Saturday, June 3, 2006

The Giant in our House

I know you all are saying "WHAT?" Today begins our big project--DUH! DUH! DUH!--PAINTING THE NURSERY!!! I think agreeing on the paint color was actually a bigger project than the actual painting. We finally picked a light green. Granted, we were both agreeing on light green before we even went to select the color. However, when we got to the store, there were so many different shades of it that I thought one of us wouldn't leave the store alive. But we both survived and today Geron has gone to pick up the paint. We're not doing anything fancy, yet. We may stencil on a border of some sort later, but for now everything will be a sagish type green with white trim.

Last night we tackled the guest room--moving the bed out, packing up the bookshelf, clearing all the other odds and ends out of there and finally the recliner. I had difficulty with that one and told Geron that I will NOT help him move it back into that room. So, anyone who'd like to volunteer for this position, please send me your resume. After moving everything out, we began work on the windows--they were NASTY--I'm talking about the window sills. I hadn't noticed because we keep the blinds down all the time in there and besides that, we don't spend that much time in there anyway. Geron worked hard on taping everything off, while I scooted around on the floor removing all the outlet covers. And this morning, I woke up to the sound of either sanding or sweeping down the walls or maybe both. Someone in this house is on the ball and its not me.

Some of you MAY be worrying about me painting, but rest assurred, I'll be fine. Paints used to contain a lot of lead, but that is not the case these days. In fact, I asked the Lowes guy yesterday which paint was the safest and he said that they all were safe now. Of course, we'll still take precautions such as:
1. Staying off ladders
2. Wearing a mask--I'll though I tried wearing it a while ago--suffocation!
3. Windows and door will remain open
4. Plenty of breaks to sit down and prop my hobbit feet up

I think that about covers it. Oh, and I won't be doing any of the cutting in. It takes me a long time to get back up off the floor once I've gotten down. And I can't bend over so well anymore, either, because my huge baby belly gets in the way.

In the meantime, our house looks a little crazy. Some things have been put in the garage, some in the attic, but my favorite part is the queen-size bed propped against the wall in the dining room. Very appetizing. It will go back into the nursery. When we have guests, baby girl can sleep in her bassinet and when she's bigger, hopefully a playyard.

So, pray for us today. And if you want to drive down from Kentucky or Chicago, over from Nashville, or up from Texas to help paint, you're more than welcome to! (HA!)


Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

Be careful what you say, Lydia. We might get a four-day weekend for 4th of July. We may get a hankering to see Chattanooga; you never know! Ha ha ha ha!

Tooz said...

Chattanooga is a terrific city. I, for one, am NOT going to volunteer to help paint. The ONLY painting I am aware of doing in my adult life was painting the furniture in my third-grade classroom nigh on six years ago. Joyce helped me get started, and then her husband had the nerve to have a heart attack so that she didn't have to help finish up. That was enough painting for this lifetime. By the way, your word verification for me was Nxcof. How do you feel about that for a baby name? Love you.

Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

I actually like to paint, and have painted lots and lots and lots of walls, designs/stencils, and even a few acrylic paintings in my day. Once I have another house that I actually own, I'll be doing more painting. Painting is kind of fun, so I wouldn't mind painting for you guys. It's just the logistics of getting there....

heather honaker said...

if you are uncomfortable in the mask, i wouldn't worry about it. my dr assured me that i don't have to wear one unless i really really want to. i painted when i was pregnant with molly and did just fine. :) have fun painting! i can't wait until we get to pick out a color for our nursery! :)