Four Days to Go…

With a Saturday deadline screaming up on me, I’m “prioritizing” what needs to be done for having a house full of strangers. I’d rather get one or two things done right, so they don’t have to be redone, than get all the things done kinda crappily.

In the spirit of one of my goals this year, I have reached out and accepted offers of help. This time last year I would be working alone, late into the night. I’m trying to figure out the best way to get things done that need to be done without sacrificing my sanity and sleep. I am having someone come in at the last-minute to help clean so this is all a big adjustment in my thinking. (mutters to self, “I can be independent without doing it all. I can be independent without doing it all.”)

Monday’s progress:

Books moved to center of room, shelves pulled off walls and giant holes patched.

Most of the dining room walls have the first coat of paint.

After several test pots of color, I settled on Knitting Needle gray in the dining room and living room. It is the same gray I used in the family room and it is a really good neutral. It changes in the light so that it looks almost blue sometimes, tan other times, and just about every color looks good against it. Even that red wall doesn’t look too bad. The red accent wall will be changed though to a dark blue.

Distance Blue to be exact. Here it is against the Knitting Needle gray. Appreciate the fancy, staged photos displaying my color palette. I’m a different kind of lifestyle expert.

The patched wall in the living room has to have both coats of paint and the trim painted by Thursday when the new bookshelves are delivered and start going up against that wall.

Just to add a little spice to the soup that is my life, I have a home visit today from the greyhound foster coordinator. The local rescue group has had a big batch of dogs come in and are desperate for foster homes. I’m not even sure I’m ready for a new greyhound but it seems more important to step up and help. They need to come by to make sure I can provide a safe environment for a foster greyhound. I’m hoping she can see through all the chaos that the house has become as rooms get shifted for painting. I’m still scurrying around to clean things up a little. No need to share the great drifts of tumblefur that accumulate. I also think it’s probably a good idea to get rid of all the crusties from the counter. No one wants to see those.

It’s a little intimidating to have someone come in and judge whether you can provide a good home for a dog. Even after having greyhounds for 18 years, what if she comes in and rejects me? What if I’ve been doing it wrong all this time? Please pick me!


OK, I’ll try to keep the insecurity in check.

There is so much to do it is positively overwhelming. This would be a challenge for someone who could be home working on it all day but to face it when I’m working long hours in the office? I just set micro-goals. Get the shelves off the wall. Get the bookshelf wall painted. Get the window trim painted. It isn’t the end of the world if someone sees my walls with the old color on it

As for Saturday, I’ll get as much done as I possibly can and then put the rooms back together. I find that having lots of wine and chocolate goes a long way in distracting people so that is the strategy for now. “You don’t see the unpainted trim along the floor…you only see that gorgeous Trifle (aka Dirt Cake in a Trifle dish) on the table…”

Micro-goal for today? Get a coat of paint on the bookshelf wall.

Wish me luck!

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3 Responses to Four Days to Go…

  1. Scaloot aka Judy says:

    love the mantra about being independent – glad you have some help. 2 points for ya on the chocolate, solves all decor problems! When you paint that red wall, not sure if you know this hint (please don’t take offense if you do) but paint the wall black, then prime and paint the blue. Red bleeds and bleeds – I have the t-shirt on red walls (I have had several over the years.) and this works with anything else I have had bleed through. Good luck with foster folks and your project list.

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