It seems like the list of things to do and fix around here is never-ending. We have been consolidating our list of repairs/upgrades this Fall as we have shed off our last consumer debt, save for the mortgage, and we are working on that
Things that need repaired or replaced—
- The back fence
- The kitchen floor
- The exterior house paint
- The back deck demolition
- The back screen door
- Refinishing the front door
- Painting several rooms
- The dead/dying Nanking Cherry bushes
This list alone is enough to keep us busy all Fall and Winter seasons. We have scheduled the fence for spring Tax Season due to budgetary constraints. Most of the rest just takes time and some paint, though the patio won't be cheap even doing the work ourselves.
Then there is the list of stuff to build—
- The front planter
- The new patio
- The gazebo/roof for the new patio
- New flooring ideas in several areas
The biggest issue with fencing is being in a subdivision, we do not own all the fencing around our property line. One part is a double fence (co-owned), one long run is ours (we have the posts on our side) and one belongs to the other neighbor on the south. Trying to coordinate 4 households to work on all sides of our fence is going to be a challenge. In addition, all four households have dogs and cats that need their yards returned to an intact fence status fairly rapidly. I suspect we will have to piecemeal the fence work.
Not everything is yet to be done however. We do have the new dishwasher now, and it is nice. After 17 years the old contractor grade unit just needed to go… plus there other kitchen appliances are all newer scratch ‘n dents or floor demos. Hopefully they are of sufficient quality to survive our household! Also the house has a new roof as of last summer. That was a big thing that needed doing, and I am glad we were able to get it done.
Don’t forget yard maintenance either, or the HOA Yard Patrol will send you nasty-grams. I guess some folks just ignore the nasty-grams as they have not mowed their weeds in over a month. Photinia shrubs grow like the weeds they are, and usually add 3-5ft each summer. It routinely overtops the roof line in a single summer. We chopped that back today, and later on we will attack the Photinia that over hangs our back fence from our west neighbor. His shrubs are about as tall as a two story house, and growing.
All this work to do ought to keep us busy and out of trouble…maybe! I am beginning to think I feel like Six, over at The Warrior Class, except I am not
tearing up remodeling my bedroom, yet!