I am a little startled to realize that I don’t actually have a ‘real’ blog post for today. Apparently I have been slacking off.
Well, not exactly. I had hoped to share a dresser that I’m working on with you today. But then after I added the last coat of clear sealer and waited for it to dry, I realized that the sealer was drawing the tannins (or maybe it’s the red stain, I’m not sure) through my paint. Sometimes this can happen (more on that in this post). Your paint job looks great before you add a topcoat, no bleed through, but shortly after applying a water based sealer, bang! bleed thru! Ugh! So frustrating. Even after 25+ years of furniture painting experience, I still don’t always judge the bleeder situation correctly every time.
So it will be back to the drawing board on that piece.
I’m also working on two pairs of planters that are getting the rusty treatment from Dixie Belle’s Patina Paint. But I ran out of paint and had to order more. I’m waiting for that to arrive.
And then there is the set of wrought iron garden furniture I’ve been working on. A couple of the pieces are done, but one isn’t finished yet.
So after all of that, I’ve managed to leave you guys high and dry for a post today. On top of that, I’m heading back out to see my mom tomorrow. She fell recently and broke her ankle, so she is in need of some help. Both my sister and I are going, and neither of us is looking forward to the forecasted 112 degrees we’re going to find there. Yikes!
But I also don’t have any blog posts lined up in advance for next week, so that means the blog will be silent all week.
Here’s the thing though, since retiring I’ve decided to say ‘yes’ to more things. When my neighbor wants me to help her put a new liner in her pool, I say yes. When Ken’s wife needs help getting her garden planted, I say yes, I can help. When my mother-in-law invites us out to see her field of daisies in bloom, I say yes to that too (that’s what I’m up to today).
And when my sister and niece ask if I want to head to a state park and hike to the waterfall, I definitely say yes. Even though it
might will rain.
We headed to Nerstrand Big Woods State Park last Sunday. According to our guide book this park is known for it’s spring wildflowers, and we did see a lot of pretty woodland flowers.
It may have been cold and rainy, but that meant that everything was green and lush. The pitter patter of drizzle on the leafy canopy of the woods was really peaceful as well.
The weather also meant that there weren’t a lot of hikers out that day, so when we arrived at the falls we had them all to ourselves.
That was fun for picture taking.
That’s my niece and her dog, Jade.
On our way back home we decided to stop at another waterfall, Vermillion Falls in Hastings, MN.
Viewing this one didn’t require much in the way of hiking, it’s in a bit more of an urban setting. It was still fun to see though.
We wandered around the area and I was surprised to discover that they have a love lock bridge near the falls. Who knew?!
I’ve written about this phenomenon before. Mr. Q and I locked up our love in Prague way back in 2011 and so far it’s still working.
I feel like Tim & Stacy might be taking things a bit too seriously though …
They’ve doubled up their locks, just in case … and added a bit of a morbid P.S.
I wonder if they are still together?
Ultimately, I figure you guys will forgive me for deciding to prioritize spending time with friends and family over blogging. Right?
I should be back to posting on June 20th, so be sure to stay tuned!