Small But Necessary Tasks

Yesterday we started early and made a big loop ending up at our local Ace hardware store for a gallon of “Head-Over-Heels” paint.

We used "Head Over Heels" in our smallest bedroom.
We used “Head Over Heels” in our smallest bedroom.

They also had their garden seeds displayed so we bought 5 packs of Botanical Interests “French filet” green beans since they’re our favorite and sometimes sell out before we have a chance to buy them. Green beans in our area don’t get planted until May 1st.

The first year we bought French filet beans Charlie counted the seeds in a packet.
The first year we bought French filet beans Charlie counted the seeds in a packet. (Approximately 85)

Our garden is still covered with snow but the temperature next week should melt the snow and let Charlie plant sugar snap peas, radishes, and a vegetable to surprise me.

The outlines of the garden squares are just visible from the kitchen window.
The outlines of the garden squares are just visible from the kitchen window.

Back to my paint story.  I had planned to buy the pale pink paint at half tint to paint the ceilings of the master suite. The woman at the paint counter said they don’t mix custom proportions anymore so I bought it anyway.

I mixed about a half gallon of pale pink with about the same amount of white primer in one of the 2-gallon primer buttons.
I mixed about a half gallon of pale pink with about the same amount of white primer in one of the 2-gallon primer buttons.

At home I mixed the pink paint approximately 50-50 with white primer.

We've used pale pink on most of the ceilings on the second floor.
We’ve used pale pink on most of the ceilings on the second floor.

 

These smaller ceilings are not difficult like the bedroom and the conservatory.
These smaller ceilings are not difficult like the bedroom and the conservatory.

Charlie and I started painting the ceilings.

With the ceilings finished, walls are next.
With the ceilings finished, walls are next.

I’m eager to get these walls painted so we can hang our new cabinet.

Can you recommend an early spring crop?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “Small But Necessary Tasks”

  1. I’m too much of a novice to recommend and early Spring crop. I plant according to Mel Bartholomew’s books on ‘Square Foot Gardening’ and whatever it is I’m doing seems to work well for snow peas (which only my wife likes), lettuce, tomatoes, and potatoes.

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