Holy smokes! SO much has changed since the last time I published a post.
I hope you and yours are healthy, and at home, and aren’t experiencing too much overwhelming anxiety about what’s going on in the world right now. Me, Kevin, Steevenson, Jim and Katie have been self-quarantining since March 16th, and thankfully none of us have been sick because of COVID-19. Unfortunately, I’ve heard from many friends who have, and their experiences with it sound horrible. Not just the sickness part of it, but some have lost loved ones because of it too. I can’t imagine how hard it was to not be able to say goodbye, or how scary it was to be in the hospital alone. 🙁
Like most of the world, the five of us are staying busy reading, writing, watching, cooking, cleaning, and creating. Because I’ve been challenged by agoraphobia (a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic) for the past couple of years, life doesn’t look too different for me, personally, as far as staying home and social distancing goes, but Kevin and Katie don’t get out and about as often as they used to (or would like to) and, of course, sweet Steevenson is at home all the time now. He expressed interest in recording our own “show”, so he and I have started sharing a series we call “Stee & Me” on Instagram stories. Most times, we make something in the kitchen, and sometimes he just shares 3 things he’s loving that week. (I saved a few stories in a highlight on my feed if you missed them and want to check them out.)
A more noticeable recent change for us is that we stopped going out for food. We stopped going to the grocery store, picking up food from restaurants, and going through the drive-thru at fast food places. We just order meals from Home Chef and use Shipt’s grocery delivery service now. We thoroughly disinfect *everything*, including our countertops and doorknobs after we get the food put away. It just started to feel too unnecessarily risky with Jim and Katie living here. They’re in their mid-80s now, and it seemed like a small but important price to pay to help keep them coronavirus-free.
In other news, I promised I’d share some photos of our newly-painted stairs, and I finally got around to snapping a few today. First, here’s a look back at what the steps looked like before…
…and here’s the freshened up after!
To tie in with our kitchen backsplash, (which is on the other side of the wall on the left) we went with a dusty mint Benjamin Moore color called “Woodland Green” on the treads. We used Benjamin Moore’s “Simply White” on the risers and trim. The treads are coated in two layers of an amazing, tough-as-nails, non-toxic, water-based paint on the treads that came highly recommended by professional painters and several friends who have had great luck with it on their stairs. It’s called ArmorSeal Tread-Plex and it’s available at Sherwin-Williams. We painted everything about a month ago, and we go up and down our stairs in our shoes all the time. So far, the paint hasn’t chipped or gotten dirty. Yahoo! I do have to sweep them once a week now (vs. once a month…don’t judge!) because the color is lighter than it was before. But here’s why that’s okay: a) I like the color now (I didn’t like the reddish orange-toned wood at ALL) and b) sweeping once a week keeps them cleaner than just acting like the dust and hair isn’t there (which is what I had gotten into the habit of doing before).
I toned down our reddish orange-toned handrail by using a product called Cerusing Wax by Amy Howard.
I love how it coordinates with our (pecan-toned) flooring so much better now. Seems like Kit-Cat enjoys the view more these days too. 😉
It’s been a while since I snapped an updated photo of our kitchen, so I’d like to do that this week too. Maybe I’ll try to share it here on Friday? I want to start my “5 Instagram Photos That Stopped Me In My Scroll” series on Wednesdays back up too, so I hope to “see” you again then!