My shoulder is sore….

….AKA my next painting project.

This is the upstairs hallway. The former family colored on the walls. Put holes in them(to the left of the plug in socket) and generally did not take care of my house. Shame on them. The door to the left is the bedroom I have to gut. The door to the right is the bedroom Gary and I just painted. The door you barely see on the right is the bathroom and I am standing in the AirBnB room we just finished. I found the final piece of door trim and will put that on tonight.UH whole view
You can see the paint in the bottom left corner and how icky the walls are. The bathroom door is the far right doorUH telephone wall start
Here you can see the difference in the paint. I have yet to decide what to do with the trim. Yes, that is their paint all over it. I only managed to hit it a couple times and wiped most off. Opinions please? Paint the trim white again? Paint that whole door trim white (photo below door on left)UH telephone wall
This is the area I’ve wanted painted for a long time. Nick wouldn’t let me. He washed it and said it’s good we’re not buying paint. Apparently his glasses were dirty too.UH Wall down the stairs
I am absolutely loving how this painting is turning out! Everything looks so clean and fresh…….and it may be for naught. More on that in a bit.

Gary found his 6′ extension and is planning on painting the TALL part(refer back to photo 1) of the area above the stairs this weekend. He LOVES to paint and I’m gonna take advantage of that right now. Because I cannot reach it. He offered to help (with ulterior motives I’m sure). No we are not getting back together.

Now on to the bad news. I rec’d this in the email yesterday after I finished my final step of student hosting.

“Italy is a very scary place to be and we are now joining them. I would not take it personally, they could be rethinking exchange. I had 7 kids pull out of our program to go home and our Lars is most likely going to do the same thing. We have a lot of unknowns, but will bounce back.

Personally? I wouldn’t want to be flying back to Europe right now! But these kids are scared and I don’t blame them.  I’ll just keep praying for the best.

And over the email a few moments ago? First confirmed case in this county.

Lord watch o’er us all….please.



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Gawd…it’s Monday

500 percent done with today

Spent yesterday with Gary painting the room my student will be in. No, we are not getting back together. We just make a good painting team. I need to get photos of that room done. The top row off the shelves and the row under the windows all got taken off and painted behind. I did not move the whole shelving unit. I’d STILL be there putting books back.

students bedroom sunday books

I’m leaving the grey and must get another gallon of it so I can put a second coat on this. Earn painted it two years ago and I didn’t realize how much was missed. The pink behind the headboard is now a beautiful cream color. This room looks freakin’ AWESOME and yes, I’ll get photos.

students bedroom Sunday

The wall on the left is long. The pink flowerdy curtain is gone, that alcove is all painted, radios in it with some games. That’s the bed I took to my room and now I find out I am getting a son from Italy so I may end up changing this brass one for the white wrought iron one above. It’s a little girly for a guy huh?brass bed showing alcoveToday is Manic Monday. I have a tractor club meeting tonight, then go home to take Tylenol PM and hit the pillow early. I’m exhausted. I have a low grade headache and I’m not sure from what. There are no beervirus cases close to me. All are over 2 hours away.

I’ll get photos tonight.

Later taters…..

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So I requested….

….an absentee ballot for the elections this year due to this BeerVirus thangy.

Now….remember all the BS about NOT needing to prove who you are when you go vote? You just say a name and they mark you there?

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To get an absentee ballot you MUST HAVE A PHOTO ID ON FILE!

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Yes, I had to upload my driver’s license. The SAME thing I GIVE them when I go vote because I do NOT want to holler out my name to those deaf ass people at the polling place.

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I’ve been chuckling over this for an hour.

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OK OK I know Italy is on lock down but according to the news, the new cases of BeerVirus-19 are starting to dwindle. Let’s hope SOMEONE can tell the truth about this.

Anyway, I just got word this morning.

Lorenzo, 17, Italy….will be my student/son for the school year!!

No photo yet, just read a synopsis and he sounds like a nice kid. I can’t wait to start conversing with him.

First person I told?  LOL…Matteo!

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On the road again……

Yup. Back on the road to hosting a foreign exchange student. I signed up through EF to host another young adult that will become yet another of my children. Like I said, I won’t go through ISE but EF was recommended to me so we’ll give EF a shot. I hope they give me great kids like ISE did. And with better reps.

I love my Foreign Fab Four and miss them so much. Each one has been a joy in their own right. Even Corvin at times. LOL! We had such fun and these kids are wonderful.

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But with this Coronavirus (Should not have named it after a Beer. That’s not scary. Should have named it YouShuddaGotAJob virus. Now THAT’s scary!) we’ll see where my new daughter is from. I’m thinking with 11-13 Providences shut down in Italy? I won’t see another Italian Daughter. At least not this year. But then there are other countries I’d like to see so let’s try something new.



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I had 2,200 steps in by 10:30am Sunday.

But backing up to Saturday first…..

Saturday night, I met with Cindy and her husband. Cindy is the rep that connected me with my 4 foreign children. We discussed me getting a new student. However, the Main Rep has made not only Cindy quit, but several other Regional reps plus the reps below them have quit. Yet this company continues to think the sun shines out Rose’s ass.  Someone needs to do SOMETHING about Rose. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr. I have NEVER spoken to that……person and yet she has BITCHED about me!! WTF????

Time to get that room back in order. I should have taken before shots and I didn’t. Sue me. LOL However I did take before painting photos.

The trim before. (See what I mean about the people that painted before me???) All the trim in my house looks like this.student room trim before

This is the same trim after. It just looks so much cleaner. And no, the pink paint is going too. I also need to figure out a rug or something for that little corner.students bedroom trim after

Here is the bed half with trim partially done. After I took this photo, I finished up around the closet and around to the bookcase. I wanted to keep that grey part around the closet but upon closer inspection, it really needs a second coat. I don’t know if I have any of that color left and I cannot recall the name of it. It’s the grey from my bedroom. I may have to go into my archives and see if I wrote the name down in a blog when the room was done in Sept of 16.students bedroom Sunday
No, I am not moving all those books just to paint back there. I will however, remove the top shelf of books and as much else as I can. I am hoping to finish the trim and start the walls tonite.students bedroom sunday books
Gary is wanting to come help.  I have mixed feelings about it. He’s great with a roller and the room would be done in no time. Like 2 days. It would take me weeks to get it done because of my hand.

But he’s expecting to stay over. And I think he thinks we are getting back together if he spends time with me, that he can convince me……no. He can’t.


Who wants to come help me paint? Please?


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