G1 (aka Daddy): What was that game you were playing outside while I was cooking the fish?
A: You mean Bear Chase?
G2: Yeah, it was just Bear Chase.
A: Hey, Gregorie, when I was hiding behind the tree by the hammock, you really couldn't find me?
G2: Well, I saw your skirt.
A: I was afraid of that. But you didn't come after me.
G2: Yeah, well, I was pretending I couldn't find you.
A: You mean you were fibbing?
G2: Nah, I was just pretending. Let's play more Bear Chase tomorrow, okay?
This morning the paint was dry and I was ready to progress. First I placed the pine molding that would hold the light brackets.
Then I drilled the holes for the brackets and screwed them in. I hooked up the wires and tightened them.
I attached the spots, flipped the switch, and had light! Just the way I wanted it. I had to thank my wonderful assistant!
Next up was patching the hole around the transformer.
Since things were going well, I wanted to push ahead. I thought about prepping the ceiling for paint but figured I really wasn't up to painting on Mother's Day. So instead I started to remove the gross brown shag. It only took about a half hour to get this section out -- including the nasty foam, the tack board, all the nails, and the staples. I figure we can be living on subfloor before we head back to Topanga!
At this point I was imagining how this room is going to come together -- with new pine floors, bright paint, and playful artwork.
Finished for the day, I stepped outside to enjoy the late afternoon sun in the pines. Clouds touched on the mountain tops as if to kiss the the snow goodbye.
Later, I decided to hang some of that artwork and enjoy it while the wall waits for its paint.