Tuesday, June 14, 2016

My Enthusiasm for Painting has Dwindled

I had high hopes for last week but, sadly, it didn't cooperate.  Thursday was good.  After work I picked up my nephew and we met my sister for dinner.   Afterwards, we went to her hotel for some lovely night swimming, or I should say "floating" because that is mainly what we did.  I took a vacation day on Friday and my sister gamely met me at 8am out at my property for more painting fun.  I was excited to try out my new paint sprayer.  Unfortunately, I didn't read all of the reviews so I missed the part where it doesn't work well with latex paint.  The description said "thinned latex paint" but when I thinned it, it was so thin that it didn't cover and just dripped everywhere.  After 3 hours of messing with it, I switched to a brush to get the edges covered before I roasted in the sun. 

I still didn't get the upper panel done in the back.  My sister was a big help and painted the groves on the south side of the barn-shed.  That afternoon it rained.  Oh well, The back side is just going to have to wait until I have time to go out there again.  Later on I read all the reviews for the paint sprayer.  The one I bought cost $75 and the one that says it can spray latex costs $130.  I don't think I want to even try another sprayer.  I was just as messy with a sprayer as I was with a brush and I worked at about the same speed. 

I had also scheduled a permit inspection to close out the current permit which is just for the barn-shed to be legal on my property.  I waited until noon but no inspector showed up.  On Saturday, I remembered to check the inspection results online.  It said FAILED.  The reason was that the inspector couldn't find the address and said that I didn't answer my phone.  That is so frustrating!  I never got a call and this was the same inspector as last time so you would think he would know where it was or use google maps or something.  Next time I will have to leave explicit instructions on the recorded message and hope that he can find it.

Besides those two disappointing things, we have been trying to get my nephew's 10 hours of night driving practice done before he goes on his summer travels.  As of today we have 2 1/2 hours left and we plan to do an hour tonight.  He has come such a long way since those first terrifying trips back in February.  A friend wants me to drive around with her son who is learning to drive because she is too nervous.  I can't say I'm eager to do that.

Tomorrow I need to sneak out of work for an hour while I go pick up my Zaycon Fresh 40 pounds of chicken and stuff it in my freezer in my mobile home.  I'll sort it in to smaller bags when I return from my niece's wedding.  Good thing I have 2 freezers because the one at the house is already full of chicken thighs.  So much to do and organize!  I thought my life was going to slow down when school got out but so far it hasn't happened.  


Dave said...

I smell BS with that idiot inspector. He's either lazy or stupid or both. LOL at your friend who wants you to drive around with her son. Isn't it enough for you to accompany your nephew with his driving practice?

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine having that much chicken? Though I do sometimes buy 10 lbs when boneless, skinless chicken breasts are on sale for $1.59/lb at Sprouts. i still love your paint job!

Anonymous said...

I was going to donate to the pound puppies but the paypal link appears to be going to a personal hotmail account. Does the shelter you work with have an official webpage?

Also, is there anyone in AZ you know who is still a "climate change skeptic?"


Daizy said...

Yes, I think the inspector didn't want to drive out. I haven't tried again. It's too hot to do anything right now.

Daizy said...

Ooo..I should watch for that sale at our Sprouts, after I eat all this chicken. I think that's a better price.

Daizy said...

Lol, well, this is normal June weather for AZ. We always whine before the monsoons start. They say it will rain on Sunday. I'm looking g forward to it as long as it doesn't damage anything. Here is the link to the shelter if you want to donate. I hope to get back to fostering next hear when my nephew goes to college. http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=14542