Downton Abbey spoilers ahead.
SHIT, SHIT, SHIT can you believe Edith got left at the altar?
I was sooooooooo mad and sad.
Lemme just say this, y'all: You do not, under any circumstance, leave someone at the altar.
You suck that shit up and either cancel before or after, but not at the altar.
Sir Anthony is on my shit list forever now. I don't care if it was the right thing to do or not.
And I crrrrrieeed like a baby to find out that Mrs. Hughes biopsy was benign, especially the scene when Carson is singing that old sailing tune and checking himself in the silver after he hears the good news.
I feel like a junkie that just got a fix.
I'm all good until next week around Friday evening when I start getting antsy for Sunday night.
Moving on to my own manor ...
I'm gonna tell ya that I have been in the doldrums here for, well, actual years with regard to working on my house.
I know it seems like I do stuff, but I really have been kinda treading water with my sweet little wabi-sabi house and it's been making me sad.
I'm not sure why, really.
I just ran out of steam on the tedious stuff.
Fixing up old houses is not a sport for the weak.
It never ends and most of the time, as soon as you finish one thing, another thing needs doing.
My next house is a condo downtown.
Anyway, this weekend I got my arse in gear and did some crap that's been bugging the crap out of me forever.
Crap crap crap I say crap too much.
Totally boring stuff, but I felt sooooo good after doing it!
Well, first, I cleaned like effin' crazy on Thursday and Friday.
I had not cleaned down and dirty in months.
I mean I scrubbed baseboards and refreakinpainted them.
That kind of cleaning.
(Dawn's Recipe is aptly named for my friend Dawn who is now living in a beautiful old home in Portland. Sob and Envy. It's distilled water, Everclear, lemon juice and some essential oil of your choosing for scent. I choose vanilla cuz I'm all cozy and shit.)
I have to admit that I really, really love it when my house is sparkling clean.
I just like clean.
I cannot help it.
I got the ball rolling on some paint stuff too ...
Finally broke out the sawhorses and started working on the new/old screen door.
I'm going with brown to match my house trim and because I'm maxed out on color in that front yard of mine.
It's almost overboard.
Some might say completely drowned.
I have been meaning to paint this window exterior for oh, 4 years?
It was the first window we put in all those 6.5 years ago and it was white.
Then we finally replaced all our ancient windows with beautiful new brown ones and this poor pup was left all alone in whitey land.
This was coat #1. I put on two more.
She's happy to be brown.
Brown is best.
I love brown.
I am totally a brown and green girl.
I'm afraid I threw all caution (and your wonderful advice) to the wind by painting my kitchen door green to match the cabinets.
I was really sooooo sick of that BLUE and the green really does look so much better.
I mean, it will.
You know, once I get the second coat on and pull off the painters tape and clean up and hang the curtain and ... .
I even endured the dreaded JoAnn's Fabrics run to get some vintage-looking fabric to no-sew myself a cafe curtain.
(Seriously, that place sucks balls on weekends. I waited, I shit you not, 24 minutes to get that fabric cut.)
So, the green.
I know, I know. It's a bit of a safe choice for me, going with the same Garden of Paradise, but I'm feeling paint cautious these days.
I decided to paint some stars on my kitchen floor.
I just did a few to see if I would like it.
I freakin' love it.
You can't see in the photo, but they're all sparkly cuz I bought some silly crap at Lowes that you put in the paint to make it, well, sparkly.
I bought a cheapo stencil kit at Hobby Lobotomy, some silver paint and a little stencil roller.
You tape the stencil down very well so it won't move at all and then you just roll the paint on.
Easy as pie (which is not really easy so I don't know why people say that).
Sparkly stars on my floor, ya'll!!!
I'm so happy.
Aren't they cute?
I might even do some glow in the dark ones. They make this paint that is all but invisible in the daytime, but glows at night.
Swoon on that.
OH, OH, and this is HUGE ...
I think I've mentioned before that we live right
One half of the duplex towers over our bedroom.
Note to self: Always look up before installing trendy fixed windows in bedroom.
Anyway, when the lights are on you can see straight into our bedroom from that duplex.
Finally, finally, finally, (6.5 years later,) Jackdaddy built me an awning thing to block them from seeing in.
I guess I need to take a picture from the outside, but this all I have for today because I was sooooo excited to see that awning from inside the bedroom.
I will take pictures today so you can see how clever it is.
It's all cool Austin hip being made of wood and metal - the kind of stuff I like.
I still gotta stain the wood. I wouldn't let him do it ahead of time because some new people just moved in and I was desperate to not have to go through the crouching and hiding again.
You'da thought I'd just put up some damn curtains or film or something, but I preferred to just whine about it.
Thank you Jackdaddy from the bottom of my naked bottom.
What I did not do:
When will I ever see my retro fabulous olive green couch again?
Not today, I guarantee that.
Hope you're weekend was fabulous with busy work too.
Did you watch Downton?