My Get Away to Visit the Bogners

I got up bright and early and pursued yet another DIY project…the front entrance and closet.  I’m leaving the intense palette at the front door. Ten years ago, I wanted to keep a triad sort of palette going, with the three primary colours, but recently I’ve been muting the colour throughout my living space to create a more peaceful sense. I’m continuing to work my way through various categories inspired by The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and translated by Cathy Hirano.  I’ve still got so far to go, but, at times I can see my space evolving.

This is what this part of the house looked like at 7:30 yesterday morning.  See some history of the objects here.

Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 001I didn’t take a photograph of the inside of the front closet.  Suffice it to say, it was a disaster.  So…I got Max out to Frank’s Flats and then began in earnest.  Does Max look pleased?  Would anyone else publish photographs such as these on their blog…NAH…but, I’m putting them here as a way of explaining just why I’ve been isolating a tad during this summer.  With the broken foot tying me down to this space for all of July, I’ve spent August transforming my spaces, beginning with the top level.  Now, for this one!

Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 067 Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 068 Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 069My place looked just like this, when I got myself cleaned up and excitedly, headed out to the Bogners!  Escape!  Vacation time!  Friendship!  Laughter! Jane and Randy are angels and the day could not have been more glorious for a drive toward the mountains and all that green!  Four dogs are presently sharing their space and so there was extra fun upon my arrival.  It was great to observe and talk about other folk’s DIY projects as Randy has also been up a ladder for a good part of the summer, painting the stucco and window frames of this beautiful home.

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Dog walking, Forestry Way…fun times with Charles, Ripley, Stella, and Juno…Max was waiting patiently, in the DIY chaos back at home.

Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 031 Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 032Looking toward home…gosh, I love this beautiful Juno!

Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 053Do you see her?  Peek-a-boo!

I GOT A STUDIO TOUR!  What light!  What space!  A wood stove and everything!  A potter’s paradise.  The kiln space also wonderful!  And I received the beautiful 60th birthday gift of a Bogner tea pot, fired in this very kiln!  WHOOT!

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Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 048North facing studio windows…wowsah!

Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 036The artist stands before the signage for the house entrance.

We finished our tour in perfect time to enjoy one of Jane’s beautiful meals…salmon marinated in olive oil, garlic, ginger, soya sauce; broccolini, garden fresh green beans, tomatoes and roasted potatoes followed by fruit crisp, with bits of lemon and orange zest served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.  Nummers! Wining and dining with Alex, Jane and Randy…a beautiful afternoon/evening after a tour of the studio.  Before the grill…

Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 035 During the service…warm, homemade bread with needle nose pliers. :0)

Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 034Dogs overseeing the operation…

Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 055The feast… Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 058Saying good-bye to exhausted Great Dane, Stella. (and hoping that she would have a good sleep through the night)

Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 064I am grateful for friendships that last the years and believe that they must be preserved and tended with care.  Now that I have found my way out to visit the Bogner’s, I hope to do it again very soon.

Jane Bogner and Me August 22, 2015 This was a delicious holiday experience!  With gratitude, I headed home before sun faded to the west, silently and slowly passing a deer out on Forestry Way…amazed by the peacefulness of the scene.

Back at home, I applied the second coat and began putting my space to rights.  I feel rejuvenated and happy to have had a get away.  It’s been a long summer, but there has been magic along the way.

Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 075 Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 073 Kath's Canon August 22 and 23 DIY Bogner's 072Walls ready for some art and a light fixture crying to be out of here.  When my table was finally clear of the clutter, I set out the gift of a tea pot and felt grateful.  Thank you, Randy.  Its aesthetic reflects that sense that I wish to create in my home.

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Spring Break…

…painting Walls.

I took this morning off.

Max and I did a round at Frank’s Flats.  There was a chill, but it was so wonderful to get out there and move!  Both of us enjoyed it.  The two of us have been on a retreat, of sorts, along with Peanut-the-cat who is always on retreat!  Max broke one of his claws, to the bleed, on ice, at the start of vacation, so I’ve been wrapping his paw for our modified walks ever since.  And I decided at the start of vacation to paint two of the upstairs bedrooms that have been sporting colours that are dark and lacking cheer.  So, the three of us have been intensely together and I have been involved in the Lenten meditation of painting walls.

The thing about painting walls, with a border collie in close proximity (wandering in with his throw-baby and putting it down again and again in front of my two liter of paint), is that the ritual must begin each time with a vacuum of the area.  And so, unlike past years and zillions of wall-painting experiences, this one has been dragging.  (And you know what the rest of the house looks like when you decide to paint walls, right?)

Anyway….I’m sitting here, ready for the next attack!  I’m eating a home made Caesar salad…squeeze of lemon…ground pepper…lots of garlic!  The floors have been vacuumed throughout the house.  Max is sleeping calmly on his Bambi. (every dog has its place…and Bambi is Max’s place).  Posting some photos of the process and then off I go.

How did you spend Spring break?

The hidden monsters…and something you can not see, unless you are there, washing the  walls! Blahhhh!

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P1150923 P1150924 P1150925Taping base boards, around doors and windows…YUCK! P1150926Cutting in edges with primer!

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P1150935 P1150936 P1150937 P1150938 Last night, at 10:30…while cutting in my colour, I knocked over my two liters of paint, and with response time being less than ideal, spilled one third of the can over THAT hardwood floor.  This is the floor, after clean-up.  Needless to say, this was the whole reason I am now, finally beginning today’s work.  I considered paying someone to do this work…heh, but then I wouldn’t be having these sorts of experiences!  Have a good weekend, folks!  Stay tuned for photos of the completed projects!P1150939

 

Tuesday Afternoon: The Tree of Life

Resurrection Tree

If you look up to the top left hand corner, you will see some progress on the painting.  I’m reading the work from left to right, two feet at a time….then back to left right, until I reach the bottom and the Omega.  This process involves developing the background and the childrens’ angels with layers of paint, scripture and more names of the baptized.

Jesus is at the Root of Things

Prayer on my heart throughout this time…

“May the heart of Jesus, in the most Blessed Sacrament,
Be praised, adored and loved, with grateful affection,
At every moment in the tabernacles of the world. 
Even to the end of time.  Amen”

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. Gustave Flaubert