Dining Room Changes
One of the first things we had to do was paint the dining room. Beige and white make me a little crazy and I have learned over the years that color is really important to my psychological well-being. I had seen a really nice green combination on a paint ad and I knew that I wanted my dining room to have that color combo. Since the woodwork was painted in that room I was fine with painting it again. So before spring even approached my daughter and I tackled that project with Sherwin William Harmony zero VOC paint in satin finish. It has held up these almost 8 years well. Seemed kind of chalky going on so I wasn’t sure if it would last but it has. The smell didn’t bother me when I was applying it. I usually like a semi-gloss finish so that I can scrub walls since I have young grand children but it did not come in that finish. It has proven to be quite washable though so I have been satisfied with it. Read More
When we purchased our house November of 2007 the house was owned by a young woman who was selling it because she was getting married. Her family had helped her fix it up a bit by adding green plastic shutters, painting the exterior a pale gold and carpeting the upstairs, living room and dining room.
They also had put in several replacement windows. Otherwise the house was fairly untouched when we bought it. The kitchen remained much as it had been since the early 1900’s, the woodwork in most of the house was unpainted and lovely. It also had original wood siding. I found this picture on the assessor’s website of what the house looked like prior to her owning it.
Goodbye Summer Birds and Butterflies
As autumn is now here in full force I bid adieu to the summer birds and butterflies. My favorite thing that I have planted in the past couple of years has been my front flower bed. I can sit at my office desk and watch the birds and butterflies sipping nectar or mowing down on seed heads.
I am the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” because of my many sensitivities.
I have to be careful what we use in our home. We bought a lovely old home with original woodwork and kitchen seven years ago. And we have been steadily working on it since. Read More