am currently getting over a cold which, for me, always arrives alongside laryngitis. As a result I was in bed at 7 pm (no joke) on Wednesday evening and fighting a low grade fever ever since. But does that mean I didn’t go to work? Of course not. I am just going through hand sanitizer like hot cakes and confining myself to the realm of my cubicle in order to spare my co-workers my germs. Despite my present condition, I was bound and determined to do something last night. I was going to paint the brick exterior on our screened-in porch, but ran into a little problem. Garden warblers.
They apparently have taken up shop in bunch of bitter sweet branches I collected last Fall.
My first clues they had built a nest should have been their constant presence. Every time I opened the door to go onto the porch I found a Garden Warbler duo flying about. I thought they were nabbing bits of the vines to build a nest somewhere else, but then I heard the little tweets of newly hatched birds.
There are about four of five baby birds in there so I will have to wait until they leave their nest before I can remove this display and paint the porch in its entirety. So maybe in a month I’ll be able to finish this project?
Anyhoo, this little discovery didn’t stop me from making my outdoor drapes last night. Since the two drapery rods are staggered, I began by measuring each individually and then adding 5 inches to that lenghth: 1 inch for the bottom hem and 4 inches for the pole pocket. I then proceeded to wind my bobbin and thread my needle. After that I cut out 3 panels at 94 inches for the lower rod and 4 panels at 97 inches for the top rod.
I knew I had my work cut out for me.
I had to sew a hem on three sides and then sew a pocket for the rod on the top width. It took about 12 minutes to finish each panel, for a total time of 1 hour, 30 minutes to finish all seven. I wasn’t as neat as I could have been about my hems, largely because they are for outdoors and I am not that picky.
By the time I finished it was almost ten so I just folded them up in pile until we have the chance to hang them tonight. I am excited to see how they look! I will also paint a corner of the porch (far away from the bird’s nest) to see how the turquoise drapes and taupe stain mesh.
Although we have a lot of items on our to do list this weekend, we are going to take a break from house projects to go to a baseball game tonight and enjoy giant pretzels, a cold beer, and family time. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Daily Drop Cap by Jessica Hische