Friday, June 19, 2009

Sprucing Up!

Sorry I've been offline for a bit now. I had several weeks of low-knitting levels while we worked on stuff at the house and I have some health things going on to deal with. So, here is a non-knitting update...

We've been spring cleaning for weeks. We are having family and friends to the house throughout the summer, so I wanted to spruce up a bit. Plus, a house needs it every now and then. Since I'm home a lot more now I started obsessing more and more about keeping things clean and up to snuff. The laundry list of tasks was lengthy, so we recruited cousin Andy to help out. Poor guy--he learned all kinds of useful house skills that no 16-year-old really wants to have to do. It was good to hang out with him and get to know him a little bit better.

We removed the bushes that turned into ugly sticks in the winter. Patrick and Andy put in tons of hostas and I added the railing flower boxes. Now, to keep them all alive! You can see the front of the house now!!!!! I can't wait to have the front door open now that we have the screen/storm door to let the air come through. It will make a huge difference.

When we moved into our house we discovered that the original owner put the lowest price everything into it. It has resulted in many an improvement. Well, the back doors didn't have a screen. The screen was a mess of metal in the garage. We never did anything because we thought that it would be $$$$. We were so wrong. We found out that the tracks were still there, so we bought a standard-sized door and put it on the track. It works great! I do have to say that the dogs were very shocked when they ran into it the first time. For the next few times after that, Riley would stop and scratch at the air to make sure the invisible wall wasn't there anymore.

We also got the carpets cleaned, painted the trim downstairs along with some ceiling and wall touch ups, got some window panes fixed, and got a storm/screen door on the front. Not to mention the general cleaning and organizing. I'm SO ready to have it completed. We are having a nice staycation next week, so it will be good to have a clean home to relax in.


2 comments:

Carol said...

Looks great! You sure have been busy. Sam's been doing bits here and there to keep ours looking nice. Seems like it's always something. I love hosta and they look great in the front of your house. Hopefully, you won't get deer coming into your yard and eating them. They looovvvee hosta (and tulip bulbs). The buggers. . .

Meg and Pete said...

The house looks great! Can't wait to come down next weekend for a visit!