Hmmm... Yeah, I guess it is looking better now. Certainly better than the yellow, gritty, coarse plaster look, and most places are pretty smooth, but still mottled white because we're not painting until after the lead abatement. The only good thing for me (not him) is that my handyman is feeling the bad economy's pinch, so I can basically pick any week for him to start painting once we're back and I'm sure the de-leading didn't go over budget.
Today I made a bit of progress on moving more stuff from the target areas, but mostly it was DUST REMOVAL. Skim-coating leads to hideous, horrendous, heaps and heaps of DUST.
: So I sweep then mop then vacuum, then wait for the dust to settle again and repeat a few hours later. I think we're on the fourth iteration and I'm ready to stop feeling gritty dust under my fingers everywhere I touch.
S. and I did find a few minutes to embellish two of the silk scarves I dyed earlier this fall. This is our first time using a fabric-ink inkpad to stamp designs on our silks, and they turned out really lovely. (Metallic gold on jewel tone silk scarves for the grandmas.) DH was worried about homemade gifts, but I think these look pretty snazzy, especially considering a 5 yo helped.
Aside from getting the house ready, I packed all the boys' clothes and sent them ahead with my mom, so I only need to pack my own clothing plus all the STUFF kids need in a carry on bag for a 6 hour flight.
Wombat-- Does your Waldorf school want some of your stumps? Maybe parents would come fetch some. I know our school was re-working part of the Early Childhood playground and asked repeatedly for stumps and branches and greenery recently...