Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Wet Paint

I went upstairs to get clothes for work tomorrow and put another couple of coats of paint on the drawer fronts! I couldn't help myself.

I wasn't going to but I took a look at them and they looked like another coat wouldn't hurt and I was already up there and well... I didn't even have on my official painting outfit! It is oddly unsatisfying to have to be very careful while putting paint down, it's not that I am a sloppy painter, because I'm not, it's just that having to keep track of where the paint is really messes with my enjoyment. I want to concentrate on getting the paint on the surface and not where else it's getting. I would have enjoyed it much more in my little painting outfit. I did have my rubber loves so I wasn't completely without defences. Paint is tricky and sneaky and gets places its not supposed to be like floors and walls and the bottoms of your shoes and it plays hide and seek. It cheats too, does not play by the rules. Mean.

The drawer fronts are going to look dynamite though, maybe a little not perfect but you know, they aren't for sale and I am my customer and I am very, very sympathetic to the painter and her plight and the really, really tough circumstances she did the job under. So the "not perfect" is actually patina. The house is old, most of what I have now comes from craigslist or the side of the street - nothing is perfect. PATINA!

I'll get the insides of the drawers painted this week after the  by-God-final coat of paint is dry, finally, whenever that happens. I'll get the interiors painted,  and  probably put a second coat on the sides I already painted blue and they will look so nice! The paint will dry on the fronts and then I'll get the tape off and in a few days, put my clothes back in. When that job is done, I can move the other piece moved to where ever its going to go now that its pretty and I'll put my sweaters in there to live and then I'll clean the room up and I'll move back up there for the winter and bit by bit it will be
a new room.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Well. It wasn't as bad as they said it was going to be, but they may have spoken too soon. My basement is still dry, but flooding after the fact is par for the course so there is still things to worry about.

The drawers got mostly painted but now aren't drying. I brought them inside to get them out of the damp and they brought the damp in with them. They managed to dry outside in the rain but now they are still dripping hours after I put on the second coat. I hadn't thought that drawer fronts would be such a pain in the arse, I had known that the dresser body was going to be a bitch, and it it was but for some reason I though that the sheer lack of acreage would make the job easier. I was wrong.

When you add all those nice drawer fronst togther, it makes for a very large peice of furniture. Its the same as a big table. A big uneven table.

And then I added to he fun by  getting very happy with a hand sander. Its a wonder tool, so much better than trying to sand by hand. A magic wand really. However, even a magic wand can be a dangerous weapon in the hands of a novice. Lesson learned : If you aren't going to take all  the paint off, don't take ANY of the paint off. It makes for an uneven surface and even if you some how manage to make it the same surface, its now a different color and a different material and it will take the paint differently. Because OF COURSE IT WILL.

So much joy in learning new things!

I wans' able to get to painting the interiours of the drawers because they were always wet and I didn't want them to be completly covered in wet paint, so now because of the weather, not a single part will be dry before Friday, I won't be able to get the job done and that makes me crazy. The longer it goes  not done the better the chance it will never getting done and it would be much better for everyone involved if I could get the job done sooner rather than later.

But then I would have had to wait to start it after it stopped raining and not started the same weekend a hurricane came through how much fun would that have been?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Cat Blogging

El Gato in El HatoReally insulted on other peoples behalf about the gross cultural appropriation displayed Will kill me in my sleep.


My work email kept bringing me cheery power point presentations about how much water we're going to be under - a lot, when we're going to be under it we don't really know, but hope you're all SCUBA certified and how bad its going to be, Let us join hands in prayer .

The East Coast is a very large place, it includes places that are not Manhatten or places Manhattanites own vacation homes . You wouldn't know from the news. "OH MY GOD it could be Sandy II" really means, OMG! New Yorkers might have to deal with what the rest of the country deals with routinely, again! OH NOES!" Weather comes as a shock to people in New York. I did not know that they never experienced weather, but then I watching NYPD Blue  reruns all summer and apparently it is either Hot or Cold, I assume it rains there as well but not much and not for long.

If it rains too hard for too long, my basement is going to flood and my water heater is going to get wet and the pilot is going to get snuffed. I will have no hot water until I can find a plumber to come out and relight it, its not easy to do at all, when the Gas Company guy came out to service the line,  he had to call in reinforcements to figure out how to get it relit.  I want Santa to move my water heater to higher ground for Christmas.

I also want an electric hand sander and novelty eye lashes for my car. Its early but its never to early to get requests in and I need something else to think about other than the imminent flooding of my basement and wide spread damage and flooding of everyone's everything. Yay.

