Porch is (almost) done!

Everything’s finished, except the cement floor, which will be painted in high gloss dark gray paint sometime this or next month.   I love this new, relaxing space!   Here are 3 views.

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Porch is done! (well, almost)

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When the floor is painted, it’s going to look amazing.

Today was a good day for my mental health.  I spent the entire day not reading the news, not watching the news, and not even thinking much about the news.  Believe me, I needed the break from that.  Trump sucks the oxygen from you; the shitstorm of bad news coming out of the White House every day consumes my mind and most of my free time, and it all gets to be too much sometimes.   Life does go on.  Things need to be done.  There are many other things in life besides Trump.

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Looking inside.

After going to church (I haven’t been to church in about 5 weeks),  I came home and made French toast (it’s best using sourdough bread — it doesn’t fall apart).  Then Zach came over with some more supplies and I sat on the porch and read a book while he worked on the porch.   Today he finished enclosing it and put up the screening.   It looks fantastic!  It’s so much more inviting and is much cooler too.  And hardly any bugs!  I know I’ll be spending a lot more time out here than I did before.

All that’s left now is to paint the cement floor (it’s going to be a glossy dark charcoal grey) and put the finishing strips on the outside to hide where the screens had been stapled on.   He’s also going to be building a small sheltered area to store the lawnmower and a small grill.    All that’s left after that is the fun interior stuff — repainting the table and putting in a couple of area rugs and doing other small things to make the space look as inviting and cozy as possible.

In the very late afternoon, while he worked, I decided to go to the pool for about a half an hour.  I like it best that time of day because the kids have all gone home and I get the entire deep end to myself!

A Trump-free day is always a good day.

 

Painting therapy, Part II!

I finally finished my painting projects. Here are two views of my bedroom with its new look!

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I also spray painted a old wooden table on the porch–it was bright green but the paint was chipping off so I had to redo it. There was enough spray paint left in the can for one more project.

I had an old glass doorknob (from this house but I can’t reattach it to the closet door it fell from). I think it’s an original doorknob–the house was built in 1908. I needed something on my bathroom wall, and decided to make a towel rack out of it. I took apart a wooden cigar box, painted it, and turned it into a sort of shadow box, with the doorknob epoxied to a mirror at the center. It’s drying now. I can’t wait to hang it in my bathroom!

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Nothing like being a shaky, twitchy, anxious, paranoid, angry BPD/C-PTSD in full trigger mode, to get those creative juices flowing. Doing these things really helped me stay in the present and even almost sane.

Painting therapy.

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I had a dream that I painted my walls, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do.  I think it will be therapeutic because it will help me stay mindful and in the present.    I think the dingy, stained beige has been depressing me, so I’m going to paint them bright white!  🙂