Chewie has a playdate, I paint a bed, and a tour of our pig pen

October 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Yesterday’s breakfast (because I know you want to see it):

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I can’t remember what lunch was because I didn’t take a picture, but for dinner I marinated a bunch of chicken legs in some Tessemae’s buffalo marinade (which I can’t find on their website, so maybe they don’t make it anymore). I also made another one of Melissa Joulwan’s recipes from Well Fed 2.

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I made the “Simple Lemon Spinach”, but used Swiss chard instead of spinach.

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The chicken was good, but the marinade didn’t really impart much buffalo flavor even though I marinated the legs all day. They were flavorful, but not BUFFALO. Maybe that’s why they don’t have that flavor on their website anymore. We have also used the Cajun and Chesapeake marinades from Tessemae and both of those were fabulous. All of those flavors are whole30 compliant. They even have a “whole30 approved” category on the Tessemae site. I also have their ranch dressing and it is pretty good (not a creamy ranch, though).

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The Swiss chard was also good, but too lemony. I only had about half a pound of chard, and the recipe called for a pound of spinach, so I should have gone easier on the lemon juice. The pine nuts are an excellent addition, though. I’m going to try it again some time and make sure not to use too much lemon juice. The boys still ate everything up, though. Those kids of mine will eat anything I put in front of them.

I actually went on the family evening walk with the boys last night since we finally had a cool, non-humid evening.

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I haven’t been going with them much lately because I enjoy that quiet time in the evenings after our always-crazy afternoons.

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They usually walk about a mile and a half every evening.

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This morning brought actual chilly weather! Hurrah! Of course, chilly by Florida standards means around 70 degrees. Still, it was the first morning that we wore jackets on our walk to school.

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As I was getting close to home on the way back someone honked at me and it turned out to be my friend Valarie. She came by the house and had her two boxers, Daisy (Chewie’s best friend from our old neighborhood) and Duke, with her so the dogs had a little playdate.

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Chewie was in heaven.

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He showed them all around his yard and let them read his pee-mail.

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They were in a constant state of motion so it was hard to get a good picture of them.

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Then the garbage truck came by and that was the icing on the cake.

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Chewie had an awesome morning and then slept the rest of the day.

My breakfast this morning was so good.

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It was grated sweet potato, red onion, red bell pepper, and kale sautéed in ghee and coconut oil. Then I scrambled two eggs in bacon grease, tossed in a few bacon crumbles, and mixed everything up. Delish.

Since we finally had a cool, dry morning I decided it was time to spray-paint the bed frame for our guest bedroom.

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We have two saw horses, so I put those out on the grass to lean the headboard and footboard against.

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This is an old metal bed that I bought from a junk store when I went to law school over 20 years ago. It’s been in our storage unit since we had Cal 13 years ago and lost our guest room in the old house. It was filthy and very banged up.

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There have been rumors that we may have house guests for Thanksgiving, so I am now finally tackling getting the guest room in order. I bought the paint and supplies for this little DIY a while ago, but have been waiting for a non-humid day to finally paint.

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First I used a sanding sponge and just quickly lightly sanded everything, focusing on the spots that were chipped or peeling, but going over everything just to remove the shine.

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I also rolled up paper towels and stuck them down into the slot that the rails go into since I didn’t want the slot to get coated in paint and then potentially stick to the rails once I slide them in. I’m not painting the rails as they won’t show anyway.

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After sanding all the surfaces I wiped them all down with paper towels and liquid deglosser while wearing rubber gloves.

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This stuff is super toxic, but easy to use.

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The liquid deglosser sort of left a white haze on everything…

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so I wiped it all down again with a dry rag just to make sure there was no remaining dust on the bed frame. Then it was time to spray. After one coat:

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I have read Young House Love enough to know that multiple thin coats is the way to go with spray paint to avoid drips.

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2 1/2 cans of spray paint later…

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I let it sit out in the yard all day…about 5 hours. At that point it was dry to the touch so I brought it inside. It has to cure for 48 hours and then I can touch up the spots on the back that were blocked by the saw horses. Hopefully I’ll get it completely finished this weekend, then we need to buy some mattresses for it. Chad said he likes the color better than he thought he would, and that’s about the best I can hope for from him sometimes. I’m calling it a win.

I used some spare tiles that were laying around under the feet of the bed to keep it up off the grass for painting. We have TONS of extra tile here that the previous owners left after renovations, and I knew there were a few pieces in the pig pen. What’s the pig pen? It’s this strange outdoor room we have in the corner of our backyard.

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We are not sure of the purpose of this walled-off area. It has a nice wrought-iron gate just like the gates to both of our side-yards.

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It has a concrete slab floor.

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It has no roof and has solid cinder block, stucco, and brick walls all around except for the gate.

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Things left by the previous owners:

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I have no idea what is in this chest:

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We have lived here almost six months and I have yet to feel the need to open that box and see what’s in there. I did find some odd pieces of tile back there to use under the bed feet in the grass, though.

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If anyone can tell me definitively what the purpose of this room is I will send you a prize. It has been suggested that maybe it was a laundry-drying area because at one time there was a city ordinance that you couldn’t dry your laundry in a place visible from the street. That does not make sense to me, though, because our entire backyard is not visible from the street. It’s just an alley running behind there, not a city street. We just call it the pig pen. We have talked about maybe putting a fire pit in there. It’s a fairly big space. A big, useless space. What would be a good use for this area? Any ideas?

The afternoon was spent running the boys around as usual. The boys had Tour de Pizza for dinner and I had leftover chicken legs, beets, and sautéed cabbage, onion, and carrots.

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That’s all I got. Cya.