p is for painting and silently for pneumonia

Poor boyo. He was sick all last week with the flu. The school nurse and our doc both said that the assumption is it is the oinky flu. Sunday he didn’t have a fever and seemed better. Wanted to keep him home Monday, but he’d missed 4 days of school and wanted to go. And when he came home, he looked and sounded awful and had a good fever going again.

Yesterday he turned 14. And got a diagnosis of pneumonia.

He was happy to get these to keep him company on the couch. Not as much fun as the real deal, but soft. And also difficult to photograph!

(deleted a grumble about the doc’s office and hmo practices…)

Now he’s suffering from the antibiotics.


No before pics, just in between. Picture old linen white walls (remember that color?), blue and green sponged squares on the bottom, little fishes. And a lot of mildew on that north wall (behind the toilet).
white bathrm white bathrm (1) white bathrm (2)

This is our big bathroom… less than 5 feet by 7. And with some BFU tub surround (as in Butt Fin UGLY).

DH did the major scraping and two coats of killz on the mildew. I think he only wanted to get the mildew gone. He hadn’t thought as far as getting paint on the walls (and especially on the woodwork). So I sanded, caulked, filled holes, sanded, primed places where the killz didn’t go, and put up a coat of blah BLAH semi gloss white.

Here’s the plan: rag/sponge something on the walls. Something like old stucco to hide the crappy plaster. In earthy yellow/beige/gray/tan/pink? Think Italian villa? Keep the ceiling and wood white.

I also did a little cleaning in the freezer today. Saved two of these, tossed five, and put 4 back in the deep freeze.
frozen paintbrushes
Honestly… what’s this all about? I do it when I know I’ll be painting w/in a day or two, but this is ridiculous! I was a little unhappy to see one of my former good brushes in here. But I told myself “LET IT GO” and I did…

So we have a new Anti-Virus. Last year we had Kaspersky Internet Security 2009. It worked fine. Just installed Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 (I would have gotten the Internet Security 2010, just saying…). It has slowed my internets to dialup speeds.

Making me crazy.

This forum talks about it, and has recommendations, but this language might as well be in Sanskrit for all I understand what they’re saying,

Welcome. Please create gsi sysinfo text, and then upload it to this parser site: http://gsi.kaspersky.fr/ and then post the link to the GSI report which may identify issue area, instructions see: http://forum.kaspersky.com/index.php?showtopic=36444 Please use the New 4.0 GSI utility. If Vista or W7, right click getsysteminfo.exe and select Run as administrator.

So I am working in Firefox, and not having any speed issues, but the display is off in that the letters are not so crisp as before. Is this a Firefox thing? Or just my machine?

7 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Sara said,

    November 11, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

    Sorry to hear about the boy! But, it is a good thing that he “wanted” to go to school!

    Hope he gets better soon….

    Can’t wait to see the bathroom finish…

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    Emily said,

    November 11, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

    Oh man, pneumonia too? How awful!

    Good luck with the bathroom reno – I’m sure it’ll look great when it’s done. Have you thought about using a glaze with your ragging/sponging?

    I’m not familiar with Kaspersky at all, so I’m no help to you. All I know is that a friend of mine in the know recommends Trend Micro for antivirus.

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    Chris said,

    November 11, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

    So sorry to hear how sick the boyo is – um, happy birthday… it’ll be one you don’t forget, alas.

    Ah, yes, antivirus. I’ve been using Avast happily for years, although AVG rated higher in the best freebies over on Lifehacker. Then there’s this excellent article about various Windows tools.

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    kmkat said,

    November 11, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

    Your color scheme for the bathroom sounds great. I know you will show us finished pictures. Right?

    Ugh on the computer problems. Sorry, no help to offer.

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    Julie said,

    November 12, 2009 @ 6:33 am

    Pneumonia as a birthday gift – that sucks! I hope he gets better real soon.

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    Gramily said,

    November 12, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

    You are soooo industrious. I feel virtuous when I manage to shove a vacuum around the house and there you are with a freezer full of paintbrushes. AND you have all those knitted thingies for a zillion people. Ah, youth.

    And the internet flummoxes me. Firefox pooped out on me for Facebook, and I think it had to do with installing a personal google gps indicator, or at least that is when the trouble started and I was reported to be permanently in Philly. 40 years ago, maybe but NOT NOW! So, now I have to use Safari for facebook which is serving me well.

    Frankly, I’d like a computer update from this 2006 ibook.

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    December 10, 2009 @ 5:50 am

    Love the pups – they almost look like the real thing! Hope and assume that DS is back to his old self now. What a fall you’ve had!!

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