After dinner I curled up on the couch with the dog and used him as a pillow and we watched TV. I would imagine the dog shrink doesn't want me to encourage that kind of physical closeness with him right now... but when he's in dog ball mode he is the perfect pillow, and its damp and its going to be for the foreseeable future and blechy and he's warm and  dry  and solid and so perfect. He's like an electric blanket with the capacity for wuve.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


After work my plan was to go by a UPS store and return some very, very bad Christmas cards I ordered - they looked much better when I was designing them, in reality, they were hideous . They had to go back and back they go. I designed some new cards with another vender and I am much happier with these, I hope. I can't really order them until I get the refund from the first ones\, I should have sent them back sooner. My bad.

Anyway, I returned the bad cards and went back to my car and headed home. I was tooling down Hargett and I saw a lose dog and I said "Awwww, a lose dog! I hope it gets home!" and then I saw a little girl runing after the dog and I said "Oh shit that's her dog!" and I drove a little down the street and I said "I have to help that girl get her dog. Have to." I parked the car and watched the dog head into the cemetery. The little girl was standing on the sidewalk sobbing and I said to myself , The dog is in the cemetery, its fenced, this will e-asy I was wrong. Yes, it is fenced, but  the dog can go through the gates, at will. And did.

And ran across the street into a park between apartment complexes. She would not be caught. She would bot be herded and she would not be bribed. After  more than a couple of near misses, I went back to the car and grabbed an old leash of Rockets from training. I thought I would use it as a lasso. I thought wrong, the dog would also not be corralled .

We chased that damn dog all over. The poor little girl was beside herself and I was feeling winded but unhelpful. A couple from one of the complexes donated a dog treat to the cause and helped out trying to direct the dog somewhere, anywhere. Big fail.

A guy walked out of the complex and walked into the park and sat on a bench. Did not even once try to help. That couple came out of their house and ran around and this dick just sat there. Loser.

Finally after much running around the dog followed the little girl back to her apartment complex and she was able to get a hand on the dog and got him safe. I gave her the leash and went home.

My dog peed the floor in protest of my late arrival home.

Later, I decided the dresser was finished. I don't have unlimited paint and I knew that putting more paint on it wasn't going to make it less not right. FYI, I am in the market for an electric palm sander. If I had one, the dresser would kick ass now, live and learn and get an electric sander, I took off the tape and its going to need some touch up but not as dramatically as I thought it was going to be.

I started hand sanding - hate it, I want a real sander! and taping and got three of the nine done.

 Six more to go...

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


The dresser is making me sad. I looked it over after the first coat and it was not a pretty picture. It was not looking like the image I had in my mind of what it was going to look like .

The surface doesn't hold the paint like the other piece did. Its slick and paint and even with my sanding, its not the end product I would have liked. I re-sanded it and got very judgy with myself. I then walked away, I had hoped that the paint fairies would take care of it for me but they didn't.

So I came back to it. I put another coat on it, it looks marginally better, not greatly better but enough better that I am not as depressed about it as I was. There is a giant flaw on the top, I tried to fix it and I should have left it alone, but because I have so much experience with wooden furniture and wood working that I thought I could fix the imperfection and I only made it worse. Live and learn.  Now there is Mount Hubris instead.

Pinterest lies, Google Images lies! The entire internet lies about how much fun and easy DIY is.  In real life, DIY is hard and messy and time consuming and is not good for your self confidence! Things get messed up so easily and there you are with something you would never buy if you saw it out in the world and you did this .

But sometimes it doesn't get messed up or its  just good enough to not be too embarrassing or its even kind of cool - There is always something that only you are going to see, that spot on the piece that looks to you like a giant sore - no one else spends as much time with it or looks at it closely enough to see the sore, but the sore is still there. Sometimes it glows in the dark.

It's not always a nightmare, I have other painted furniture pieces that I do not hate. The dresser will eventually not be a terrible chore and I will eventually have to like it enough to spend a lot of time sharing a room with it. The drawers are going to be not much fun either and I'm going to buy more paint before I start on them this weekend. At some point,  I'm going to have to take off the tape on the parts I didn't paint , surely, that is going to be a very tense moment and I see it not being a happy time for me. I'm going to have to figure out how to correct the damage while protecting the wood and still getting the surface painted the way it needs to be.

I see a very wide, very long table runner in my future.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hate Wal-Mart Pharmacy, they suck, and lie and have bad service.

Rocket did a good job displaying his anxiety at the dog shrink. Which is good because going in and saying his behavior has changed and he seems different isn't really good enough. He did his job and was a nut.

