Painting, Raging Pupsters and A New Book


Here you see a calm and resting Charlie Ross. Now watch this transformation...



I call out to him, and he turns in my direction, tongue lolling out the side of his mouth.


Uh-oh. They hear or smell something amiss outside. Abi is sniffing at the door. Charlie is ready to go.


And suddenly a big gray cat walks across the small porch. 

CAT!!!

Charlie is throbbing. Abi has lost interest. Cat alert!

The cat is gone now. Phew. If only that cat knew how much Charlie wanted at it. 


This was our overcast and rainy Monday. It rained and rained and rained. And then rained some more.


I have one coat of paint on the bathroom walls. Well, mostly. I'm having a devil of a time trying to figure out how to get down to paint behind the toilet with this ankle. 

It just kills me to bend my knees and bend down like that. 

But alas, the white paint is much too white. 

The maintenance guy was supposed to bring me a little paint they're using on the walls now. But he hasn't done it yet. 

This white paint looked fine on the lower half of the dining room walls. But in the bathroom, there are no windows, so it looks like glaring snow.

That would be fine. Except the bathtub tile is this odd white color with little specks of brown. So in effect, it just looks dirty against the white painted walls. 

Geez Louise. Back to the drawing board. I told Kenny, the maintenance guy, that I tried to stand on the edge of the bath tub and reach up to paint to the ceiling. But I'm not tall enough. 

Picture me, standing on the edge of the tub and holding onto the opposite wall of the bath tub while I lean over and try to reach those top spots. It was kind of scary.

But there's not enough room in the tub for a step ladder. I can't tell you how many times I dropped the paint brush.

He said he would finish it off, whenever I get a different coat of white on there. 

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Many have mentioned that I am very lucky to be able to make all these changes. Well, up until now, I haven't done anything that couldn't be put back the way it was. But the bathroom will be a permanent change. 

I do feel fortunate that I can make this space my own. I would never be happy restricted like some renters are because I do love to change things up. 

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The FedEx guy just brought a new Harper Collins book for me to read and review. It is "This Is Not Over." Sounds rather ominous, doesn't it? 

This from Amazon.com:

Two very different women with this in common: Each harbors her own secret, her own reason why she can’t just let this go. 

Neither can yield, not before they’ve dredged up all that’s hidden, even if it has the power to shatter all they’ve built.

This is not over.

This is so not over.

39 comments

  1. Standing on the tub sounds dangerous. Let the maintenance guy do the painting.

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    1. Then I'd have to pay him more. I've already done it. Had to get more paint and it's pretty much finished.

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  2. Be so careful in your bathroom! Two thoughts--would a ladder fit over the side of the tub--half in the tub and half on the floor beside the tub? Or, do you have a kitchen stool or small step stool that would work?

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  3. I can't wait to see the bathroom all finished. I too am lucky my landlord lets me do whatever I want and usually lets me take the cost off my rent. I think you need to make it home whether renting or owning. Good luck and be careful.

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    1. I wish they'd take it out of my rent! Oh well. At least I do what I pretty much want.

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  4. I know how frustrating it is to not be able to do the things we did for ourselves for so many years. But I also know that you will figure out how to get it done, LOL!

    It is pretty interesting how your sky is so grey and overcast, just like I have here in Reno, and just like my friend who lives in Oregon is experiencing. It seems like the entire US is living under a blanket of overcast skies and rain or snow right now.

    Thankfully California has announced that they are over the drought, at least in the Northern Part of the state, that is good news for all the farmers there. But I am tired of all the snow, rain and overcast days, I want some Sun!

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    1. Pretty much done. I'm glad CA is out of the drought worries.

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  5. I hate painting bathrooms! They are difficult even for a young able bodied person! So much to cut in and difficult little nooks and crannies to deal with. Good luck with finishing it up. So glad that your maintenance guy will help you. My dog used to run to the window whenever he would see a cat or other animal outside. Now that's he partially blind, he doesn't pay any attention anymore. Sort of sad, but easier to not worry about him chasing them outside anymore.

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    1. I sat on my little rolling garden seat and painted behind the toilet today.

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  6. Yikes on standing on the tub! I'm one to just do it myself also but be careful Brenda!! Paint is such a tricky thing and getting the color right is hard. Love seeing Charlie see a CAT!!

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    1. Actually I had the manager come down here and help me pick out paint from some swatches I'd gone and gotten. The paint the maintenance man brought was too yellow. And she picked really well. It looks great!

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  7. Can the maintenance man paint the bathroom? Sounds very dangerous to be standing on the edge of the tub, especially with your bad ankle.

