I've had a lot of time to think over the past week or ten days, and I've come to some conclusions. One involves barn wood. The farther you are away from barn wood, the more you love it. If you live in Brooklyn, for example, you are crazy mad in love with barn wood. If you grew up on a farm, like my dad, barn wood doesn't do much for you. It's just the stuff that's on the side of the barn.
Me, I'm somewhere in between, although definitely leaning more toward my dad's point of view. I've had all this time to think because I've been doing 12-hour stints of mindless work: power washing, scraping, priming, painting, weeding. We're having both sides of the family visit in two weeks to celebrate my daughter's high school graduation, and what better time to condense a few years' worth of work into a few weeks? This is the 'before' photo of one of the more satisfying projects, involving the shed.
And the 'after,' which only took part of one of the 12-hour shifts. I'm hoping that by the time the family arrives, some of those flowers will be popping (and the vining black-eyed susan that looked so large at the nursery will be climbing up the trellis.)
Other things I did this week:
- Power-washed pretty much every surface.
- Weeded and mulched the flower beds.
- Mowed a whole lot of grass.
- Scraped and painted the front porch floor.
- Painted the trim and wall on another side of the shed.
- Scraped and primed the back wall of the house.
- Gave thanks for a pop-up thunderstorm this morning, which seemed like a good reason to not paint the back wall of the house today.
- Not a fan of biologic diversity. No more had the maple seeds stopped falling than the fuzzy things on the walnut trees started. There is always something to sweep/rake/curse at around here.
- I hate bicyclists. They ride on our road all the time. Where are they getting this free time? Shouldn't they be power-washing or painting something?
- I'm so glad I have a job to go to tomorrow because, at least as far as I know, I won't have to rake, shovel, scrape or paint anything.