The doctor  spent some time with him, examined him and even did a blood draw. The doctor said he has relapsed. So. More meds, different meds, more diary keeping and a change of med schedule.

As I was talking to the vet - for an hour and a half! I started to notice hat there were a lot of signs things have been not great for a while. He hasn't slept well in months, his anxiety levels have risen, slowly, but they are more than they were. Lately however, it has gotten out of hand. He spent an entire night freaking out, he seems very unhappy when I put him in his room in the morning and he was always fine with that, he will not stay in his room during the day, after months and months of no problems, he peed the floor twice in the last month, when he gets out of the room he is destructive and this is dangerous and unacceptable. I also noticed just today that he needs to be veryclose to me, and this has not been the case.

I noticed this morning that he was in the kitchen doorway while I ate breakfast, normally, he goes back to sleep on the couch while I eat with kitty. Now its different, now he's back to being rightwithme.

I don't know what has happened and why he is sick again and I wish I had been paying attention before he was this unhappy. But, thankfully, I had the vet school and the behaviorist on speed dial and it was time for his yearly and hopefully, we can get him back to where he was.

And now Wal-Mart Pharmacy  needs to practice good customer service... Yeah, of course they dicked me over, its Wal-Mart! what did I expect! The pharmacy manager "kindly" said he would fill them this month, but after this, I'm going to have to go somewhere else and pay more because all of a sudden after months, my discount pharmacy card doesn't work anymore to buy meds for an animal. I have complained, but I am going to complain more and higher up. And then I am going to strip all my scripts from them and go elsewhere. Bastards.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Weekend Goings On

Didn't do much this weekend.

On Saturday we celebrated my nieces birthday with a Harry Potter themed party and that was fun! Some of the the little girls were very loud and needed to really get in touch with their inner Hermione Grangers  and Luna Lovegood's and spend less time with their Weasley twins. Just saying. Although, Hermione  could be really, really mean and if she had hung out with more girls, she would have been the queen of the school.

And everyone was either a Gryffindor or a Ravenclaw, doesn't Slytherin get any love? Its were he really hot guys lived, but they are too young for that yet, maybe its for the best and what of Hufflepuff? No one even spoke of that house.

Anyway. I bought wood filler for the issue on the top of the dresser and it was hard! wood filler is sticky and gross and at the same time, dry and like silly putty. I made a mess with it and ended up having to sand most of it off. Sigh. It did solve my problem to a point though.

Right now it looks best at a distance. There is work yet to do and I haven't even started on the drawers yet and I haven't found the new pulls either.

My parents came up for the party, my Dad found time to do Rocket and I a huge favor - Not so much a favor for Rocke as much as me, the cat, the house and everything in the house. I've had enough of Rocket channeling his inner Houdini

Hopefully this will not inspire him to dig under or break though the door. To back up our new plan for him to stay in his room all day, we are going back to the dog shrink for his annual re-visit and hopefully she will help us out.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Cat Blogging

Kitty smiles!


Two days this week the dog broke out of his room minutes after he was put there and ate stuff he did not need to eat. I don't want him foraging in the house and I don't need him to eat things that are not food, its dangerous and it sets a bad precedent. I really don't need him to get the impression that things with batteries are toys or snacks or snacks that are toys.

He has taken to breaking out more frequently lately and its not cute, it s dangerous and while he doesn't happen every day, he's escalating  and one day he's going to "play" with the wrong thing and he's going to choke on it or eat something poisonous. Something has to give.

What broke the camel's back finally is Wednesday night he didn't sleep. He panted and paced and and wouldn't sleep or be still. If he doesn't sleep I don't sleep and that's not okay. I tried everything I knew about to help him relax. I let him off his leash so he could wander the house, I took him outside in the middle of the night to pee and I filled his water bowl. Finally at 1:30am, I dosed him with Melatonin and that in combination with everything else, finally got him to at least stop panting and wandering and eventually, he went to sleep.

I hate that he was so clearly uncomfortable and unhappy! Its awful to know that he is having a freak out and I can't help him through it. I probably should have dosed him with his real panic meds, but I was too tired to think that rationally.

I was sure that after the night he had he would sleep all day - I know I could have, but nooooo!, ten minutes after I left the house for work he had broken out of the room and was lose in the house in a tizzy. By the time I got home there had eaten anything he could find that look edible and some stuff that took him destroying to figure out were not..

