A Week of Painting

Before -

After - Do you notice the differences?

Before -

After - Now do you notice the differences?

M m m my Martina

The Let's Be Friends Award
(From my new friend at Nikola's Book Blog)
Blogs that receive the Let’s Be Friends Award are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers.
I am passing this along to two bloggers - Missy at Missy's Book Nook, She has been a real good friend to me lately, we've exchanged sob stories and found out we have a lot in common. Thanks Missy!
And - Anita at California Girls Adventure, She is going through a real difficult time right now and I think she can use an extra friend! Everyone give her a hug. Anita - I love you girl and you are in my prayers!

What's happening - A week of painting -
Day 1 (Mon) Sanded and spot primed.
Day 2 (Wed) Painted Tall posts Antique white.
Day 3 (Thur) Painted all the spindles Ant. white.
Day 4 (Fri) Painted the railing Dark Blue the stair risers Ant White.
Day 5 (Mon) Painted the rings on the posts Burgundy.
Day 6 (Tues) Painted the Stair railing Dark Blue.

Hubby has been working in PA From Sat. till Tues. night (coming home tonight). Then he will be working locally the rest of the week.
I am going to go help my daughter move today. I am only helping move a few boxes and get stuff from here. She is having her friends help do the rest, which I am glad for. She should be having her friends help. Tomorrow (Wed.) I will go over and spend the day with her to help arrange and decorate. This I enjoy.

Knitting - Socks and bath mat. Still.

Books I have read - There was a change in plans. I was going to read "This Childs Gonna Live" but after only 1 chapter I changed my mind. I still do want to read it, just not right now.
So, I read - "Homesick Creek" by Diane Hammond (my Oregon book), really liked this book. Takes place in a small town. Sad poor town with sad poor people. A diner waitress Bunny and her car salesman husband, Hack. And Bunny's best friend, the once lovely Anita, and Anita's secretive spouse, Bob. Good stories don't always have happy endings.

Contests - Dar at Peaking Between the Pages has a few good and interesting giveaways! OH! Just checked her blog, she has a new giveaway! Five copies of - "The Smart One and The Pretty One" by Claire LaZebnik.
Missy at Missy's Book Nook still has a giveaway going on.

Reading through the states - I'm getting there!
Alabama- Florabama Ladies Auxiliary and Sewing Circle, by Lois Battle (14)
Alaska- Building from Within, Joan Koponan (15)
Arizona – Whispers, by Erin Grady (13)
Arkansas – Sweet Baby, by Sharon Sala (18)
California – Echoes, by Erin Grady (1)
Colorado- Tomboy Bride, by Harriet Fish Backus (16)
Connecticut – Perfect Family, Pam Lewis (32)
Delaware- Unspoken Fear, Hunter Morgan (36)
Florida - In her Shoes, by Jennifer Weiner (2)
Georgia – Wild Card Quilt, by Janisse Ray (25)
Hawaii - Flip Flopped by Jill Smolinski (22)
Idaho – Indian Creek Chrinicles, by Pete Fromm (11)
Illinois - The Perfect Match, by Kimberly Cates (20)
Indiana- Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld (26)
Iowa – The Learning, Love Beyond A Lifetime I , by Ruthann Weaver (3)
Kansas – Waiting for Summer’s Return, by Kim Vogel Sawyer (10)
Kentucky – The Believers, By Janice Holt Giles (6)
Louisiana – Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris (40)
Maine- Waiting for the Moon, Kristin Hannah (34)
Maryland- No book planned for this state yet.
Massachusetts – A Year by the Sea, by Joan Anderson (4)
Michigan- What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, by Pearl Cleage (35)
Minnesota – Hit by a Farm, by Catherine Friend (7)
Mississippi- The Help, Kathrine Stocket (28)
Missouri- Language of Sycamores, Lisa Wingate (30)
Montana – My Hutterite Life, by Lisa Marie Stahl (9)
Nebraska- Now reading - My Antonia, by Willa Cather
Nevada- Plan to read - Skin, by Ted Dekker
New Hampshire – Handle With Care, by Jodi Picoult (23)
New Jersey- Welcome to the Departure Lounge, Meg Federico (29)
New Mexico- Once Upon A Day, Lisa Tucker (41)
New York - The Lives they Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic, by Darby Penney and Peter Stastny (12)
North Carolina – Scrambled Eggs at Midnight, by B. Barkley & H. Hepler (8)
North Dakota- Nothing to do buy Stay, Carrie Young (33)
Ohio- Plan to read - A Date with the Other Side, by Erin McCarthy
Oklahoma- Children Of The Dust: An Okie Family Story, Betty Grant Henshaw (38)
Oregon- Homesick Creek, Diane Hammond (42)
Pennsylvania- Plan to read - William Henry is a Fine Name, by Cathy Gohlke
Rhode Island- The Maidenstone Lighthouse, Sally Smith O'Rourke (39)
South Carolina - Bastard out of Carolina, by Dorothy Allison (5)
South Dakota- A claim of Her Own, Stephine Grace Whitson (27)
Tennessee - The Ballad of Frankie Silver, by Sharyn McCrumb (24)
Texas- No book planned for this state yet.
Utah- Heart Breaker, Karen Robards (37)
Vermont- Plan to read - Casting Spells, by Barbara Bretton (thanks to Shanyn)
Virginia - Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl, Susan McCorkindale(31)
Washington - North of Beautiful, by Justina Chen Headley (19)
West Virginia – No book planned for this state yet.
Wisconsin – Tyler: Whirlwind, by Nancy Martin (17)
Wyoming – Letters of a Woman Homesteader, by Elinore Pruitt Stewart (21)

