Posts Tagged ‘yard’

I almost forgot that I started this post.  You won’t see one for July because I haven’t done NEARLY as much as I did in June…..does baking count?  LOL


Each summer, I challenge myself to do at least one project around the house per day.  It doesn’t have to be big….just has to accomplish SOMETHING.  I’m also a list person but have discovered that if I make a list of the things that NEED to be done in the summer….I find myself resisting and actually do less.  Weird, I know, but that’s me!  So I have decided to make a list of the things I’ve accomplished AFTER I do them.  It’s much  more rewarding that way!  Here’s a running tally of my lists since I was out of school, May 25 to the last day of June.

1.  Painted Bedroom walls, ceiling and trim (still need to paint doors)

2.  Purchased new bedroom furniture, including mattress (this took a LOT of shopping)

3.  Purchased new linens for new bed

4.  cleaned, painted and purged bedroom closet

5.  cleaned and purged the dresser and chest in the guest room and moved into my new furniture.

6.  cleaned and purged bathroom cabinet in preparation for new counter top

7.  purged tv cabinet, music case and book case in the living room

8.  assembled new tv cabinet

9.  installed new area rug in living room

10.  Helped disassemble the old Mr. Elm and cleaned up the mess after he was carted away.

11.  Balanced check book (had not been done since December…..used cancer as excuse…)

12.  knitted 1 scarf, 3 hats and finished a pair of mittens

13.  started cleaning garage

14.  walked/rode stationary bike 423.5 miles

15.  took a road trip to Iowa

16.  Took Parents to Dr. Appt.

17.  4 dr. appts of my own

18.  laid sod on new sewer line in the back yard.

19.  Did a bit of gardening

20.  Blogged

21.  washed all the winter scarves and hats

22.  Attempted to de-flea the animals (many baths, treatments and brushing….sigh…)

23.  Kept up the Etsy store.

24.  took lots of naps…

25.  Read a book

26.  Helped interview one of my new bosses.

27.  Watched and cheered for Thunder Basketball

28.  played with Kaylore and Karver and J. W.

29.  Ironed a basket of shirts (at least a dozen)

30.  Hemmed a dozen fabric napkins

31.  Stupidly agreed to serve on another choral directors board….sigh…when will I ever learn?!?!?!?!

32.  Spent a little time in the garden.

33. carted many bags of crap to the thrift store (and didn’t even go in to shop!)

34.  made breakfast for the nephews

35.  cleaned and purged linen closet

36.  Shredded 10 years of tax records.

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The day before Easter (yes, of this year) David and JW came to my house to do some fence repair.  It actually turned out to be a LOT more work and expense than we expected, but am glad and grateful that it is finished!

The gaping hole:

The deep hole…

On ONE of our trips to the hardware store, they were handing out free rain guage kits for the kids.  JW got one and David was helping him put it together.  David is BRAVE and JW has a pretty good aim!

the finished product:

After the fence was fixed and we were totally exhausted (especially David) JW and I colored easter eggs.  I totally forgot how fun this was!

It was a fun, full and exhausting day…and I’d do it all over again!

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Oklahoma Ax Man

Yesterday, Pete volunteered to come and do some Ax Men work for me. (We are addicted to the show Ax Men on the History Channel) Personally, I think he just loves to run the chain saw.

Preparing the saw on the long pole: (notice the lovely working togs complete with the USMC hat)

Most of the trees we trimmed were from the neighbors yard (on both sides) that were hanging over in my yard and blocking the sun on my plants and grass.

Ax Man in Action!

There were rules was one rule for the day……He cut and I hauled. It actually worked out quite well. but we took this pile……

and had to pile it (with the other stacks of branches) here.

and now my backyard looks like this. Maybe someday I will cut down the ugly tree stump again and hope it doesn’t come back.

Now all that’s left is to do some clean up and figure out how to get rid of all the branches. Maybe “big trash day” will be pretty soon!

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