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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Just a couple more days before we lose Obama ...


Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 10:19 am

Good morning.  This is us.  We're trying to start in our co-editor again.  It is supposed to help market our "brand."  Which at this point is limited to our work on our older blog, "Ann's Multiple World of Personality."   It would be nice if working in this mode (co-editor) it would automatically flip over to my Blogger account.  That be sweet, hmm?  We'll see, but by now are you wondering about my color chart?
The above chart is what we developed (pretty much Sherwin-William app helped) for the colors in our main rooms - we're talking about the kitchen, living room and sitting room.  My colors are going to be so mellow, I'm in love with them.  The furniture will be the accents. The following is the estimate that we just handed and emailed over to Jeff our contractor.  We asked for a formal bid so we can budget it.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Jeff Morris – Contract Estimate Request for Rich and Ann 

Jeff, we need an estimate before leaving the kitchen job.  
We won’t be doing the “living room/sitting room” job until later this year, 
but we need to budget for the work.  Thanks, Ann

Ann’s Color/job:
(Complete) Queen Ann’s Lace – Kitchen, west wall of the sitting room, and living room west wall (pass through)
Nonchalant White – Above the chair rail (chair rail trim new to match kitchen) in the sitting room and living room
Pure White – Ceiling in kitchen, sitting room, living room and small hall (to guest room, bath, and Rich’s office)
Ancient Marble – Doors – just kitchen French door and living room exterior door
Willow Tree – Below the chair rail in sitting room and living room
Remove and tape/mud the corner trim going perpendicular
Replace ceiling trim (assure all trim is stained to match kitchen) in sitting room and living room
Replace floor trim with appropriate newly stained trim to match kitchen
Tape/mud the seams to remove any perpendicular lines (presently between masonry pieces)
Fill in holes, cracks as necessary
Discuss taking sitting room carpet and small hallway out (to guest room, bath, and Rich’s office) and replacing with flooring like floor in kitchen/living room – or we’ll subcontract it.
Assist in moving heavier furniture (Ann’s desk/book shelves) if necessary
Oh, my gosh ... can't stop our imagination.  Ok, had to go take our medicine ... and we should be eating something soon.  It's 12:19 pm.  I wonder if they are going to lunch.  That would be a good deal.  Not sure what we're going to eat.  What does Rich have in the fridge OR pantry?  Think ... settle down ... slow down.  Sandwich?  Regular bread and flat ham.  Rich said we need to use the loose crumbly cheese, but there isn't any mayonnaise.  Oh yeah ... we're supposed to be using the mustard - hey, we got the dijon mustard though, so maybe it won't be so bad?  Maybe one of the new soups Rich brought in.  I don't think we have anything sweet.  What could we have sweet.  Rich isn't doing such a good job there.  We had a banana and the apple was terrible.  We've eaten two now ... they are good for suppressing hunger, but not so much else.  They're not great tasters.  Better with salt.  I guess we're going to have a dull lunch.  Hmm, just heard Jeff say his arms are tired.  Maybe they'll take lunch soon.  They have almost finished putting up all the cabinets in the kitchen including the newer one over the old bar.  None of the doors are up - they have to put in all the new hardware, but we're getting there.  
Ok, where are we now ... medicine is good.  We put on the piano guys from Pandora, but had to play them quieter, because we're trying to be calm.  We need to mentally work through this blip until we get some quiet space in our head.  There has been a lot of drilling to get the cabinets in.  They said the other guys hadn't screwed/locked in the cabinets by attaching them to each other.  Just think of my Grandma's dishes.  We have to be careful, but I think that's what these guys are doing.  It's very reassuring to hear Jeff's voice working.  I know that things are getting done correctly.  If we had a problem, we would tell him, but think things are happening the way they are supposed to.  
Need to look at my colors again.  Yup yup ... I think they are magical!
Hmm, now they seem to be working with getting the trim up.  I hope that isn't too much of a project.  I know that they are getting things super solid, centered and secure.  Good day Good day!
Have to move onto something else now ... well, can I say the exciting part is that they're going to pull ALL the pieces of my puzzles together?  Hehe - he is kinda funny ... he's gotten to know me.  Now when something is going on - like a few moments ago he found that the light over the stove was burnt out, so he brought it to me and said we need another.  The funny part is he knows within a few moments we're over at Amazon and now a half a dozen replacement lights will be here by Friday.  Today is Wednesday.  Good deal.  Not sure Rich is happy, but that is the way it has to go.  What else did we order today.  Hmm, shampoo and cream rinse ... that's all, right?  
Yesterday, we got in our newest book and we've read about 30-pages into it.  The book is for or at least from Multiples.  We're as a group, always trying to understand each other and our brood better.  I got this one, because one of the people I've been learning to enjoy in the Multiple spaces is one of the three authors.  And, they combined the stories from 17 people, and they were asked about twenty questions - so, you get all kinds of views.  I might read that after lunch along with having the news on the background.
Hehe Bill, Jeff's assistant is talkative.  He's been listening to what's going on with Trump and like Jeff, he's a Trump supporter, but we give anyone a good argument.  But, we did just go into it a bit with him ... Think we won out over his ability to argue Trump points of view.  Not many people watch as much tv as we do, so we're pretty good in discussing, though we can't recall a lot of details.  We know things, but can't put names to everything - so our conversation is maneuvered around that - like not being able to now remember who the new attorney general is - oh, ok, thanks Jeff Sessions.  I guess, if we ask properly other's within will give us the information.  Just maybe not while we're talking or even writing directly.  
They asked why we didn't have CNN on, but we told them they were supposed to go to lunch, and that we sat down to eat and watch tv at the same time.  They didn't take the hint.  They are very hard workers.  Cabinet doors are going up now and they have - Bill has started to work through the trim part.  He's a little spacey now though.  I think he's the one that really needs to be eating lunch.  
Yay!  Everyone had lunch!  We had a soup that was like chili mac, and then we had some peanut butter bread with Dakota.  That was very filling.  Nothing sweet yet, but we're on the trail.  Maybe next time we'll add jelly.  I think we have some of the good strawberry.  Yup yup ... these are the critical decisions of our day ... mesmerizing isn't it?
On the side, Jeff brought in with him a thin calender size cardboard package, and we'd forgotten what we ordered, but when we opened it ... it was the new color chart for our Prismacolor pencils.  We studied it for a while and like that it was like our regular one, but this one instead of grays in the middle, the black was in the middle and the whites were on the outer edges.  Ok, you almost lost us.  One of the things that came with the color chart, was a postcard to see the "World of Color Expo."  OMG can you say excited?
We had problems signing in and then someone sent a note saying it was a new system and there were difficulties.  So, eventually we walked away from the site.  Especially, because we were signed our phone - that's always a tempting object of blame.  So, then in a short while, we got a call from someone and here we were talking to someone from Virginia.  This is almost like we're a national traveler, right?  So, the bottom line is that we found this expo out on the east coast Monday, November 6 to Saturday, November 11, 2017.  OH man oh man!  What a stupendous 6 days.  
The next thing we noticed is that besides exhibitors and galleries, there are teachers and classes.  Most of which seemed for people who were beginners to intermediates.  The courses are visible several ways, but we looked at the ones by particular media.  AND there are a few "multi-" but the thing that interested us more was there were courses in colored pencils AND watercolor pencils.  AND, the really cool thing - there would be SOME way it could be handled, in that it's not until November.  It would be terribly expensive, and we're already thinking that if we were going to do it, that Rich would have to go with us.  I would also have to develop a much keener appreciation of "making" pictures.  That is in deference to someone else drawing the pictures for us to color in.  That's what we're best in.  I think I would have to decide on something like this soon enough to make it real through Rich.  We'd have to figure finances, getting out there, where to stay, and what our schedule would actually be.  There's a lot to be concerned with AND a whole lot of new tools that we know nothing about, but that's what the class would be for.  Teaching us how to really use colored pencils

