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Lake Forest Ranch Wrap-up

It’s happened again! Our three weeks of work is over, and now is the time to look back and see what was accomplished. For me, it was all about paintin’ dem closets.
Big Closets
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Medium Closets
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and even some Smallish Closets –
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When I ran out of closet beige, I tackled some door frames –
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And then at the very end Gary and I worked together and painted a hallway!
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Yes, it was still beige on beige, but the walls were farther apart AND I had company!
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All good!
(Full disclosure – I didn’t mind all that closet painting at all! I got to listen to my favorite podcasts and then my favorite Pandora stations. Definitely a bonus when painting alone!)
Three gallons of beige paint later – 12 closets, 4 doorframes and one hallway. Done.
Gary bounced around doing several different jobs – taking care of some drywall repair, doing a bit of woodworking, and yes, painting doors!
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Considering that virtually every door on campus is green, I was pretty sure he was going to run out of paint before he ran out of doors!
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Sometimes painting doesn’t seem like such a big deal. But when finances are tight (as they are at every retreat center during this pandemic) there is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to brighten up an area. We were happy to be able to help in this way!
We finished out our time here with a lovely gathering of SOWERS (either working in the area or or living nearby) for lunch today. Wonderful food, but even better fellowship! I’m so thankful to be part of this SOWER Family!
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It was a lovely month – the weather was quite cooperative and we enjoyed the quieter pace of working a project with ‘just us’.  But as often happens, when it comes to the end of the project, my guy is ready to go. And when he’s ready to go, we go. Simple as that! Since we’re heading out in the morning for our little road trip back to Texas, I better get the dishes done and tidy up some! I fear the truck will be pulling out early tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by! Stay safe and keep washing those hands!
Steph
PS – The header for today’s post is the yet-to-be-filled lake. They shut the drain today, so it should begin to fill up. Yippee!!

Putting it back together and the answer

We had a good last day of our first week today. Turns out all of the cabins I’d been busy closet-painting this week were going to be used this weekend, so we had to make sure all the painters tape was up, all the paint supplies put away (even it that means they are just under a tarp by our RV), and the shelves re-installed.
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Gary and I worked together and got four of the six closets done. (The other two still had wet paint from this morning, so he’ll get them done in the morning!)
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Now I know those aren’t the most impressive closets, but I must confess I was pretty pleased with how fresh and clean they looked. I probably won’t go back after the weekend to see if they got banged up again! Sometimes it’s the little things, right?

Oh – the one official guess on my Wednesday Mystery Location was generally correct. Yes, it is Utah! Those were some pictures from Zion National Park taken 10 years ago during what Gary affectionately calls The Rock Tour. You can check out a bit more about our time at that fabulous park HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!
Steph

Beige on Beige

Same song
Second Verse….
Last month Wendy and I painted a beige hallway and meeting room a different shade of beige and this month is sounding like the second verse of that same song! Except this time I’m working on closets!
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While I’m pretty much a “party worker” (as in I love tackling projects with a gang of friends), it’s probably a good thing we’re on our own this month. These closets are pretty much one-person painting size!
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I got 3 1/2 closets done in these first two days – only have about 10 or so to go!
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Gary’s also been playing with paint! He’s been working on some drywall repairs in the kitchen and painting doors between spackle coats!
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Except his is green on green.
We’ve been enjoying the Mississippi weather too – cool nights and mornings (OK, it was cold this morning – 37!) but bright and sunny during the day.
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No complaints here – either on the weather or the beige paint!

I hope you took the opportunity to vote today (or earlier as we did!). Regardless of where we stand on the candidates, the ability to vote in a free election is a privilege denied many around the globe. Let us all remember that whatever we wake to tomorrow (or the next day or the next….) Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. Proverbs 19:21

Week Two

We switched buildings this week as our painting projects progressed.  What once was blue
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is now the calming shade of Airy Green.
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I confess  it was lovely to use green paint instead of beige even though it did take a solid two coats to cover that blue!
By mid-week we were back to painting more already beige walls a slightly different color of beige. We got the hallway done and have the fellowship hall ready to roll when we start back on Monday.
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Although the color is not a big change, I know that a fresh coat of paint will really perk up the room! It’ll be great to see the room all done next week!

In other news….check this out –
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Yep! The refrigerator/freezer is back in business!!! It was a worthwhile exercise to empty out the freezer earlier this week – I was surprised at what I found and thankful most items were labeled (and dated – yikes!)!! I’m restocking from the church freezer slowing and trying to use things up as I do!
The new energy management part came in today, and is on deck for installation tomorrow. It was 90 today and tomorrow is supposed to only get into the low 70’s and my electrician really prefers the cooler temps. Once that gets installed I THINK our Electric Saga will be wrapping up!  Well, for the moment anyway.

Tomorrow we’ll ‘mask up’ and head out to the post office and the laundromat. I was hoping we could put off a grocery store trip until early next week, but I was just informed that we have used our last coffee filter so it looks like a stop at the Winn-Dixie will join the list. Priorities, baby, priorities!

Thanks for stopping by – keep washing those hands!
Steph

Oh – Congrats to Doug  (and Janet over on Facebook) who guessed yesterday’s “Where in the World” photo was from Olympic National Park – the HOH Rain Forest to be exact! If you’d like to see more photos from that beautiful park, you can check them out HERE!

Random header photo today is from our walk on the Vero Beach beach this past February.  Ahhhh……

Painting Trim

To say there is a fair bit of trim in this sweet Waco house is quite the understatement. It wasn’t all in bad shape, but if you’ve ever tried to match old white trim paint – well, it just seemed simpler to give it all a fresh coat. We’re not talking big change here – but I think you can see where the new paint on the right looks better than the old paint on the left.
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So let’s look at this room (it’s the smallest room in the house) and just see how much trim there is. There are those two windows (in the picture above) and then two more windows in the front, along with a door to the living room.
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At the other end of the room is a closet, the door to the hallway, and a cupboard.
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Oh, and six inch baseboard all around.
Every day I fill up my paint ‘jug’ and paint until it’s empty. In the six days that I’ve been painting trim I’ve gone through 1.5 gallons of trim paint, painted 17 windows, six solid doors, one set of french doors, 12 door or room openings, and haven’t even made it to the second floor.
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I will confess to getting pretty agile with a 2″ roller and I’m developing a solid ‘cutting in’ technique.
Pretty sure I’m going have to move my SOWER Skill Sheet (graded on a 0 (can’t do it) to 5 (it was my job)) painting level up to a solid 3.
Maybe even a 3.5 (if there is such a thing!).
With another 11 windows, 8 doors/doorways and 2 book shelves (and 4235 +/- feet of baseboard) waiting for me on the second floor, I’ll be making a trip back to the paint counter at Lowes soon!
Oh – did I mention the stairway?
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Yeah, that gets painted too.

Thanks for stopping by (and listening to me whine!! Sorry!).