought my chalkboard paint. It certainly seemed like a cool concept!

LOVED the tarps btw!

mike 'hazeltree' thompson said...

no vultures around here at the moment...way too cold...hope you survive your painting...take now and have a wonderful new year..

mike

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