He's going back to the dog shrink on Monday to see what his issues are and have his meds adjusted, before that though, his door is getting locks he can't get to. I'm going to lock his butt in that room! I am afraid that this will cause him to try to tunnel out but hopefully the shrink will  make sure he doesn't have the desire to do that.

I'm betting now that he has fully entered adult doghood and his weight has changed and his chemistry is different, that his meds just need to be dialed up a notch to deal with his full adult self. Think happy thoughts for us.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Spark.coms Chalk Thing

While I was painting with paint inside in the shade over the weekend, a  lot of folks spent the weekend painting with chalk in the heat outside. Here are some images I liked, some are done year after year because they are pretty and everyone likes being a part of pretty even if it is a cliche that gets done year after year after year, it still pretty, others I hadn't seen before, the chalk preemie was a new one.

I was also there for the people watching

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How I spent my Tuesday evening

First I cut up and blanched and froze the peppers and tomatoes I've collected over the past several days. The peppers join a big frozen family but the tomatoes are very lonely, they may be getting company soon but even under base case scenario thinking, all of them, will barely make a single batch of sauce. Sadness.

And then I faced my nemesis.

Look at it! All dirty and gross and so not ready to be painted! What a pig!

Oh my Gosh! What a difference a sponge bath and some severe sanding makes! It's gorgeous and so ready to be painted! What a make over! You can tell it has really good bones! I'm kidding, its impossible to tell that anything has been done to this piece of furniture.


tape, tape, tape

Ready for the next step.

What I did not get a picture of is a sizable indentation/failure to the surface of the  veneer. It appears the last owner had something too heavy for the peice, like a TV on top of it and it kind of dented the top. I could get some wood filler and make it all even, but, there will always be something on top of the dresser, I don't really want to fool around with going and getting wood filler, figureing out how to apply the filler and then sanding the filler until the section is even. Its not a priceless piece of history and it was never a really expensive item even before I took it off the curb. I think putting that much work into it would be over kill - however, if it doesn't look right after a coat of paint, I might think I made a huge mistake. Would it be worth it to do all the work? Advice would be appreciated.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

How I spent My Weekend

Rocket and put in an appearance at the Dog Olympics and we had a good time, even though it was too hot and we couldn't stay because we were just falling out. We did see some very cool dogs though so, it was worth it.

Then I got to work.

This  was a very ugly peice. Ugly and unusable - too much to ask and the kind of thing that an ugly piece of furniture can not do. If it wasn't heavy as all hell it was out the door . However, I am a nice person and I saw potential, the potential to be some where that could grow into sweater storage.

 The bones were there,, it just took a lot of sanding and cleaning and repair and many coats of paint and new pulls  to bring them out.

Next up?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Emmy 2015 Results

8:16 Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Allison  Janney, Mom

8:26 - Best Writing in a Comedy Series - Veep

8:28 - Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series -  Tony Hale, Veep

8:36 - Guest Actor/ Actress In a Comedy -  Bradley Whitfield/ Joan Cusack

8:37 - Directing in a Comedy -  Jill Salloway, Transparent

8:41 - Best Actor in a Comedy Series - Jeffery Tambor , Transparent

8:53 - Best Actress in a Comedy Series - Julie Louis Dryfus, Veep

8:57 - Best Reality Competition Program - The Voice

9:04 - Best Writing in a Mini-Series or Limited Run Series - Jane Anderson,  Olive Kitterage

9:09 - Best Supporting Actress Mini Series et al - Regina King , American Crime

9:15 - Best Directing Mini Series et al - Olive Kitterridge

9:25 - Best Supporting  Actor Mini Series et al - Bill Murrey, Olive Kitterridge

9:28 - Best Actress in a Mini Series et al -  Frances McDormand, Olive Kitterridge

9:35 - Best Actor Mini Series et al - Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitterridge

9:43 - Best Mini Series et al - Olive Kitterridge

9:50 - Best Writing Variety Show - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

9:55 - Best Variety Sketch Series - Inside Amy Schumer

10:02 - Directing Variety Series - The Daily Show with Jon  Stewart

10:04 - Variety Talk Series - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

10:09 - Writing Drama Series - Game of Thrones

10:19 - Best Supporting Actress Drama - Uzo Aduba , Orange is the New Black

10:21 - Best Directing Drama - Game of Thrones

10:28 -Best Supporting Actor Drama Series - Peter Dinkledge, Game of Thrones

Everyone who died.

10:40 - Best Actor Drama Series - Jon Hamm ,  Mad Men

10:44 - Best Actress Drama - Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder

10:51 - Best Comedy Series - Veep

10:54 - Best Drama Series -  Game of Thrones