Things are hopping here on the home front. Inside, I’ve decided to (finally) tackle the kitchen walls. These should have been painted years ago, but I’ve put off the job because it wasn’t a matter of mere paint. There’s wallpaper under all that paint, and it needed to be stripped before any more paint was applied. Not an easy job. Last week I took a deep breath and got started. Here you see Ginger at work. (She’s a great helper with projects of this sort – and she was also thoroughly tired of that orange paint!)
The first layer of wallpaper came off relatively easily. The next layer has been harder to remove.
Judging from the colors and prints we’re seeing, I’d say both layers were applied sometime in the 80’s. I explained to Pepper (who was aghast at the prints we uncovered) that powder blue and dusty rose were popular colors in that decade.
I can’t imagine how long this project is going to take. I managed to get most of two walls done this past week, but what remains will be difficult to reach. I may have to slow down a bit as I negotiate corners and areas above and beneath cupboards. Meanwhile, I’m trying to decide which white paint to use when I finally get the walls clean. I had no idea white came in so many shades.
In other news, Ginger has been experimenting with unusual foods. In the last couple of weeks, she’s tried seaweed, sushi, and sugar cane. Most recently, she brought home a dragon fruit. It had a nice, mild, sweet taste, but the most impressive thing, I think, was the way it looked when we cut into it:
In the yard, things are finally in full swing. The violets are out in force, both on the front lawn…
…and the back.
Elsewhere in the yard, the ground ivy is out:
It’s tricky to mow around, but pretty and attracts a large number of bees.
Several of our shrubs are blooming: the lilac, the honeysuckle, and this flowering almond:
And we have trees in bloom, too, including this apple:
The Creeping Phlox is putting on a good show, blooming around the perimeter of the fish pond.
And the Bleeding Heart (really my favorite spring bloomer) is enormous and loaded with blossoms.
CPT A jokes that it must be eating small animals to have attained its massive size (waist high and five feet across), but I’m convinced it’s vigor is due more to the fact that the dogs relieve themselves nearby before we head off on our morning walks each day. Whatever the reason, it’s obviously very happy.
From the dining room table, with two trees to plant this afternoon,