I’m calling the weekend party a success. There was more than enough food to go around and lots of laughter. The house was relatively clean and decorated for the holidays but I could almost have skipped that step since just about everyone stayed in the kitchen the entire evening!
I had hoped to make some progress on the stairwell this week but my neck and shoulders had other ideas. Not sure if it was anything specific I did, but I am back to being in pain. Ironically, I had been doing so well for a while that my physical therapist had released me from her care about two weeks ago. I don’t think I even missed a week because I was almost immediately back to square one. My arms are buzzing with the nerve compression even now.
And of course I have decided that I really really really want to whitewash the red brick on our fireplace. It’s about five feet wide and floor to ceiling so it’s not that big an area – and my paint brush would be moving side to side instead of up and down… surely that wouldn’t be too difficult to manage. My dad has very similar back issues to mine and he sanded and re-stained the outside of his (log) house this summer!
Only a few days left before the kids and my husband are off for Christmas break. Not an ideal time to be working on the stairwell with everyone underfoot but I don’t suppose it is ever a great time to have the stairs “under construction”.