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Weekend gratification

What an awesome long weekend I just had (Memorial Day Weekend).  I worked my tail off but the end results were so gratifying.  On Thursday afternoon and evening of last week, I moved everything off my front porch and swept down the walls, porch floor and steps.  Then I took a very stiff brush with a long handle and knocked down all the debris from spiders and other bugs and peeling paint from the ceiling and walls.  I worked until dark but even got it all mopped with a solution of two gallons of water, 1/2 cup of bleach and a cup of laundry detergent.  It still looked pretty rough but it smelled good and there were no more spiders and their nasty webs.  The wind was blowing about 20-25 miles an hour so I knew the porch would dry by the next day when I would start painting.  Here’s my “before” pictures:

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On Friday morning I took a trip with my beautiful daughter to Roanoke/Salem area and we visited four spots looking for flowers for my gardens, stands, gazebo and porch.  We had such a great and much overdue trip together.  Those beauties will be shown in another post after they’re where they need to be and taking root.

On Friday afternoon, the paint brushes came out and I spent about five hours painting the columns and wooden trim and part of the ceiling.  Most of the ceiling is a very pale blue siding but it’s has a wide section that flows from the porch columns up to the siding and it’s wood.  I painted it as well in the brilliant white that I put on the columns.  They looked so good but while on my step ladder I realized how dirty the ceiling was and the white siding didn’t look so white so I went at them with a vengence and what a difference.  Everything dried overnite while I worked in the yard on other projects and hubby built me another shelf on the entrance to the porch just like the one on the opposite post.  We use these to sit our binoculars for watching wildlife on the mountain.

On Saturday morning I started putting the stain and water repellent on the porch and it took about four hours because I used a brush and got down on my knees to make sure everything was covered really good.  It was dried by 8:00 p.m. but no furniture was to be placed on it for 24-48 hours.  On Sunday afternoon, I cleaned up all the furniture and put felt pads on everything.  Here’s the results:

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The end results and very nice, clean porch that has been washed down, painted, weather proofed and furniture minimized and cleaned as well.  Out damned spiders!!  Not sure how long it will look this nice with two cats and a dog always on it and muddy feet when it rains but it is so gratifying at the moment and a little swish with a broom and a mop to wipe off tracks and we’ll be set.  We’re already enjoying the evenings listening to the quiet!!

 

Tea Time

I have been a fan of iced tea for as long as I can remember and drink it all year long.  Not until a couple years ago did I become a hot tea drinker.  My son introduced me to hot green teas a while back and I like it almost as much but only in the winter months.  Last summer I found an ad in one of my monthly magazines for Fusion Teas and what really drew my eyes to it was the metabolism boosts some of them gave.  I sent off for a couple samples and now I’m hooked.

Pineaple Paradise is my favorite.

Pineaple Paradise is my favorite.

The website is http://www.FusionTeas.com and I order from them about every two months.  The selection is huge and you can buy sample packets, 3 oz. packs, 6 oz. packs and 16 oz. packs.   The Yerba teas are the ones that boost the metabolism but they also have black tea, white tea, green tea, oolong tea, hibiscus and several other types.

Some more of my favorites and my tea pot.

Some more of my favorites and my tea pot.

 

My first order included the Pineapple Paradise, Acai Berry Blend, Carrot Cake, and Cinnamon Roll.  Others that I’ve bought and love are Papaya Ginger, Chocolate Fusion, Sensha Supreme, Raspberry Sunset, Pumpkin Spice and Passion Fruit.  Pumpkin Spice is to die for!!!

They carry a wonderful assortment of teaware and gift boxes.  I hope you go out and try some and enjoy it as much as I do.

My little teapot!!

My little teapot!!

It has an easy to clean seive in the end to catch the tea leaves.

It has an easy to clean seive in the end to catch the tea leaves.

 

 

Peace of driving to work

On my way into work this morning was much cooler than the last few days but the beauty I saw was so peaceful.  Try to imagine this without pictures.

  • Fields of orchard grass waving in the wind and looking like waves of green water.
  • A sky so blue that you think you’ve never seen that blue before.
  • Small, scattered, wispy, white clouds trying so hard to invade the blue sky.
  • Full grown brown rabbits sitting along the road enjoying the warmth of the sun.
  • Flocks of barn swallows flitting together overhead like aircraft gracing the skies in formation doing their intricate stunts
  • A huge United States of America flag gently waving in the wind.
  • Gorgeous orange poppies in flower beds bending gracefully try to touch one another.
  • A long legged doe gently grooming her fawn while trying to hide in the tall orchard grass.
  • Green leaves fluttering like butterflies in the tops of the trees.
  • Quiet country road with no traffic but me until I come to the main roads.

Country life is so precious, peaceful and quiet!!