Friday, June 19, 2009

The days are flying by quickly as we prepare to put our home up for sale and begin a new adventure. So many things to think about and do. It seems like we fall into bed at the point of near exhaustion every night.
One thing on our list is to return the space we used as an office back into a bedroom. The room was emptied and today we said goodbye to the red striped walls.
I remember well painting those stripes. It was my first experience with red paint. Wow - what a lot of coats it took. Then there was the tape. Lots and lots and lots of blue painters tape to mark the lines.
Now the process in reverse. Here's how it looked after one coat of primer.
And after two coats of primer.

I stopped there, gave the ceiling a fresh coat of paint. After everything dries well over night, we'll get a nice neutral color on the walls.
This week I also said goodbye to my worms.
They have been adopted by a friend whose husband has been caring for worms for a long time. I got lots of valuable advice from them when I first got my bin. I know they will be loved and well cared for in their new home. I was so afraid I might have to release my little friends into the wild. I'm so glad to have that worry off my head.
Not everything was a goodbye, there were some some surprises, too. I spied the first pumpkin. It wasn't that long ago that the seeds were in an egg carton on my kitchen counter.
And the tomatoes. It is going to be a bumper crop this year.
It's almost 5 p.m. That's not too early for bed, is it?

24 comments:

Kim said...

No, Libby, it's not too early for bed. :O) It's hard to make these changes to your home that you have lived in and loved for a while now. The work is as difficult emotionally as it is physically but all of your efforts lead you to a new life adventure and perhaps a new crop of worm buddies! Hang in there! Much progress has been made. :O) Hugs!!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Hang in there, Libby. I am wishing you renewed energy for the task at hand. Remember, Life is GOOD, it really, really is.

Milah said...

I know how tired you are, that's how we feel in the spring and fall. You should sleep like a baby tonight.

The pumpkins and tomatoes will make good selling points....a house with a harvest.;D

Goodnight.

Yvonne said...

You sure are getting lots done....I'm rooting for you! I'm so glad you found your worms a new home. :)

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh I just hate painting...walls, not fabric!
Good luck with all that yucky house prep stuff.
Glad to hear the worms have a new home.
Won't you miss your garden?!?!

Janet said...

I know how sad it is to be saying goodbye to all the touches you've made, especially the garden. I wish for good things ahead for you.

AnnieO said...

Things are moving along! So many big events are happening all at once and overwhelming you, for obvious reasons. Stopping to savor memories and mourn things you have to give up as you make your way forward seems like an entirely normal response to me!

Angela said...

teeheee baby those are some reeeeeeeeed walls! So glad you found homes for your lil friends. I am wanting to start an earnest worm farm. We moved our worms here from our old house. Looked like crazy people doing it, but we did it anyways! LOL

Lea said...

I know it's very tough process to say good bye to everything you loved.
But also I know you'll be managed it because you used be a toughest in the corps, right? :-)
I'm wishing you a lots of happiness in your new place. :-)

anne bebbington said...

If you're exhausted no time is the wrong time to go to bed - here's sending you bundles of energy for the tasks still on the list

Carol said...

After all you did today...nope 5 p.m. is not too early for bed. Get some rest. You're doing a great job! Your garden is just amazing.

sewprimitive karen said...

Thank goodness those worms have a safe home :-). Your garden and quilts are going to sell the house. Oooh putting a new treatment on those walls, lots of work, I know.

Stina said...

Hope you got to bed early!!! :o) We need that from time to time.. and you sure is busy around the house!!
Take care...

KC Quilter said...

I can only imagine how hard it is going to be to leave your wonderful garden. I have so enjoyed reading about it over the years. Maybe your new place will have a spot for a little plot! Take care.

Stephanie D. said...

I was wondering what was going to happen with the worms. Glad to hear you've found someone else.

I'll bet it's going to be hard to adjust from such a long growing season to a shorter one, but I don't doubt we'll see tomatoes again next year,

The Quilt Buddy said...

Don't worry Lobby! Things will fall into place.

Get some rest this weekend!

Julia said...

Will you be painting those pretty red stripes in your new home? :~)

Someone is going to be getting a wonderful new home with all of your delicious garden bounty, what a great selling point! Hope that it sells fast and you can be on your way to a new and exciting chapter of your life!! :~)

Karen said...

I have never painted walls with red but have heard it can take many, many coats to do it.
I was thinking the other day about all the work you put into your worms and your vegetables and how you are going to have to leave all behind. Do you suppose the new owner will buy the house because of the vegetables that are growing?
Shame to have to neutralize the house to sell it. I watch HGTV a lot, and that's what they say you have to do. You can't let your own personality show through.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Sounds like you're really going to miss your home and all the memories you created there. Just think of the endless possibilities of a great new home, putting your special touches here and there, meeting wonderful new friends, and creating even more memories.

Judy said...

It's the perfect time for a little head bobbing nap on the sofa! Oh I do need to start painting now so I don't have to do it all at once before we decide to move. I like the red...as much as I liked my purple, but man when you have to cover over you think twice about the decision and the coats of primer!

Catherine said...

With all the work you're doing, no wonder you're tired!
Will you start a new worm colony when you get settled?

Dixie said...

So happy you found a good home for your little worm babies. Best luck in your new adventures - it looks beautiful where you are moving and you have a warm, adaptable spirit, so everything will work out fine. Plus the quilt store looks amazing and prim so that is definitely something to look forward to. Can't wait to visit that area of the country someday as my ancestors were originally from Maine and Massachusetts before they headed out to California in the 1870s. Hope to meet you in person one of these days! p.s. I have the little strawberry quilt you made for me hanging by my sewing chair for the summer. I just love it.

Guðrún said...

Just take a nap if you are tired!

Candace said...

Oh my - and I thought I was the only one exhausted after all of that at 5:00!! I know it's too late now, but if you ever need to paint over a red wall again, I used a Behr paint that was guaranteed to cover red in one coat! I didn't believe them at the paint store, but when I put the first (and only) coat on - all traces of red disappeared! It was a little pricey, but well worth the time saved!
I'm so glad you worms have a new home, Libby! Maybe they can be sent east to be reunited with you!
Cheers!