Monday, June 7, 2010

Looking forward to a long summer's work

Oh well,

 While the other bloggers I am following are traveling about the country, or selling their homes without even listing them, or buying bigger and newer RV's, or packing for the beginning of their new lives, I'm stuck here looking forward to a long summer of painting the house.  As you know from previous posts, it is a big house with a lot of detail trim, doors, and windows.  We will hire someone to do the very highest work, but most of the lower down painting will be done by the two of us.

Why you may ask.

 I don't even want to know what a professional painter would charge for the whole job.  After the big bite that the roof took out of  our fix up budget (never really written down), I think we just have to paint it ourselves.  I really don't want to accumulate debt fixing the house if we don't have to.  For now at least,  we want to pay as we do.

We have picked out the trim color, it's much the same as the old color and matches the new rain gutters pretty well.  I got some sample quarts today and will paint with them tomorrow.

Once that is decided, I plan on painting every morning for a couple of hours.  A house is painted ONE BRUSH STROKE AT A TIME!

  It will put a dent in my exercise time, since if I go to the club, or do the treadmill at home, it is usually in the morning.  I will try to average 10 miles a week.  That will be doable.

Sniff!  Grumble! I want to be a fulltime RVer.

 I want to see this beautiful country before it becomes illegal to drive a vehicle that gets less than 10 mph!

Daily countdown:
512 days, or 1 year, 4 months, 24 days to go.
Exercise Goal:
1000 miles on the treadmill,  2 on Saturday 3 Today

Total walked = 158 miles
Someday I will be hiking 1000 miles  in National Parks!


  1. Love the picture of the little girl. She fits your post perfectly. So sorry to hear about the big job ahead of you but just think it will eventually be a memory and you will be on the road.

    Hope you have a good week. Make sure to take before/during/after pictures.

  2. I hear you!! We are in the same boat - spending the summer doing fix-up stuff around the house, and I am probably reading the same blogs as you, as I dream of actually being on the road!! For us, it will be 3 1/2 to 4 years before we buy our fiver, so at least you are closer than we are!! :)

  3. Hang in there! We will make it. Fixing up is no fun. At least it will be outside work? Painting will be good upper body work out? (trying to find an up side). I know, still doesn't sound like much fun.

  4. You will be so glad you did all this work once you put your house on the market. It will shine! And, all that painting time is time to dream about your fulltime plans. The hours will just fly by :)


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