Today began with a vet visit. King, for his Adequan shot, and Gaby for a physical exam and annual vax. Herself was so patient–she licked the vet’s face during the exam, and didn’t flinch when she got her shots.
As for King, vet and I talked. At the end of the month, we’ll retest his liver function to see if there’s any improvement. In three months, we’ll redo the ultrasound to check that &^%$# spot on his spleen. Fingers already crossed that it stays the same size or even maybe hey disappears.
Home stuff. I’m having some repair work done on the garage this week–new side door, siding replaced–which means that I needed to buy paint. The house was painted way back in 2001, and I recalled that the painter had left extra paint behind. I didn’t think I still had it given that I had actually cleaned out the garage a couple of times over the years, but I hunted around and found three full gallons of exterior acrylic low-lustre on a bottom shelf. Unfortunately, 1) they were only the main color, not the trim, and 2) paint that has been sitting in a garage for 11 years is paint that is well past its sell-by date.
The paint brand wasn’t one I had ever seen before. I hunted for it online, and wasn’t all that surprised to find that it no longer existed. Not only that, but the paint store that had mixed the stuff closed this past spring. I managed to chip bits of both colors off the siding and door, and went to one hardware big box to see if they could color match. Got a perfect match for the trim color, but not for the main shade–do you have any idea how many shades of cream/off-white there are out there? And “low-lustre”–what the hell is that? It’s a bit glossier than “eggshell,” which is in turn a bit glossier than flat. Neither, however, is as glossy as satin, which in turn is not as glossy as semi-gloss. Of course, it depends on the brand, because some paints have low-lustre but not eggshell, while others have low-lustre and eggshell, while still others don’t have either but go straight from flat to satin to semi-gloss.
So, after three failed attempts to mix the right shade of off-white, I came home. Peeled another paint chip off the garage, then searched around for a paint brand that had a low-lustre finish. Found one. Went to big box that sold that brand. Perfect match.
The garage needs repair–the siding is flaking and the door veneer is peeling off. I’m glad it’s getting done, but it has inspired thoughts of repairs that I would actually enjoy. Like a bathroom revamp. Or new countertops and backsplash in the kitchen. Refinished cupboards.
Rained today. Three-tenths of an inch. We needed it.