Almost ready for paint

Trim gone and ready for new casing
Trim gone and ready for new casing
Yesterday was a day off, well, from work at work, but not at home.While it was nice outside I decided on an inside day.
Spent the day yesterday doing a whole bunch of final prep on our bedroom. Am ready for the ceiling paint to go on. Got all the walls pretty much ready. Found a few more flaws on the wipe down. An old phone jack entry and a hairline in the plaster under a window sill but no biggie. All the new window fillers are cut and in and primed. All the old edges around the windows and doors where the trim had been painted in place a zillion times are all cut down and smoothed in. The cloud line trim has been removed and filled. I have the window stools cut and primed and the new config for the window trim has an oversized header to support a cloth trimmed valence and shade.
AS usual I had to bail early in the afternoon cause me hands weren’t taking well to all the stress. So it was time to clean up, put away the tools and do something way less stressful like look at color combos. And some Captain Morgan! After mulling over my color choices I ran them by Faye Dean and we settled on a color that was just a shade off from my main choice. That was easy! And yes there is still some neon in the mix. Still working on the layout.
Stay tuned!

Getting there, kinda, sorta, maybe

Got motivated today, along with a bit of clear day and sunshine, to continue with the trim in our bedroom. The clear day is so that I can drag the chop saw and table saw out onto the patio for workspace. Got the new cloud line set all the way around and it is going to be just lower than the top trim line for the windows and doors. Now that I cut all the fillers and stools, they are set and primed for paint. Installing the stools and skirts will have to wait until the wall color in on to be installed. That way I don’t have to detail around the tails of the stools. No biggie but a bit easier to paint that area. I am putting in some extra wide header trim so Faye Dean can mount whatever she chooses for treatments into wood rather than drilling and plugging into plaster.
Still working out the details of the neon thing got the wiring and wall transformers working now on to the actual configuration. Toying with a neon light box and / or a wall box framed in neon. Still grinding the brain stones on this one. No smoke or flames yet but I am keeping the extinguisher handy just in case!
And a good supply of Captain Morgan for creativity assistance and/or pain medication. Film at 11!

Big Doings In The Bedroom

How about some neon and a hot shade of purple maybe!?

Just putting new trim in the bedroom. Back in the Bob Vila mode for a few days. As long as my hands will hold out I will keep at it. Got a few more work days left in them. Got the big bottle of Advil handy.

Working on a trim upgrade in our bedroom. Faye Dean had stripped the triple layered wallpaper out previously so now we are back to the plaster walls. Good work Doll! And because plaster tends to crack with age there are some hairlines in various locations but nothing out of the ordinary. Filling all the subsequent divots is just time consuming but quick.

Trim gone and ready for new casing
Trim gone and ready for new casing
The project is basically a tear out of the old, painted a zillion times casings and moldings to be traded for a fresh new set. Got all the old ones out, including the halo moldings around the top of the room and now I started fitting the new pieces. Got the two new window stools fashioned from poplar and now I am fitting the inner and outer window casings. Have a pile of custom fit to the inner casings but shaving to fit is more tedious than arduous. The only tough job is the blending of the surface around the windows and door casings where there were lots of paint. Power tools are your friend! Well, mine at least.

The finishing plan is a new cloud line about a foot down from the ceiling with a wallpaper trim border and a wall color of a shade of purple or a likeness. Trim color dunno yet! Standby, there may even be some neon involved here! Yes, I did say neon! Way Cool!

Stay Tuned Folks!

OK! I give! You can stop now

I resemble that remark
Faye Dean agrees!
Just including an appropriate pic for clarity here. Well we finally got our big snow falls for the season and it is all piled up everywhere. Some say it’s neat and others say it sucks. Gospel according to Bob says “Everyone is entited to their opinion however wrong it may be“.

It was not as bad as predicted … We are back to this weatherman thing, More on that in a minute, but Faye Dean says they can stop now and it can start to warm up. The cool part here is that it does happen to match the predictions from the recent Groundhogs Day that Spring will come early this year. Kinda makes her my version of Punxsutawney Phil, only more fun to be with. And the weather gods had better listen or there will be hell to pay! Bad part is she lives with me! If this don’t work out i’m toast! Ya hear that weather gods?!

Now back to the weatherman thing. Think about this ……… It is one of the only jobs I can think of that (A) You can be totally wrong, (B) You don’t have to apologize for it, (C) You used millions of dollars worth of “Accuweather Doppler Viper Imaging Longrange” equipment to get it wrong, (D) Keep your job and (E) Get a pay raise for doing “a great job”. Try that where you work folks!

But I must say that this winter down time does give me time to attempt to get some of the in home projects done before cruisin’ season hits in Spring. (Come On Spring!!!!!) So if I can get motivated, and that is way tough during the winter, I might just get some of them done. Maybe not! Dunno. So, for now, we will wait for the white stuff to slowly melt away and hope that Faye Dean and Punxsutawney Phil aren’t in the same class as the weather guys! Just sayin! My backup plan is to try and find a safe hiding place. Just in case… Don’t know if there is such a place!

Religious Politicians? Say What??!!

Religion and politics just can’t seem to get untangled here in the good ole’ USA While not being a Christian, actually a lunatic Druid, but being a fervent member of the Good Ole USA fan club, I still believe in the separation of church and state.The lines continue to be blurred and here is another prime example of how this is. I truly believe that organized religions have outlived their social advantages and are today causing more death and strife than good.

