May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Family Room Redo

Yesterday I posted a few photographs of my family room.  Some weeks ago, I decided that this year the family room needs a re-do. 

Actually, calling it the "family room" probably dates me to the 1980's but that's when this house was originally designed and that was the intended function of the room.  Fortunately, the person who designed my house created a wide wide opening from the family room into the dinette that has a sliding patio door to the deck in the backyard; the dinette is separated from the kitchen by a cabinet based peninsula that does not feature an overhang and therefore NO stools!  No overhanging cabinets either, to block the view and make the spaces feel small.  The kitchen primary (if one includes the peninsula cabinet) is about 11 x 12 and features a classic work-triangle:  the sink overlooks the backyard through a short double-crank out window facing west; the gas range/oven and hood are centered on the north wall, and the fridge anchors the east wall at the end of a cabinet run.  A microwave sits on the east wall near the fridge.

The dinette is about the same size (haven't measured with a tape measure) as the kitchen, 11 x 12.  The family room is about 18.5 x 12, that was roughly measured with a tape measure, but it's hard to measure with a tape measure with only one person. 

I suppose I should do a line drawing and post lots more photos to give you an idea of the space. But not tonight!

The space reads pretty much as one large open space and since its windows and the patio door face full west (oh my!), there is TONS of light, especially in the summer; but even in the depths of winter on a sunny day it's bright and warm.  This is despite there being no windows on the family room south wall; it was purposely designed that way, to cut down on cooling costs during the summer.  The south wall, which is 18.5 feet long, therefore gives me an opportunity to place a gigantic run of built-in bookcases if I decided to go that way; or put in a prefab fireplace; or a combination of the two. 

The budget does not allow for any such flights of fancy!  Or new furniture or new carpeting.  Maybe not even a new area rug that I may have to put into storage because I'm thinking with it's tones geared toward red and green it won't really "go" with the wall colors I've picked out.  But one never knows until one actually lays the thing down in the "new" room...

I am not a patient shopper.  I am generally happy with "good enough" rather than "perfect" which usually doesn't turn out to be perfect after a year or two anyway.  It's a conscious trade-off between my precious time and everything else.  My precious time wins every time!  So, some weeks ago, during my last shopping run with a friend to Menard's, a Wisconsin-based service-oriented super-market for hardware, etc. that these days competes with Home Depot and Lowe's - quite successfully in Wisconsin, I might add (yeah, Menard's!) I picked out several paint sample cards.  No, I did not buy little cans of paint and plaster loaded brush marks of paint all over my walls.  I contented myself with laying down the samples on the furniture, the rug, the carpet, against the drapes, at varying times of day and night, under varying levels of light and lack thereof, to see what the hell the samples looked like.

I settled on this "taupe" neutral tone for the upper half of the family room walls:

This image of the color is the best I can do and looks much more "grey" than the sample I have at hand.  It is a Dutch Paint, "Family Tree" B13-2 and is a medium-to-dark tone of taupe.

The bottom portion of the wall will most likely be an anaglypta-type patterened wall covering painted in white.  The white accompanying "Family Tree" is B13-4 "Superhide White" but I could not find it anywhere on the internet, not even at Dutch Boy's website!  Eek!  No matter.  I know the folks at Menard's will be able to mix it up for me.  A close, but somewhat "murkier" white I found at the Dutch Boy website is this:

It looks sort of pinkish-grey in my monitor on this Acer laptop I'm working on right now, but with respect to my paint sample cards, it is fairly close in color to B13-4 "Superhide White" that goes with "Family Tree" B13-2.  Superhide White is a fairly "white" white (and yes, I'm well aware of the hundreds of colors of "white!")  "Popcorn" is just a little bit warmer tint? tone?  than "Superhide White."

So, sometime during the next several weeks the bottom half of the family room walls will be stripped of their aged vinyl wallpaper border and paper.  And then the real fun will begin...

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