Saturday, February 1, 2020

Sometimes I Wish I Were Color Blind

We have been back a little over a week and have gotten settled in to our new home. 
It is amazing what you take for granted when you don't have it. The bed, appliances and working bathroom made a world of difference and we are actually quite comfortable. Barb has been searching the online marketplaces for a used love seat or couch. The RV chairs we brought back with us a fine for a little bit but not something you want to use for the next year or so until we are ready for the good stuff. 

The deer quickly learned we were back. The day after we got home a couple stopped by to say hi and welcome us back. A week later we now have up to 13 stopping by at any given time to see what we are up to. They are so curious they have taken to getting within inches of the window and looking in to see what we are working on. 
Daisy does not really appreciate their antics while Dakota just pretty much ignores them. If we open the door when they are around Daisy will tear out after them and chase them away. Dakota will just go out there and walk amongst them pretty much ignoring each other. 

This week we have been busy working on the fireplace and putting primer on the sheetrocked walls. Does not seem like a lot when I write it but it took pretty much all week.

When we left in early December the fireplace looked something like this....
This framing went slower than I thought as I was pretty much making it up as I went. I also had to take time to wire in the blower for the fireplace as it was going to be covered up once I put the sheeting on. Now it looks like this and is ready for stone. 
Speaking of stone we drove to Hill City and spent an hour at Dakota Stone looking at different samples of stone trying to determine what we wanted on both the outside of the house as well as the fireplace.


The first decision is do we want Thin Veneer...
 or Ledge Stone.....
The Veneer goes a lot faster as the stones are laid flat and cover more area with each stone. But we like the look of the ledge stone so we are going to go that route. The next decision is how to stack it. Dry stack with no visible mortar….
A thin mortar set….
 Or a thick mortar set….
 We are going to go with the thin grout set.

Our other big task of the week was priming the bedrooms, laundry room and upstairs bathroom. Breaking out the new sprayer I read all the directions, watched a few videos on how to spray and I was ready to go! 

The first step was to have Barb go through each room sanding out and rough spots the installers missed as well as spackling any holes or dings. 
Barb sanding out the rough spots
We started in the master bedroom closets as if something went wrong we figured that was an area we would not care too much. So with Barb standing behind me we started spraying. It actually went amazingly well. We sprayed the ceiling first then worked our way to the edges and walls. The only place we ran into trouble was when overlapped the areas we had already sprayed. There is an art to getting enough to cover but not too much so that it starts to run. Much better to go over it thinly twice than trying to do it in one pass.
Me spraying the same room
Next step was to decide who color to paint each of the rooms. Barb had stopped by the paint store to pick up over a half a dozen samples and stuck them to the wall.  Keep in mind that all the samples were beige, just different shades of beige. She then called me into the room to ask me my opinion. Oh God, here we go. I truly hate it when she does this to me. We have done it hundreds of times with the same result. It goes something like this…..

(Barb)“Honey, which color do you like the best?” (Jim) “I like this one”. (Barb)”I don’t, we are going with this one”.  

Seriously, why does she do this to me?!?!?

But this time it did not go this way. Instead she again reiterated that men and women are truly from different planets. So with trepidation I approached the samples looked them over and within 10-15 seconds made my decision and pointed to the one named Utterly Beige. Boom, decision done! Why Utterly Beige? Well, they were all beige but this one was just so...utterly beige. 

So now I sat back and waited for her to tell me that I was wrong, that my opinion did not matter and that we were going with a different color. Instead she picked up one of the color samples and went through a 10 minute dissertation on the color. The hues, the other colors that she sees in the beige and what colors would complement  it and what colors would conflict with this particular shade. Then she sets that sample down, picks up the next one and does it again, and again, and again. By the time she picks up the 4th sample my eyes are glazed over, I have a serious cramp in one leg and all I hear is the teacher from Charlie Brown “Wa, wa wa wa wa”...... Just kill me now.

Some 60 minutes later…..I was day dreaming about what I was going to have for happy hour that afternoon when she stopped talking and was looking at me. As my eyes come back into focus I see that she is holding the Utterly Beige and says “So I agree with you and think we should go with this one”. Wait, what?!?!? I had a 16.66% chance of picking the right one and I did it! Hey, I will take the small victories, they are few and far between. 

We only have to go through this exercise 3 more times and all the paint colors will to decided.

We try to make time of the dogs each day by going for a walk, throwing Dakota's toy and letting them run around.
Daisy running through the grass



The 3 girls in my life
We just got back from the hardware store where our friend Dan works. He took a pine board and put all the samples of stain they have on it so we can decide which stain we want for the ceiling, which stain we want for the walls and which one we want for the beams. Why? Why me?!?!?…I feel another cramp coming on! 