I present to you the new color blind Governor of Alabama, “Reverend” Robert Bently!

Alabama Governor Robert Bently
Alabama Governor Robert Bently

The newly elected Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, has gone from politics to religion and showed off his true colors in a speech on his inauguration day Monday.
Bentley, who for years has been a deacon at First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, drew a distinction between Christians and non-Christians by saying he was “color blind” and would represent all the people in his state. Interesting response.
It appears that he is actually a religious bigot. And as a politician with any sort of educated background should know that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution forbids government from promoting the establishment of any religion. But apparently HE is not obligated to conform to these Constitutional standards.

Big note here is that this speech was given at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church after the official inaugural ceremony included these declarations –

“There may be some people here today who do not have living within them the Holy Spirit, But if you have been adopted in God’s family like I have, and like you have if you’re a Christian and if you’re saved, and the Holy Spirit lives within you just like the Holy Spirit lives within me, then you know what that makes? It makes you and me brothers. And it makes you and me brother and sister.”
“‘Now I will have to say that, if we don’t have the same daddy, we’re not brothers and sisters, So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother.”

In a few quick moments he went from being Alabama’s highest ranking political official for all to a being “Reverend Bob -Christian Evangelist”. Sure sounds to me like a call to become a Christian or bugger off. And he claims to be “color blind”?

When asked later if he intended to insult to people of other faiths, Bentley replied, “We’re not trying to insult anybody.” Bentley’s communications director, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, responded to questions about Bentley’s comments saying “He is the governor of all the people, Christians, non-Christians alike.”

God and his fanclubGreat after thoughts for an hours old Governor and his political puppets to try to spin this one away from the reality that he said what he said and meant it. Once again religion has managed to tangle itself up in a political agenda without anyone invoking the statutes that were established when this country was founded. Here is a states Governor that can publicly and notably, in a church no less, slam all non Christian faiths and go about his business like nothing happened.

Bently’s previous exploits and comments have also highlighted his obvious religious agenda specifically in his efforts to ensure creationism be taught in public schools.

“As a Christian and as a public servant, I have never wavered in my belief that this world and everything in it is a masterpiece created by the hands of God.”

I must say that he is both obvious and consistent. Nobody in the state should have any sane reason to say they had no idea what this guy was about!

Good Luck Alabama! He’s all yours! He should fit right in to your already “colorful and interesting” state image just nicely! Any resulting damages to your already spectacular heritage are all on you! You get what you vote for, ain’t America GREAT!

Remember those that aren’t here. This time!

Even though it was written in 2007 this is still a great piece that reminds us to remember just why we can celebrate and to thank those that sacrificed their time and service to make it so. And that maybe, just maybe, they will be with us the next time. That means you, Logan!

Carry On!

A Soldier’s Thanksgiving

Over there a soldier’s thinking
Of a time not long ago,
When his loved ones got together;
‘Twas Thanksgiving Day, you know.

Over there a soldier’s dreaming
Of a turkey baked just right,
Mashed potatoes, golden gravy,
Chestnut dressing, pure delight!

Over there a soldier’s hungry
For whipped cream on pumpkin pie.
Squares of cornbread, crusts so tender,
Homemade biscuits stacked up high.

Over there a soldier’s wishing
He could have one buttered roll.
But he feasts on GI rations
While his unit’s on patrol.

Over there a soldier’s lying
In a ditch, his makeshift bed.
Mud and dirt are his companions;
Been awhile since he’s been fed.

Over there a soldier’s praying
That his open sores will heal.
He is sure that he’ll feel better
Once he has a good hot meal.

Over there a soldier’s hearing
Loud explosions, muffled cries.
Shrapnel killed his foxhole buddy
Right before his very eyes.

Over there a soldier’s quoting
Scriptures learned at Mother’s knee,
Proud that he’s a mighty warrior,
Keeping all his loved ones free.

This Thanksgiving as you’re eating
That sweet corn that grandpa grew,
Say a prayer for that dear soldier
Who would love to be with you.

© 2007 Mariane Holbrook

On this Thanksgiving, America remembers
the men and women of our military….May God love, bless and protect you all.

Damn! We slipped to number 3

According to the recent release of the polls it appears that Detroit is only third in the “Most Dangerous City” list. When you think you’re bad then you have cities like St. Louis, MO and Camden, NJ that do their best to steal our thunder. Not that Number 3 is a bad thing but I guess the riff raff in Detroit are just slacking off. Now with that said Michigan does have 2 cities in the top 5. Say Buddy! Way to go Flint! Thanks for your support. You are just as nasty as the ole Big D. So all I can say now is I guess we are the baddest State in the union!

Don’t you just love it!

TRENTON, N.J. – St. Louis overtook Camden, N.J., as the nation’s most dangerous city in 2009, according to a national study released Sunday.

The study by CQ Press found St. Louis had 2,070.1 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, compared with a national average of 429.4. That helped St. Louis beat out Camden, which topped last year’s list and was the most dangerous city for 2003 and 2004.

Detroit, Flint, Mich., and Oakland, Calif., rounded out the top five. For the second straight year, the safest city with more than 75,000 residents was Colonie, N.Y.

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