Over the weekend, we practically lived outside. We ate on the patio and played with the chickens but we worked a lot too. We've been working on the wrought-iron gates which surround the courtyard leading into our house. We started this project last spring, but then it got too hot in the summer to continue, so we waited until spring came around again. The project involves removing old blue paint, put on by a previous owner of the house. It dried very drippy and lumpy and is now faded. We're taking off the old paint and putting on a glossy coat of plain black. It's hard work. But we've done two out of three sections now and it looks so much better. Next, we plan to repaint the wood trim, which is the same shade of blue as the metal, fading and peeling. I'm trying to decide on a color! The house is peachy-tan stucco and the metalwork will soon be all black. We're going to look at paint samples on Private Friday this week. I've never done any exterior house-painting and I'm excited and a little nervous.
This week has started off sort of cool and stormy so far. We've been inside in the afternoons, the small Bears and I. After homeschool is finished, we're each doing our own thing. I've been sewing a little. Both of them have been drawing a lot. The GB seems to have a real artistic streak and she will happily draw, color and paint for hours. The LB is not as artistically-inclined and I'm trying to encourage it. He enjoys it when he gets going but it's not something he seeks out on his own, you know? They've both been copying illustrations from books lately. Yesterday, they were engrossed for a long time. She copied a picture from Happy Birthday Moon and he did one from Home For a Bunny. I remember enjoying this as a child too. I had notebooks and sketchpads filled with my own renditions of anything Garth Williams ever illustrated.
Did I ever tell you that we listen to The John Tesh Show most afternoons? I really like radio shows with lots of talking and random facts. The music he plays can get a little repetitive - lots of soft rock, seventies through today. I learn something new every time I listen, though. I listen to Delilah in the evenings sometimes too. She's wonderful. I love the way she can comfort people or put the smack down on them, or sometimes do a little of both. Anyway, back to John Tesh - he plays Michael Jackson fairly often, eighties stuff mainly. He played the song "Human Nature" the other day. The LB and I had a conversation about it:
LB: I don't like when he plays this song.
Me: Why not? I think it's a nice song.
LB: Because she sounds like she can't breathe. She's gasping for air.
Me: Who is?
LB: The girl who sings this song. She's so out of breath.
Me: This is a man singing. He always sounded sort of like this.
LB: A man? What the heck? Did he drink helium?
Now, I don't mean to disparage Michael Jackson. I was a big fan, still am. But it made me stop and think. Do you remember when Michael Jackson was the biggest, most famous entertainer in the world? I'm sure plenty of people thought he sounded like a girl then too, but he was so cool! It was just Michael, that's just what he sounded like. At least that's how I remember thinking about him. I told this to the LB; he seemed skeptical. He likes "Beat It," though. No girly voices there, just dance-fighting between gangs, I think.
How is spring (or fall) shaping up where you are? Here, the plum trees are in full bloom. I was out at sunset the other night and they were positively glowing. I'll share some photos soon. Some of my tulips have buds, which makes me really happy. Everything is poking out of the ground now, it's looking so green all of a sudden. We'll be on spring break in about a week and I can't wait; we've been going non-stop since early January. I can't wait for a little stretch of doing very little. I'm planning to do some crafty things (with and without children), go to the park, take walks and get ready for Easter. Yes! Spring agrees with me, I'm really glad it's just about here.