Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Purple people eater.......

6:57 am - Wednesday - November 13th - Ramona, CA - 41° F, 70% humidity, wind - CALM......clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 80° F.

I began my day being a little uncertain as to what I was going to do for most of the day.  I always have the pool, horseshoe pits, and mini golf course to occupy a couple of hours, but what after that?  I had it in the back of my mind to strip the green paint off the seat back on the site #32 path bench, then sand both the seat back and seat, and finally paint them as well as the steel posts to which they are attached.  

Around 11 am I retrieved some supplies (paint, sandpaper, scrapers, paint brush, etc.) from the maintenance building and headed down to the site #32 path bench.  To make the paint removal job easier I removed the seat back, laid it flat on the seat plank and began to scrape the green paint from each side......


......the preparation of both planks, as it should, took several hours. I finally was finished with preparation and ready to paint about 2:30 pm.  We do not currently have any exterior, green paint in stock so I found some sort of high gloss, exterior paint that looks kind of like a dark purple.  It was the only thing we had that was suitable as far as being for exterior use, so I went with it.  It kind of goes the the grape vine theme that surrounds the path and bench......


.....by 3:30 pm I had both planks painted, and ready to reinstall on the metal posts.....the low humidity combined with our 84° F day aided in the paint drying pretty quickly.  I think it came out pretty well, and certainly looks much better than it did before I began my work.  I had my tools put away, and was on my way home about 3:55 pm with another day at RORVR in the proverbial books.

Sanding and scraping paint is apparently much more physical than I remembered, and by the time I reached home I was beat.....ready for a long, hot shower, and a nap in the recliner.    It's amazing to me how early it gets dark now, and how quickly the temperatures are dropping after 3 pm.  The past couple of nights it has been to chilly to relax on the 'lido deck'.

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