Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Snowball Effect Part 1


Do you ever start a project and before you know it, it's turned into a whole mess more work than what you bargained for?  I call that the Snowball Effect and it seems to happen to me a lot

Every year when we open the lake house in the spring, there's always little things that need to be done.  You know, clean away the cobwebs and the dust that accumulated over the winter, open the windows, clean up the yard, that kind of thing.  So Chablis and I started on the yard, pulling weeds around the patio and spray painting the lawn furniture....



Swept off the back deck and pulled out the deck chairs.....



Cleaned out under the deck where we found the remains of an old army soldier that Tony and his friend had strapped a cherry bomb onto a couple of years ago...... Another one bites the dust.....


Petey inspected our work and kept getting his chain wrapped around everything.  He is no help!


Weeded the back garden and planted some flowers and tomato plants.....


So ok, that wasn't bad and it only took us 2 mornings to get that done and then we moved inside the house because I was itching to move the front room furniture around.  I hate our front room - it's long and narrow and just such a stupid shape.  We decided to dust and vacuum everything as we shoved the furniture around into a new arrangement.  So this is what it looks like now and at least we can get the front windows open and actually sit and look outside....



You would think I'd be happy with all that and just leave well enough alone.  But I can't, because I am insane and this is where the snowball effect came in.  Last year we had a mild earthquake in our area and it rocked the ceiling loose in Chablis' bedroom and the main bathroom.  Since it was the middle of summer and we had more important things to be doing, like swimming, fishing and water skiing, we had just taken a bunch of screws and the power drill and shoved the ceilings back into place.....more or less.....  And it looked like crap but I just sort of ignored it.  Until now.   Like I said, Snowball Effect.....

We go back into Chablis' room and I took one look at the ceiling and decided now was the time to get that fixed.  We pulled out the drill, screws and some spackle, climbed up on a ladder and got the ceiling back together and spackled in.  As I was standing on the ladder my little pea brain started spinning and I decided that we may as well paint the ceiling and since we were going to go to all that trouble, then we may as well paint the whole room because I hated the pink walls and before I knew it, we were on our way to town to get paint, and brushes, and rollers and drop cloths.  Did I mention that I'm insane?



So we cleaned all the furniture, took down the curtains and the shelves, spackled holes, shoved the furniture out of the way and painted the room.  But you'll have to come back and read the next post to see the finished results as well as the other project we tackled.

23 comments:

  1. Ha! you sound like me!!! You don't just clean a room, you CLEAN a room! The yard looks great! You guys are doing a good job getting everything ready for the warm summer months ahead. Good for you, Kim.
    xxoo

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  2. Oh my! I know what you mean! But you'll love it when you finish! Or...do we ever really finish? heehee! Sweet hugs!

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    1. It seems like as soon as we "finish" its time to start all over again. LOL.

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  3. an earthquake! Oh my! You two make a good team.

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  4. don't you just love it when you are "done" with a snowball effect, and you decide to do another!!! woo hoo!!!

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    1. We finished more this week than I thought we would to be honest.

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  5. When you have OCD like me it gets real interesting. I once started "cleaning" the basement, next thing I knew I was putting up paneling in my new mancave! Worked on it 23 hours strait. It turned out awesome after $2,000 in renovations in one weekend! I'm going to hire someone to clean, it's cheaper and a lot less tiring. LOL!

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  6. Oh yes, I've had many projects that
    turned into a lot of messy work but
    I'm sure you know, in the end your
    so proud of what you have done.
    thank you for your visit and sweet
    comments..
    Have a great day
    Sandy

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    1. Hi Sandy - thanks for coming by. I am so proud of what we accomplished this week.

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  7. Domino projects! First one and then another and another! There is a feeling of satisfaction when you're done.

    Great job!

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  8. A lotta work! Almost every project turns in a snowball one!

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    1. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one this happens to. :-)

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  9. I agree....I always have the snowball effect....doing one now, going to clean up an old table to take to FL....now I'm refinishing it!! :/ Can't wait to see the pics of the new changes!!

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    1. Cheri - I want pictures when you're done. I cannot wait to see how you decorate your new place.

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  10. Insane does seem like the right adjective for all this! You guys got an immense amount of work done!!!

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  11. What a project! I know exactly what you mean about the snowball effect! I look forward to seeing the end results!

    Melissah from Coastal Style

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    1. Oh Melissah, I need to take some advice from your lovely pages. Yours is one of the blogs I drool over. Somehow what I picture in my head never ends up as the finished result. LOL.

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  12. I see it was a big project. When I see photos of someone's lake house, I get such a pang in my heart. My dad's family had a cottage on a lake and it was part of my growing up years. I always wanted to live on a lake. Never say never, but...it doesn't look like it will be part of my future. You are lucky, my friend!

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. Thanks Claudia - I do feel blessed and someday we hope to retire there. I bet you have great memories of that cottage. xo

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