A break in the rain

All week I was looking forward to Saturday. Finally, a break in the rain and temperatures decent enough to spend some time outside. Hoping for sun, I settled on an overcast day to start, what i'm sure will be a never ending death march, some landscaping. When I bought the house, I wasn't able to see what hid under 2 feet of snow. Hoping for the best, I waited months until finally a ray of grass was peaking through the tundra. Overall, the yard is in decent shape. Concrete pathways aren't damaged enough to justify re-pouring them, block walls look to be from within this century and are holding up well, and aside from some over-growth the bushes look like they will fill out just fine.

But once I took off my rose colored glasses, I saw the project list growing. Thankfully, we tackled a few on the list this weekend. Here's what's on the docket:

-Remove random rock pile (they removed a tree here, but left the rocks?) and lay grass
-Trim back bushes
-de-leaf the yard
-Remove window awning over garage and house
-Paint railing and flower holder-thing
-Remove/replace edging on rocked areas
-Remove clothes line
-Build a fire pit

Of course, with every project ever there are issues that arise crushing your dreams of accomplishing it all. We started with the awnings, because i've wanted the ones off over the dining room windows since like day 1. These windows face south and I want ALL THE LIGHT in the house. UNFORTUNATELY it seems we need the strength of the HULK to de-screw this thing. I didn't want to take a hammer to it as i'd like to avoid replacing the siding.

The awning over the garage window came down much easier, thankfully.

Next up was a weird rock pile in the middle of the yard. We dug up the rocks and relocated them, then spread some seed in the area. I suppose the upside to all the rain this week is I won't have to water it?

Little moments of overgrown bushes line my house. I can see that a few rabbits have taken over the area since the house has been vacant. I cleared out the area and trimmed them down... here's hopin' they are pretty once they grow out!

Last on my to-do list for the day was to tackle a rusted railing on the side door to my house.

 The first thing in any paint job is to make sure the surface is clean. When metal rusts, it chips. So I used a metal wire brush to scrap off all the chips.

I have painted a few railings in my day and the worst thing that could happen is that some of the paint drips onto the concrete steps - which is basically impossible to un-do. So I taped all the edges and used a make-shift drop cloth of a paper bag.

Then I just used a little brush to coat the whole thing.

Working outside is a nice little change of pace from all the indoor projects this winter. But ALAS! The rain will be keeping me indoors once again. I guess it's time to finally put the trim on in the bathroom....

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