Garden blues
Logging the miles

It's slow goin'

You'd think, without three little kids underfoot, that we'd make better (and quicker) progress on the home improvement projects around here. I guess maybe it's not so exciting the second, third, fourth time that we're doing something in the bathroom... it seems more like a chore than a fun project. I'm hoping that the excitement builds.

Maybe it's time to move.

(I can't believe I just said that!)

There are too many things vying for our time, and I guess that's a good thing.

Plus, I am so over summer right now. The extreme heat has passed but that doesn't mean it's not still hot, and the humidity is even harder (for me) to handle. It stifling, and just saps all the energy and will to do anything.

I'm supposed to participate in a charity bike ride tomorrow! Fifty miles was the initial goal, 25 miles seems more reasonable given the lack of ANY bike riding around here lately. I dunno. We'll see. Thunderstorms are also in the forecast.

So, I'm mostly responsible for growing the bathroom project -- if we're going to do This (the toilet) then when should do That (the floor) and, really, That Other Thing (painting) needs to be done, too. Rusty realized that one of Those Other Things is some plumbing pipes that should be replaced. And we may as well replace the light fixtures. I'm going to make new window coverings, too, and repurpose the fabric from the ones that were screwed up last year.

I think that's it. I know it's dated, but I'm still kind of sorry to see that stencil go. I can't wait 'til it's all finished!

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Me: "Do you like this color combo?"

Almost everyone I ask: "I won't know until it's finished!"

Gah! I can't believe this. Sometimes I hate it, sometimes I love it -- and that keeps me going. The "meh" I felt about the earlier combo was the intolerable feeling.

So, I won't know for sure until it's finished!! I'm closing in on the striping, so it shouldn't be too much longer.

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I may have my Project Spectrum project figured out for July:Blue and it will involve sewing! I've actually been gearing up for some of that -- looking at patterns, buying some fabric and a new iron, and working on a place to set up other than the kitchen table.




There is hope in your future! A front blew into northwestern WI this morning -- and I mean that literally: I swear the winds were 30-40 mph with gusts to 60, I was actually kinda scared a couple times -- and the heat and most of the humidity are gone. It is now barely 70˚ -- heaven!


First, I LIKE the color combination. A lot.

Second, I totally get the This and That of home improvement projects. (Someday perhaps I'll tell the tale of how our deck-building project turned into a complete re-do of the bathroom. An ultimate tale of This and That, truly.)

Third, I am still liking summer. Sorry. (But, then, I'm not riding a bike 50 - or even 25 - miles.)


I personally adore the colors together. I knit a shawl just recently in colors very simular to these ;) I think it's pretty & you'll adore it :)


The shawl colors are really cool!
That painting (linen cupboard) is finished, but That project and This project are still in the thinking stages. You may be tripping over paint cans in September and/or helping me pick This or That's colors.


I won't wait until you're done - I love this color combination. As for the bathroom redo... I have moved 5 times in the past 4 years and can completely sympathize with how you are feeling about redoing it. After a while, the thrill just isn't there.


The stencil is pretty but it's so worth it to update!

I'll never say I'm sick of summer but the heat has been.. uh, challenging lately.
Stay hydrated on that bike ride.


Love the color combo!!


Home improvement projects in the summer are crazy! And I like the color combo a lot.


Ah, home improvement. When we have the money, we don't have the time. When we have the time, we don't have the money.
And as for your July project...I KNEW it was only a matter of time before you would be sewing!


One more vote for "I love it!"

We're going to break a record for consecutive days over 90 today (set in 1907?), and to add insult to injury it's thunderstorming. Gah.

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