I loved the enamel street signs on the buildings in Paris. They’re sooooo French.
Ashley at Domestic Imperfection had a sign giveaway and I won. Ramsign, a company in Gibraltar (as in “the rock of”), had offered Ashley’s readers a chance to win a porcelain enamel house number sign made in the Old World tradition.
And I won. I’m choosing a 4-number, blue sign with white digits and trim.
I’m really struck by the red and white signs. They’re gorgeous.
Ramsign ships all over the world and shipping is free.
The signage is not limited to numbers, you can have a custom sign saying whatever you like as well as some of their preprinted standard signs which have words like “Welcome”, “Wine Cellar”, “Cloak Room”, “Beware of the Dog”. etc.
Anyway, I won and I’m going to hang the new sign on the new side entrance to the house when it is built.
While we were painting the exterior trim, Charlie noticed he hadn’t caulked all the windows the last time we painted the exterior of the house.
He’s the one that usually does the caulking whether inside or outside because I’m just no good at it.
Job and location determine the type of caulk that should be used as there are many different kinds: interior vs. exterior, paintable vs. unpaintable, tinted vs. clear, etc. We use paintable window and door caulk suitable for outdoors.
The caulk gun makes a big difference also. You can have the old-fashioned kind that has a thumb lever to back the pressure off the caulk or a dripless one that gives you a smooth bead and stops when the trigger is released.
I suggest throwing any of the old ones away because only a genius pro could make them work well.
Caulk guns have 2 other details which make them useful: a cutter for the end of a new tube of caulk and a pick to cut the internal seal.
Charlie has caulked all the remaining windows and any noticable openings on the exterior of the house.
What jobs do you put off? Do you forget? Or just don’t enjoy them?
The carpet in the halls of our church is slated to be replaced and I’m on the committee to choose the color.
As I was taking a mental walk through the space last evening I remembered
the walls of the foyer are natural red brick,
the adjoining carpet in the sanctuary is a dusty mauve,
the walls of the hall are white painted cinderblock,
the adjoining classrooms have various colors of blue and dusty mauve carpet and finally
the kitchen and assembly room at the back have variegated tan tile.
The plan is to cover the foyer and side entrance area with vinyl tile and carpet the long runs of the halls with seamless carpet.
Our estimate included colored tile and colored carpet, the committee is charged with picking the colors of both. As I began thinking about it, however, a woodgrain floor (vinyl) seemed to go better with the various areas it would touch, especially the brick and mauve, and more appropriate for a church entrance.
I really didn’t want to think outside the box, I wanted to show up at the committee meeting, pick a color and go home. It’s never that easy with me.
Six of us assembled promptly at 9 a.m. and opened the meeting with prayer. Our plan was to select the carpet color, then the tile color then the baseboard. I suggested we eliminate any carpet swatches that we felt right off the bat would be inappropriate. That brought us from about 25 choices down to 10.
We chose a slightly variegated blue that seems to have a hint of pink when held next to the mauve carpet and brick wall. The second item was the tile of which there were about 50 choices. I suggested we eliminate anything that was mottled; someone else suggested we stay away from blue since we chose blue carpet; another said it shouldn’t be too dark. Now we were narrowed to about 20 colors. Here I would still have liked to go with wood but the consensus was a light tannish grey tile which looked OK against the other colors already in the church.
Finally we looked through the baseboard colors for which I would have chosen a dark color to give an emphatic edge along the sides of the carpet but the committee decided on a putty color that harmonized with the tile. Choices made, meeting adjourned.
The whole process went better than I thought it would. Next item: schedule the installation.
Since I’ve lived in Howard County these past 15 years the county has made available to communities large dumpsters to fill with the things that are difficult to just throw away. They stay for a long weekend then are hauled away.
I’ve been waiting for our Spring dumpster’s arrival so I can get rid of all sorts of unusual things that won’t fit in a trash bag.
Now instead of dragging this stuff a block up the street, we have to call the county number, put it on the curb and wait for the special “Curbside Bulk Trash Collection”.
If that’s not inconvenient enough, there are 3 categories of items:
large plastic items,
large metal items, and
large trash items.
The plastic items may be put on the curb on our regular recycling day but the other two categories must be collected by special arrangement. And don’t even consider picking up someone else’s scrap metal because it’s against the law: County Code 18.610. These things include metal furniture, swing sets, exercise equipment, lawn mowers, etc. DIYer Beware! (That may be caveat bricolage in Latin.)
Finally, only 4 items may be placed out for one pick-up. Seriously, I’m calling the number today and scheduling the first of many, many, many, many . . . pick-ups. It’s on!
Have you been waiting for something then been disappointed when it didn’t happen?
Deciding what was going where in the garden was an intense telephone call between Charlie and me. We had already chosen the seeds way back here, but which square gets what was the question of the day. Here’s the layout we finally decided on. (Why I’m involved I’m not quite sure since I don’t do any planting or tending, I just eat the harvest.)
The list of crops and square positions are as follows:
Blue Lake Pole Beans
Radishes/Sun Gold tomatoes
Runner cukes Hybrid II
Bush cukes Burpfree
Bush beans Tavera
Bush cukes Picklebush
Bush beans French filet
Bush beans Tenderpick
Our goal date to plant the garden is May 1st. In our area it’s a good idea not to plant too much ahead of time just in case there’s a late spring frost. Charlie actually did most of the planting on April 30th.
We have a few more small squares not yet assigned but for the most part the 2012 Potager planting is finished. Everything is in except the Sun Gold tomatoes in squares 2 and 6 which we get from a farmer friend a little later in the season.