Summer De-Cluttering and Home Improvement
The Great Summer Decluttering and Home Improvement Extravaganza continues. I’ve made pretty good progress so far emptying boxes that have been unopened in the garage for the past 3.5 years, and I’ve been able to rediscover, recycle, donate and generally get rid of quite a bit of stuff. I found another big box of Liam’s old books that will soon go to some preschool friends, and I found several pictures in frames that got hastily stashed in a box at the last minute when we moved from the rental house (that happened a lot, unfortunately). I love rediscovering lost treasures like that! For the most part, though, everything I’m finding is getting donated to the thrift store, deposited into the recycling bin, or (if it’s really bad) tossed into the dumpster. It feels like losing 50 lbs.!
I’m also excited about some home improvement projects we’ve been working on over the past few weeks. David was finally able to hook the sprinklers back up in the front yard after the opossum destroyed the wires trying to get under our house, so now we can water all the growing things more regularly. We also finally broke down and hired the gardener who maintains practically all the other yards in the neighborhood. He will come every other week to mow, edge and trim the front yard and the green space (a.k.a. tree lawn) at the front and side of our house. It’s such a small thing, really, but it was taking poor David about 10 hours per month to do it all, and he can put that time to better use. Ruben has been doing yard maintenance for about 15 years and does such a nice job – it is worth the money to have him do it!
I finally got serious about redoing the flower beds on either side of the front door, and I’ve successfully managed to remove the weeds, clover and stinky cat-pee cypress bushes out of both beds. David is going to help me dig up the stumps and we’re going to put paving stones down for a temporary porch. What I really want is to hire a concrete contractor to come pour a cement porch all the way across the front of our house, but that is a little prohibitively expensive right now. Most of the other Colonial Revival style houses in the neighborhood have porches all the way across the front, so I assume ours did too at one point and I want to put it back. For now, though, we’re going to level out the dirt, put in some nice slate or other paving stones, put a few smallish trees and shrubs in pots, and get some nice outdoor furniture for it so that we can enjoy the wonderful summer weather and have seating areas for Halloween trick-or-treat viewing and Candy Cane Lane people watching.