June–The Power of Paint

It’s Burano, Italy but we could do this in Seattle. Photo by Saffron Blaze – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

I’ve often thought that Seattleites should paint their houses wild and vibrant colors as an antidote to the gloom. I need that antidote right now. I’ve lived here for decades and I know that summer often doesn’t start until after the 4th of July but I am REALLY done with wearing fleece–and socks. By Saffron Blaze – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater

I think we might all be happier if we followed the main character’s example in Daniel Pinkwater’s children’s book, The Big Orange Splot. An accidental splot led to a whole new paint job, a hammock, a pet alligator and long conversations with the neighbors.

My old house was a cheery yellow with a teal door. The one I’m in now came painted a nice, but fairly subdued, shade of blue. If you choose not to paint your house aqua or bright orange, you can make up for it by picking the right plants for your paint job. One benefit of the right subdued paint job is how they can showcase certain plants as seen with this rose. It takes the eye right off the meter (at least it did so in real life.)


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