Saturday, May 28, 2011

Looking for the perfect shade of Haint Blue

We've decided that we want to change the color of our home.  That was the easy part.  The hard part is trying to decide what color to paint it.  Everyone seems to have white with black shutters or some sort of brown or green.  We are tired of the grey-blue that is on the home currently.  About the only thing I do know what I want is a Haint Blue for the porch ceiling.

What is Haint Blue exactly? There are various shades depending on the region in which you live.  I found a really good Web site that has researched the history of Haint Blue and its progression.  Basically, a Haint is a restless spirit and the blue color is said to keep it away from the inside of your home.  A spirit pool perhaps is a good description.  Some of the homes in our area have them and all the shades are different.  I think I like the Haint Blues from Savannah, Georgia the best so far.

As for the rest of the house, well....maybe we'll figure that out sooner or later!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May day! May day!

Wow...where in the world does time go?  Thanks to my job, which is completely brutal for the first three to four months out of the year, my spare time becomes extremely rare and things like blogging go completely by the wayside.  I am going to try and catch up.  Now that spring has arrived, there are things I can blog about regarding the home and what we have going on here.

My daughter turned four in April and we all pitched in to get her a new play set.  Long gone are the aluminum swing sets of days gone by. We have a play fort, slide, rock wall, rope wall, tire swing, regular swings, monkey bars and a trapeze bar.  Should make for years of fun, we hope.  My husband marked off the perimeter and PlayNation came and built the set.  After it was complete, the perimeter was blocked off by timbers and will soon be filled in with mulch. 

As the warmer weather arrived, we began to learn what our yard contained.  We have many Camilla bushes that boast fat, pink and white blooms.  I found a cluster of Lenten Roses as well as other beautiful blooms that we are still trying to identify.  There are several white azalea bushes and clusters of daffodils.  The side yard is still wild but by watching things come into bloom, we know where to trim and where we should wait and see what else is waiting to pop up as the temperatures begin to rise.

We bought a dining set for our patio and a large umbrella to sit under.  The next thing we need to do is to hire an electrician to come in and fix the lighting on the back porch.  There are light but of course, there is no light switch to be found that belong to them. 

Now that work has settled down and I have found the USB cords to both cameras, I should be able to get back in the blogging saddle and share some more of our dream with you.