5/12/08 painting the ceiling…

I had three spots on the ceiling in one room. There was no leak, just three spots. I am trying to sell the house…so I painted the room. I didn’t use primer. If I had, that would be the end of the story. The spots were still there…the ceiling did look nice…but the spots were still there. So, I painted the spots a few more times…no luck, the spots still shown through. Now the texture in those spots is gone, because so much paint has evened them out. Next, I put primer on the spots and re-painted it. The spots were gone, but it is easy to see that something has been done to that area. I don’t like to give up, so I went the the home improvement store and got something to add texture. It goes on blue, and when it dries, I can paint over it. That seems OK, except the original texture is rough looking, and this is smooth. I didn’t realize this until it was on. Also, It didn’t turn completely white, and I now have a ceiling of rough texture and three spots of blue smooth texture, that is painted over with white paint. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Thursday 5/8/08 growing out bangs and reading…

Beth is growing out her bangs. She started growing them out last month. Now they look a little too long, but are not in her eyes yet. She really wants her hair to be all one length.
Maggie is finishing up reading “Harry Potter”, the seventh book. She has really enjoyed the books and the movies.

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Wednesday 5/7/08 cap and gown…loose teeth…summer homework

William brought home his cap and gown for graduation. I managed to see them and not cry.
Beth has two teeth that are loose. She still has 10 baby teeth. When they are gone, she will need braces. Maggie has almost finished her summer homework. She is concerned that she won’t have any homework for the summer. I promised to buy more before school lets out. I will need to hide it so that she doesn’t do all of it this month. She is a well rounded person, but Maggie likes to be doing many things…she makes sock dolls, and takes her t-shirts and re-sews them into new styles (the directions are in a book that she received for Christmas) and she plays with the kids in the neighborhood. She is very busy.

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Wednesday 4/30/08 playing outside…

Maggie and Beth have spring fever. They are wound up and are ready to play outside all of the time. In the winter, sometimes they don’t want to go out, but now they want to be outside all of the time. They like to play with their friends, or play baseball. Sometimes they bounce the basketball to each other.

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Tuesday 4/29/08 the neighbors are moving too…kids in the neighborhood…and Williams first program…

My neighbors that we share a drive with are moving too. He was transferred north, too far to commute. They will move as soon as school is over. I am hoping to move first, but since the house isn’t listed yet, moving first becomes less possible each day.
The girls and I went outside after dinner. They love to play with the neighbors. There are twelve kids in this neighborhood. William wrote his first program today. He looked so pleased.

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Monday 4/28/08 painting…

Almost all of the painting is done now. The front porch still needs finished. It is raining now. If it stops raining tonight, then I can finish the painting on Wednesday. The kids will be glad to get back outside tomorrow. I would like to list the house this week, but the paint will not be dry that fast.The kids keep talking about the colors that they want to paint their new rooms and how they want them set up.

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Thursday 4/28/08 Shopping for summer clothes and visiting a large college…

The kids and I went shopping tonight and bought the kids their summer outfits. We needed to get there before the stores get out their winter clothes. I wish that the stores would keep their clothes for each season out longer. I never can remember when they change to the next season. Or…maybe if they could leave out the summer clothes all summer, then If the kids grow late in the year, I could get them replacement clothes.
We are going to see another college on Saturday. The last trip was to a small college. This one is a large college. Then we will go to some medium ones…until William picks a school. I hope that this trip goes well. They said to get there early to find a parking place.

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Sunday 4/27/08 college visit

We visited the college on Saturday. All that I knew was that it had a football team and that it was a large college. I did want William to see a large college, but I wasn’t sure of how much education he would get there. It ended up being a worthwhile trip. The college has a lot of things for the students, like co-ops and internships and research starting the sophomore year. At the first school, William knew right away that it was too small for him. He looked more at home on this campus. The tour had other families in it, and William tried to stay close enough to the tour guide to hear about the school. When we left he read all of the paperwork in the welcome package. He said that he would like to go to a larger school, but he does want to see some medium sized colleges too.

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Tuesday 4/21/08 spring plants, moving the gas meter…

I have a lot of plants sprouting up all over the yard. I plant a lot of perennials. It is always so refreshing to see them start to sprout as soon as the weather gets a little warmer. I do get some annuals for the two front flower pots.I like blue and purple flowers.
My yard isn’t too ripped up from the moving of the gas meter this winter. I need to get a little dirt to fill in a few low spots, and some grass seed. Then the yard will look like new.

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