I’m a little behind on this update but once again I don’t feel like we’ve accomplished a lot lately. For May, I’m hoping to make a lot of progress on the front door project and the yard. We’ve been tackling the yard every weekend but it’s a lot of work! I know we’ve made a lot of progress but it’s hard to tell unless you live here and see it every day. Over the weekend we filled up our 96 gallon yard waste container plus 7 30-gallon yard waste bags with leaves and weeds. We haven’t done anything in the back yard for the entire 3 years we’ve lived here (at least not outside the fence) and the house was vacant or being rented out for several years before then so the yard has been seriously neglected.
We’ve cleaned up this whole area which used to be all leaves and weeds. Apparently I don’t have a before picture but trust me, it was bad! Eventually we’ll do some landscaping back here with plants that keep mosquitoes away. We weren’t able to take our fence all the way to the property line but we don’t mind because it gives us the ability to put in some natural insect repellents without having to worry about the dogs digging them up. Of course, behind this angle we still have all of this crap.
And that’s even after I did some weeding.
Anyway, we were able to strike off staining the fence! So at least there’s that. I have everything I need to repaint the study so hopefully I can take care of that this month too if I get the front door finished up.
-Demo current deck – Postponed to 2017
-Clean garage…again – Done!
-Build new, bigger deck – Postponed to 2017
-Refinish very old but new to us front door – Started at the end of 2015.
-Install front door
-Repaint the study
-Add built ins in the study?
-Add crown moulding in the study?
-Create new area for dogs
-Remove dog crates from master bedroom
-Caulk windows – Started. All downstairs windows have been caulked. 0/4 upstairs windows have been done.
-Paint master bedroom?
-Clean up side/back/front yards – Started. Currently focusing on smaller side yard and parts of the backyard.
-Price out all aspects of kitchen remodel
-Stain fence – Done!
-Remove trees? – Removed dead oak in front yard.
ADDED AFTER JANUARY FIRST:
-New flooring in entry/study/living room. – Mostly done! We just need to add the thresholds and then install the baseboards in the living room. – Done!
-Paint living room. – Done!
-Stain beams in living room. – Done!
-Build/stain lower deck – We priced this out over the weekend and we’re trying to figure out when to tackle the project. Most likely August-September.
-Read 26 books – can be re-reads or never before reads, but must come from books we already own – Behind! I should be on book #10 but I’m only on #9. Hoping to catch up this weekend.
-Go on an awesome vacation – Booked and paid for!
-Lose 20lbs – This is still not going well but I’ve decided that I’m going to just shake it off and start over on Monday. I’m thinking about doing a weekly post on this to keep me accountable.
-Tone and tighten once I finish losing these last 20lbs. – Three of my weekly workouts are dedicated to toning.
-Walk the dogs more – We’re still not walking them as often as I’d like but more than we used to.
-Use my craft room – I rarely use this room and that’s pretty lame
-Get a new look for the blog