Friday, July 12, 2013
It's already Friday and I'm just now getting an Alphabe-Thursday post written. I hope Ms. Jenny will understand that the dog ate my homework and that's why this assignment is late.
The first word I thought of was HURRICANES. Yes, HURRICANE Season began on June 1st and runs through November 1st. Since I've lived in Texas I've only gone through two HURRICANES. Alicia in 1983 and Ike in 2008.
In 2008 my husband and son stayed here for HURRICANE IKE. They boarded up the house, brought as much as they could inside, and rode out the storm. Meanwhile, I drove to Austin in the middle of the night with my Dad who had Alzheimer's. We stayed in Austin for a couple of weeks and came back when the electricity came back on.
I do not plan to ever evacuate again. I'm about 25-30 miles inland, but there's no way I'd pack up the dog and cats and hit the crowded roads. I do think about HURRICANE Andrew from time to time. That's the one that hit Florida in 1992 and did considerable damage. It's scary to think about, but there really haven't been that many HURRICANES since I've lived here. We've already loaded up on water and batteries and I'm hoping for the best. I don't want to wish a HURRICANE on anyone else, but I sure hope one doesn't turn this way ever again!
Now I need your HELP. Please hold me accountable. I am the Queen of unfinished projects, but after seeing all the painted furniture on numerous blogs I decided to take the plunge.
I've done lots of research and am now totally confused. One blog raves about Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint and another raves about CeeCee Caldwell's Chalk Paint. I've read about how hard it is to wax the furniture after the painting is complete. Some suggest Wipe On Poly for the finishing coat. I didn't know such a product even existed, but I bought some at Home Depot. What to do...what to do???
This is my mother's old sewing table. It really needed work.
It also has a matching mirror.
I've decided not to use Chalk Paint this go around. I'll just use some paint I have in the garage and then use the Poly stuff. What do you think? Good idea? Should I paint the drawers one color and the sides and legs another color? I've seen some pretty pieces done that way. I don't think I'll do any distressing because I'm a perfectionist and that would be difficult for me to do. I want a perfect, smooth finish.
I'll be forever making decisions about this piece. HELP keep me accountable. I need to finish and I need suggestions. Of course, working in the hot and humid garage doesn't help motivate me any. People that have basements are so lucky! Please follow up and ask me in a couple of weeks if I've finished. I need your HELP to stay on track.
I've also done some things for the HOUSE. I made some envelope pillows for the couches. I found the directions on this blog. They were so simple to make and the covers come off quickly to wash. I have a dog and cats, so that was important to me. Sophie didn't like the way I had the pillows arranged, so she redid the arrangement to her liking.
And while getting this post ready I found pictures from Keith's birthday on my camera. His birthday was May 31st and he drove over from Austin on June 1st. HAPPY late Birthday Keith!
One last thing. Calling all computer savvy people. There is a blogger that can't post comments on my blog. When she tries this screen pops up.
Does anyone know what's going on? Can something be done? Thanks for your help.
This post is getting a bit long, so if you're still with me please go visit Ms. Jenny's blog for a list of this week's Alphabe-Thursday participants. Thanks for visiting!