|Check this out --|
Even I can see it!
I will tell you all about it in just a minute after I whine a bit about my eye surgery first!
Since my eye surgeries a week ago, my vision has changed from day to day. I had two procedures on my left eye, and I am scheduled to have the same thing on my right eye next week. First, I had a laser procedure to correct the severe astigmatism, and then they took me next door to another OR where they did the cataract procedure, removing what they said was a very dense cataract. In that eye, I have been seeing a "drop shadow" for a few months.
This ever-changing clarity over the past week has made it a challenge to read or blog for very long because the eyes are not really working that well together yet. (So if I haven't acknowledged your comments or left you any, that is why.) Cherry Kay at Entertaining Women had warned me about this. Also, you cannot bend over below your waist and cannot lift over twenty pounds. Worse -- no eye makeup!!! I bought the reddest lipstick I could find and the biggest aviator sunglasses. (We call this "reaction formation" -- look it up.) Other than these minor things, the recovery hasn't been bad at all. You have to put about nine million drops in your eye for a while, but even this gets routine. Sweet Husband bought me a gadget at Lowe's that I call my "Reacher" (no, not Jack Reacher, silly) which enables me to pick up most anything. I didn't realize I dropped so many things all the time! Sweet Husband has been a real peach about helping out, so I have luckily had a pretty easy time of it.
One weird thing -- my vision changes day to day as the eye heals. I have gone through my drawer of old glasses from over the last decade or so, and nearly every day I have found a pair that I can see well enough through to check email and the like. Two days I even read a book, THE BURGESS BOYS by Elizabeth Strout. I highly recommend it, if you are looking for a good book right now. She also wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning OLIVE KITTERIDGE.
|Here is the messed up door frame|
and a big gap where we pulled out the rotted drip cap.
|I got the brilliant idea to trim it out with pre-made millwork and then caulk and paint it all.|
Sweet Husband did the work.
|I have told you that I am the brains and he is the brawn, right?|
|I am sure all you real carpenters are holding your sides about now....|
The door frame was a wreck from where we had chiseled some of the old wood out for a crappy screen door we put on a few years ago. When we built the screen porch, the old door was taken by the construction crew to wherever old plastic screen doors go to die. We knew we had to do something about the doorframe, so when Sweet Husband was painting the lower story of the house over the last few weeks, when he got to porch wall he said it was time -- time to address the doorframe so he could get this area finished up. I had already worked it out in my head what to do, but I let him do most of it, with myself just being the director. :>))
|I turned him loose with the white paint on the outside,|
but there ain't no way I am handing him a can of red paint!!!
|So here is our woodwork creation, all painted out, and the door before it was sealed.|
I used two coats of ASCP Emperor's Silk and two coats of Minwax Poly.
|We filled in the door frame with skinny moulding, covered the outer areas with some other pieces, and finished with some ready made medallions on the corners.|
|Looks beefier, right?|
|We also got rid of the non-working old intercom box which was right below the light.|
And when we peeled off the tape -- that is when I realized that it looks like a British phone booth. But I still like it.
|Sweet Husband enjoying his handiwork.|
|It is always 5 o'clock somewhere!|
I can't end this post without saying how terribly sorry I am for their loss to the families and friends of the nineteen firefighters in Arizona who lost their lives fighting the horrible wildfire. Still think we don't have global warming?
P.S. I am linking this post to several parties, as soon I can see how to do it.
The Dedicated House for MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Kathe With An E's You're Gonna Love It!
Cozy Little House for Tweak It Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop on Tuesdays
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Barb and the girls' Home Work Wednesday at Everyday Home
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
P.P.S. Wanna see a preview of the Master Bedroom, getting turned into the Little Miss Sunshine boudoir?
|Still beaucoup to do -- sew all those curtains and slips...|
hoping I can see well enough this week!