Sunday, December 7, 2008

Baby, it's cold outside

As I write this it is 9 degrees and I am not sure what the windchill is, but I do know this, it's cold!!! I bundled up in one of those jumpsuit things that you see the guys wearing. I bought it on ebay so we would have some extra for the cold weather. Now it is back to the drawing board as this one will not work for me, it is too short in the torso, does not allow for any curves and was not all that warm. My plan was to take the dogs for a nice long walk, allowing them to use up all their excess energy. The walk was cut short as I was getting really cold. I took off my glove to click on the dogs leashes, had to hold my hand under warm water to thaw it out.

Once back inside and somewhat thawed out I decided to tackle putting film over the dining room windows. Bad idea. The windows and frames were so cold the tape would not stick, and when I finally got it somewhat stuck the flim would not stick to the tape. I brought down my hairdryer to warm tape and film up, this sort of worked but then the wind picked up more and blew the film loose from the tape. Mind you, I am inside the house doing this. I used the hair dryer to try and warm things up and it worked to some extent. Of course I burned up the silly thing, so now on my to do list is new hair dryer. I finally stapled a large sheet of the film over both windows and was done with it for now. Informed my husband that his job for the weekend was purchasing 3 more storm windows and putting them up.
Quite often I mention projects that I am starting or working on. Ususally I either forget to take pictures or get off track and do not finish. So, I am trying to be good here and show you what I am working on. I have mentioned on several occasions that I do not like the kitchen. Very near the top of my wish list is the gutting and doing over of the kitchen. The cupboards are done in this dark wood which adds to the overall cave like feeling of the room. The other day I had an urge to brighten things up, and here is my start. It is not finished yet, but as the spirit moves me I will finish my sunflower and eventually have flowers on all the doors. The door next to it has the start of some purple tulips and a butterfly, on the other side what I hope will be a branch of lilacs. You probably get the idea that I work quite often on impulse rather then having things carefully planned out. I do find with my artwork that if I force it, the end result in not to my liking.
So, on that note I leave you for now.


Jo said...

We fought with our windows like that for a few winters and then the year that we could claim that sort of thing on taxes we put in three new windows. what a difference it made. You keep using that creative hand of yours and eventually you will be so happy with the touches you added you won't want a new kitchen.

Hope things have warmed up a little for you. We are catching the lake effect snows and alberta clippers this weekend.

BClark said...

Jim has been working on things, but with him gone for so much of the time it is hard. Last long weekend he was home he installed 2 new storm windows on bedroom windows. So this time home he gets to do 3 for dining room. Lucky him.

Renie Burghardt said...

Brrrr, Barbara that's a bit too cold for man or beast! :-) We had 34 today and it felt so chilly.

I do hope you get the windows fixed soon. That cold air should be staying outside!

I love your sunflower on the cabinet. What a neat idea. Very creative!

Stay snug and warm!



Joanne said...

Cold & windy here in New England today too. Really blustery, with wind chill below 0! Love what you're doing to the kitchen cabinets. What a great, happy idea! Be sure to post a picture of your "kitchen garden" when they're done, would love to see it.

Karen said...

I love the sunflower! What a great idea and you can paint as the spirit moves you. We had dark cabinets in our first two houses and did the stripping and painting thing. Once you start, you can't stop or there's no place to put the dishes. We took the panels out of some of the doors and replaced it with glass, which opened the room up a bit.

Glad you eventually won on the battle of the windows. My word, it's cold there!

violetlady said...

I like the idea of flowers on your cabinets. The sunflower is great.

Nancy said...

Wow, that IS cold!!! And when it gets down to 30 or 35 here, we think we're going to freeze to death! I remember one time when we were living in PA, it was -32F one morning!!!

Your sunflower is beautiful!!! What a clever idea!!! Anxious to see the next flower you ar working on!

Hope you soon get storm windows on all of your windows to keep that cold outside....

(((((( HUGS ))))))

GardenGoose said...

wanted to stop by and wish you and yours a lovely Christmas.
and to also let you know about my new blog:
(I still have my gardengoose blog..this new one is simply geared totally towards gardening)
and wanted to invite you to the Small Town Living forums in case you haven't been by:
Have a lovely Holiday!...stay warm

Nancy said...

Just me, checking for a new post! I'll return another day.

(((((( HUGS ))))))