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Product Review: EZ Twist Paint Stick

NOTE:  I have in no way been compensated for,  or contacted by the manufacturer regarding, review of this product.

Significant progress is finally being made on the wallpapering of the two hallways and the stairwell.  One significant thing that's changed is the priming/sizing is finally done.  Yesterday, a neighbor came over to help me get the stairwell primed.  This is significant because, somehow in my dotage, I have developed a bit of uneasiness with heights.  This particular post is about a product that was used - the EZ Twist Paint Stick.

I hate painting.  I hate painting nearly as much as I hate a root canal...nah, I think I might hate it as much as a root canal.  I'm not a big one for taking shortcuts, but when it comes to painting, I'm always more than willing to find a way to get it over.  Truth be told, if I could, I'd find someone else to get it over with!  But the EZ Twist Paint Stick makes painting fun and easy!  Okay, that may be a bit of hyperbole, but i…

A (Very) Little Wallpaper Progress

Remember my last post wherein I was bemoaning my inability to estimate how long a project would take?  Well here's exhibit A.  See that corner?  Looks innocent enough right?  See the two doors on adjacent walls?  See the little bit of moulding on the door trim?  Long story short:  an hour-and-a-half for one piece of wallpaper!  That's right kids, you read right.  An hour-and-a-half.  The upside is I've subsequently hit an area with straighter shots so I'm beginning to see progress!!

Estimating Time Requirements - Anyone's Guess (but mine)

Notice to anyone out there who may, in some crazy, Twilight-Zone induced stupor, ask me to do a project for you:  I cannot, with even a modicum of accuracy, estimate how long ANY project will take.  You've been warned.  Problem is - I know this about myself.  I see a project, mull it over, think on it, dream of it, plan it all out. I get the steps in my head and can see every phase and every detail in my head and think - well, this won't take long at all.  I should have this done in XX hours - no time at all.  Oh yes, I will remember my sad and humbling time underestimations of the past, but OOOOHHHH not THIS time!  This time'll be different!  I'm older and wiser.  I've honed my skills over projects past!  This'll be done in a jiff!  No problem. And guess what - I did it again!  I've deluded myself, suppressed memories (or would they qualify as nightmares?).

Here's what happened.  I decided to wallpaper the two hallways and the stairwell (before you j…

Winter Has Finally Arrived!

Winter in this part of New York has been virtually non-existent this year.  It may have been good for the wallet, but with everything being brown and gray - it really hasn't been great for the mood.
Well, February 29th, thaaat's right...the very end of February, a day in which most years would have been March 1st...winter arrived! Thought I'd post a couple pics of 173 in all her winter glory!  Oh, in case you can't tell - I love snow!  The birch tree and the fence line always look so nice draped in snow:
And I love the hemlock in the back yard: And finally, the apple tree in the front yard. This got me to thinking...maybe this summer a should do a post of a tour of the yards.  I think most would be surprised how much is packed into the postage stamp yard here at 173.  Happy winter everyone!