Saturday, June 30, 2007

What a difference a day - or a pizza- makes...

I took the crew into town, as there was yet another delivery from Big Box Hardware Store to wait on, and I was determined to get the darn adhesive from the law office's logo OFF my windows. I went in armed with Goo-Gone and one of my favorite things in the whole world (I am not kidding): a Mr. Clean 'magic eraser'. Ninety minutes of grueling, orange-scented upper body calisthenics later, the glass was spotless, Destructo-Kenny had shown up, and I had rivers of sweat running down places it just shouldn't have been. Tired and hungry, we went to have pizza and pepperoni breadsticks... while Kenny did this:

Pretty amazing, huh? Wait'll you see it tomorrow. As I was leaving he told me he'd start getting some of the beadboard up. I can't even imagine how glorious that will look, when the ceiling is atmosphere blue (hey, you do what Alexandra Stoddard says!) and the beadboard is a clean, beachy white. Still, there is much to do, grasshoppers, and not too much time left in which to do it. I'm going to have to open the store with minimal stock, which is okay... what I've ordered is beautiful. Just to make sure I don't lose anyone, I'm putting this hypnotic glazed tile on the counter by the register:
All you'll remember is that you want to come back... come baaaack... oh, and I still need to find carpet. Cheap, I-can-afford-to-rip-it-out-every-year-to-make-it-pretty-again carpet. I'd love to have bleached wood floors in there, or a pretty tile, but the insurance guy says otherwise. "Slip and fall" artists being what they are, we're sticking to the commercial carpet, at least until I can afford to turn the shop into a private club... you know you wanted it that way, just 'fess up.
This last photo is not for the squemish, but if you can take it, click on the image and look at the bottom of the egg sack. Yep. That is a perfectly formed spider, about the size of a grain of sand. He just liberated himself from the 'crib and is enjoying the afternoon air. I've named them all 'Icky', 'cuz they're awfully hard to tell apart. Hope everyone has a wonderful evening. Tomorrow I'm stripping wall paper border, so there may be no post... unless I have to do a LOT of grousing (edited for Annalea;) in my head and have to commit it to a post to make it 'go away'. My Spidey-senses tell me there's fresh coffee in the kitchen... Cami





10 comments:

Marigold said...

The tile is gorgeous! i love love love it :) And, I'm just impatiently waiting until the store is all ready and we can come visit. Heehee, "Field Trip!"

Annalea said...

Someday it would be a kick to drop by Clementine's. If we're ever out that way, you can bet I will! ;o)

As for the spider, hooray! That lady's not dangerous to you or your kids, and will go around sucking dry all of the annoying and pestilent bugs that otherwise would overrun your garden. I love seeing new hatchlings, and watching their behavior. My mom has a great population of almost all-yellow garden spiders, but I must admit my favorites are the all white crab spiders that live in my flowerbeds. They look like they're made of porcelain, and are so graceful. And this has gone on waaaaaay too long! I'd better go finish today's post. ;o) Later . . .

Naomi said...

I think I am addicted to your blog...the tile is absolutely gorgeous...looking forward to the on-going saga of Clementine's.

Crystal said...

Tile is pretty! As for carpet. What about those carpet 'tiles' they have. That way if one is stained or something you can just pull up that one and stick a new one down.
http://tinyurl.com/2kh8m5
or if you don't need a lot they have some at Target.
http://tinyurl.com/2wgwox

Mecha said...

Icky, indeed!

I love that tile. I could not stop staring at it! I wanted to shop again and again!

camillaknits said...

we occasionally find pale green 'crab-like' spiders on our window screens. they are really small and give me the creeps. The spider pictured is also the type we have living in our basement (shudder) and the ones down there are at least the size of my palm...a leg span of 4" or better.(I have big,square,'peasant' hands) Thank you for letting me know they aren't 'dangerous', though whatever bit me on my leg continues to be a problem. ugh. Cami

knitter in the desert said...

I'm with you--I hate spiders....but as long as they leave me along, I'll leave them alone....

Dragonfly said...

I am so behind, I'm the 8th commenter! I love that tile and I think Crystal might be onto something with the removable carpet squares.

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