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    1. I probably won't walk well for a few days. But it's pretty much done except for touching up here and there. I didn't want to have to pay him more!

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  8. I can't wait to see your bathroom all done, and no doubt you can't wait for it to be completed either! Be careful, sounds like an accident waiting to happen....safety first, my friend!

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    1. I am pretty much in the clear. I might have him do a little touching up at the ceiling.

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  9. It worries me about you on a ladder. I wish I had an idea for you. I hope the maintenance man can help you. Be artful.
    Hugs

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    1. One good thing about a small bathroom. You can pretty much walk across toilet to tub to vanity, etc.

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  10. Yep let the maintenance guy to that painting for you even if you have to wait a short time for him to get to it.
    Bathrooms are the hardest to paint. Little Charlie wanting to go for the cat lol! He is so cute with his tongue hanging out. Let us know what you think of this newest book. Sounds intriguing.
    xoxo
    Kris

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    1. I have never in my life painted as much as I've painted here.

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  11. I can't imagine that there is anything you haven't already thought of, but I find that using a roller on the ceiling is the easiest way to go, that way you can keep both feet flat on the floor! Of course that doesn't alleviate cutting in around the doors, corners, etc. You might also be able to use a very small roller to get behind the toilet. If you are like me, even though someone else has offered to do it for you, I am way too impatient to wait! W

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    1. I probably could have bought one of those extenders, but I was trying to keep the costs down.

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  12. I loved seeing your gorgeous quilt in the top pictures! I always love glimpses of your quilts:) I can understand how much you want to get that painting done...but I hope you don't hurt yourself in the process...take care Brenda!
    Helen xox

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    1. And my quilts are nothing compared to your gorgeous ones!

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  13. I have one of those folding metal step stools with two steps to it that will fit in my bathtub. It definitely gets me more than high enough to paint a ceiling. But, I don't like recommending you use such a stool and then you maybe fall and hurt yourself! It is a challenge getting the right paint colors to go with existing tiles. Our previous house had a pink tiled bathroom that was tough to work with. This house has tan and off-white tiles, which should be easier. But the previous owners used a taupe-y green color throughout the house, including the bathroom, that looks ghastly with the tan tiles. I'm looking at paint chips and wondering what route to take. I hope the bathroom project comes together very soon for you.

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    1. Mine is kind of like that, the step stool, but I don't think it would have fit in the tub all the way.

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  14. Bathrooms are a pita to paint. I remember in college my roomie got someone to paint and the top of the tiles were painted too. Looked terrible.

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    1. These tiles are ugly. But this paint go round looks much better.

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  15. I, too, have a small dog--but they never know they are small, do they? In their minds they are Fierce Guard Dogs!! I hope you'll be careful with all that painting. We don't want any broken bones!

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  16. No, no, no, no, no,no,noooooooooooo, standing on the edge of the tub Brenda!!!!!!

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    1. Already done. No falls! But I appreciate your concern!

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  17. Goodness, please don't fall and hurt yourself! The pupsters need you to always be able to take care of them, not you wind up in the hospital! So not worth it....let the maintenance guy finish the paint job.
    All that being said, your bathroom is going to look awesome when everything is installed and painted. I loved the vanity you picked!

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    1. I'd have to be half dead to leave my pupsters!

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  18. I broke my left wrist and hand once. standing on a phone book on top of a hard back chair. fell 6 ft to porcelain tile. how dumb did I have to be!!!
    but I've always had that curse... "i want it done yesterday!" LOLOL!
    try to wait for the maintenance guy dearest bean! xo♥
    in the meantime... look at the fun you'll have in picking out the perfect color.
    yeah. right! LOL.
    your pupsters are so adorable. never ever tire of seeing them.

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  19. Well, we are all happy to hear the painting is done and you are safe.

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  20. Brenda for Pete's Sake don't endanger your foot / ankle in this endeavor!!

    As to the pups, lol!

    It was around 62 degrees today late afternoon and I took my son's dog Merle for a walk ...the harness collar was TESTED in a MAJOR way when we got up by the library to see a squirrel running around a tree and then going up it. Merle went nuts :)

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  21. Painting bathrooms are very hard and tricky! You should be careful climbing up, let the maintaince guy help you, even if you have to pay him it'll be worth it!! Your pups are adorable!!

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  22. Oh Brenda...I know it's useless to tell you to not climb up on the tub so I won't try..lol..I'm sure it will look great when it is done..Just imagine what would happen if Charlie did catch up with that cat! lol

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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She attended journalism school where she majored in professional writing. She loves to decorate, garden, read and spend time with her Yorkies.
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