We interrupt this less than cheerful series (animals to slaughter, drought, lyme disease), to ask for your advice on a very important matter. For updates on the issues of the last two blogs, please see below. In the meantime, our house is so close to being completely finished…. but there is still the matter of painting the front door. When we ordered the door it was supposed to come already painted but, apparently, that order sheet was out of date and it arrived only primed. So we need to paint it while the weather is still warm.
The trouble is choosing a colour for the door. Would you like to offer us some advice?
Here are the options that have been discussed thus far:
- Black. That is the colour of the ready painted door that we thought that we were getting. It would probably look quite smart with the other colours on the house and the guy who did our kitchen cabinets said he could spray paint the door black for us at a very low cost because he uses black paint a lot and doesn’t need to order new paint. On the downside, some people think that black may look a little dark and gloomy.
- Goldish – Yellow. Somewhat similar to the colour of the prime currently on the door. Some think that done right, goldish-yellow does go with greyish-blue rather well and would be quite cheerful. Others aren’t so sure that we can pull it off to make it go well.
- Dark Red (red with black in it). A radical option but we have seen some good examples of a door contrasting sharply with the house colours.
- Greyish-Blue. Similar to the colour of the upper floor shakes. The door would likely not stand out sharply but neither would it clash with other colours.
Do you like any of the options above? Or, do you have other suggestions for us? Don’t be shy, please let us know!
- Lymes disease. I have almost finished the anti-biotic treatment and all symptoms have disappeared except that I have been fairly tired. I normally am not a person who is able to nap in the day time but since last week have been sleeping for up to 2 hours most afternoons. Otherwise I have been trying to carry on as close to normal as possible but am checking more carefully than ever for ticks!
- Drought. We had a little bit of rain (10 mms or 4/10 of an inch) early last week but otherwise, have continued very dry. We are noticing some large trees going brown and many small trees and bushes shrivelling up. Last week, shortly after blogging about our need for rain, our well gave us a scare by not being able to fill the cistern. We cut back on water use sharply and have begun to haul water from the lake for plants and animals (thanks to good neighbours and friends, Torild and Mustafa!). Since then, the well seems to have caught up and has been able to refill the cistern most nights. We are very grateful that we installed the trickle pump system. Nevertheless, it has been difficult to keep our new landscape plants healthy and our lawn, despite being seeded twice, is little more than a sea of weeds. Our pastures don’t have much grass for the animals but fortunately, we have lots of bushes and grape vines which the goats and pigs like to eat and which we are pleased to see cleared up (see beating-back-the-jungle). But the drought is serious; some of the farmers in the area have written off their crops already. One young farmer told me at church this morning that his pasture has given out and his sheep have now finished grazing what should have been the second cutting of alfalfa and are working on what should have been his oat crop. His corn is still standing but he may need to send the sheep into that next. We are all continuing to pray for rain!