Waiting Out the Storms?

Well, not thunderstorms….more like the storms of busy-ness!

On Friday, we went over to Mark’s mom’s house to work on the stairs we repaired a couple of months ago. As we pulled into the driveway, I couldn’t help but take a picture of her mums by the mailbox. They are a real showstopper!

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These mums would overflow even a bushel basket! I just love the color.

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While I was working, I looked over and saw that the hydrangeas are *still* blooming! The blue color is so beautiful. These bushes are planted right next to a stand of pine trees, so they have a very acid soil.

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So, back to the stairs! As soon as we arrived, I began sanding the stairs, trying to feather areas between the bare wood and wood that had paint. As I sanded, large areas of previously painted wood began to chip and fall off. This meant sanding and sanding and sanding some more. I spent well over two hours working on this.

As soon as the sanding was finished, Michelle and I began to work on priming the wood. The primer we used was oil-based and between the smell from that paint and the 85 degree heat, it was quite the adventure in painting! The good news is that even though the days have been summer-like, the nights have brought refreshingly cool air, making the days seem not so unbearable.

We worked on the primer for what seemed like forever. It was so thick, it was like painting with Elmer’s Glue! But, when we completed the job, it looked so nice! After we finished, we had a pizza delivered and sat down to eat. Boy, were Michelle and I hungry!

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We had planned to go back on Tuesday to complete the job by putting on two coats of latex paint.  However, when we were halfway home, I realized my cell phone wasn’t in my purse. We called Mark’s mom, telling her we were pretty sure the phone was in the garage. We kept calling it until she finally found it.

Mark looked at the weather when we got home, and it was calling for rain the better part of next week. Mark decided we should return on Saturday.

As soon as we arrived home, shortly after 7, I decided to make some grape filling, so Ben and I went to work on that.  We finished up at about 11:30. Then I washed all the pots and pans, got a load of clothes out of the dryer and folded them, hand washed two shirts for Ben, and took a bath. By the time I crawled into bed, it was 1:30.

I awakened again at 6:30 and began getting ready to go back to my mother-in-law’s house.  Thankfully, the latex paint went on like a dream. It was so much more fluid and less “tacky”. We finished the first coat in about 2 hours! We waited around for about an hour, then applied the second coat.

Here is the finished product. I am so relieved to have this project completed so we don’t have to return to it in the spring.

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After we finished cleaning up, we were off and running yet again. We stopped at the mall for a bit to look for a couple of things.  After that, we were headed off to take the kids to the Teen Skate.  We had to drive about 75 miles from Mark’s mom’s house, so it was a little journey.

We had to stop by a WalMart store. As we were sitting in the parking lot, a sudden storm broke out, then minutes later, the sun was shining again! This produced a wonderful rainbow….but then again, it was a double rainbow, although the one above wasn’t very pronounced.

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We continued our journey, stopping at an  Arby’s for some food. As we were sitting in the line, waiting, I saw these flags blowing about in the wind.  The one below the US flag is a MIA/POW flag….

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We were off once again. We dropped the kids off at the skate shortly after 7. Then, Mark and I went to a nearby town and just parked the truck. I was so exhausted, I crawled into the back seat and passed out! I only awakened when Mark told me it was time to leave!

We got home a little after 11. So, once again, it is lights out and looking to yet another full day tomorrow! I cannot WAIT for winter. At least when it is cold outside, I don’t feel so guilty sitting down and just resting for a spell!