Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Projects

It's been a wild and wooly summer. 

We've had some "had-to" projects - like the bathroom:

Before.  Gone is the 1960s blue bathtub and groody wall-board
that even straight bleach wouldn't clean.

After.  Added a built-in cultured marble shower, a new sconce, bit of new flooring,
 and rearranged some accessories and voila, a new bathroom! 
Finally, our home has been 100% renovated!


Some projects have been fruitful, like our neighbor's garden.


Squash pickles, in progress.  I also made 6 batches of
bread 'n' butter pickles, which amounts to about 24 quarts.  I had my
assembly line going too fast to document them on film.  I also made
several loaves of zucchini carrot bread and put up enough
zucchini to keep us in bread and other zucchini goodness
throughout the zombie apocalypse.


I worked on my own outdoors/garden throughout this project-based summer:


This seating was once barn red (not to be confused with the identical
red seating still in my living room per previous post...it was a sweet deal that
ended up being a bogo!)  Thanks to pinterest, my new obsession, I learned
about spray-paint primer and adopted a new favorite color, ivy green.


I added to the patio with some wonderfully comfortable adirondack chairs
with pillows (!), hanging verbena and a zinna.  I like to sit here in the evenings
with my cat and have "meow time" although she turns her
nose up at the chairs and prefers to lounge solo in the swing.



This was my view this afternoon.  We have two large hens (one not pictured) and between
8 and 9 "chicks" if you could call the youngsters that.  I'm not certain
of the terminology to use with turkeys, but I am certainly enjoying
their presence.  They've been around in our yard and our neighbors yard
all day.  We don't turkey hunt, so this is somewhat of a sanctuary for them. 
We've had as many as 18 chicks in years past.  I love watching them comb
the grass for seeds and bugs.



Last but not least, 4th of July! 
Happy Independence Day!


We finished our bathroom about 11:45 Monday night...literally.  I was gone to
an inservice workshop all day Tuesday and knowing I had to feed upwards
of 20 people on Wednesday was somewhat overwhelming.  However,
I did manage to pull a bit of patriotism out of my exhausted hat.  The
cupcakes were delicious and the left-overs are gracing my freezer shelves.
The piping bag made my hand cramp (I don't know how professional
bakers do it all day), but just being creative, as simple as this was, was
more therapudic than anything I've done in a while.  That tells me I need
to sharpen my writing pencils and gesso some canvas for some
creativity intervention.  But, who has time!

Coming soon, vacation pictures!