to-do list: update

Prompted by a series of upcoming house guests, last month we made an overzealous to-do list.  I don’t know if we’ll be able to complete everything on the list (in um, the next week!), but we’ve definitely made some progress:

1. Move remaining tools and remodel supplies out of basement.  Done!
2. Take pile of stuff to Goodwill.  Done!
3. Clean and reorganize basement o’ shame.  Done! (Photographs coming!)
4. Hang curtain at bottom of basement stairs. Done!
5. Clean out and reorganize garage/shop.  Done! (but hey, it’s messy again!)
6. Finish loft. Done!
7. Weed raised veggie garden and buy plants. Done!

I confess, I am ashamed of this year’s veggie garden. I missed the Seattle Tilth edible plant sale in May and was too busy/lazy to go to a proper nursery, so I finally picked up a couple of tomato plants, some herbs and a bag of compost from my neighborhood grocery store a few weeks ago. On a whim, I also grabbed a couple of seed packets of arugula, bell peppers and zucchini (and to my surprise, they’ve all sprouted!). We’ll see what happens. Maybe I won’t suspend our CSA subscription just yet…

8. Weed front yard o’ shame. Done!

I know, it’s pretty sad that I spent most of Saturday in the front yard with the solitary goal of removing all plant life shorter than 6″. But at least it looks like we’re maybe sorta kinda getting ready to plant things. And you know we love brown!

Nevermind that pile of concrete rubble…hey look, the dogwood is in bloom!

Oh crap, we’re those neighbors! (Seriously though, sometimes I want to put a sign in the yard that says, “but you should see the inside!”.) Oh well…you can envision nice plants and some large-scale pavers, right?

Rounding out the list…

9. Sand and refinish patio furniture.  In progress…
10. Apply a new coat of Penofin to front stoop.
11. Design and detail backyard deck.  Done!
12. Build backyard deck. In progress…I can hear the buzz of the drill as I type this.

Thankfully, it’s still in the upper 60’s to low 70’s so at least we don’t have to worry about working outside in the blistering heat. Y’know…like 80 degrees.


5 Responses to “to-do list: update”

  1. Paul says:

    I’m sure your neighbors are counting their lucky stars. You should take a look at some of MY neighbors!
    Hurry up with the deck already, We all can’t wait to see it!

  2. Cait says:

    I’m right there with you on wanting to put a sign in the yard that says, “but you should see the inside!” (Although that would probably invite break-ins, huh?) I feel like we are those neighbors most of the time.

    I’m sure your neighbors are just happy to see you guys doing so much work to your house 🙂

  3. LauraC says:

    Seriously, are we ever going to have summer?!!! Is two days of 75 in a row too much to ask for? Apparently it is . . . That said, we have tons of lettuce and broccoli, which love cool weather. But the garden is all the hubby’s department. Have a good weekend for the 4th!

  4. Venus says:

    I think the front yard looks much better – and you are right… it dies look like you’re getting ready to plant something.

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