They're working on the house and making good progress. But, I didn't want to start my post with pictures of the house with the siding ripped off, so I'm starting with this thread painting I did in a class a few years ago. It's double sided and I really enjoyed making it and have another one in mind of a leaf.
I can't remember how much thread I brought to class, but it was a lot. And I brought about a third of what other quilters brought. She had given us some help, multiple shades of yellow and orange and white, black and a blue. Lots of grays. It was a fun class and I felt like I came out with a great project.
I haven't done any sewing. All our time has been getting ready for the house project. We had rain last week that delayed the start, but they got here on Thursday and worked Friday and half of Saturday. They got all the old siding off first, then started installing the new windows.
On Saturday, they ran into a piece of rotten decking in the roof and the contractor is preparing a bid for that. That's okay. We knew there would be unseen things that would need repair. But, where they found it was the opposite corner of the house from where I expected it.
Here are the new windows in the dining room. I had no idea our old windows were so fogged until they installed the new ones. I can see. And, the outside is a different shade of green than I thought it was.
My perfectionist husband has been on the crew since they got here. If they're listening, he's teaching them to do their jobs better. They were going to install these windows at the angle the house had shifted into and he had them installed true vertical. I probably would never have noticed, but he did and had it corrected. He's also going to show them how to caulk, because they need it. I went out and looked around our front door the other day and told Rob, they cut too much off the end of the caulk tube. Their bead is too thick. (If I could tell, then you know it was bad. We spent two hours that night picking caulk out and the next morning, changed our work order to minimal caulk instead of full caulk. I know they're talking about him behind his back, but frankly, I don't care. The house is coming along GREAT! I'm playing good cop. I go out and tell them how nice everything looks and what good work they're doing. all thumbs up and smiles.
That's a role change for us.
Everything in my studio was focused on the window, so to replace the window, everything had to be moved out of the way. And, while it was piled in the corner, I looked at it and decided I wanted it to go back together a different way. Most of it is in it's new place, but there's still enough piled in the floor that I'm not ready to show you a picture. Just know that it feels a lot less crowded.
I needed a present when I went to the grocery last week. This little green and brown orchid was just the ticket. This is before they replaced the window. The factory made an error and sent the new window pebbled, like a bathroom window would be. They installed it anyway and ordered new glass panels for it. So, now when I do dishes, there's no view except this little orchid.
After spending Saturday putting the house back together, I spent yesterday in the kitchen. I made banana bread, white bread, frosted half a cake I had in the freezer, tonight's dinner and a pizza. By time I was done, I was pooped and we watched Enola Holmes
. Very cute little movie, if you're looking for something lighthearted and fun. I'm really into escapism right now, so a fun movie was just the ticket.
I don't know what to say. I feel like I'm watching my country fall to some kind of racist reich. I'm planning to go to the polls on day three of early voting and if I need to, I'll stay there all damn day. Do you have a voting plan yet?
This shit is NOT OKAY and I'm just hoping there's still a chance an election and a mighty protest will save it.
And, with that little bit of negative energy, have a good week! Lane