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Gramma Yori has been here, working her butt off, since last Wednesday. (I hope this doesn't jinx it...but,) After hours and hours and hours of peeling and scraping off paint, spreading walls with flour paste (works much better than just washing off the calcimine), scraping off the dried flour paste along with a lot of the chalky calcimine that sticks to it, washing the walls, washing the walls again, taping trim and spreading dropcloths, painting the trim in Pumpkin and Penguin's rooms, sanding Mr. Kluges's patches in the walls and one spot on the ceiling, priming the girls' rooms, and painting practically the entire upstairs... she will probably get done with painting the girls' rooms today.
"Wow!" is what I've got to say about what she's gotten done. That and "Thank you!" For merely room and board (and I've been trying to cook yummy stuff!), she's worked her tushie off over at our brick house. (She keeps joking that we haven't seen her bill yet...and we keep offering to double her wages...) And gotten SO MUCH accomplished that I'd only hoped would get done before we moved in. I really wanted to paint the girls' rooms and their trim before we got in, but that was all before the discovery of the calcimine paint underneath their walls and the HUGE job it is to take care of that. Once we saw that, we figured we might have to move Penguin in to the guest room while we finished her room, but no, thanks to help from all of the grandparents (but especially the retired Gramma Yori), we're so much farther along than that! Our room, the entire hallway, the "sewing room," and now the girls' room (plus all the ceilings and 2 of the closets) will be painted. Hooray!!!
So, hooray for painted walls and parents who help out their (possibly crazy, what-are-they-getting-themselves-into) kids!