This is going to be a different type of day- a weekend! This particular day is last Saturday when Dan and I did lots of work on the house. My parents also came to help us out and it ended up being a really busy day. I hope you enjoy following along a day in my life!
6:00 - Wake up bright and early. We take Selma out and see a few deer and squirrels, then see our neighbor walking his chickens. We're not in the city anymore!
7:00 - Drive to Lowe's (trip #1) to pick up fence posts and gravel. We've been taking trips to Lowe's and Home Depot SO. MUCH. Lately!
7:30 - Drive to Breuggers to pick up bagels for everyone. Life pro tip- if you're getting help from family or friends, always bring food for them.
8:00 - Get home, set up ladder and do other things to get ready for work.
9:00 - My parents arrive, and we all eat bagels and drink coffee.
9:30 - Time to get to work! Our first job was to trim back trees that were hitting the side of the house. We have a cherry blossom tree that's in bloom, but about half of it was dead so we cut that all back. We also realized another small tree in the front yard was completely dead, so we cut that down as well.
10:30 - Move all of the wood down to the mulch pile. Our yard is pretty hilly, so walking up and down with a bunch of wood was hard work!
11:00 - Start prepping the living room for paint. That means taping up all of the baseboards, windows, outlets, spackling any nail holes, taking down window treatments and washing them, and washing all of the walls. Meanwhile, Dan and my dad start to work on the bathroom sink which has been leaking. There's a problem with the faucet, so they take trip #2 to Lowe's to pick up supplies.
11:30 - Finish up prepping the walls and help take apart the old faucet. Once it's taken apart, we realize we don't have plumber's putty to adhere the faucet to the porcelain sink, so the guys go back to Lowe's for trip #3 while my mom and I stop at the mall to fix her watch and I grab some food.
1:00 - Start to work on the gutters. During the home inspection, we saw a lot of water damage in the garage and back corner of the house. While Dan was cleaning out the gutters, we noticed that there was a leak in the corner, which caused water to run down the side of the house and slowly destroy all of the mortar and wood framing. Time for another trip to Lowe's (#4) to pick up caulking!
2:00 - Re-caulk the gutters, and start to chip away all of the broken mortar in between the bricks.
3:00 - Head down to fix the broken fence posts in the yard. There were three posts that were completely rotted and laying down in the yard, so we had to fix those right away so that Selma could be left outside and not chase deer out of the yard (not that this has happened....). First we cut away the wire fence attached to the fence posts, then remove all the old wooden posts, dig holes for the new posts, fill it a bit with gravel, put in the posts, fill in with dirt, make sure it's level, add in the cross pieces of wood, and nail back the fencing. Times three.
4:00 - Just about done for the day! Clean up all the tools and toss out the trash.
4:30 - Head back to our apartment, stopping on the way at Trader Joe's for some groceries for the week.
5:30 - Home! First things first- a shower. I feel absolutely disgusting, and it's amazing how much better I feel after taking a shower!
6:00 - Relax for a bit- read blogs, watch some episodes of Quantico with Dan and eat dinner. I'm so hungry and thirsty!
8:00 - Tidy up around the apartment and pack some boxes to take to the house the next day. We still have a lot of projects to do this weekend - priming the walls, replacing locks, mowing the yard, cleaning up the flower beds, replacing the mortar- so I make a plan for the next day.
9:00 - I'm absolutely exhausted so I head to bed early, and fall asleep almost immediately! That's how you know that you had a busy day. Good night!
Your turn- what did you do this weekend?
What does a busy day look like for you?
Do you like doing house work or would you rather pay someone to do it?