Saturday, June 26, 2010

Beach Wedding and Special Visit

No home renovations to share this time. We took a break from our very busy schedule to go to Brian and Shelly's Vero Beach FL wedding last Saturday (Greg's brother and our new sister-in-law). It was a gorgeous evening and we had a fabulous time.

We had plenty of time with family and new-found friends as well as soaking up some of that Florida sun. We got our fill of seafood since Indiana isn't highly known for it's fresh seafood.

After our time in Vero Beach, Greg and I drove north in our fancy Dodge Challenger (no, this wasn't the car we had planned to rent but let's just say we got an unexpected upgrade due to a savy saleswomen and two very tired travelers) to St Augustine to be true tourists: Fountain of Youth, the castillo and lighthouse. Our hotel was on the beach so we had plenty of walks on the beach and time for Greg to tame the waves.

We ended our vacation with a day trip to Jacksonville to visit Dorothy. For those who don't know, Dorothy was my neighbor growing up. I can't remember a time not knowing her. A couple of years ago, she moved to Florida to be close to her biological family. We were her Indiana family; actually most of Kentland is her Indiana family. I had been communicating with her daughter Judi so we could spend some time with Dorothy. We had such a great time. Sure, she may be repeating some stories from time to time, but what do you expect from someone who is 98? I can only hope I'm that healthy at that age. It was so good to see her. She sells hello to everyone in Kentland.
As always, check out more pics at our photo website.

I don't think Greg or I will ever be Florida people, but we are thankful we have Florida friends and family to further enhance this Adventure called Life (yes, Darwin, that was for you).

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Gotta love using free paint, again

A few weeks ago, I wrote that we were painting the metal arch over the front door. The orange appeared a bit bright at times, making us question if it was the right color of orange. I felt that the half circles over the windows were too white, probably affecting the orange color. Nothing else on the house is white: brown brick, orange mortar, limestone details.

That being said, we picked out some paint that was closer to the color of the limestone details. I climbed up on the ladder and brushed some on. Oh no. The color we picked was the exact same color that was already there! The daylight lightened the color that much. I went to the basement and pulled out the free paint that we used for our hallway project last year. It is the exact color that we were looking for! Wish we wouldn't have bought a new gallon of paint. I'll have to find another use for it. Anyway, the half circles are now painted. The next pictures are a before and after.
From a distance you may not notice that much of a difference. But it certainly compliments the orange arch. If you look in the center of the arch, there is a small shield. It is was the old color you a sense of before and now. Next project, strip the shield of it's peeling paint.