For example this picture of the Bengal Tiger (our high school mascot) is supposed to be a course taught for $80 Friday night from 4-10 pm.  This is what they say:

by Mark Menendez
#470 – Bengal Tiger
Cost:6 hours, $58.00 fee + $22.00 cost = $80.00 total
Date/Time:Friday, 04:00 PM
Paper
8 x 11
Colored Pencil
Skill Level:Beginner/Intermediate
Description:Color pencils is a wonderful and clean medium that allows for realistic fur, a perfect way to create masterful animal portraits. Using toned paper creates a unity to the image, and makes the job much easier than working from a white surface. You not only learn to create the fur, but also the glass-like expressive eyes of this magnificent cat.
Supplies Required:19 Prismacolor Pencils: 904 Light Cerulean Blue, 909 Grass Green, 912 Apple Green, 914 Cream, 921 Pale Vermilion, 924 Crimson Red, 927 Light Peach, 928 Blush Pink, 935 Black, 938 White, 937 Tuscan Red, 942 Yellow Ochre, 943 Burnt Ochre, 944 Terra Cotta, 947 Dark Umber, 996 Black Grape, 1032 Pumpkin Orange, 1033 Mineral Orange, 1051 Warm Gray. Pencil sharpener, white vinyl eraser, drawing board, artist tape, sheet of white copy paper.
Supplies Provided:Audio-visual equipment, Canson paper with pattern applied, full color reference photo, and full color pattern packet instructions.
Cost:6 hours, $58.00 fee + $22.00 cost = $80.00 total
Date/Time:Friday, 04:00 PM

You know what?  There are parts of me who think we could try something like this and come up with SOME sort of facsimile.  I mean - just a lot of lines, right?  Just we would have to accept whatever picture we could do.  Anyway it would mean a LOT of youtube and seriousness in learning more before getting to the course.  We'd have to talk to Rich first, EVEN before talking to Dr. Marvin.  Dr. Marvin, would be like sure - sounds great!  Rich, would be like are you going to start saving now?  Can you work diligently enough on something like this to make the worthwhile, worthwhile?  I don't know ... We really want to do more of coloring, but this would be a lot.  Time to talk with our boss...

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