Archive for August, 2013

August 7, 2013

Happy Jack Kerouac

A short but oh so very happy excerpt from The Dharma Bums — sure hope I get to meet and hang out with Jack Kerouac once I’m on “the other side.”

Jack Kerouac

“Happy. Just in my swim shorts, barefooted, wild-haired, in the red fire dark, singing, swigging wine, spitting, jumping, running—that’s the way to live. All alone and free in the soft sands of the beach by the sigh of the sea out there, with the Ma-Wink fallopian virgin warm stars reflecting on the outer channel fluid belly waters. And if your cans are redhot and you can’t hold them in your hands, just use good old railroad gloves, that’s all. I let the food cool a little to enjoy more wine and my thoughts. I sat crosslegged in the sand and contemplated my life. Well, there, and what difference did it make?”

— Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

August 6, 2013

RENO DECO MUDD – kitchen (part 1.5)

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The kitchen walls have received their second and last coat of paint — YESSS! Next step: the kitchen cabinets.

The building I live in was built in 1959 and the cabinets are still the same as they were back then, give or take a few coats of paint. I had a LOT of cleaning and painting to do inside the bottom part. Here’s what was waiting for me when I moved in:

KITCHEN CABINETS / BEFORE — ARMOIRES DE CUISINE / AVANT

This was the good-looking side…

KITCHEN CABINETS / BEFORE — ARMOIRES DE CUISINE / AVANT

This was the REALLY bad-looking side.

The bad-looking side has all the pipes running through it for the washing machine. Once I get to that part of my RENO DECO trip, I’ll show you how strange the set-up is for the appliances.

So here’s an exterior view of the cabinets:

 KITCHEN CABINETS before / ARMOIRES DE CUISINE avant

Notice the colour of the walls — a yellow-beige. I love it!

My choice of colours for the kitchen was inspired by this picture of a circa 50s armchair I found online:

armchair circa 50s fauteuil RENO DECO MUDD

The yellow-beige is what I chose for the walls. As for the cabinets’ frame, I’m going with the light greyish green, and the doors and drawers will be the Granny Smith green. When the time comes to make curtains, I’ll find a way to add a touch of that red.

Voilà!

What do you think?

August 3, 2013

RENO DECO MUDD – kitchen (part 1)

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I’ve been back in Verdun since July 1. Had a hell of a lot of scrubbing to do in order to eliminate the filth and stench that were baked into my new apartment — dis. gust. ing.

Today: painting the kitchen.
One, two, three, GO!

fridge and stove will wait patiently in
the middle of the place… till tomorrow

dryer is waiting for its turn…

kitchen cabinets will be painted in part 2 — to be continued!