Work on the House

It’s time again for Blogophilia, the fun blog group where Martien gives us prompts to use in our blogs. This week’s are:

Ecrits Blogophilia Week 30.9 Topic: Dark of Night
Hard (2 pts): Incorporate a lyric by “The Talking Heads”
Easy (1 pt): Include a Shakespearean character

I don’t remember if I blogged it or not (I know I’ve been bad about it!) but after discovering that we were all afraid of heights, we found some local painters who would paint our house – including supplies – for less than what we had planned it would take for us to do it ourselves (we needed to buy or rent equipment, such as scaffolding), so we agreed immediately and have since been saving up.

The plan is to have it painted all one color this year, then have them return next year for the trim. They were willing to do both this year, but our budget just wouldn’t stretch the extra 400$. Anyway, here are the colors we’ve picked, light blue for the main part, and the darker colors for the trim.


Anyway, after months of saving, scrimping, starving, and dodging impatient bill collectors (not really, but it’s come close!) the time is here, the money is paid, and work is beginning!  In fact, they came on Friday and power washed the house:

Over the weekend, I pushed and finally, finally, after almost two years, we agreed to get the new doors put in, you know, since the house was going to be all redone. What doors? The doors we bought in March of 2015. 

Anyway, so my uncle came down to help. Of course, the first thing we had to do was take out the old doors.

Once the old doors were out, we moved them out of the way so we could get the new doors onto the deck. We leaned the old set carefully against the garage…


And then moved the new doors carefully past them and onto the porch. As we were putting them in place, there was a gust of wind and a crash…


Yep. So much for selling those now.

So, while the men worked on the installation…


I vacuumed the yard.


Eventually all the glass was gone, and the new doors were put in!


Today, the painters returned, and started painting. They got the street side done, and have started on the front:

To quote the Talking Heads, “And you may ask yourself
What is that beautiful house?” Or hopefully you will when the house is done.

It felt weird to sit in the house all day, working on the laptop, while someone else did the work outside. It was a bit like being King Henry V. If only someone had brought me some wine…

And now it’s thundering, so I doubt we’ll get any more paint on the house tomorrow – BOO! I am glad, though that we went pokemoning early tonight. The brother and I usually go after midnight, slinking through the dark of night. With the cloudy sky, I got a fun shot of the axe murder house tonight:


Oh. And now it’s raining. *sigh* Good thing the brother and I stuck the gutter back on today.

Have a “getting your house painted” kind of day

Jo 🙂


About Joleene Naylor

An independent author, freelance artist, and photographer for fun who loves anime, music, and writing. Check out my vampire series Amaranthine at or drop me a line at

9 responses to “Work on the House”

  1. Marvin's Blogophilia says :

    Oh my! All I can say is at least it was the OLD door that crashed. Whew! Your home is going to be so beautiful when you get it all done. It reminds me of a Victorian gingerbread house. 8 points, Earthling!

  2. singingclarice says :

    I can’t wait to see the finished house

  3. BarbaraK aka fiddlbarb says :

    Wow! What a job. Beautifully spectacular!

  4. Christine Wichman says :

    This was better than an episode of Flip that house on HGTV…I cannot wait to see the final
    ~Christine W.

  5. Dave says :

    That is an awesome looking house! I love older homes as they have such a long story to tell!

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