surliness and splendor



Views of the east and west elevation of the house primed for painting. The color is not too far off of what it will be: Soft Chamois. I wanted the house to look like it has been beaten up by the salty ocean air for one hundred years. Maybe I should remember that I live in Kansas and not the Hamptons. Maybe. My painter has a long ponytail down to his waist. His license plate reads: WALLEYE. It is rumored that he fishes no less than 300 days per year. I appreciate his dedication. And that he didn’t roll his eyes when I explained to him about the salty ocean air + one hundred years. He just nodded and said he would use a flat finish then.


The grey that you see is the recycled newspaper insulation. A very safe and efficient alternative to that pink panther stuff that we all grew up with. It’s grey and fuzzy and currently EVERYWHERE!



The drywall is going up. The space feels tight, again. But it also is giving the space a true sense of its flow. The guys installing it are a little surly. I have no story to share because they made it clear they weren’t in the mood for chit-chatting. I can’t blame them.  Take a close look at that hallway! The electrician installed the doorbell sounder in two places because of the length. I guess he didn’t want me to miss a visitor. Do people still ring doorbells? Or do we just text that we are outside waiting?

Did you all have a good Fourth of July? Mine was filled with Splendor in the Grass. It’s amazing that if you let your mind go you can catapult yourself to Africa (drinking a bottle of wine under the canopy of an enormous tree); or France, sunbathing in a field of tallgrasses; or Germany, watching your friend whiz through cornfields on a vintage British motorcycle.  The mind is a terrible thing to waste.


One Response to “surliness and splendor”

  1. leslie Says:

    Your insulation is one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen all summer.

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