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Everything is broken [Sep. 5th, 2017|07:29 am]
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It seemed that way yesterday. The lawn mower, only recently back from repairs, has had the belt slip off. The blade has been put on so tightly i couldn't get it off to repair. So back to the shop.

I moped about it a good bit yesterday, although i also gave the reel mower a go. (And, wow, new muscle aches!) Christine is pretty frustrated as well.

I did get enough mown on Sunday that the glade was pleasant and mossy for an evening sitting out with friends. From my vantage, i could see a pine snag in the woods and witnessed red-headed woodpeckers as they made a racket around the top. It was lovely to have the glade as i have dreamed for it to be. I'm hoping i scalped the stiltgrass at just the right time that it's gone for the season.

Evernote pushed an mac upgrade through the app store that doesn't search successfully. I've documented what i could and opened a support ticket. I've not had an opportunity to use the upgraded tables support.

Then i decided to work on my webdesign -- and the current state looks all wrong. Did i loose a bunch of edits working across machines? (Editing on my laptop with the desktop's hard drive mounted on it?)
Fie.

I then spent a great deal of time using the Valspar paint company's color tools to come up with a color scheme for our front porch. Currently, the porch has a red cement landing, raw cedar ceiling and a basic white door and porch posts. The floor needs a repair, and once that is done we will repaint it. It's a fairly common cement paint red right now: we want something different. On Saturday we went out for breakfast & looked at colors while we waited. Christine picked out a peach for the floor, and i think it was an inspired choice. It's novel yet actually works well with the clay.



Since carpenter bees are working on the ceiling, i've wanted to paint the ceiling and have dreamed of a blue -- something surprising and delightful. A blue green is the compliment of the peach, and works well. We'd picked out enough colors for a Queen Anne to have every detail highlit: it was too much for our rustic cottage.



We finally settled on replacing the white with simply a warm white and echoing the peach floor in the trim around the door. (Maybe also highlight some of the turnings in the posts?)

It looks like we've got a dry stretch coming up Thursday to Saturday. I'll need to see if that's long enough for the hydraulic cement to cure. We'll just be painting the cement to start: not a huge project.

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[User Picture]From: tx_cronopio
2017-09-05 02:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, I think those colors will be lovely! Although you might want to see what Irma does before you count on a dry weekend...

So, you have to have specially cured cement to paint it like that, right? I have an area I'd love to paint, but I'm guessing that getting the right cement would be prohibitively costly.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2017-09-05 06:37 pm (UTC)
No! The cement curing has to do with the fact that we have a mini canyon running across the slab where a previous crack repair made things much worse. So, we'll fill the crack and canyons with the special cement and then we'll have a raw cement stripe across the crappy current paint job.

Looks like painting old worn out concrete is easier than new: with new concrete you have to etch it to get the paint to hold.

Looks like Valspar "cement and deck" paint is available in all sorts of mixed colors, so i'm excited to have something other than brick red or pine green.

Re rain, yeah, the clear day gap between rainstorms gets shorter every time i check the weather.
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