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This is day 3 of 4 whole days off work and home with the husband. Wow! I don’t remember ever doing 4 days home together in the past 16 years of marriage.

I’d love to go to The Stitchery, finish his shirt, and move back to the knitting machines but if I do he will go to work at The Company and he really needs to take some time away from working 7 days a week for the past year. That’s what owning a company often requires. But not this weekend.

So how it’s gone so far:

Day 1: Thanksgiving day

We walked the dog through the empty fields in our neighborhood. These fields are filling up with new homes being built and sold. It used to be that we were rather solitary out here but no longer. We cooked a turkey breast and made the best stuffing ever so Thanksgiving was a success! No work. Great food. We finished the day with our usual dog walk in a the field surrounding a local cemetary where are buried the areas founders, a revolutionary war soldier, and a couple of civil war veterans. Rabbits can usually be found and the open fields give opportunity for a nice long chase.

But we did venture out to look at the vinyl shutters on our house that are badly faded and coming away from the siding. Sigh! We did a test of the vinyl restorer I have had stashed for about 2 years. It just might work wonders!

Day 2: Rambling Day

We enjoy fishing, well, he enjoys fishing, and I take a Marfy catalog or a fashion related magazine, and we roam the lakes looking for a good shore line so the dog can get off the boat to look for rabbits. We are surrounded by lakes but live in a suburb and so we have a dream of living on a lake, even though the commute would be increased by at least 25 minutes.

We found a home and lots for sale on the internet and decided to drive to see. We drove, we hiked the steep hills, we enjoyed the beautiful 70+ degree weather but decided that living on the lake would not be feasible: what we’d want would be about 50 times what we could afford. We came home, happy to be living where we are. Shew! Moving is not my favorite thing.

But we did stop by Lowe’s and found a garage door opener on sale with a $59.00 installation fee. Bingo, we’re replacing the ancient garage door opener and found a repair method for our detaching shutters.

We went to see “Deja Vu”, the newly released sci-fi movie starring Denzel Washington. I slept a tiny bit and DH loved every minute. I begged to see Casino Royale for a second time but my partner’s good sense prevailed. Sigh.

Day 3: Puttering with The Shutters

It really was too good to last, today will be devoted to restoring the faded and falling shutters. First we have to retrieve the ladders from The Company. Next we’ll spray down the 10 6′ shutters, apply the chemical that will remove the oxidation, scrub them and then paint on the “restorer”, a nasty caustic goop that will save us about $600 in shutter replacement. Sigh.

But I’m happy we will have finally addressed the shutter issue.

Day 4: We’re not there yet

But it is highly likely we will end up in our respective shops unless I can think of another distraction. We love what we do so it’s very hard not to go to work.

This is a test, this is certainly a test.


About Mary Beth

I am fascinated by changing patterns and colored threads. I sew garments and am teaching myself to machine knit. Since selling the building that housed my workrooms, The Stitchery, I'm searching for a place to set up the knitting machines again. There must be room here somewhere!

3 responses »

  1. I so know what you mean, MB! When Brian comes home we try not to separate into little jobs, but this weekend we had to. Good weather seems to be rare on weekends lately when he is home, so he is dong yardwork and I am (supposedly) painting.

    If you can’t avoid the workshops, than how about going out for an early dinner and dessert followed by a night time walk. That is one thing we always love to do.

  2. MB I lost movie choosing priveleges a long time ago – so for us it’s always westerns or war and not much else unless I get snarky which of course isn’t worth it.
    Well, I’m glad you had such a wonderful few days. We did much the same as you and Lorna, with him chopping wood, repairing a fence, and me painting!

  3. So what did you end up doing on the 4th day?


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