Wednesday, January 01, 2014

New Year's Day: Face Down, On The Bathroom Floor.


I'm not a superstitious person, but I do have this idea that whatever one does on New Year's Day sets the tone for the rest of the year. Last year, I barely celebrated New Year's Eve, because I had to go into work at 8am, to work on a show that we'd all fallen out of love with.  I have a particular memory of spending far too much time shinnied up a telephone pole laboriously sanding down the wood, so that the actor who would be climbing that pole wouldn't get splinters.  Yup.

This year, I spent the better part of New Year's Day with my face on the bathroom floor, scraping paint off of our 1925 plaster tile-board.  And you know what?  I was really happy to be doing it.

We're removing a terrible layer of peeling pink latex paint. Under that are various layers of oil paint -- more pink, then brick red, then dark green.  Finally there's a very strong layer of tan paint, and under that is the plaster tile board.  We're trying to end our paint removal at the tan layer, in order to do the least damage possible to the plaster "tile."

The top picture is how it looked at the end of my word day on January first.  The lower picture shows the state of things two days prior.  It's slow going, but bizarrely satisfying.

And to make things even better, we're invited over to our fabulous neighbors' house for dinner tonight.  I think 2014 is off to a good start.

How about you, blog readers?  How did you spend the first day of the New Year?


Michelle said...

I started the year off doing one of my favorite things, and it did not involve the garden. I spent the day with my favorite person in the whole world on a nice long hike. It was a gorgeous day in a beautiful place. Fabulous.

I can't wait to see how your bathroom turns out. You're so patient and putting in so much hard work. I'm full of admiration.

Rabid Quilter from CA said...

I got more than 5 hours of sewing in on 3 different quilt projects! I experienced my first ever quilting "block". Back in October, I lost my quilting mojo entirely. Didn't even go into my sewing room for a month or more.

It's BACK!

I also won our first Hand and Foot card game of the year. John beat me 47 games to 38 games in 2013. We have a yearly competition that goes back 20 years!


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