Moving along

I managed to get an early start so that I could get two coats of paint on the ceiling. I also cleaned and primered a couple more of the cabinet fronts. I didn’t want to have to deal with a regular screwdriver and all those screws, so I dug out my cordless drill/screwdriver and it’s on the charge right now.

Tomorrow I will get a gallon of satin finish for the cabinet fronts. The hardware and screws are disgusting with all the grease they’ve accumulated, and I soaked some of them for the past couple of days in a solution of Pine Sol and Dawn dishwashing liquid. I couldn’t believe when I pulled the screws out of the solution and started rinsing them, the blobs of hardened grease just dropped off, though I had to use a brush on the handles and hinges. Now I made some new solution in a cup and have some more hardware sitting there to soak.

I began having symptoms of allergies a few days ago, but have now developed a deep cough. This is exactly what happened to me last year a month or so after I returned from Arizona. Back then I even had a blood test to see if I had Valley Fever, but it was negative. I woke up in the middle of the night and took some cough syrup and an allergy tablet, and was able to go back to sleep. Add this to my sore muscles and I am one falling-apart woman.

I’d almost like to say I wish I hadn’t ever started all this painting, but down deep I am very happy with it. I knew the kitchen would be a nightmare and it is proving to be pretty close to that. I’m working in a fairly small space while having to use the space on a daily basis for its original purpose. I’m not doing much in the way of cooking, but that’s going to have to change pretty soon because I’m getting hungry! I had thought I would cook tonight, but ended up eating two tangerines instead.

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10 Responses to Moving along

  1. Carolyn says:

    Hope your well ventilated. I have wear a painter's mask when I paint. Gives me a bad headache.It'll be beautiful!

  2. Teri says:

    I get a sore throat when I paint, similar to allergy symptoms. You may be sensitive to the chemicals in the paint and especially the primer.

  3. Chemicals will give you many of those symthoms but the sore muscles are reminding you that you have not done this type of work in a long time. Slow down a bit and your body will appreciate it.It's about time.

  4. The pollen count down here is sky high and my allergies are going nuts. My eyes itch, I can't breath, my throat hurts. But I still love the desert. When your painting is all done you are going to be so happy you did it. It's just getting through it.

  5. Sbrancamp says:

    Pick up some of the Traditional Medicinals Breath Easy Tea. It's decaf and a cup before bed clears you up enough to sleep well. The Co-op will have if for sure, but you can probably find it at Bel-Air in the natural foods section.

  6. longdog2 says:

    Sounds to me like you are doing just great on a very challenging job. Just think how wonderful it will all look when you are done. You will have a really nice little place that you made for yourself. Keep up the great work.http://travelinglongdogs.blogspot.com

  7. That is a big job you are doing. I am sure it will be well worth the effort when you are done. Here is hoping you do not come down with the crud that is going around!

  8. TROUBLEnTX says:

    You're doing great. But i agree, those chemicals might be bad for you. Can you open a couple of windows,,,even just a bit? With my COPD i have problems with smells.

  9. Dizzy-Dick says:

    There are other varieties of desert fungus that cause the same symptoms as Valley Fever but do not show up on the test. You may have been infected with one of those.

  10. Clara Camper says:

    A lot of people, myself included, are starting to feel the allergy season coming on. It sounds like you've been busy keeping up your motorhome.

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