Friday, May 23, 2014

Approximately 28 Things

Have you noticed?

I've been on a bit of a blogging break.

I'm not one to blog just so I can tell you I don't have anything to say. Don't you hate it when you open up a post that begins with "I just can't think of anything to blog about"...  I always think "duh" ... "easy answer" ... "back away from the computer and go DO something" ...


My spring cleaning, project doing, ADHD is in full swing. No less than 642 projects in progress. So I thought I would do a little  - approximately - 28 Things to make me feel better. 

Listen if you care.

1. Last week I went to a "pop-up" diggers sale.

2. That means stuff is just everywhere and you dig through it all to find what you want.

3. Sounds fun. And it was.

4. You know you're in trouble when you have to sign a release before you go into the house.

5. You know you're in trouble when they give out masks for all who enter.

6. You know you're in trouble when part of a room is closed off by police tape because the floor has collapsed.

7. You know you're in trouble when you look up in one of the rooms and it is black with mold.

8. You know you're in trouble when you REALLY need to go to the bathroom at this "pop-up" sale...

9.  I got a whole bunch of stuff for $50. In case you think that is a lot. One wire basket I bought contained 6 unused 100/200/300 watt light bulbs. These fit in my vintage floor lamp and cost at least 10 bucks each - when I can find them.

10. A whole bunch of stuff that all had to be sorted through, wiped down, hosed off, disinfected, etc.

11. Oh. And put away. 

12. I'm not done with that yet.

13. I got a wild hair - or is it hare? - and decided to finally start making what I'm going to make with the large tree slices in my garage.

14. Getting the bark off tree slices is harder than you might think.

15. Getting the bark off tree slices is easier than you might think.

16. There is a trick to getting the bark off tree slices.

17. Sometimes there is no trick to getting the bark off tree slices.

18. I've been painting my hoosier cabinet. 

19. It sucks to paint the hoosier cabinet because there is no way to make it look better than it looked when I first got it.

20. But it didn't look that way anymore because the paint kept flaking off and I got tired of sweeping it up. 

21. I was also afraid I might get lead poisoning from sweeping all this flaking paint.

22. I am not pleased with the results at this point. I need inspiration.

23. Inspiration will come.

24. I walk my gardens 40 or 50 2-3 times a day - willing my plants to grow.

25. I haven't had the heart to finish chopping down my dead Japanese Maple.

26. I keep thinking I will be able to turn these trunks in to something.

27. Mr. Quirky threw a kink into my plans for planting the area by over-treating it with something (I won't go in to that) that means I shouldn't plant anything here for up to 18 months!!!!!!

28. REALLY?????? I had already picked out two very lovely lilacs to plant I'm debating whether to tempt the garden gods and plant anyway.

29. My winter mantle is still up. With the Easter egg banner still on it.

30. I am so ashamed.

I hope all is going well for you and that you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

And if you know whether it is "wild hare" or "wild hair" (like mine) please let me know!


Rita C at Panoply said...

Too funny, Karen. Score! on the sale - I've been to one similar, and no matter how clean or dirty an auction, estate or other named sale - the work in hauling, unloading, cleaning, etc. afterward will actually sometimes keep me from buying something, depending on my mind right then (regrets certainly following).
You'll be fine with the Hoosier - just think of all that lead paint consumed as babies & young children (or are you too young to have ever been exposed?).
As for the Japanese maple, I'd leave it until Fall. You're farther north and it may still sprout some new growth. My nandinas came back to life in this past two weeks! My sister cut her magnolia like you did your maple, and is holding out (unless she gets a wild hair, which would be more appropriate in her case). Maybe you could put your lilacs in containers in that area? I'd hold on the planting....I planted a young lilac 3 years ago and it really only started looking good just this year - they'll need a fighting chance.
Have a great weekend! I hope to go to a promising auction Sat.

Donna Wilkes said...

Missed you - but I see you have been your usual super-hyper-busy self. Wild hair over wild hare. (Though I am now picturing a wild hare with wild hair!) The Hoosier will let you know the right color. Don't worry about lead poisoning - if you live near a highway, there is a ton of lead in the dirt. Speaking of dirt, great finds! Happy cleaning! Did you save your mask to use again? I like the trunk of the maple and like Rita I say give it some more time. Do NOT plant in treated ground - you will be disappointed. Interested to see what you do with the tree slices.

stephanie said...

The japanese maple trunk is beautiful. Maybe you could leave it where it is and decorate it.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

He he. I got a good chuckle out of your comment about getting off the computer and DOING something! And your winter mantel with Easter decorations. You're not alone. :)

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I had to laugh at the diggers sale. Been to a bunch like that. Danger around every corner. You did well though. You've been quite busy.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I love your maple remains...I don't think I'd dig it up. You're a clever one...I know you'll figure out something. Put your quirk on it, girl.
I'm worried about your lungs- keep a fresh mask on when you clean those things. It's the spores that will get you.

Art and Sand said...

You are lucky a wild hare didn't pop out at that sale.

A fun, fun post to read today. And, I believe it is wild hair, like mine this morning.

Anita said...

I'd never heard of a pop-up diggers sale! I want to go~ You got some great finds. The funny thing about your ADHD (like mine) I can follow what you are doing and what you are talking about! Great blog post! I too think you can do something wonderful with that Japanese maple trunk. Hmmm. I really want to find one of those diggers sales!

Anonymous said...

It's hair where I come from, lol.

Gigi @ Old World Patina

Danni@SiloHillFarm said... are busy, busy. I like your Hoosier and I know it will be awesome when you finish it. I also like the dead maple could totally make something out of that. Love that you went to a scary sale. I'd have gone too!

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

This post was fun... but I'm hung up on the digger sale. What kind of scenario finds a house full of stuff still while the floor is failing and mold has grown? Fascinating.


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