24 hours in the yard

January 31, 2010

While I was snowed in the other day, I completed No. 49 on my woefully-out-of-date 101 Things list:

Not terribly exciting, but you can see the progress of the snowstorm, anyway. If the birdfeeder hadn’t been totally iced over, I could have filled it with seed and probably gotten more interesting shots. Oh well.

Emily


Phase Three

January 30, 2010

The work-in-progress that is my car continues. This afternoon, we chiseled off the ice so I could get inside, where I fired up the heater and the radio and covered the dashboard with illustrations from the old Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings cartoon:

The paint is kind of shiny, so I may have to get some velcro and a dark-colored cloth of some sort to cover the rainbow on really sunny days, but that shouldn’t be too difficult.

The moon and stars are to the left of the steering wheel. The other stuff is all over the passenger’s-side dashboard. I think the whole thing turned out really cute.

When I finished with my Simon drawings, I touched up the peace signs I’d put on the steering wheel a few weeks ago:

There wasn’t much else to do today. This is what our yard looks like right now:

The streets supposedly aren’t too bad at this point, so we’re going to check out the home and garden show over at the fairgrounds … because if there’s one thing I need, it’s a few more crazy ideas for the garden, don’t you think? ;)

Emily


Grateful Gnome

January 30, 2010

Jerry as lawn gnome. Inspired by a bumper sticker I bought the other day.

For some reason, this particular gnome was a little deformed. I didn’t notice when I bought it, because it was painted a hideous shade of reddish bronze, with black shading that kind of masked the distortion, but when I started working on it, I discovered that it apparently had been jostled or squished while it was drying, because the torso was twisted, and the back was all caved in on the left side. Very strange. Now that I think about it, I probably should have turned it into Salvador Dali instead of Jerry Garcia. Oh, well. I think it looks pretty good like it is….

I have now run out of lawn gnomes to paint, which means I will have to do something more useful with my time. Perhaps today would be a good day to finish the rugrats’ ABC book, which I started before Jamie was born and still haven’t completed. (I got stuck on K, and by the time I decided that K stood for Karmann Ghia, I was too busy to break out the watercolors. I’ll remedy that this afternoon….)

Emily


How I spent my day

January 29, 2010

Thanks to a winter storm, Ron and I had today off. Thanks to the same winter storm, we couldn’t leave the house, as my car (which was blocking our other vehicles in) was so thoroughly glazed with ice that I couldn’t open the door. The scraper was inside the car, so I couldn’t chisel it out, either.

Not to worry — I found plenty of ways to amuse myself.

Here is some of my handiwork:

The bedroom desperately needed to be decluttered, as you can see from the “before” pictures, but I just hadn’t been able to find the time to do it. Being trapped in the house all day, I had plenty of time on my hands for such pursuits. It sort of looks like a boutique with all that stuff hanging on the walls, but at least I can see what I have now, and I won’t have to go searching all over the house every time I need a scrunchie or a hairclip.

While the bedroom cleanup was probably the most useful and satisfying part of my day, it wasn’t the most entertaining. That honor goes to my KISS Army Gnomes:

I painted the Paul Stanley one last summer, but then I got so busy with school projects that I didn’t have time to finish the others.

In addition to decluttering the bedroom and painting lawn gnomes, I made lunch (omelets) and dinner (broccoli casserole with part of a leftover veggie tray from Braum’s on the side); cleaned the kitchen; cleaned the bathroom; and started a project that involves taking a picture of the backyard every hour, on the hour, for 24 hours. (I will be finished with this project at 9 a.m. and will post the results sometime thereafter.)

I have one more gnome left to paint. I’m thinking he might end up being Jerry Garcia’s doppelganger….

Emily


Folk Thursday: Tracy Chapman

January 28, 2010

I can’t believe I haven’t already posted this. It’s one of my favorites.

Emily


24 hours later

January 28, 2010

The promised ice storm finally arrived after lunch today, coating the pergola with tiny icicles. Aside from a little ice on my windows after school and a brief power outage (maybe an hour) this evening, it hasn’t been particularly problematic. Ron and I both have the day off tomorrow, so we’ll just putter around the house.

The dogs don’t like the ice, but they’ll be happy to have their humans around all day.

Emily

P.S.: The Cubs’ pitchers and catchers report to Mesa in three weeks!


It might as well be spring

January 27, 2010

Somehow dire predictions about winter storms sound a little unconvincing when it’s 60 degrees outside and dandelions are blooming in the front yard.

Emily


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