It was a necessary project. Reglazing the windows. Painting the trim and of course the window frames. Basically, anything NOT the structure of the house. But starting it right before Labor Day when we knew we would be closing the house early due to our trip? Not the brightest idea!
Nonetheless, Rick came a few days before the rest of it and gave it a good start. He pretty much had the garage done, apart from the trim painting. I came up a few days later with our friend Mark and he and Rick spent two hard days sanding, scraping, and glazing the numerous panes of the 15 windows of the house.
Jan joined us on the next evening and our Saturday job was painting and priming. They left Saturday night. We didn't have much time for fun but we did enjoy some good dinners...
...and a little wine! (Which, I might add, was most welcome!)
On Sunday Rick and I were back at it. More painting. Lots of painting. And then removing the film of glaze from the windows.
Let's just say that inside and out our windows have never been cleaner. You know that ad where the birds fly into the window? Lizzie and I have been expecting them and she is waiting eagerly.
Lizzie, meanwhile, has had the worst few days and nights of her furry little life. It started with the car ride (she doesn't like those!), then loud house noises as the guys worked on the windows (including the dreaded sanding machine!) and more than our share of serious thunderstorms.
Rick headed home on Monday morning and I have been working on the slew of windows and trim to finish before he returns after his four-day, 400-mile bike ride. If the weather holds, no problem. It has rained -- stormed -- every day.
Paint isn't drying. Seriously annoying!
But I took a huge carload to charity this week. Mugs from home replaced mugs here. Lots of glasses, a coffee maker, outdoor cushions, VHS tapes, dishes and more are going out the door. This is what we do when it rains.
And, in the process, found the rest of my grandmother's china pattern so now I have a more complete set.
I took a jaunt into town after two of the worst storms and viewed the damage. (They were without power; I was luckier.)
More rain is predicted. My battery lights, candles and oil lamps are at the ready!
Meanwhile, Lizzie is keeping me company, along with Netflix and the Miss Fisher Mysteries, Midsomer Murders and who knows what. I'm supposed to be gentle with my foot (I wasn't all weekend and paid for it) and started the topical chemo on my lip Sunday. It will get ugly and I'm glad I'm alone!
It's probably a good thing no one is around! But this, too, will pass.
Looking at life through rose-transferred china!
Linking to: Share Your Cup / Pink Saturday / Let's Keep in Touch