Monday, April 23, 2018

End of April Goals


As I write this, we have eight full days of April left. Just Saturday I was thinking about my relatively free calendar so there should be no excuses to not get a few things knocked off a to do list and have a couple actual goals. So many things did not happen in March and then April crap weather derailed  outdoors plans, but with forecasts in the 60's now and sunlight into the evening hours, we can get spruced up a bit for May.


  • Clear porch of broken wicker bench and replace it with some other seating. This is a favorite place for DD2 to read and do homework when it is nice. She and pup will spend hours on the porch and it is a great motivator for her for studying. The plastic wicker bench, which I really loved, has cracked and splintered and is not usable. I'm not sure If I'll get a couple chairs and a little table, or a bench, but because used for reading, there needs to be a back. I think I'll just belt tighten a bit and see if I can just squeak this out of monthly cash flow as opposed to the household project budget target.
  • Haul all the dried debris for the yard to the fire pit and get it burned down. Clean out the pit and rake around so it is ready for good wood burning fires. This will clear  up the back quite a bit and make yard work easier for May plus make the fire pit usable for hanging out on nice nights.
  • Throw dying unsalvagable plant in my Chinese porcelain planter and replant. I have no green thumb.  I've had it for about 8 years but it never really looked healthy and now it is completely awful.  I need a low maintenance something. Suggestions?
  • Clean windows from the outside. 
  • Repair the railing on the deck-temporary fix while we decide what we are going to do long term. 


We still have loads of the March indoor tasks to take care of, so on rainy nights and in between we'll keep puttering on with those. I just think having a spruced up outdoor space will put us all in better moods after the  cabin fever induced depressive state we've all been in. Have you started outdoor spring cleaning yet? What tasks do you need done this spring?

10 comments:

  1. Oh you are making me feel guilty. We have spent time at the lake getting it gussied up for summer but we have done nothing right here where we live! Crap! It is almost May!

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    1. Things jut look so Munsterish around out place-hardly like spring. I want to com ehome at the end of the day and see spring!

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  2. We started outside now that we finally had a nice weekend...started burnng broken trees and branches in the fire pit and scrubbing our huge concrete patio and power washing...the 75ish percent we completed looks awesome. Hoping next weekend we can finish the job...even though we have blisters on our hands!

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    1. Yes! The cleaning of porches and decks and patios feels so nice to get spring launched.

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  3. Oh we have so much to do...patio furniture is filthy, pool need love, and I'm going to Green Acres tomorrow to get my garden going which is going to be a chore all unto itself...honestly, I would love to just rip the entire back yard out and start over but that isn't going to happen so I have to just deal with what we've got!

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    1. I need a good scrub brush for the patio stuff. Ours is nothing fancy, but it does the job intended so might as well make it look good. I hear you on wanting to start over. We have dead trees and rambly area that all needs to go, but won;t happen with our budget this year, so going to make do as best we can.

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  4. I know how you feel, the rubbish weather has really put back our many plans to get the exterior of the house, and the garden looking a bit better. Our to-do list is so long I can hardly believe it, thankfully there are lots of fairly simple, if time consuming, things we can do ourselves without too much expense.

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    1. While we really could start fresh and not miss naything, a few evenings and weekends with just som ehard work will make things look much better. That's what I'm happy to settle for this spring.

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  5. Now is,indeed, the best time for outdoor cleaning, repairs and replacements. 'Mr Weather' gives his permission to carry out these worthy projects with minimum of discomfort.

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    1. Even if cloudy, we can be productive if we have vare ground. I have a few patches of mucky snow here and there, but then a day or two of drying and we can begin to rake and hopefullly the grass will start peaking out.

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