Thursday, May 13, 2010



Rain, rain, rain and then more rain.....this is what it has been doing up in my little corner of the world....Port Huron, Michigan. We have not had, knock wood, the terrible storms that Okalahoma and Tennessee have been experiencing, just a steady rain. How terrifying those storms are! I know because I was born in Iowa and raised in Omaha, NE. and I well remember the force of the spring and summer storms. Those storms are how I wound up out in the deserts of Arizona. No, I was not blown there, my sweet Mom could no longer take them. My Dad traveled and she was left with my sister and me to weather those storms. She never showed it, but they nearly undid her! We had a finished basement the opened out onto the patio and back yard.....I can't tell you all the nights of mad dashes with our pillows for the downstairs! When she knew storms could occur she made up our comfy couches that were also day beds, just in case.

Not only has it rained and rained, but it is cold, too. So, inside projects are what we have been doing.....I had just finished the top of the end table, in the picture, and just took my brush and swiped it on the table.....then I had to get it done. hehe You see it here getting a second coat on the pedestal and the legs. It looks 100% better white and I am sorry I did not do it long ago. The only thing is, now I have to do those four dining room chairs....mercy, 100+ spindles. :-( I know my DH will be helping me as he always does even tho he has a not so great project going in the basement.....evidently I knocked two drain pipes coming from the second story, loose when I mowed the lawn. That basement wall let a little stream of water in. Our basement does not leak, but with all this rain and my carelessness well.... I made a lot of work for hubby. He had to move, with the crowbar, a huge workbench made with all 2 x 4's. He estimated it weighs about 1500 pounds! The only way to even get it to move was with his big crowbar and now he is sanding the whole wall in preparation to seal it. That one wall is the only wall in the basement not sealed and this is the first time in the eight years of being here it has leaked. Oh, I am so sorry.....but, that wall did need to be sealed.

Wishing you all some sunshine.....
Jil

5 comments:

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Jil,
I'm sure the damage that huge storms can cause is really awful. I know how much I hate it when the wind really gets going here. But I must admit, being an Arizona native, I do love it when it storms!!! We are having plenty of sunshine and I think it may hit hit 100 degrees by next weekend. Yuch.
It was so nice to see you came over for a visit. I'm so glad you like your blog. Have a wonderful weekend!

Karen
My Desert Cottage
Valentine Design

Prim2Pink said...

We are getting some of that same cold rainy weather too. Today it was finally in the 80's. Hope it stays that way.
I had to chuckle when you wrote about your basement. I could just see something like that happening to me. They say that things happen for a reason. It was finally time for that wall to get done. LOL
Judy

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I hate storms myself! We had a freak tornado back in 1974 when I was pregnant with my first baby and it was a terrifying experience. I'll never forget it and I do feel badly for those down south.
Your table will look fantastic when you'e finshed. I painted our coffee table about three years ago and I'm so glad I did! It looks so much better and brighter in the room. A lot of work though! Have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Say It With Roses said...

I, too, am an Arizona girl...I am just "misplaced" here because of family and now stuck because of the housing market here.

I know how the wind can blow there. Prescott and Tucson and even Yuma were home to us.

Jil
www.theruffledrose.com

Cinnamonstitch said...

I want to do that to my dining room table too, Mine looks alot like yours, It needs the top refinished, and I suggested to hubby to paint it white, and he out right refuses, Im going to get my way someday. I think I would primer spray the chairs and hand paint the top coats. That is going to be ALOT of work, Love to see a picture when its all done, Maybe convince my hubby that its worth the work :)