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Day 8: I am eaten by...


Just kidding.  I'm feeling a little bit better (though this morning at 6am was kinda bad), and if this is what I think it is, I have a week or so more of lessening ick before I feel as good as I did before I started the Lyrica.

I swear, I'm not taking anything other medication that has this kind of withdrawal until they invent something entirely new.  I really can't take this kind of tango with my brain chemistry more than once every five years or so (and this one's been the worst yet, which is deeply unfair, considering I only took the Lyrica for  - what?  Four/five months?).  Eurgh.  I think I want to be unconscious for when (if) I stop the coedine.

But - we did stuff at the farm last weekend, and in lieu of actually writing content, I'm posting pictures.

First - we haven't had the floor delivered yet.  Lumber Liquidators dropped the ball, and there was no reason for me to go down there alone, because they didn't deliver a damn thing.  Grrr.  But we painted:


This is the office/sewing room.  I love this yellow, and I have these great blue curtains that will set off the yellow very nicely.  As with all the other rooms, the corner moulding and the doors will be white.  Yummy.

Unfortunately, the red for the library kind of sucked (it's a great colour, but bad coverage - don't go with Behr for dark colours, but the yellow was fine), so we're going to get a different brand in the same colour and try over.  It's still an awesome colour - the trim and bookcases (which will cover most of three walls) will, again, be white:


God, I love that colour.  "Liquorice Stick", I think it's called.  It seems dark, but the windows let in a lot of light and the spots in the ceiling are very bright, so the red is actually very warm and lovely.  It's a satin finish, to reflect the light a little.

Painting took most of the weekend - Bob did the lion's share of the work (love Bob!), but I still managed to mess myself up a bit (still feeling some of the effects, and I couldn't even hold the big roller).  I don't really care; I love colour and after 10 years in a beige/white apartment, I'm totally into how the house looks.

But it wasn't all chores - we got visited by young (and slightly stupid) wildlife:


Slightly more than a yearling, I guess - still very young and gangly!  We see paw and hoof prints in the earth (and mud) around the house all the time, but we don't often see the deer this close (they wait until all the lights are out, I guess).  As you can see, this little one got very close - that's the edge of our very narrow deck you can see in the second pic.  I crawled along the floor to get the camera to take pictures!  The rest of the herd was hanging right at the edge of the woods - we saw them briefly after the little one wandered away.  They stared at us, then oh-so-casually sauntered into the trees and disappeared.

(Fooling no-one, you are.  Scared we know you feel.  Keep off my pansies, you will.)

(The light was very low - it was twilight - which is why the pictures are a little blurry.  I haven't worked out all the nuances of the camera settings yet.)

Monday, we got a visit from the resident black vultures, who are getting very used to us.  I went out to say hi to them.  One was being more talkative than I've ever heard - hissing and grunting, which is how they communicate.  It wasn't scared hissing, just chatty.  As you can see, I was wearing my big black coat, so maybe that made them more comfortable:

I got really close to the one - in the tree by the old chicken coop, where they like to roost sometimes (it has a big opening over one door that they can perch on).  I hope they decide to nest in the barn again this year - they sit on the roof a lot, so I hope they have decided it's a good place.

Bob and I get a bit silly, and we do "vulture moves" when we see them.  At the very least, it makes them stop and stare at us...
Good times.  I really adore the vultures.  I know lots of people think they're gross, but they clean up dead things for us, they're gentle, inquisitive, and I think they're beautiful.


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Feb. 20th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
Ooo, I lurv the colors you picked! That yellow sewing room will be so nice to work in.

The critters do come out in the winter don't they? We had a coyote spotting near the pond recently, the closest to the house we've ever seen one.

I love your vultures! They look like funny old men in big black trench coats.
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
I used to drive by this church on the way to work, in the middle of a HUGE farm field. It would always delight me to see a dozen or so big vultures hanging out on the steeple. It was the best vantage point around. :)

And Behr paint is pretty awful for rich colors- and that's frustrating, considering it is more expensive then the other brands at Home Depot. I've had good luck with deep colors using the Glidden paint from there.
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
What she said...plus it you didn't like the paint you should be able to argue some money back.

We switched over to paint from Lowes for our last home improvement (guest bath) and got fluorescent green (read kryptonite green) for an accent wall. Its awesome and great coverage.
Feb. 20th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
That's surprising people have had problems with Behr paints- my entire condo is Behr paints and it looks like someone dropped a paint box all over it, except for a few spots where we were rushing or had the 15 year old with ADD painting. We also had to be careful about how many coats we did- several areas had the plaster coming off of the walls due to an old water seepage issue, so we did the bare minimum there.
(I have a deep yellow living room, bright blue kitchen cupboards with white walls, wedgewood green bedroom, and kermit green bathroom; okay, that last shade was a bit different than I was expecting, but I'm getting used to it ;)
Feb. 20th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
Interesting - I've had the opposite experience. Had great coverage with Behr paints, even with darker shades, but needed 3 or 4 coats with Glidden. We painted our library a lovely green, slightly darker than emerald but not as dark as hunter. Using Glidden, we painted and painted and painted. I think we ended up doing 4 coats, by which time I was beyond DONE with painting that room. Thankfully, I still love the color so it was worth it, but I won't ever use Glidden again.
Feb. 23rd, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
I did my living room and dining room with Sherwin Williams red paint "positive red". It had a TON of tint in it.

