Sunday, May 26, 2013

Anti-Hater Season

When I first started this post (Thursday afternoon) it had the title "Hater Season".  Wednesday and Thursday were not very good days for me.  The haters showed up in droves so I put up a new sign in my yard which read, "If you can't say something nice, just keep on walking."  Then I took it down because, well, I thought it sounded hateful and there was plenty enough of that going around.  Wednesday and Thursday I was very discouraged, so I worked hardly at all on the house.  The less said about those two days, the better.

On Friday my friend Harriet showed up.  Harriet is a retired over-the-road trucker originally from New York, and she's very outspoken.  I told her it had been Hater Season around these parts for the past 48 hours.  She was indignant.  "Do they live here?  No.  Do they help you with this house?  No.  Don't pay any attention to those idiots."  Harriet and I have a long history of being Anti-Haters.  It was Harriet who parked her car in the middle of the street, got out, and applauded long and loud on the day when the last of the shingles came off the house.

Harriet gave me the kick in the pants I needed.  (She's really good at that.)

By Friday evening the house looked like this:

 My good mood and motivation carried into Saturday, when by mid-afternoon the house looked like this:

It's just one coat of paint, but still.  The window will be a separate project.  I always treat windows as a separate project because they take so darn long to scrape and repair, not to mention how long they take to paint because I have to be more careful.  This one needs reglazing, and since I am not very good at that, WTB will be handling the reglazing duties next week.  WTB is definitely part of Anti-Hater Season.

And then I went around to the front of the house and scraped some paint there, too.  Just a little.  But, as my neighbor Floyd said, "You're gaining on it, one board at a time."  While I was out front, my neighbor Carl hollered over, "By God, you're gettin' there!  And with no help from men!"  Floyd and Carl are also a big part of Anti-Hater Season.  Not incidentally, they're both World War II vets, which in my opinion has a lot to do with how gentlemanly and positive they both are.  Men of that generation (my dad included) were built of much finer stuff than men these days.


So.  The plan for next week is:
Put the second coat of paint on the east side of the house
Buy some glazing compound so WTB can fix the window
Prime that big scraped area on the west side of the house. (Scraped last year.)
Scrape, repair, caulk, and prime as much of the front as possible.

I think I will put that anti-hater sign back in the yard, too....


17 comments:

  1. I must be missing something. Why would anyone be making negative comments? I feel the need to do them bodily harm. Lazy good for nothings.
    When all else fails, just consider the source and rise above it. I am impressed with your progress.

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    1. I feel the need to do them bodily harm too, and I have a scraper in my hand. The most common one is something along the lines of "Why are you working so hard on an OLD house?", and a close second is, "I'd just put vinyl siding on it and be done with it." I'm feeling murderous, I tell you, murderous!

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    2. Vinyl siding? That tells you all you need to know about them. Plus they're also idiots to not value old houses.

      Where the heck do these people come from? It makes me glad I live in an out of the way place.

      How about a sprinkler set to cover the sidewalk that you can turn on at will :-)

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    3. But everything plastic and new is better, don't you know that?? At least, according to them.

      Good idea about the sprinkler! LOL

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  2. Well, if you were scraping like I am here you'd get cheers, offers of beer and rounds of applause, I wish I could pass some down to you. Don't let idiots drag you down (their brains have rotted from their off-gassing vinyl siding), and if all else fails, scrapers and 5 in 1's make lovely weapons of war!

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    1. I failed to mention that at the end of the day on Saturday, WTB brought me an ice-cold cream soda. He makes up for a lot of idiocy. :)

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  3. Jayne, I am so overwhelmed by all you have accomplished! Let me say that I am impressed and wish to cheer you on scarping! The house is looking good!

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    1. Thanks, Lottie! I "borrowed" your fish gadget and now I can't stop playing with it.

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  4. Vinyl siding fans. Not worth the energy.

    I wouldn't exactly classify their comments as "hate." Their lack of imagination and mental slackness don't rise to that level. Maybe more like "stupidity." Ya know?

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    1. I first read that as "vinyl CEILING fans" and I was totally confused. :)

      Mental slackness. I like that term. Describes them perfectly.

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  5. And well done on the progress!

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  6. I have words for people like that, but I get the idea you're trying to maintain a family friendly image around these parts, so I won't share them. But....you get the idea. You just keep on, ma'am. You are doing great.

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    1. Thanks, Laura. I have some choice words for them myself.

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  7. I wholeheartedly agree with Harriet. It is a long road you are walking, if you listen to them you will never make it. I was out scraping tiny areas in search of original paint colors and started to become overwhelmed. All that Eastlake trim seemed like a good idea when I bought the place. Not so much now that it needs to be scraped and painted. it is going to take forever.

    What brand of paint are you using this time?

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    1. Mare laughingly says that the trend of all-white houses started the first time people had to repaint a Victorian. Haha!

      I'm using Valspar Medallion. Last time I used Valspar too, the kind that's sold at Lowe's. The paint wasn't the problem; my lack of prep was. The label says "Paint and primer in one product", but I don't trust that, so I prime first anyway.

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    2. Definitely prime first. I know this from having worked in the paint department at Lowe's lately. I wish to heck they wouldn't put that on the label. Means too damn much explaining. It's embarrassing. What it basically means is that it's thicker and you should be able to do it with one coat over the primer. Though I haven't tried it, myself.

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  8. When I bought the paint from Lowe's, the color for the main part of the house (Montpelier Ashlar Gray) had an extra sticker on it which read something like "Use primer for durability". The other colors didn't have that. Odd. It is very thick paint, almost the consistency of pudding. I use two coats of it over one coat of primer. It seems to look more even that way.

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