Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A Commotion but a Good One

My little martini avatar hasn’t been seen around Senator Stevens’ inter-tubes much lately and there is a reason for that. It was the commotion in my kitchen.

This past weekend we decided it was time to paint our kitchen. This meant all the pictures and knick-knacks had to be removed to the dining room. My collection of martini glasses had to be removed from their display area above my kitchen cabinets. I could not believe the stack of “stuff” that resulted.

We (mostly Mr. Pop) spent Sunday and Monday painting, touching up places that got missed and all the other parts of the ordeal known as painting. I took out the window screens, washed them, and cleaned the inside and outside of the window panes. Ever inch of the kitchen was vacuumed and dusted before the first paint brush hit the paint.

Yesterday I spent my day going through the stack of stuff in the dining room. Tossing out some stuff that was way over due to hit the trash and washing everything else before returning it to its rightful place in the kitchen.

Our next move is to replace all the pulls on the cabinets and drawers. That and a couple of small rugs will finish up our project.

My nails are ruined. My back hurts. I am tired as hell and not sure I’ll ever recover, but damn, all the commotion in the kitchen is just about over and you are all invited to dinner to see our work for yourself.


Blogger FranIAm said...

Oh I can't wait - just tell me what you prefer for your martini making and I will show up at the door.



And then - what kind? My mother taught me well, never show up for dinner empty handed, so your preference will be my pleasure.

See you later!!

May 28, 2008 2:56 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Franiam. Just to set the record straight. If it isn't gin and vermouth then it isn't a martini...just another cocktail in a martini glass. I prefer Bombay or Booth's with Cinzano vermouth in case your interested.
Pop. It is hard work but it is nice to have it all painted and shipshape. Madam is threatening painting again but both of us are getting to old to do that kind of work. Probably pay someone next time.

May 28, 2008 4:05 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

trust me when i say- be grateful you didn't have to remove a century's old wall paper first. :) those folks back then- stuck that stuff on for life. but they didn't realize i had a secret weapon- fabric softener. yep. spray fabric softener on the wallpaper and let it soak in- and then scrape. needless to say- i don't use it in my clothes anymore ;) i bet your job looks great! and how happy ya'll will be to sip coffee or cook in your 'new' kitchen :)

May 28, 2008 4:51 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Ugh, regular housework is annoying. Actual work ON a house is beyond such generic blasphemy.

"I think the paint is peeling."
"Yeah, but whaddya gonna do."

We'll be over at 8.

May 28, 2008 5:27 AM  
Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

I have a foolproof method for household chores. I ignore them.

May 28, 2008 5:31 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Those projects are always hard work, and always so worth it. What time did you say to be there for dinner?

May 28, 2008 6:11 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

it's hard but damn it is sooo worth it after it's done.

May 28, 2008 6:23 AM  
Blogger mommanator said...

hard work is good for the soul and whatever ails ya! did I say that! teehee must be gramma coming through again!
I bet Fred was no where to be seen while this was a happening, thinking he might get spruced up too!

May 28, 2008 6:44 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

My wife and I have been debating remodeling our kitchen for 14 years now. We can't agree on what to do, so we do nothing. Meanwhile, the cabinets are starting to fall apart.

May 28, 2008 7:33 AM  
Blogger ZILLA said...

Sweet! I'll bring the olives!

May 28, 2008 8:22 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

Hhhhmmmm. Don't you have Freecycle in your town? We do here. Every thing possible goes on Freecycle and gets reused. It's totally great!

Luf, Us

May 28, 2008 9:15 AM  
Blogger roger said...

mmmmmmmmm martinis!!


May 28, 2008 10:23 AM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

Bet you're glad to get that behind you. Bet you contentedly relaxed after that and put those glasses to use.

May 28, 2008 3:50 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

congrats, PoP!
I like those kinds of projects SO MUCH better than the regular kind.
no one EXPECTS you to do these all that often -- so you can do it once and rest on your laurels for years.

unlike cooking meals, dusting, making beds that you do today and have to do all over again next month. :6
I know whatcha mean about the knick-knacks EVERYWHERE!
I just posted about the state of my living room over at

my condolences. and, has Fred come out of hiding yet?

May 28, 2008 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh those paint projects. You never realize how much a pain in the back they are until you've pulled everything down and put it back up. Do you have pictures of the end result? Please share. In the meantime, I hope you kicked back for a few martinis then headed down to your favorite nail salon.

May 29, 2008 6:50 AM  
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