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Mar

Oy.

It’s been far too long between posts. But in my defense, I’ve been busy. Painting. Moving appliances (well, trying to, at least). Tending to a sick kid. Traveling. And more.

The kitchen is painted. What an ordeal it was–but not because it was particularly difficult per se. No, the ordeal came in my attempt to save a few bucks and try a different sort of paint. I’ve always been a Sherwin Williams girl, and now I know exactly why.

I tried Behr paint from Home Depot and was horribly disappointed. And I’m not exaggerating here. I picked a colour that was just a shade off of my original (Sherwin-Williams) choice–and it looked great with the wallpaper sample I had with me. So mix it up, shake it up, take it home. Until the next day or so when I try to apply the stuff. UGH. I have been painting for at least a decade, and know how to cut in. Yet by the time I would move the ladder and look back at where I’d cut in, it was *dripping*. :( Ick. And of course by the time I moved the ladder *back*, the drips were too dry to blend in. Urg. This sort of irritation really does reduce me to monosyllabic grunting. ๐Ÿ˜ And then it was dripping off the brush. It really began to look like I’d let Brendan cut in–drips here, drops there…

So I rolled the walls. And to my (greater) chagrin, the paint wasn’t tinted correctly. Parts of my walls were moss green (what I was shooting for), and other parts were grass green. And one wall had three different shades to it–all painted from the same can at the same time. ๐Ÿ˜ก ARGH!

The up-side is that Behr has agreed to refund my cost for the gallon. The downside is that I had to go to Sherwin-Williams the next morning and buy a new gallon of paint (the colour I had wanted all along) and repaint the walls I had painted the day before.

But it’s done now, and I LOVE IT. ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s dark, smooth, and sophisticated. Mark got to do above the cabinets and I did everything else. It wasn’t bad once I got in to a groove, and I have a pattern of painting kitchens in small doses so that over the course of 4 or 5 days, it’s done. But my hands are still achy from all the painting, and I think I’ve pinched nerves in both arms so that my middle and ring fingers go to sleep when I hold them a certain way. So I’m done painting for a while, despite the fact that the upper level still needs a lot of work. But the basement and main levels are done, and I’m focusing on getting more boxes unpacked and things put away. :)

We also discovered that we are *not* appliance-movers by profession. And there’s a reason for that. Mark and I tried to move the refrigerator in the garage down to the basement. We rented an appliance dolly from UHaul and then proceeded to smash up the walls, ceiling, and our arms in the process.

The refrigerator is back out to the garage and it’s waiting for me to see if a couple of appliance movers from Lowe’s want to moonlight and do it for me for a price. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Brendan also ended up sick last week; he had a mysterious fever. Initially, I thought it was an ear infection; he mentioned that his ear hurt, but normally doesn’t tell me these things until his eardrum is about to rupture. :( So in to the pediatrician’s office we trotted. There was no infection. There was, however, a BEAD in his ear. A polypropylene bead–the kind that Beanie Babies are stuffed with. The same Beanie Babies that fill Brendan’s bed to the point that there’s little room for HIM in the bed. Hmmm…I wonder how *that* got there? The latest story is that “it jumped in,” and he now has strict instructions not to let any more “jump in,” ever. But the fever persisted. On Friday morning (just as we were getting ready to travel), the fever broke. Hallelujah! Unfortunately for him, I figured out what he was sick with–roseola. He had a lovely batch of red bumps all over his trunk, face, arms, and legs. :( So we finished packing (or so we thought) and trotted back to the doctor’s office. Yep, it was roseola.

And then we hit the road. But about an hour from home (right around Bowling Green, OH), I gasped and asked Mark if he packed the baby blanket for Madeline. “Erm…no. I thought *you* did!” was his reply. What about the carseat base for Madeline’s parents? Nope. Pillows? Negative. Sippy cup? Nyet. What exactly DID we pack?

We continued to discover what we *didn’t* pack all weekend. But despite that, we had a lovely visit with our friends. We enjoyed being there for Madeline’s dedication and catching up with everyone, but everywhere we turned, we ended up with the most distinct feeling that we were not where we were supposed to be. Not that the visit was ill-advised, just that our home was no longer in Kentucky. It wasn’t just my adverse reaction to the pollen down there or the ear infection that I managed to get while we were there, either. It was more than that–a sense that our time there is over. We had great times there; our first home was built there, lasting friendships were forged there. My life was saved at Central Baptist Hospital, and our son was born at the same hospital 18 months later. But that was then, and this is now.

And I guess that’s good for us. I guess if we were still torn or ambivalent about our move or living in Michigan, it would be harder to do what we know we’re supposed to do. As good as it was to be with our friends, it was very good to come home. Home to lumpy mattress that needs replacing, home to painting supplies I forgot to put away before leaving. Home to the chilly, damp spring weather. But home nonetheless.

So please forgive the lack of posting; I’ll get right back to it this week. But for now, I’m enjoying my newly-poured Swan Creek Candles (poured just this morning by yours truly, thankyouverymuch)–ruby red grapefruit is what’s burning down here and making me think lovely thoughts about spring coming, the curtains I have to sew, and getting ready for Easter.

Life is good. :).

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  • Amy

    Ruby red grapefruit…yummmmm! How can I get one, this is my favorite!!

    Amy

  • http://www.mamasheartblog.com sue

    Amy–
    check out http://www.swancreekcandle.com and check out their spring scents. They are fabulous, and whatever shipping charges you incur, you’ll get the equivalent amount in free candles from the company. Once you go Swan Creek, everything else will be inferior–I promise! And you’ll never look back.

    Good luck getting some…I simply adore this grapefruit candle and how bright and perky it makes me feel on this rainy, gray day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    –sue

  • http://www.mommabot.blogspot.com Stefanie

    What a time you’ve had moving up here! I “know” you from the arbor Parents list as I have family down in Lexington. I hope you all are feeling better soon! Hopefully Michigan will open her arms, let the sun shine and give you a bigger welcome!!