27 comments:

  1. Good grief ..... that's WAY too many decisions for me, although paint is usually pretty simple. I rather like the calm elegance of pale gray leaning towards beige. I also hire it done!! It's looking great!!!

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    1. It was $1,800 to have it done. By the time we finish it we may have wished we paid to have it done as well!

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  2. I’m glad to see you got a respirator. Goggles are good too, along with a Tyvek suit...as long as the words are right-side-up. There definitely is an art to spraying, as you are finding out. Love the thin set!

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    1. I had goggles on while doing the ceiling but after that they are so full of paint they are useless.

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  3. This brings back memories of all the decisions we had to make when built our house. We just had some of your venison in a venison/beef meatloaf wrapped in bacon with Dave and Leslie last night...yummy! Keep that herd of yours stable. 😉 That was a great shot of Daisy running through the grass.

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    1. Glad someone is enjoying the venison. We sure brought too much! Say hi to Dave and Leslie for us, sorry we missed them!

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  4. You've definitely been keeping busy. I can relate to your anxiety on picking colours. I can get it in the ballpark but when it comes to the exact shade it never happens.
    Looks like the deer are checking out their version of a zoo checking what's behind the glass doors.
    The dogs seem to be enjoying the freedom they have at home.
    Looking forward to seeing some finished pictures.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. I never of it that way. Maybe we are the animals in cages and they are viewing us then going off somewhere to talk about our behavior!

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  5. Does your brain get a cramp? Don't let people know about cramps. I have learned that in my circle of friends it just creates endless amounts of laughter and no sympathy at all. I hope you turn your lights off at night so the deer don't jump through the windows. Do you want your shoes back?

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    1. Good advice about the cramps. I have seen the lack of sympathy you get and will be more careful. If I were really honest, I do miss those shoes. They were comfortably worn in and I did not have to worry about what happens to them.

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    1. Ray and Deb Kyle February 1, 2020 at 7:02 AM

      Your blog as usual had me laughing. Choices, choices, choices. Fortunately in our house we are usually on the same page regarding those kind of decisions. Love the look of the stacked stone with thin set you have decided on your fireplace. That would have been my choice too. It is going to look fabulous. Missing you guys. Had Dave and Cheryl for dinner last night ... Hoisin Short Ribs ... Yummm

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    2. I accidently deleted your original comment. Wished we were there for those ribs! Yum is right!

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  7. As 'they' get older, you have to run through these 'choices' again and again for the SAME THING! And DON'T EVEN try to say, "Didn't we just go through this yesterday?"...it makes it even WORSE, believe me.

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    1. Funny you should mention that, she is still walking around with a couple of samples and looking at them in different light. I thought we had already made a decision!?!?

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  8. John so enjoyed this post that he had to read parts aloud to me as he chuckled. He SO understands and feels your pain, Jim. Good luck!! Spraying before anything else seems to be a great way to go. Love the fireplace and your choice for the stone. Can't wait to see the finished fireplace. Love all the dog photos!! The deer peaking in the window is too darn cute.

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    1. We cannot wait until we are to the point where the stone on the fireplace is done! That will probably be one of the last things to be done right before the flooring. The pups are really glad to be back and just LOVE to go for their walks!

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  9. You are so funny. I enjoyed the post very much. I'm not much on the little differences in things either, unless it's inches from the edge of a cliff or a very big tree with the rig. Keep up the good choices!!

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    1. I am not one for looking over cliffs either, I don't even like getting near the edge of the roof!

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  10. I completely agree with your choices on the stone and mortar. I think the fireplace is gonna look awesome when it's done! As for the paint color decision making process, having once picked a color and painted an entire room only to finish up, look around, and decide the color was awful, I fully appreciate Barb's need to carefully consider all options. While the process can suck, it sucks LESS than having to start over.

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    1. Our scenario could certainly well play out that way as well. We shall see!

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  11. How precious to have deer peek into your living room windows. You could sell tickets for that event!
    I bet you are just having a great time right now getting your place in shape and with every new finish of the rooms you are getting more and more excited. There is so much satisfaction of doing these things and seeing the great outcome. Keep posting the process, we are enjoying it too!

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    1. It will be a long time before all the rooms are done but getting one or two done shows that there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

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  12. We look forward to your posts, some of it is hilarious! Good stuff. We can relate for sure because I chose "off white" for our house while Les looked at me like a crazy person. She chose all the paint in the house, my garage is white lol. Don't work too hard and play safe.

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    1. As a whole I think we should go with our wives choices in style and color. God knows what it would look like if we made all the decisions!

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  13. I love your storytelling. I am just sitting here laughing out loud. Funny stuff!

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  14. You've got to keep your sense of humor during a big project like yours. Dave is color blind and doesn't get involved in color choices when it's as subtle as that. I like your choices for your stone and mortar.

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