However the first coat was in a satin/eggshell finish, which made it look too shiney..like a cheap/garish chinese restaurant. Did the next coat with a Flat finish, which made the walls look like velvet. Much better.

Unfortunately these rooms are on the north side of the house (north by northeast actually) so the early morning is the only time it's not a light-sucking pit of red doom.

I am a flat paint freak now.
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
The yellow and blue combination reminds me of Provence. yummm... warm southern sun. I love your vulture pic...
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of vultures around my in-laws place out on the Eastern Shore (they are in the middle of chicken farm country)and I love watching them. They are fascinating birds.
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
I like vultures. I like all birds.

Awesome post, thanks for the pics!
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Ha! I always think of you as a person with exquisite and exacting tastes, and myself as someone that kind of doesn't know aesthetics from my arse, but I am rather proud of the fact that my living room is that exact yellow and my kitchen is to be that precise red. However, um, in lieu of white trim, the living room's trim is purple. (And the bedroom's walls are purple, with red trim; the kitchen's walls will be red, but the trim will be the living room's yellow.) So maybe I missed the Taste Boat again, but at least I was close this time. ;) All of which is a long roundabout way of saying that I love those colors.

I am sympathetic about the Lyrica thing. Another friend on my list takes Lyrica for chronic migraines, and has started to refer to "paying the Lyrica tax" because of all the crap she forgets. Like leaving her laptop on the train. (One cannot have more than two bags when one takes Lyrica, because one will forget the third, is now her axiom.) At least in her case, it has helped-- now instead of a migraine a day, she has one a week. Great.
How horrible, to have one's chemistry so appallingly messed-with! Don't think for a moment I don't remind myself to be grateful that I've been spared this sort of thing thusfar in my life.

Vultures, by the way, are beautiful. My parents have turkey vultures that nest in their barn every few years-- it is very dramatic, and they are breathtaking creatures. With immense wingspans!!
Feb. 20th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
oh how lovely! MUCH better than my mother's "taste" when she repainted her kitchen in one house...great bright yellow with white trim.

but the floor and appliances and countertops were brick red. and that room was on the east side of the house with lots of windows...my bedroom was off the kitchen. so every morning it was wake up and "HELLO YELLOW KITCHEN!!!" first thing. gah. :)
Feb. 20th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Vultures rock. I have very fond memories of watching turkey vultures circle the battlefield at An Tir-West War, and then becoming very confused when the "dead" stood up and walked off.
Feb. 20th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Lovely colors. I really need to visit the farm again, since it has been ages since I was last there.

I adore that second to last picture of a vulture. Some folks squick at the naked heads, but it's practicality when dealing with dead things. Nature at work. Hooraz!
Feb. 20th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
When i worked at the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, we saw turkey vultures all the time. Larger, I think, than the vultures in your area, and their heads are smaller in proportion to their bodies.

Their most macabre feature is that their skin is bright red. All the rest is that dusky charcoal gray, with the garishly bright noggin atop it.

I recall a half-dozen or so of them sitting on the top of a baseball backstop after a thunderstorm, wings partly open to dry out. They looked like a bunch of homeless guys.

They're impressive in flight. They soar with wings angled upward and make long, sweeping arcs. Whenever they would circle over us, we'd make jokes about whom they were watching . . .
Feb. 20th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh someone who paints with COLOURS not "Well this is eggshell beige and over here this has a tiny bit of green in the beige and this right here, now THIS is dramatic, it's slightly coffee beige..."

I LOVE the colours. And the whole place is gorgeous, seriously.

VULTURES. They're crazy sweet. A friend of mine bonded with a rescue vulture and he doted on her, constantly following her around and chuffing at her and letting her pet him. 100% wild vulture and he was the tamest bird of prey at the facility, even moreso than the owl who'd imprinted on people.

You making vulture moves is adorable. ;)
Feb. 20th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
The yellow is wonderful--I have it in my living room and it brightens the place so well! Sorry the red didn't work out-have you considered putting a glaze over it?

You have a lovely world. I envy your country-ness. That's what I hope to have someday.
Feb. 20th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
I so want color in my place!

I dream of a kitchen in Veuve Clicquot orange.
Feb. 20th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
lovely, bold colors you have picked for the Farm.

Nice wildlife pics too, silly vultures! I agree, the birds are too useful to hate. Most animals have some purpose put here by the Creator (whatever flavor of Creator works for you).
Feb. 21st, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Wow - I have big floor to ceiling windows too, but more wall in-between them. Now I have window lust! The red is lovely too, but I find yellow visually distracting enough that I have to physically remove all of the yellow toys from my sight before I can read for more than ten minutes. Glad that isn't your issue though - it *looks* lovely!
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