I'm writing fiction in between putting down layers of sample colors for kitchen cabinets. (I only have one brush, which I have to wash out in a bucket of borrowed water between coats of paint, so it's a slow process.) 2800 words on the YA fantasy novel so far today, and still going. Fiction + painting makes a surprisingly good combination. I can think while putting down paint, and then write while the paint dries. The plan is for the lower cabinets to be painted, and the uppers stained wood. I think it'll look good. In some shade of green-blue-grey; I had originally thought I'd just pick from paint chips, but then I decided that was ridiculous, and so yes, I'm painting half-a-dozen sample sheets, which I will tape down next to the one piece of our floor that's been stripped and waxed, so we can try to picture what that color will look like next to those floors.
Am I little overly-particular about all this? Would you want me designing your house? Would my obsessive attention to getting exactly the right shade of paint be appealing, or terrifying? Maybe safer not to answer that...
I did some gardening, pulling out weeds; we got a warning from the village about the state of our yard. Which feels a bit unfair, given the situation, but I talked to them, and they seem okay with my working on it as I can for now. It helps that the front yard was landscaped previously as a 'prairie garden', so it's supposed to be somewhat unkempt. :-) And our neighbor, Ron, kindly mowed our meridian strip for us, which definitely helps!
I'm now reconsidering the arbor from the previous entry, which seems a little foofy when I picture it next to my actual house. Overly Victorian? I like the trio of spears, but I'm not sure about the scrollwork ornamentation. Opinions?
Writing and painting and gardening are all good things. But the best thing is that I got an e-mail from the village -- our structural plans have been approved! Woohoo!
It's still a bit to actual work starting on the house -- Pam has to apply for actual permits, schedule the excavator, etc. We're hoping 2 weeks, although it may be more like 3. So a July 1st start date?
Regardless, it's progress, which I had begun to despair of. Hooray!