For the past two years I’ve been doing maintenance around the house. (Well, not “me”, I’ve paid to have it done.) I hope to retire in five years and want to have the expensive items taken care of while I’m still working.
For instance, I replaced the outside doors. My friends asked me why and I replied “I don’t know. All I know is that Paul said a few years ago ‘We need to replace our doors.’ So I did.” Then one of my trees died during last summer’s drought and I had it taken down. Last year right before the rainy season, the shingles started sliding off of my roof. I kept hearing odd noises over the front door, but when I’d open the door and look out, nothing. I blamed it on ghosts (that’s a story for another time). Then one day I came home from work to find a large section of shingles had fallen near the stoop. Luckily I was able to get the roof replaced before the rain started.
Some of my driveway sections were lopsided from a few years back when we had to have the sewer line unclogged, so I had it replaced. Turned out that the builder just poured the cement on top of dirt, that’s why the squares started lifting when the back-hoe drove up. The man I hired to replace the driveway took care of that and said I shouldn’t have to replace the driveway again in my lifetime. Since he was replacing the driveway, I had him put a small patio in the front by the stoop. I’ve always wanted a porch, but because of where the sewer lines come into the house, we couldn’t have one put on. So now I have a nice little patio to sit on. I had some stones put in the front yard around a couple of trees so I don’t have to mow over the large roots and so I’d have less grass to mow. And finally, I had the rotted deck replaced on the back of the house.
I’m actually looking forward to planting flowers this summer. Something I’ve not done at this house. I take that back, I did plant three Peonies and a couple of rose bushes in the last 20 years. But the rose bushes have long since died. Paul planted the dwarf Lilac bush that I posted about previously. When the landscaper was putting in the rocks, I had some mock rose bushes planted and some little green plants that don’t mind the sun (don’t know what they are called). But that’s about it. My sister is into plants and flowers, so she is going to help me.
I’m also doing some things on the inside to bring the house up-to-date. It was built in 1980, so it’s time to do some “refreshing.” This is the fun part. For months and months and months…. I’ve been looking at decorating websites to get ideas. I change my mind OFTEN, so I have been taking my time. I’m also a bit of a tight-wad, so I’ve been reading do-it-yourself websites too. I just started taping episodes of The Nate Berkus Show (www.thenateshow.com) and now I read that they are cancelling his show this year.