1. Most of you know I’m a big fan of home and garden shows. whenever I hear people on “House Hunters” complaining about wallpaper or a paint color they don’t like, I just cringe…”That can be fixed with a bucket of paint and a Saturday afternoon!” I’ve been known to yell at the TV a time or two. But after spending the weekend helping Sweetie strip wallpaper I can almost understand where they are coming from. Now, the previous owners of Sweetie’s mid-century ranch were a pair of old queens, and stereotypes would tell us that the house should have been gorgeous, and decorated to within an inch of it’s life. But, these two fellas didn’t get the decorating gene. (or at least it mutated when they got to the bedrooms–I can’t fault the other rooms.) The master was papered in floral stripes separated from a navy blue texture by a floral border. Probably the height of elegance in 1989, but certainly not what anyone wants to fall asleep under these days. But, nothing a weekend and a bucket of paint can’t fix, right? WRONG! The blue paper came off easily enough–just peel off the face, spray and steam the backing, and it scraped off revealing clean smooth wall beneath. But the top half, clearly a different sort of paper, was like scraping a price tag off. Nightmare!
2. There was a car show in my little town this weekend. Kind of pitiful…many of the luxury brands were missing, and even a few of the non-luxury brands were absent. But American cars were out in full force, and I must admit they have come a long way. The new Buick LaCrosse was gorgeous, the new Ford Taurus was turning heads, even the new Chevy Camaro wasn’t half bad. Chrysler, on the other hand, seems content to keep making cars that only a rental agency could love.
3. And speaking of cars, now that I’m driving around in a fine piece of German engineering, I am moving to the top of my “to do” list a visit to the BMW Zentrum, about a half hour from me. The US factory that builds BMW X5s and X6s is there and features a museum and plant tours. Should be a fun way to spend a few hours!
4. Gotta make a doctor’s appointment this week. A few weeks ago, I felt like I was getting a cold. Ever since, I’ve just felt “off”…a near constant feeling like my body is craving something–a mixture of dizziness and feeling like I’m just starving to death (despite the fact that it gets WORSE if I eat.) Any guesses what’s wrong with me?