So, we’re all unpacked – the stuff that came from Germany, anyway. We still have to empty our local storage unit and bring everything over to the house. We’ll get around to that someday.
In the meantime, we’ve been getting a handle on all of the maintenance we need to catch up on around our cozy cottage. That is how I like to think of our house, cozy cottage. There are some McMansions on the other side of the neighborhood, but we live in a modest ranch style house. It is just the right amount of house for our family.
As I mentioned in a previous post, before I was able to see the house again, I dreamed of painting and replacing the floors right away. Once we were able to finally see our house after 2 1/2 years, we knew those projects would be delayed a while. We had lots of little repair jobs to tackle first and some big landscaping jobs to plan. Oh, this yard needs lots of work.
First of all, we had to find our tools. Jeromy took his tool box to Germany. We unpacked that very quickly. Our box cutters were in it and box cutters are a gal’s best friend on moving day. The yard was quickly becoming overgrown. We had to buy some lawncare equipment like a new lawnmower and edger. We sold those things before we moved to Germany. We were certain at the time that we’d never live in this house again and we wouldn’t need a lawnmover any time soon. I did find my work gloves, so now there is no excuse for me not to get out in the yard. There are lots of weeds to pull out front.
Everyday I keep adding to this immediate To Do List:
Fix guest bathroom drain
Paint trim around garage door
Wash house with 30% bleach solution
Throw out wicker bench
Trim along sidewalk, front porch, driveway and patio
Put together schrank (a German armoire since there’s no such thing as closets in Germany)
Fit shelves for schrank
Hang curtain rods and curtains (Have to buy a drill to get this one done. Yup, sold that too.)
Hang wall shelves in Josh’s room
Hang wall shelves in office
Repair this laminate countertop and backsplash
Repair unglued laminate cabinets
Clean grout on kitchen and bathroom floors
Measure for new floors
Measure for new countertops & cabinets
Repair eaves above garbage enclosure
Replace burned out oven light bulb
Replace light bulb in front porch fixture
Take down old/rusted shower curtain rod & put up new
Get estimate for repairing/replacing broken fence gates
Fix garage door opener
Well, you get the idea. A few things have been crossed out, but not much. There is enough work to keep us busy around here before we get to the fun stuff like painting and flooring. I dream of a day when I can put some “new to me” furniture in my house. But for now I’m taking some pleasure in fixing, repairing and cleaning MY house.