The Painting Continues & Another Book Begun

Believe it or not, in this frigid weather I'm painting with the ceiling fan on. 

Not because I want to. But because the darned thing is broke and if you want the light on, you can't turn off the fan.

The maintenance man said he had to order something to fix it. It's been like this for some time and I just haven't had them in to fix it. 

I am wearing a pink long-sleeved shirt with big streaks of yellow paint across the chest. I just don't think it's possible for me to paint without wearing some of it.

Painting Decisions...

I decided I didn't like the light shade of yellow paint. 

So I foraged around in my bedroom closet and came up with a pint of gold/orange-ish paint. 

I took a deep breath and mixed most of that in, a little at a time. Really hoping I wasn't ruining expensive paint. 

So far, so good. 

I looked through the archives and found the $10 table when I first purchased it.

Almost anything was an improvement to its shabby appearance.

Painting Messes...

I forgot I had quite a bit of paint in the crevices where you anchor the lid. So when I was done with a coat, and had washed the paint brushes, I got the hammer and pounded down the lid. 

Paint splotched all over the dark brown half-wall that, to this day, I can't figure out why it was ever painted that ridiculous color to begin with. I'll wash it down as best I can.

Maybe I should just paint the walls with the yellow paint I'm using? 

But that would entail quite a bit more work, and my ankle is sore and telling me that I'd better wait a bit.

Then I managed to spill paint where I didn't notice it and  tracked it everywhere. So far I haven't seen any doggy paw tracks.

But I'll be on my knees scrubbing the paint off the floor. Which is something I always have to do when I take on a painting project.

Sunlight On A Cold Day...

The sunlight is slanted across the top of the couch and the table next to it. Charlie is snug as a bug in a rug in his little red bed with his blankie. That boy sure loves his blankie.

I didn't give Abi her pill on Saturday, the one for pain and inflammation, because it upset her tummy. But then yesterday she started walking on three legs again. 

Oh, I hope we can get this under control. Because this time last year she was having ACL surgery at Christmastime!

Thoughts On The Gallery Wall...

Abi is on the ottoman at my feet dozing. 

And I'm sitting here staring at the wall over the TV. I've decided to take down some of the things on the gallery wall. So it won't look so gallery-wallish

I want a more cohesive look. I just want less on that wall. It's simply too busy.

Another Book Begun... 

On another note, I started another book last night. I can't remember where I got it, but it was on the book shelf. So I started digging into Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll.

Here's an snippet...


As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

Last Year's Christmas Memories...

You know, last Christmas I found myself repainting the walls. 

I started with just the kitchen this time last year. But by the time I was done I found myself painting the living room and dining area. 

It needs painting again, because I move things on the wall, and I've got patched nail holes. But I don't think this Christmas Day I'll find myself on a ladder.

But then you never know!

I think I'll just fix myself a nice meal and relax. 

On the other hand, I might get a sudden idea and start digging in the closet where all my paint cans are kept. And no telling what will happen.


  1. Good luck with the rest of your painting! That book sounds interesting.

    1. It is a book I probably wouldn't have been interested in, as it is a 20's group of characters, but I'm curious about the secret.

  2. Ha ha! A woman after my own heart when the impulse strikes, I say go with it! I myself am the type of person that wants to immediately jump into the project once my mind decides that is what I want to do.

  3. Whoa, Brenda. Hang onto to your hat for this book. It's a doozy. Hope Abi heals without surgery and I love the picture of the bird on the fence.

    1. I'm not surprised you say that. For it is a bit beyond what I'd normally read! Pretty straightforward.

  4. Hi Brenda, quick painting tip. I always paint in my bare feet. If I spill any I know right away if I step in it. I still make a mess but I don't leave paint everywhere I step.

    1. I can't walk around in bare feet. I have to have support for my ankle.

  5. LOL- One time I painted a sitting room in the morning when I had a big party going on here in the late afternoon WHAT gets into us? lol Now I am curious about that book-want to hear your opinion when you finish it. xo Diana

    1. That does sound like something I might undertake! The book is a bit too descriptive for me, but I want to continue on to find out the secret.

