May 20, 2018:

Hola!

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...

Jan

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Family Room Re-do: Chair Rail

I started shopping this morning for textured paintable wallpaper border after deciding that putting up a REAL chair rail was beyond my skill set.
Wasted hours looking (no, I decided I would not bore you with posting endless samples of the borders I looked at and decided not to buy).  I decided that the available borders (for the price I was willing to pay) just were not appealing.  I would end up hating how it looked, and I sure don't want that after all the work I know I'm going to be putting into redoing these rooms -- all the HOURS it's taken already.  YECH.  I hate spending this much time on what should be a straightforward redecorating project.  I mean, come on!  I'm not changing out furniture or tearing down walls, adding fancy crap to the ceiling or rewiring, putting down different carpeting or hardwood flooring.  Geez!  Pisses me off big time, all this time that I could be working on my chess blog, the family tree, and doing yard work (not to mention laundry).
Sooooo, after reluctantly, most reluctantly, coming to the conclusion that I would be better off to put up a REAL chair rail after all, I started looked for foam chair rails.  I wanted something I could GLUE on -- no fricking nail guns or hammers for me.  I've said it before and it's worth saying again - I can't hammer a nail in straight to save my life, darlings, and that's Goddess truth! 
After what seemed forever looking at various websites and "foam" products, I finally settled on "Creative Crown Moldings" -- they really have some neat stuff and their corner blocks make it possible to install crown molding (and chair rail) with straight cuts - no compounded cuts, funky angles or coved cuts needed!  But for the present I'm not interesting in putting up crown moldings in this family room.  Maybe later, but not now. 

Sooo, I ended up buying the chair rail profile on the far right - too lazy to crop the image.  It's the classic chair rail profile and about 2 inches wide.  I thought the price was great and I was very happy until I got to checkout and saw that they were ripping me off for $41 in shipping charges!  WHAT THE F?  That is just RIDICULOUS.  This stuff doesn't weigh a ton, after all - it's glued onto walls, which should give you a clue as to how much is DOES NOT WEIGH.  I was upset enough about the extemely high shipping charges to cancel the order - but I did not.  I just want to get this fricking project over with and did not want to invest another second looking for foam chair rail.  So - buyers beware -

The chair rail will be more than enough for me to tackle - I'm going to have to buy a hot glue gun and glue sticks.  Never thought I'd EVAH own one of those suckers.

The hot glue is used to join together intermediate cuts because each piece of chair rail is only 8 feet long.  That means if I want to space things out evenly on my long south wall (about 18.5 feet), I will need 2 joints to join together three pieces of rail each approximately 6' 2" long.  I'm thinking that would look better (and be easier to install) than putting up two 8 foot long rails and then one short section of 2.5 feet!

Right now, I seriously need to take a nap...

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