Monday, July 9, 2012

Kicking it Up a Notch

1st coat of Polyurethane

Well we are getting down to the wire on house renovations.  We have 2 more weeks to finish the house and move. Yikes! This week we have to finish the floors and painting and then we will tile the bathroom and install the toilet. Scott applied the first coat of polyurethane to the living room last night and unfortunately, due to poor lighting and late at night work, the poly was applied a bit to thickly.  That means we will have to wait longer before sanding and doing the second coat. At least we have more floor to work on while the sander is rented. I think the next few weeks will be a bit on the stressful side as we work like mad to finish things.  Poor Ike will not have a very fun time hanging out in his jumper while mama works on the house :(

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day America!

I must post one of my all time favorite poems that I learned as a child to mark this day.

The Flag Goes By

By Henry Holcomb Bennett

HATS off!
Along the street there comes
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums,
A flash of color beneath the sky:
Hats off!        5
The flag is passing by!
Blue and crimson and white it shines,
Over the steel-tipped, ordered lines.
Hats off!
The colors before us fly;        10
But more than the flag is passing by.
Sea-fights and land-fights, grim and great,
Fought to make and to save the State:
Weary marches and sinking ships;
Cheers of victory on dying lips;        15
Days of plenty and years of peace;
March of a strong land’s swift increase;
Equal justice, right and law,
Stately honor and reverend awe;
Sign of a nation, great and strong        20
To ward her people from foreign wrong:
Pride and glory and honor,—all
Live in the colors to stand or fall.
Hats off!
Along the street there comes        25
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums;
And loyal hearts are beating high:
Hats off!
The flag is passing by!