Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Monday, Interrupted

It rained overnight, but I never heard it. I only discovered it when I went out to go to work and the truck was all wet.

I took Courtney in some catnip from my yard. She claims her dogs love it as well as their cat. I never heard of that before!

It was hot and sticky when I walked outside at 10:00 a.m.

I went to the Newburgh Grill and got the soup and a patty melt. But, the soup of the day surprised me. Instead of the usual beef vegetable, it was chicken noodle. They’ve never offered that before! It was really, really good.

Sidebar: The truck said it was 84 degrees at lunchtime. I’m never sure whether or not to believe the truck, but there it is.

I went to Lowe’s and got a few more things for my paint stripping project.

The wind had picked up when I walked outside at 3:00 p.m. The predicted cold front must be near. It did help with the temperature, though, which was nice.

But, when I got home, it was not so nice. It was hotter in the house than outside! The general house power was on, just not the A/C. I guess with the high heat, I got interrupted again.

Sidebar: I should check and see exactly just how much this plan “saves” me, because it really p*sses me off!

So, I opened the kitchen and bedroom windows (to take advantage of the breeze) and turned the fans on in the kitchen and bedroom. I changed clothes and went to work in the garage.

I set up the small sawhorses outside (to keep the mess out of the garage) took the first door and started scraping off the bubbled up paint. It was weird. It was highly successful in some spots (down three layers of paint) but not in other (the first coat wouldn’t come off).

But, as you can see in the following photos, the brown paint covered up black paint, which covered up yellow paint, which covered up a light blue paint. Sigh…

Sidebar: God only knows what's under the blue!


For some reason, it was the two tall doors that the stripper didn’t work so well. Since they were the first ones I did, I think I put it on too carefully. By the time I was done with them, I just slathered it on the rest, LOL!

I cleaned them up as best I could and then gave them all a second coat of stripper. I closed up shop at 7:45 p.m.

I was hungry, but wasn’t that impressed with last night’s tacos. So, I used some of my leftovers to make taco salad instead (I crunched up the taco shells to make tortilla chips).

It tasted pretty good and was a lot easier to eat.

Nothing much was on TV, so I watched a taped movie (Rambo III), fast-forwarding through commercials and managed to get to bed by 10:30 p.m.


  1. Jake and I make taco salad more often than tacos because it's easier. Sometimes it's nice to eat with a spoon!

  2. Would it have saved time and money if you would have used the old doors as a template and just built new doors? I appreciate the fact that drawers are a bit more complex to build, but you’ve got all of the tools to sand and miter mostly-flat, new doors.

  3. @ Carla: I agree! With taco salad,you get all the taste, but its a lot easier to eat.
    @ Jyl: It would save time, but not money. My little Puerto Rican friend is constantly reining me in and reminding me she is trying to flip this house, not remodel it to "my" standards. So, I am making do with what I have (so sayeth Uncle Jose).