This blog chronicles my life as I try to balance healthy lifestyle habits with my husband's penchant for pizza rolls and my daughter's desire to watch iCarly 8 hours a day. It contains a mostly humorous, kind, and somewhat spiritual look at everyday life and the people who live it.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

TMPP vs. Mother Nature

Have you ever started a project and been really excited, energized, enthused, and ready to go?  That was Steve and I 2 weeks ago when The Monster Paint Project began.  We knocked out the garage with no problem.  The front of the house under the porch was a breeze.  Then the rain began.

And it rained.

And rained.

And it is raining still.

Now I live in a shabby-chic-half-sanded-half-peeling-house.  I am the bane of the neighborhood.  The eyesore.  The house everyone talks about: "aren't they ever going to finish painting that house?"  I have complained about houses in neighborhoods where they didn't finish the paint job in what I considered to be a timely fashion.  Now I'm that house.

So this week I'm going to try something new.  I'm not going to plan to do any painting.  I am going to focus on everything but house painting hoping to fool the gods of exterior painting into thinking I no longer care.

We began the TMPP with my confident statement: "yeah, it'll take about a month.  We should be done by end of June."  Mother Nature had a bit of a different schedule.  She always wins.

Cost of paints and supplies so far: $500.
Cost of professional painter to do the work for me: $5000.
Ability to actually perform said work because the weather cooperates: priceless.


karen@fitnessjourney said...

I had no idea that having the exterior of a home painted was that costly. Ouch! It's always a downer when something gets in the way of you finishing a project. Good luck with the rest of the painting. Don't worry about the neighbors, it could be worse for them, you could have chosen to paint the house purple.

Anonymous said...

"Want to make God laugh......Tell Him what you are going to do tomorrow."

Beth said...

Karen I wish I'd thought of playing a joke on my neighbors by having the primer tinted purple or pink or some other horrible color. Can you imagine how horrified they would have been?

Beth said...

Anonymous God must be laughing really hard right now because Steve didn't take off work today to paint because it was 100% chance of rain (it didn't rain) and he did take off tomorrow because it was guaranteed to be dry and sunny (the forecast now says rain). God must be splitting a side laughing at us...