Sunday, April 19, 2009
The Big Thaw
After three days of cold, wet, snowy weather, which dumped 12 inches of sloppy snow on us, we're back to sunshine and 60 degree temps. The gutters on the house have been trickling with water all morning and the streets are steamy with evaporating moisture.
Snowstorms in April aren't all that unusual for us, so we hunkered down and the days were well spent. I finished up the last of the Easter ham and made ham-corn chowder, ham bean soup to freeze, and made a batch of chocolate chip cookies while I was at it. All of this on Friday, when the kids were at school and it snowed non-stop all day. I put on HGTV and watched all my favorite shows while I cooked -- Designed to Sell, Decorating Sense and House Hunters.
Yesterday, snow-bound again, Dan finished building some bookcases in the loft. It feels like Christmas, as I'm unpacking all the boxes of books that we moved last August, as well as sewing and scrapbooking supplies that will go in the lower cabinets that he built. There are still doors to be put on the cabinets, but I can still fill them up and put things away. I have a thing about shelves and storage. It's a weird fetish, but it is so exciting to me to have a set of freshly painted, empty shelving to arrange with books, framed photos and memorabilia. Thankfully I have a husband who supports my habit and is talented to be able to build them.
Here's a glimpse of his handiwork:) The back of the shelves is bead board, painted a soft green, called Rye Grass. I'm so glad I married someone who understands angles and degrees and physics, because look at how nice the crown molding came out!
Across the room, which is still in construction mode, is a large farmstyle table which will serve as a desk. The bright sunny window begs for a windowseat, so that's next on my list. Here's some fabric for curtains and pillows for the overstuffed chair. Now, that I've shown you all the pieces, you'll have to wait for the final unveiling. Which could be very soon, or say sometime in 2012.
The best part is that I now have a place to spread out my scrapbooks and get caught up. The first job will be to complete Joe's. My friend Pamela still snarls at me when we talk scapbooking, since I convinced her 19 years ago that we should do them for our children. Of course at the time, we each had one and it seemed easy enough. Add five more kids (between the two of us) and I can see why she got a bit cranky at the mention of gluesticks and stickers. I tried to get my friend Kathy in on the fun, but as I recall it lasted one week and one page, before she gave up. (How's Tyler's scrapbook coming along, Kath?)
But, take heart, Pamela! Matty and Joey are all grown up now. Save for weddings and their election as president/VP of the United States, I'd say we're about done. After all, there's only so much a mother is obligated to do, right?