Way back in April I started a wallpaper stripping project that at the time I assumed wouldn’t take me that long.  To get my DIY butt in gear I even wrote a post about accountability in May where I pledged to post a picture of my wall every day until I was done.  Clearly I petered out on the posting account.  And clearly I petered out on the wallpaper stripping as well.

That was until I realized a life was at stake.  A real living and breathing life was at stake, resting solely upon my wallpaper stripping efforts.

That’s right.  The situation was now crucial and dire and desperate and drastic and extreme and every other adjective that the thesaurus can spit out.

If you recall, the reason I was focusing on this particular painted over wallpapered wall to DIY was so I could set up our currently empty but rather large fish tank over there.  For Gil.  Gil Grissom.  You remember Gil right?  He’s the fish we got in January and you can click here to read all about him if you’re so inclined.

We already had a small tank for Gil with a filter and everything set up on our bar so it seemed like I had all the time in the world.

But I didn’t.  Time was running out.  And fast.

All it took was a two minute trip to the restroom to prove this fact.

You see when I returned from the restroom, I found this:

Bar RW

And this:

Tank RW

In case you can’t tell, that second picture is a view from the top of the aquarium Gil currently resides in.  Sweet little Sweetey Petey had learned to climb the bar stool and decided to feed Gil.  Unfortunately he must have thought Gil was REALLY hungry because he fed him half the bottle of fish food.


Petey’s generosity resulted in a stuffed Gil and a nasty tank that had to be swiftly cleaned out.

We have temporarily remedied the situation be removing the bar stools and instituting a new feeding policy for Gil.  I bring in a step stool and give Petey a sprinkle of fish food in the lid of the fish food bottle.  Petey then dumps the allotted amount of food into the tank each morning.

Feeding the Fish RW

Thus far Gil is still alive.  But for how long?  How long before Petey finds some other way to access the bar top, locate the fish food I’ve hidden and once again attempt to feed an apparently super hungry fish?

He’s a crafty kid so it’s anyone’s guess.

Hence the rush to finish my wall project.  Aaaaaaaad dun dun duuuuuuuuun.  I did it!

Done and DONE RW

I even managed to paint two other walls in our family room while I had my gear out and even hang six pictures.

Unfortunately none of this means Gil is safe and sound in his new home because I have yet to set up the aquarium.  I’ve been considering a filter upgrade but that involves moving a shelf in the stand and I already have at least four projects for the Husband ahead of that one.

The best laid plans, right?

Still, I am deliriously happy with my progress.  After a year I finally feel like this house is starting to come together.

Keep your fingers crossed that Gil makes it just a little bit longer . . .

- Joanna

Question of the Day:  Have you ever had a fish?  Done any DIY recently?  What did you have for breakfast this morning?

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    1. I have not done any DIY lately, but I should totally do some while my husband is away this week. I enjoy making dramatic changes while he’s gone. Congrats on your stripping! :)
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      • I made my husband help with the painting so I couldn’t wait till he was away. But now I’ve got ideas rolling around in my head . . . so thanks. Mike might not thank you so much though ;)

    2. Yay!!! Awesome progress. :) Never had a fish, no DIY going on. Although we are still trying to get a generator ready to go. As for breakfast, my usual cereal and juice. :)
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      • I’ve been craving orange juice lately! Little P likes cereal in the morning too. He loves picking out which one he wants to nibble on while dada makes eggs.

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