At first glance, you would think this house of ours – this house we talk a lot about here – is in good shape. But guys she is 21 years old, and if you look closer….
You will see that she needs some work on the outside…
some major work.
So she is currently getting her well deserved make-over.
The garage was actually the area that needed the most work, so that is where the first of the exterior painting was done. Termites had made a meal out of part of it, and thanks to a local pest control company, that has all been taken care of, and the “eaten up” parts have been rebuilt by my handyman husband. 🙂
Deciding on the new paint color took me FOREVER. I tried out waaaay too many samples, but you know by now that I am a color-freak. Color makes a huge difference in a space to me, and when you get the opportunity to change a color only every 7 or 8 years, it’s a big decision!
Originally, I was thinking of going with a very dark paint for a change – which is why you see those darker shades up there. I really like the color on James Farmer’s house, and because he lives in our little town, I have driven by it several times trying to picture that color on ours. The side of his house faces the road – not the front, so this photo is from Southern Living. (Both of our homes were built from Southern Living plans.)
But the more I thought about it, and the more I tried to picture it, I decided against that dark color. We have a lot of white trim like he does, but I think that dark brown works on James’ house because his roof is light. If we put that chocolate color on ours it would be way too dark with our dark roof. So I ultimately decided on a shade very much like our previous one. While I was debating color choices, my husband researched paint brands to find out which paint seems to be best for our location here in the South. He wants it to withstand our heat and resist mildew and fading. After much research he decided Sherwin Williams‘ Emerald line was the paint he wanted. So we are going with the color Quiver Tan in that line of paint.
My husband has finished two sides of the garage, and he started back in…November…yes 5 months to get 2 walls done. Granted, one wall required a lot of construction work, and getting our cedar lumber here was a problem. Someone was going to deliver it from Atlanta, and that fell through after 45 days of back and forth “I will get it to you.” Ultimately he ordered it from a local building supply. It’s here, and now there is no more hold up on it. Hallelujah!
He has tried unsuccessfully to hire out some of this work, but each time the people come and look and then never come back. 🙁 (And it is not the pay…they set their own salary.) Finding good help around here for a small job is not easy. Soooo…I’ve got to help with this. When I started the blog 5 years ago, it was easy to keep up because comments and emails were so rare, and I was spitting out posts right and left. As the blog grew, keeping up with the correspondence began to take longer and longer. My husband was of great help with cooking and laundry then – allowing me to work on the blog. Once he retired as city engineer a year ago, I thought he would continue helping, but he took on a consulting job. So he has not been able to help with the inside work here, and keeping up the house, laundry, cooking etc. along with blogging has been a challenge.
The exterior of our house needs a tremendous amount of work – much scraping, caulking, construction, and painting. Not to mention, the yard is also calling for us to give it some MAJOR love. My husband and I will try to do everything ourselves. So for the next couple of months, I am going to be a painter and a yardman. We even purchased a new lawnmower just for me – a zero-turn model with a steering wheel. (I like mowing grass. 🙂 )
I have to help my husband because there is no way he can do this by himself…at least no way if I want it finished in this calendar year! Soooo….I am going to let the blog go….at least for a few months..maybe longer if needed. I hope you understand my need to do this.
In the meantime, I am going to leave you with some reading assignments. 🙂 (The teacher in me couldn’t resist giving you a little homework!) First, Kristy Harvey’s new book, Slightly South of Simple, releases on April 25. I had the opportunity to pre-read it, and it was sooo good! Great believable characters with fun family dynamics, set in a Southern beach town…with a little romance and humor thrown in for good measure. It was absolutely delightful, and I can hardly wait for the second book in the series! I know you will love it too. 🙂
Slightly South of Simple: A Novel (The Peachtree Bluff Series)
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Second on your assignment list:
Mary Kay Andrews’ new cookbook…yes a cookbook! 🙂
The Beach House Cookbook
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Just reading the preface alone will make you hungry! I don’t normally make a point of recommending the preface, but face it. This is Mary Kay Andrews – a novelist. So the preface to her cookbook is a pure joy to read. And there are all those delicious recipes…and the photos…and it’s at the beach. What more could you want? 🙂 Plus there are party menus all planned for you. Perfect for your summer entertaining. I think you will definitely want to add this one to your cookbook collection. It releases May 2. And by the way, she is as biscuit-making-deficient as I am, so even if I try no other recipe in the book, I am looking forward to trying her biscuit recipe.
Next up on your homework list…a house book!
A Place to Call Home: Timeless Southern Charm
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James Farmer’s interior design book releases August 29. I hope to be back before then, but if for some reason I’m not, I wanted to be sure you knew about this book. Of course the interiors will be beautiful, and with talented Emily Followill doing the photography, the book is bound to be gorgeous.
One more – just to let you know about this one in case you want to pre-order it:
Jan Karon’s latest novel in the Mitford series releases on September 19. If you are a Mitford fan (like I am) you will certainly want to read this one. Visiting Mitford is like visiting with dear friends, and I always treasure her books. (Right now the pre-order is on sale for about $10 less than the retail price.)
To Be Where You Are (A Mitford Novel)
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Now when I was teaching, we always had a variety of activities for our students because they all had different strengths. Some students learn best through reading…others through listening. With that in mind, here are two more assignments for you – tailor-made just for those of you who do not like to read. 🙂
If you have not been watching HGTV’s new series, Home Town, now is your time to start. You can thank me later. 🙂 Tuesday nights – 10 p.m. (or check your local schedule.) It is such a great show with gorgeous decorating that respects the history and location of the homes there in Laurel, Mississippi. Here are just a couple of rooms for you see from the series:
Aren’t they pretty? 🙂
And finally…for all you auditory learners.
John and Sherry Petersik have been around with their blog Young House Love for about 10 years now. You may or may not like their interior design style, but they are the CUTEST couple with a wealth of knowledge about diy home projects. Well, they have a podcast, and a new one comes out each Monday. They are such fun to listen to as they discuss a variety of topics that are applicable to decorating and/or renovating, and on top of that, they are renovating a house at the beach. So check out their podcast info here. You can listen while you do the laundry or cook dinner. Easy peasy!
And that’s all I have for you for now. The blog will still be up and you can reference old posts through the archives, but the comments will close here in about 10 days. I am going to try to continue posting some on Instagram (instagram.com/talkofthehouse) and some on Gabbie’s Instagram account as well (instagram.com/gabbiethelabbie) although I am not sure how frequent that will be. Thank you friends for your patience as we try to get some major things done around here!
Until next time…