fun filled May days

Much has happened around here since our last blog post preventing me from keeping everyone up on what’s happening at the coleman cabin. What with my birthday, traveling to Amherst to watch Dave supervise the filming of a TKA tv commercial, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, dress rehearsal for my ballet recital, Max’s soccer games and throw in a few April/May showers on the weekends and here we are in the middle of May already and we haven’t spent nearly enough time down there.  However, we did manage a couple of trips to finish up the barn and play on our new toys!

The day after filming the commercial for the Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, we up loaded Dave’s new dirt bike into the van and headed down to Ford with hopes of finishing up the painting of the trim on the barn and getting in a little play time as well.  It was Cinco de Mayo after all and we wanted to finish up in time to head over to our favorite Mexican Restaurant, El Caporal, to join in their little fiesta.  We were joined by our good friend Steve Duval, who finally found himself with a little free time and was able to come check out our new place.

Steve pulled up about the time we were finishing up with the painting.  Dave and I were both a little bummed at the results as we completely hated the way the bright white trim looked on the barn.  After being so pleased with our color choice for the walls, and how easily that paint had gone on, we were left feeling a little frustrated not only over the white color choice, but how crappy the painting turned out.  We’ve painted many interior rooms and always have always painted the walls first and then the trim as it’s easier to cut in the trim…however, we soon discovered that when painting barns that have rough surfaces, one should paint the trim first as there is no way to neatly cut in when the rough surface of the wall keeps grabbing the bristles of the brush and causing much white paint to slip onto the red wall surface.  😦  We  realized we would have to go back with more red paint and recut the edges at a later date.  However, we were happy to see Steve and to show him around the place.

We packed up the toys and the painting supplies and headed over to El Caporal for a little celebration…

After a fantastic dinner and a few choice beverages, we headed back to RVA.

Over the course of the next week we discussed what to do about the barn trim and decided to try painting over the bright white with an antique white to see if that would look any better.  In the mean time, we kept our eyes open for a good deal on another kayak and larger ATV to complete our toy supply.  We found both and,  a fresh gallon of antique white paint in hand, we loaded up the new toys and headed back down to the lake on Mother’s Day.

After testing out our new, much larger ATV, we broke out the paint to see if we could fix the mess we’d made the week prior.

We then headed up to Waffles Ridge for a little lunch.  By the time we finished eating, the wind had died down enough that we could take  the kayaks out onto the lake.

After a couple of spins around the lake, we headed in to spend a little quiet time looking out at the lake.

The sun was beginning to fade, the shadows were long…time to pack up and head home again.

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