Tuesday, April 28, 2015

What Should Have Happened vs. What Did

Last week's possibilities that mostly didn't happen:

1.Buffalo chicken breasts, coleslaw, "cauliflotato" salad
2.Some TexMex Paleo casserole, salad, green beans
3.Turkey, cauliflower dressing, fakey gravy, asparagus, waldorf salad  bird still resides in the freezer
4.turkey leftovers, cranberry relish? sweet potatoes, green bean casserole?
5.steak, tossed salad, baked sweet potato
6.paleo tacos (regular tacos for others) taco fixings, chopped salad
7. stuffed peppers, coleslaw, cooked carrots, pineapple slices

What Really Did Happen

1. Buffalo Chicken Breasts, cauliflotato salad, green beans
2. Out to eat (Forgot book club__ dinner out)
3. *Chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy (takeout) (At the lake painting)
4. *WonTon soup with egg roll (takeout) (At the lake painting till the sun started down and the mosquitos came out)
5.  Grilled steak, tossed salad, baked sweet potato
6. Taco salad with tomato, green onions, avocado, and salsa verde
7. Gyro salad

I actually knocked all the big to do items off my list last week, with the exception of scrubbing the screened porch at the lake.  I got hung up on the other lake project and it took a little longer than I thought it should. I mentioned I was painting there and  wanted to share a peek at the finished project with some before and after photos.

Basement exterior wall before: Ugly yellow green painted cinder block

                                Same ugly cinder block wall painted to look like stone.  I like it much better!

                                                                   Same wall a few steps back

I painted the foundation at the back of the house in addition to a 10 foot retaining wall.  It looks so much better!  Now the rest of the exterior siding is begging me to paint it grayish brown or brownish gray.  It is so over being yellow-green!

Menu possibilities for the week:
1. Coq au vin, tossed salad, cauliflower "mashed potatoes"
2. Steak or pork chop, grilled, tossed salad, baked sweet potato
3. Chicken scampi, mashed sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, waldorf salad
4. Sloppy Joe's, cole slaw, green beans, carrot sticks
5. Hamburger's, cauliflotato salad, some other green veggie,
6. Grilled fish, grilled vegetables (zucchini, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes), tossed salad
7. Spaghetti sauce with zucchini noodles, huge salad

Big Ticket To-Do's:
Sand Grandmother's old porch rocker and re-paint
Repair the seat of the rocker
Cut shrubbery at the lake house
Trim shrubbery at house
plant raised bed garden
clean and re-paint all container pots
clean out guest room closet
touch up paint around house interior
touch up paint at lake place interior
Bake for I.P.
Volunteer at I.P.
Be kind
Take Dad shopping

*The lake place is 13 miles from the nearest food sources.  Since I was painting and Son2 was doing heavy yard work we decided we did not want to cook.  Take out is limited to 3 options, all of which are fast food.  The only paleo option was a green salad and I was much hungrier than just a salad. I got the second best option that was available. The next night we headed home at about dinner time.  All I wanted was a long hot shower and a bowl of soup, so once again I ate non paleo takeout.


  1. Congratulations on knocking off all of the big items on your To Do list. Love the paint job.

    1. Thanks, it was a little bigger project than I thought it would be. Now I guess I just move on to the next project. I don't think anything is ever completely finished.

  2. That wall looks amazing! I was thinking the before photo looked really good (comparing it in my mind to some pealing paint on our basement walls) and then I saw the after photo and WOW! Great job!

    1. We bought this house about a year and a half ago and are still working to "fix" all the things I hated about it. (We bought the view, not the actual place) Now incrementally we are making it a home where we can retire. (TheHub does not completely understand there has to be an addition before we can live in it permanently, but I guess I will let him be delusional a couple of years longer.)

    2. That's funny :) I can relate. I guess I can say that I'm letting my hubby be delusional on some things for a bit longer too.

  3. I agree what a great paint job on those walls, I thought you had just scrubbed the paint off. You're hired, if you want to wander up to Southern Ontario!!!

    1. Thanks! I am not sure if it was a labor of love or hate, because I love the lake place but I really can not abide that greenish yellow. ( It is one of those colors that offends my eyes more every time I see it. I'm afraid if I don't kill it completely I will go blind.)

  4. Your paint job is fabulous!
    Can you come here and do my ugly vinyl siding? lolz

    1. Thanks so much! I do have a vinyl coated deck door that I am going to do something with. I love the door but it is white and sticks out like a sore thumb. I am going to try and paint it so it will look like an oiled bronze metal door, but I have no idea how or with what. Have you ever painted your vinyl?

    2. Nope, no vinyl painting here. I am sure it would be a huge PITA and would peel eventually.

  5. I really like the wall. That really makes a huge difference. I haven't made sloppy joes for so long and we love them. I have hamburger thawed out so I might have to make them tomorrow. Thanks for the idea.

  6. I have everything ready to go in the crock pot tomorrow for Sloppy Joes tomorrow night

  7. That newly painted wall looks like original brickwork. I'm stunned it's painted. You're a professional :)

  8. I am not a professional at all, the picture is kind!