Sunday, June 28, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Mike caught quite a few fish. His first, and probably the biggest, I accidentally lost. I was taking off the hook and accidentally dropped it back into the lake. Oops...but, he did catch one other big one to keep for dinner. I only caught one fish, and it was about 3 inches long.
Aspen did great in the tent overnight, but got us up early for sunrise. She hated the canoe, so Mike mostly took out the canoe solo while I babysat the dog. She ran and ran until she was exhausted. She's been under the kitchen table napping since we came home.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
I've been emptying out and painting the basement the last few days. Let's talk about many, many square feet of walls. Today, Aspen stepped into the paint tray. Of course, I let out a squeal of dismay and dived off the ladder after her, which she read as "I'm in trouble." Unfortunately, her response to trouble is "Retreat" so she took off, with me chasing her as she left paint prints across the floor. Luckily, I caught her after a few feet. I forced her to sit still while her paw was depainted and cleaned up the floor as best I could, but it's lucky we are getting new carpet because the paint stains didn't really come up.
I'm painting the walls and ceiling a light yellow color with a brown accent wall in a color called "creme brulee." I tried to take a picture so you could see the colors, but I'm not sure how well they came out. Eventually, I'll have to take an "after" picture of the room, but it's not put back together yet, and the ceiling needs one more coat of paint. I can't put everything back where it goes until after the new carpet, which is currently on back order, so it might be a few weeks.
Then, I tore up the carpet in the bathroom in preparation for laying new tile in there and discovered there's a lovely blue and yellow flower-print linoleum underneath. It's a bit out of date--is that 70's or 80s? The joy of old houses is that you never know what you'll find underneath, but there's always something there.
Tomorrow, I plan to finish the basement, remove the bathroom vanity, and do a dry run with the tile to figure out what pattern the floor tiles should be. I'm already ready to be done with these projects. I'm determined that all the major remodeling projects will be done before school starts in the fall so that I can relax at home and enjoy it.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I've been spending the day working on some craft projects. I'm determined to get my quilt done, but it's moving slowly. I made two blocks today, which brings me up to 8. This is my first attempt at anything other than squares, and getting those points to line up is something I haven't mastered yet, but each one's a little bit better. It's nothing like the quilts my talented sister- and mother-in-law make, but they've inspired me to try anyway. Of course, I started last summer, so we will see if I ever finish. For this quilt, I have a paper pattern and a picture, but no instructions so I've spent 8 blocks figuring out the best way to put them together. Hopefully, I'm getting faster as I improve. The funny thing is, I hadn't realized I put two of the colors in this block in the wrong spot until looking at the picture in the blog just now...Sigh...I'll have to fix that tomorrow. Hopefully, you didn't notice until I pointed it out either.
I also worked on cards today for some upcoming family occasions. I'm accumulating quite a collection of stamps these days. And, I really want a Cricut after seeing what my mother-in-law can do with one. Some day, maybe. Well, Aspen's full of energy after her nap, so I guess we'd better head to the dog park!
One last picture. I was just getting ready to log off, when I heard a loud bang out on the deck. I ran out to investigate, just in time to see Aspen run out onto the lawn, drinking a coke. Yes, you heard me right. Mike had taken some leftover sodas out of a cooler to clean it and left them sitting on the table on the back patio. Aspen "drank" two of them before she was caught. I think really she just liked the spray it made when she punctured the side of the can. We really must go to the dog park now. Clearly, she hasn't had enough exercise today. Spending the summer with Aspen just might cure me of the idea that I want to be a stay-at-home mom someday :).