Urinals, bathrooms, and other things

I finished up my latest work on the playhouse as planned, applying the nth (4th, 5th, 6th?) coat of stain to the playhouse deck and to the interior woodwork. There is still more work to be done, mainly by Christian, but we are well on the road. I also touched up the white and the gray here and there as I hadn’t cleaned the brushes yet.

I did get into a little mischief, aka touching my “Honey Don’t List” as I accidently fell into fixing the hole in my garage wall. One of my sons had put in an exhaust system so they could better work in the garage but the system itself got exhausted and the ductwork fell off the wall. As we know, the garage, aka my faux basement, is the bane of my existence. At the present time, my two and a half car extended garage wouldn’t know what to do with a car. That is a story for another entry. Anyway, since the main portion of the exhaust system had already been removed, it had nothing to hang on to. I put screen over the hole (in case I want air to come in) and then a piece of plywood over that to keep major breezes from coming through. I also cleaned up my tool bench a bit so I can find things. I still need to find a decorative grill to put over the outside wall of the garage to cover this all up, but that is for another naughty day.

Samantha and Christian had come over on the way to fishing and brought a snake they had picked up along the way. Samantha raided our pasta table, covered this time with a beautiful green linguini, colored so by the spinach dye. Mikey had asked if Samantha liked pasta and Mikey in his inimitable way of not understanding how the toddler mind operates couldn’t believe she didn’t care for it. As it turns out, Samantha doesn’t care for store bought pasta but she has found the homemade variety thanks to Tonton Mikey. She has been going “gangbusters” eating this fresh stuff, to the point of actually grabbing it dry (check out the picture of her nabbing it from the table)!

We did go see a movie, “The Ides of March,” quite a well done movie at that, starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney, among others. The rest of the cast was decidedly well chosen and with great credentials: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti, and Evan Rachel Wood, among others.

The movie was well done, in our estimation. A young, idealist staffer of a campaign for a presidential candidate he believes in literally “grows up.” He finds out how the real world operates. Tension builds in the beginning as the realities of the campaign set in, everything is seemingly on the “up and up” and then the bottom drops out as the real candidate creeps out of his picture perfect façade, but pretty much in a way that surprises the viewer. In the end, politics end up being just like the nasty politics we have come to know and love (?) and the twists and turns end up in a totally different direction than we would have thought. I would say a definite thumbs up!

We had pizza out and then came home with some for Mikey, who by this time was working on his pasta collection of green and orange (are we unifying Ireland?) and storing it for future usage. Needless to say, the pasta is absolutely heavenly and for those who have only tasted the fresh pasta sold in stores now, there is no comparison. The taste and texture of this is totally unlike that, I guess in my pasta comparison his is the silk and the store bought “homemade” is like rough cotton, no joking! It is no small wonder that Samantha is filching the stuff wherever she sees it!

Mikey brought home a few things from the estate sale he worked on, the lovely sign one sees accompanying this blog entry. Now I need to figure out where to put it. The bathroom, maybe?

About Richard Koerner

Seventy something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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