Masking Tape Masquerade

And so. Weary to the bone again. We have been busy busy busy. Painting continues. Poor Tim has been kicked out of the bakery and into the cold so I could work on painting the main floor area. The weather last week was warmer than it is today, and he happily built himself a workbench in the carport, and set to work wearing his new welding helmet  to build the door frame for the oven, complete with counterweighted door. Tim also took another trip to Prince George (just over two hours’ drive away) to bring home another load of fire bricks for the oven. Only two hundred more to go!

Tim and the oven door frame with counterweighted door.
Tim and the oven door frame with counterweighted door.
The door frame and plans for the oven's arch behind.
The door frame and plans for the oven’s brick arch behind.

The main part of the week for me was spent on my hands and knees in the bakery – painting the floor, checks and all: this involved filling holes, sanding, priming, sanding again, painting two coats of the base colour (grey), measuring and drawing lines, taping the squares that will be blue (green), painting the first blue (green) coat, removing the tape while the paint is still wet, painting the second coat of blue (green) free hand, then applying three coats of protective clear coat over it all. All the while keeping the whole area free of dust, hair, specks of dirt, bugs, and other random tidbits that love to get stuck in paint. It was reasonably easy to guilt my friend Yael into helping for a day: these silly checks were her idea in the first place.

Yael is still smiling - she has taped approximately 1/10th of the squares.
Yael is still smiling – she has taped approximately 1/10th of the squares.
"It should take the two of us a couple of hours."
“It should take the two of us a couple of hours.”
Me, six hours later, deserted by Yael, who has finished taping and used her family as an excuse to leave!
Me, six hours later, deserted by Yael, who has finished taping and used her family as an excuse to leave!
First coat for the squares, and they already look fabulous! (Well, I think so, anyway).
First coat for the squares, and they already look fabulous! (Well, I think so, anyway).
A colossal waste: over 150 m of masking tape in the garbage at the end of the day.
A colossal waste: over 150 m of masking tape in the garbage at the end of the day.

We did take time two days ago to go for a seven-hour cross-country ski trip with a group of friends along the historic Cariboo Waggon Road (yes, it is spelt like that) from Barkerville to Stanley. The “wagon road” is just wide enough to ski on today, a straight cut through the lichen-covered trees, the route sometimes hard to find with all the deadfall blocking the way. We were blessed with lovely soft snow on top of a supportive snowpack. The trail-breaking was easy and pleasurable, though my legs are still a little stiff two days hence! Sorry, I have no photos for you though there were a lot of great photos taken by the group.

The first day of spring in Wells.
The first day of spring in Wells. The bears will be up MUCH before the crocuses.

5 thoughts on “Masking Tape Masquerade

  1. hey now it’s really starting to look great ! Just a quick note FYI I will be going up to PG for some appointments next week would you like me to bring back some of those 200 fire bricks for you ? send me an email Kate or I will let you know what day and if so it would be my pleasure to be of some small help, to your bakery ..cheers Melly on the Creek

  2. Kate! It’s Colleen (nee Garito!) I was so happy to find you in the intergalactic webspace! I have tried to catch up a bit on your life, via your blogs (between Katebikes and now, Katebakes!) Congratulations on getting married! I am thrilled that you seem happy and are following your heart and indulging your passions for travel, health and the spreading of goodwill and general cheer. 🙂 Take care and know that I send you positive energy in the world! xoxo

  3. Colleen Garito, oh my goodness!! (That sounds like something my mother would say). Wow. It is so great to hear from you and to know that despite my lack of Facebook presence people from my distant past can still find me. I am indeed happy and seem to be following my heart. I hope you are as well. You and your fabulous family still live large in my happy childhood memories. Thanks so much for finding me! Cheers,
    Kate xo

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