Friday, January 22, 2016

TTOT106: Paint

My hands are so dry they are bleeding in places. It's enough to overcome my hatred for lotion. I've even dug into the salve.

It's because I decided to paint my entire basement, and I've had to pumice the paint off my hands at least once a day. Plus, winter.

I do my best thinking while my hands are busy. So I'm...I don't know...four or five times thankful (depending on what gap I need to fill on this list) for the multiple rooms of my basement. Also for Devon at the Sherwin-Williams store and Touch of Sand, Indigo Batik, Deep Sea Dive, Tranquil Aqua, and Modest White.

I had a great chorus retreat last weekend (which was my excuse for not posting last week). Major milestone: I was able to make mistakes and not bash myself over the head with them, and then actually practice some new skills.

In just a few hours I may very well witness my first blizzard.

I'M SEEING LIZZI THIS WEEK!

Vidchat, especially for Lisa and the remote control saga

Don't forget to wish me a Happy Major Birthday on Wednesday!

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  1. NEXT week - you're seeing me NEXT week. In February. Remember?

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  2. And YES to being kind to your poor hands! But I have majorly dry hands forever so me and lotion are buddies.

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  3. I despise painting but I love the possibilities offered by a clean, freshly painted wall.
    O'Keefe's Working Hands is the only thing that can save my poor hands come January each winter - I'm beyond lotion.
    Lovely list!

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    1. I don't absolutely love the work of it, but I love the outcome and being the instrument of transformation.

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  4. too bad you're young and not old* Back in the day, and, I suppose you could today, the way to clean off paint (oil-based paint, if they still make it) was to wash your hands in gasoline. With prices so low, that might even be affordable today. No, seriously! The time-honored tradition, handed down, father to son: stand somewhere (like outdoors) and tip some gasoline (turpentine, if no gas or kerosene was available) on those hands. Then, if you didn't like the smell, or had to go to the dinner table immediately, a little sand from the yard would get most of the smell out.

    *yeah, right

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    1. I'm young! Can't I still be young?!?!?

      I actually remember that...vaguely. But now we use mineral spirits, right?

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  7. i love a freshly painted home ...except i am not a fan of painting.... but its done for you and that in itself should be a relief.

    i have terrible dry skin but i do hate how lotion feels - but i don't have a choice in the matter...lately since late October I've been experiencing an allergic reaction to something not sure what so the the lotion of choice is curel after my shower and very far in between during the day because i don't know what is causing the hives ... I've spoke to my doctor about and her answer to me is go see an allergist... as if i have the time but eventually i will get there.

    enjoy the blizzard stay warm and safe!

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    1. Ugh, that sounds awful! Have you ever tried CeraVe? That's what I put on my kids.

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  8. oops... i almost forgot happy birthday eve, eve eve.... enjoy your day!!!

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  9. Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you!... very cool...major birthday??????? I used to love painting until we renovated the house and I kinda got burnt out on it... but I would do it again if I had to...I know what you mean about thinking best with busy hands.

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    1. I sent you an invite! Yep. Busy hands make busy minds that sort things out and come to conclusions and steps of action and all kinds of remarkable outcomes.

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  10. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream is the best thing in the world for dry hands. My hands cracked and bled all winter long no matter how much lotion or what kind I used. I found this stuff a couple of years ago, and my hands have not cracked once since.

    Painting is not my favorite activity, but it makes a world of difference in a room.

    Have fun with Lizzi!

    Hope you can dig out from all that snow soon.

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    1. I've been digging, and I am SORE. I don't love painting, but I love the outcome. And I'm sort of crazy about picking my own colors.

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  11. Congrats Sarah on an excellent retreat! And on not beating yourself up over mistakes. We can't improve if we don't recognize and address our mistakes, right? And see! New skills. You are a woman practicing new mad vocal skills and hey! just in time for your birthday!

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    1. Hey, thanks for commenting on that, Denise! It's a pretty major milestone for me.

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  12. I heard about the winter conditions where you are in the news. Take care of those hands and rest them!

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    1. It's a mess here, but at least it's done/.

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  13. Ack dry hands are the worst. Have you tried putting Vaseline on them -- like slather it on thick and put tube socks or gloves/mittens over top of them and wear them overnight? I swear by it. You will wake up with amazingly smooth hands. Trust me. I was a nurse for 10 years and scrubbed them raw.
    You get to meet Lizzi? That is amazeballs!!! How exciting!!!

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    1. That's basically what i was using, I think. Something that was basically Vaseline but smelt like roses. Don't even remember where I picked it up. Made a huge difference but took three applications on one night!!!

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  14. I will expect pictures of you two together.

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  15. Happy happy birthday (early) dear friend. Your first blizzard ever? So...how was it?
    I can't believe I"m going to miss Lizzi (and you) (and everyone else who shows) AGAIN! Sigh.
    As for vidchat, I am so sad that I just rhinoceros-ed my way in there with Zilla, interrupting whatever intelligent conversation was happening before I arrived, then left to go serve dinner. When I came back, it was over and I was sad. Bad timing... Sigh again.
    I use Vaseline or Eucerin for my hands when they're really bad.

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  16. Coconut oil for dry skin. Or any skin. I use it on my face, too, and I do NOT have dry skin there. Organic virgin coconut oil. Plus it smells delicious!

    I WISH I COULD BE AT YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTYYYYYY!!!

    I need to paint my bedroom. I'm thinking gray.

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    1. I know, I know. You and your coconut oil. I have some. I should use it.

      I wish you could too. I really want to meet you some day.

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  17. I love that your post has inspired so many "my favorite lotion is. . . " comments. Not wanting to buck the trend, I'll add in that Eucerin creme is my healing concoction of choice. My dad swears by Bag Balm, though--originally made for cow's udders, but useful on dry, cracked hands, too.

    Happy, happy birthday! :-)

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    1. Bag Balm I've never heard of! What a use! Must be supremely effective.

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  18. I love all those wonderfully descriptive names for paint colours.
    :-)
    Have a Happy Birthday. Mine is coming up too. Do you like having a birthday this time of year?

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    1. Aren't they fun? Like lipsticks.
      Sorta. My siblings have summer ones, and they always lorded that over me--Christmas and birthdays spread out. But decided my birthday was a way to help ease back into life after the holidays. One last hurrah.

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