Saturday, February 7, 2009

Git 'Er Done

When we have slow days at work I make mental lists of all the things I could be doing at home. Then when I get home I'm usually tired or just don't feel like getting much done. Well, the last few months I have been taking advantage of most weekends and gettin' it done. Here's a sample of what I've done so far today:

I replaced the mildewy, moldy, gross white curtain in our shower with a piece of navy shower curtain. I had to buy it new but I saved the rest for another project someday. It looks so much better!

I cleaned up 3 dozen eggs and sent them with Brian to some of our friends and neighbors.

I taped off and painted a couple windowsills and some trim with some Opps paint that I found for half off. I've been putting up new trim in the kitchen but the windowsills and window frames would be really hard to replace so I did this instead. Below you can see what it looked like after 1 coat. All that white trim will be replaced with new eventually.

When I went back to do a second coat I found this. Apparently Baxter was looking out the window. I went to find him...

I took a break and had the last piece of cheesecake for lunch, right off the pan. Then Brian came in and stole that last half of it!

Finally, I tackled the sink area. We stripped and stained the cabinets when we moved in, and we also rearranged where they sat in the kitchen. While doing that we shortened the sink cabinet which meant the doors wouldn't fit back on anymore. Someday we'll figure out a way to alter the doors and make them fit - Brian pointed out that we will want them back on by the time we have kids. In the meantime, I sewed this curtain for the front and hammered in the top piece.

The curtain matches the one I made to hide the trash can. We left the overhang on the counter on purpose so we could store the trash can there, and I love how it turned out.

Then I put the kickplate on the bottom of the dishwasher (I found it in the bedroom closet!?) and scrubbed the whole thing so it looks like new.

I also went outside (it is over 40 today!) and played fetch with the dogs for a bit. I found my 3# bag of grass seed and spread some out in the lawn's bare patches so it will grow in the spring.

I got the mail and in it was my confirmation letter from Sand Hill Preservation Center!! They said the 1st possible ship date for my order is May 5th. The good side of that is that I have more time to set up a brooder area. The downside is that those chicks will expand our laying flock so now it will be a little longer before we have more eggs.

Now I'm off to finish hemming some of Brian's pants and start on some new scrubs for myself. I have seasons 1 & 2 of Jon & Kate + 8 on DVD so I'll pop that in and start sewing. Brian has been keeping busy all day getting just as much done outside and in the shop. Between the two of us this place will be nice one day! :)

I might even make this a regular post to keep myself on track and remind me of all the progress we're making. When do you get things done around the house? What do you hope to accomplish in the near future? I'd love to hear what you all are doing to improve your homes.


Farmer's Daughter said...

You got a lot done today!

We do most of our work on the house on weekends, too. Ed was all upset today because he put the first coat of paint on our pantry cabinets last night and they weren't dry enough for a second coat yet. He used oil-based paint, so it takes longer to dry. Instead of painting, he went to his parents house and worked on the countertop for the cabinets. I picked up the house, went grocery shopping, and cooked a nice dinner. I got to relax and watch TV which was really nice!

Anonymous said...

Wow! You were busy!!! I have so many things I'd like to do. Mostly I have to make do. The surround around the tub badly needs the be done. The plaster wall is crumbling in pieces into the tub. I think that is #1 on the list of things to do. We plan to fix up the bathroom someday, but the tub surround and replacing it with tile is a priority. When we sell the motorcycle in the spring or summer (hopefully people are buy??!) we'll replace our windows. Then just sprucing up the place- scrubbing the siding, some flowers or something...when all this snow melts! :D

Jena said...

FD - I know where Ed is coming from, it is annoying when you want to work and something holds you up. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your day!

Julie - Our bathroom was the worst area of our home too. The condensation used to build up on the ceiling so there was rust colored staining up there, and the tub and sink had so much rust I thought I would never get it off. We did get new faucets and things and I painted in there but the tub walls are some type of paneling so paint won't stick there. I'd love to have the tub resealed and a new surround put in someday, we'll see. Our house had a new roof, windows, and siding about 10 years ago so I guess we're pretty lucky. I just wish Brian's grandma hadn't put 10 coats of paint on everything! Good luck with your improvements, I'm sure they will get done come springtime.

mradam said...
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mradam said...

I hadn't seen a pic of Baxter before today. When my kids saw the pic of your cat they immediately asked, "Is that Dora?" We have a cat that looks almost identical to yours... when sleeping at least. I can't post a pic, but I loaded a pic of Dora on my photobucket account just to show you.
Nice blog, and nice looking cat, too!

Jena said...

mr - Thanks for reading, glad your kids enjoying the kitty pic. That link didn't go through but I'm sure Dora is a fine cat.