Top 5 - Things you wanted to do this summer but didn't get to.
1. Visit friends more
2. Change the playroom around (there really is no other way to arrange it)
3. Change the living room around (to accommodate big TV my parents gave us)
4. Clean out the pantry
5. Spend a full, fun day with my daughter


  1. The house looks great! I could see the difference right away in the first before and after pics. Great job!! Painting is such a tedious job - but worth it.

    Top 5 - Things you wanted to do this summer but didn't get to.

    2. Throw away / stow away stuff in my house (Emmah's stuff, my stuff)
    3. Plant a garden
    4. Clean out the closet near the entry doorway
    5. Spend a week (at least) not doing anything but sitting on the beach

  2. Porch looks good!
    I see Martina is sitting on "HER" blanket you made for "HER"! Cute.
    Top 5:
    1] Clean out closets
    2] Paint the laundry room [been saying this now for 4 years, some year will get it done, i think]
    3] Spend more time on the boat
    4] Finish the 1 of the sweaters that i started a year ago.
    5] Clean the blinds [anyone know how to clean wood blinds quick and easy?]

  3. Awww, thank you Wendy! You are a sweet friend and you are always there for me!

    Your porch looks beautiful...I'm impressed! I love your house anyway...I would love to have one like yours with the wrap around porch.

    Top 5 Things I wanted to get done this summer and didn't:
    1. Clean out my closets.
    2. Shred old documents.
    3. Get a pedicure
    4. Have a bunch of people over for a cook out.
    5. Go to NY to visit my dad.

  4. Your home is so beautiful! I would love to sit on that porch w/ a good book and a kitty in my lap! Give Martina a smooch from me!!

    Top 5 things I wanted to do this summer but didn't get to:
    1. Go to the wineries in Traverse City. (I may still accomplish this in fall!)
    2. Finish furnishing the loft at the cabin.
    3. Pick blueberries and make jam.
    4. Visit Seney Wildlife refuge
    5. Join a pilates class.

  5. Your porch looks great!! I love the "new" look.

    Top 5 - Things you wanted to do this summer but didn't get to.
    1. Visit friends more

    2.Do more hiking. ( Not great weekend weather)

    3.Get the pdeck stained/sealed. (Hope to finish this weekend)

    4.Driveway sealed ( hubby is going to try again Friday!!)

    5.Gardening (Stupid weather)

  6. The porch looks great. Sorry I couldn't help. :-(

  7. 5 things I didn't get done this summer:
    1. separate a lot of the flowers in the beds.
    2. get the porch windows washed
    3. clean out my knitting room
    4. clean the closets
    5. spend more time with my grandchildren

  8. wow.. all that painting.. how very productive of you!! Great job!

    Five things I didn't get done.

    1. clean the garage.
    2. clean the hallway storage.
    3. take a restful trip that involves knitting and reading.
    4. plant flowers.
    5. clean the carpets...

    Oh well.. the work won't go away.. it just piles up.. :) I will have to do a super fall chore weekend.. UGH... :)

    Happy Week!