After doing all the upgrades for our newly purchased home, there was no money left for the cosmetic stuff, so we have to do all our own painting.
The house was built in 1939 and was owned until 2017 by one family, every member of which was apparently a heavy smoker. The nicotine on the walls is so thick that it cannot be washed off completely, and in places it actually weeps! When we first moved in, I thought the kitchen had lovely almond colored ceiling tiles – certainly a custom upgrade, right? Not. They were the usual white tiles that had been seriously stained by nicotine.
This past weekend, hubby decided to paint that ceiling. Look at the difference:
Yes, that’s truly disgusting. But we’re working on it. There are already two coats of white up there, and we’re waiting to see if the nicotine comes through, which would require even more paint.
Next will be to cover over those neon-yellow, nicotine-oozing kitchen walls.
I can hardly wait.
Meanwhile, I’ve been busy with my camera. The photo at the top of this post is quite popular on Flickr.com (yay, me). I grumbled when I had to go into the basement at work to retrieve some documents, but that old safe down there made the trip worth it.
The Flickr.com theme of the week is Squared Circle – I hope everyone likes my submission, which I call “Fire in the Water“:
Yes, “Fire and Ice[Cream]” will be coming, but I have to wait for a day when I really want to eat my props, and have the time to do so.
Then, of course, there are the usual walk-in-the-woods-on-a-cloudy-day photos:
If only those geese had waited to fly over until I actually had my camera out. But no, they did so just as I was getting out of my car and by the time I got to the pond, they were already swimming. – and insisted on swimming away from me. Uncooperative little beasts.
Having now wasted the balance of my day, it is time for laundry and dog care.
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Images by Cordelia’s Mom/TeddyRosalie Studio