Sunday, October 11, 2015
Another Beautiful Weekend
I love picking grapes, and love the smell of the cooking juice. I am not nearly so crazy about the wasps, but they seemed almost drunk from gorging themselves in ripe grapes and didn't both us even though we accidentally picked more than one of them along with the grapes. Even after I washed the grapes and drained them in a colander, several wasps climbed up and out as I was taking grapes off the stems. My canning buddy carried them outside, where they staggered around on the railing of the deck for awhile before flying away.
The grapes also held several tiny spiders, a few earwigs and then this big mama, a nursery spider. I am not a fan of bugs, but all of the critters in the grapes were too mello to worry me. And it was interesting to read that this kind of spider actually stays around to protect her young ones -- not very successfully in this case, I'm afraid. We set her free to start another brood.
I am trying a new project this weekend, my first attempt at chalk painting. I've read about it in several blogs and loved the idea that I could refinish something without stripping, sanding or much of any of the usual prep work. My dining room table was water spotted and marked up with paint and markers from years of kiddie projects so I figured I had little to lose. I bought one of those 8 ounce paint samples at a local hardware store and used that, along with the chalk powder from BB Frosch and painted away. I've now put on my third coat of wax and tomorrow I will buff and begin to use the table. According to all I've read, the finish should hold up to my usual life. The final product is not perfect, I think I will do a better job at it next time, but I think it will be an improvement over the old finish and I am not ashamed to use it so I 'chalk' (ha ha) it up as a win.