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Yup. That’s pretty much it. It cooled off dramatically this week, so I’ve forced myself to be outside working on the paint project.

Since the last post:

  • Replaced four small pieces of siding between the two upper windows. (Swore a lot, but got it done.)
  • Painted the cottage window sash the dark brown and put up the new storm window. (OMG! It is 1000% better than the old one. Larson even had the option to not split the window into two equal pieces of glass.)
  • Installed the cove returns on both corners of the south side of the house.
  • Finished the east gable on the garage.
  • Primed, painted, etc.

Part of what takes so blasted long is moving the ladder for each step of the process. On top of that, I have two sets of ladder horns (one for corners and the other for flat surfaces) so they have to be changed as necessary. With the multiple colors, you have to paint on one, wait for it to dry, and then come back again with the next color. Unfortunately for this part of the project, moving the ladder consists mostly of trying not to drop it on the electrical drop that’s on the south side of the house. Tedious, time-consuming, and nerve-wracking.

I hoped to get the upstairs sashes trimmed out with the dark brown, but didn’t get to it. My daughter returned on Saturday night from a three-week trip, so today was spent hearing about everything and getting reacquainted. It sure was quiet around here without her around. Gonna have to get used to it one of these days because in about four years or so, she will graduate. (shudder)