I got a much needed change of venue today. I've been home-bound these last 3 weeks and bored out of my mind! Read two books, knitted loads of mini lobster traps for painting, and watched all episodes of the Great British Baking Show, to name a feww
So I loved getting out of town to visit one of my favorite towns (Portsmouth, NH) and favorite venues Portsmouth Brewery.
Follow up Doctor's appointment is Friday - CAST WILL BECOMING OFF!!
I broke my ankle on Thursday night April 25. I tell people I was trying to break up a fight between a Grizzly Bear and a Great White. But seriously, I rolled my ankle over an old mill stone that is set too low off a terrace at home. I fractured my right fibula and dislocated my ankle. The EMT and ER professionals at Addison Gilbert did an amazing job putting me back together. My surgery is scheduled for Wednesday May 1.
I will be out of service for at least 2 months as I head and rebuild my body and come back better than before.
I'd recommend calling Ace Hardware for recommendations for someone who could help you. There are many people like me who do the small job or odd job.
I was between clients today, coming from Pigeon Cove and heading to Rocky Neck, and I REALLY needed to something to eat. It was 1:30 p.m. and I hadn't had anything all day. I just needed to fuel up. I thought of stopping at The Studio on Rocky Neck but the last time I had a burger there it was made from a frozen, flat patty. No bueno. At the stop light heading to East Gloucester, I saw Pier 23 and I heard online they had good burgers. So I turned right instead of going straight.
I got an IPA on tap (I *only* drink IPAs) and ordered their Classic Burger because a good burger should stand on it's own. I loved that I got the option, not an up-charge, to have onion rings instead of fries. I devoured it.
When Chef Matt came around and asked me how I liked it, I replied:
"That was a 5 napkin burger"
He nodded and silently understood the complement. He went on to greet other diners and saw that a painting had fallen off the wall. I explained I could fix that, right here right now, and I offered...
Arlene wanted a fresh new look on her old cabinets. She got the paint and the new cabinet hardware and I did the rest. I prepped them by cleaning with Simple Green, an excellent de=greaser and spray painting the hinges white. I applied two coats of her white paint. What a difference it made!
I installed this new picture railing for a new owner of a cottage in Rockport, which had plaster walls. Jae didn't want to damage her walls with nails and wanted this hanging rail instead. She wanted to paint them the same color as the walls to they would blend in.
Every spring I clear the lower meadow of overgrown brush on my mother's property. I rent the brush hog from Gloucester Equipment Rental which makes this job much easier. But it is still hard work. I do this job for my mom - not for clients.
Jen hated main room of her home because it felt like "frat room" (her words). Beige ceilings, blah blue walls, trim that had raw wood and some that had painted wood. The ceiling had texture (ARGH) so I got a power painter to spray it because rolling it would not work. Pictures don't do justice to the change in the atmosphere of this Great Room.
Kathy's kitchen needed a face lift, something cosmetic to brighten and freshen her dark kitchen. Because she had a dark orange color on her walls, I had to prime them before painting them with two coats of her new color. Then she hired me to tile under her cabinets with white subway tiles which she got at Home Depot (I call it "Home Cheap-o"). The painting took one weekend and the tiling took another weekend but the results are spectacular! I was very proud of my detailed cuts to the tile around the window trim. Her husband really helped with dealing with the electrical boxes because I don't do electrical.
They are happy to finally move back into their kitchen.
Important to note: I only do small tile jobs but they still are a lot of work.
Kudos to: Stephanie Palazola O'Neil for selecting all the colors and to Jennifer Curcuru Fernandes for linking all of us together!
Susan wanted to turn her closet's bifold doors into two separate doors. Working with doors is an art in and of itself and my skills are at the basic level. But I felt this project was in my wheelhouse - and I was very pleased with the result!
Winter is a great time to paint. You're indoors most of the time anyway so why not freshen a room with a new color? It's cheaper than renovating or buying new furniture and it can totally change the mood of a room.
Kathy hired me to paint her great room and she used a designer to help her pick out the color (very smart tactic and well worth it). I primed and painted all the raw wood trim and a spray painted the baseboard metal with a gloss white. What a difference it made!