The above picture of a house painted on a house is a little more extreme than the current state of my house, but they might as well be the same — I am still sitting here with a house that is yellow with light and dark blue trim….and old dead-whale gray left up at the top in front of the house, at the top of the chimney, and on the garage door; oh yeah and on the fence and the shed.
Okay I admit we hired the house painter rather late in the year – it was last autumn but he had plenty of time to paint the house. He just had one issue after another; something with his daughter; he got sick; he had to go somewhere; his assistant got sick; he couldn’t get the 32-foot ladder. Before you knew it here was Winter and we have a house that is only partially painted and neighbors who are probably horrified that we painted the house yellow to begin with in a neighborhood of mostly drab beige or gray houses (with one truly ugly gold one up the street) but the fact that it isn’t done I am sure is just driving them crazy. Okay…it’s driving ME crazy.
Today the phone rang. Devoted Spouse was out. I was in my comfy chair. I hoisted myself up and scrambled to the kitchen where the landline resides (remember them? yes we still have one) only to discover thru Caller ID that it is THE HOUSEPAINTER. Oh joy! He’s calling. He remembers that he hasn’t finished this job yet.
Bottom line? Another couple of weeks – we’re looking at the middle of April and then he will paint until it is complete and I am happy. Then he starts the deck refinish job. I’m doing the No Rain in mid-April dance! Yay!
Even though no one has said anything to our face over the Winter, I have seen how the neighbors look at us and I can just hear them calling us “those people”….”those people” who couldn’t even get their house fully painted; “those people” whose privacy fence is now gray with one yellow board; “those people” whose shed in the backyard is still grey….”those people” who obviously didn’t get the memo on the appropriate house colors for this type of neighborhood…”those people” ad nauseum. They’re lucky I didn’t put the old couch out on the front porch. Or park a huge RV in the driveway. Or any one of a thousand obnoxious things I could have done like replace my front lawn with astroturf (don’t think I haven’t considered it). There were no covenants or restrictions in this neighborhood when we bought this house so I can paint it any color I want and I chose yellow! Woot!
Gimme about three weeks and I’ll show you a gorgeous happy house in the midst of all those sad, depressing, boring, beige, grey, and brown houses. Bwahahahahahahaha. They’re just jealous of my happy yellow house. I may add a plastic flamingo to the front yard to celebrate.
Now if I could just get him to help me with my crafts and maybe paint my Easter eggs….sigh…