  6. I always enjoy seeing your photos, especially of your darling pupsters! So sad that Abi had a small setback. I'm hoping that she becomes better without surgery. Love your painting projects. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do next...

    1. I don't even know what I'm going to do next! But when I find out, I'll let you know.

  7. Hope you show us pictures soon. When I changed my dog's food last month, the salesman told me to add pumpkin purée to the new food to help my dog with the transition. No stomach problems happened when I added this to each bowl.

    1. I'll probably have enough progress to show something tomorrow. As for the dog's food, they can only eat the prescription food the vet prescribes. And they do quite well on that. Plus I give them a tablespoon of cottage cheese to them at suppertime for their tummies.

  8. Painting projects can be so satisfying but so full of booby-traps. I painted a little footstool and a small shelf a couple of weeks ago and got enough paint in the wrong places to swear off any new projects for a few months! I feel for you regarding the wonky ceiling fan. Those things can really be annoying.

  9. You paint more than anyone I know, Brenda! I actually hate to paint, and - like you - I tend to get paint everywhere, including in my hair!

  10. LOL,welcome to my world,I wear more paint than the wall:)
    Got the cat one time too,he had a blue tail for weeks!
    Take it one day at a time.

  11. Hi Brenda, I had the same dilemma on Friday, I repainted my kitchen floor and everything was going smooth I had finished and put up door blocks so the pets would not walk on the paint....sure enough one of the kittens jumped the board and printed the floor up good so I had to put bread bags over my socks and fix it. Yikes this always happens to me. The best thing to do with the paint cans is put them in a plastic grocery bag tie up and then smack the lid on good, wipe clean and throw the bag away.Nice to see your pup children snug as a bug in the rug, they are so sweet! Happy painting....I think painting is good for the sole, it calms me down. Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

  12. I feel like a slouch after reading how industrious you are. Go you!!!

  13. You can get an icepick and make holes in the indented rim of the paint can so that extra paint can drain back into the can as you paint. Then, when you close the lid and pound it down, no splashes of paint anywhere.

  14. Can't wait to see the new look with new paint and less gallery wall. :-) The book sounds interesting..will have to check it out! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! Love and hugs!

  15. I love how you tackle things and get them done! I have been reading a lot also and it's relaxing to do so tucked into a warm bed!

  16. I like that little table of yours...and I am sure it will be great no matter the color. Pups and their blankies...our Mikey had a sort of blanket. It was a yard of fleece that our daughter gave to Mikey one Christmas. He dragged that thing around till the end. And when it got into a knot he would bring it to us to lay it flat on the floor for nap time. Crazy pups. ha! But we love those sweet fur babies. Stay warm...cause it is frigid in south central ky. Sheila

  17. I love to see your painting "afters," Brenda. You use such cheerful colors. With the paint cans, I drape paper towels over the lid then tap with a hammer or rubber mallet. No splatter or ruined clothes. Looking forward to your reveal! Wishing you and your pups a Merry Christmas!

  18. Nice picture of the Mourning Dove...I do remember when you got that table...I couldn't believe how you transformed it...I am anxious to see what color you mixed up...I loved your gallery wall..but then I didn't have to look at it every day so maybe you just got tired of it... Stay Warm!

  19. I think you were born with a paint brush in your hand! I had to laugh at your debacle, as I had a similar one yesterday. Spilled oil based paint all over me and the carpet, and it somehow got through my shirt and ended up all over my boobs, so for a while I was sassy & silver ;). Then after removing it with paint thinner, I smelled like hell.

  20. Wow! After reading all the comments, I have decided I must be really anal. I meticulously clean the rim of the paint can before replacing the lid.

    I read somewhere long ago that you should clean the lid, and thus, have always done so. I also keep paint cards and note where I used the paint since I, like you Brenda, love painting, whether on the walls or on furniture.


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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She majored in professional writing/journalism in college, where she won awards for her feature writing. She loves to decorate, garden, enjoy nature, read and spend time with her Yorkies.


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