30 Days, 21 Projects – Day 20

I had all but given up on yesterday holding anything that would show progress on this list of 21 projects.  However, I was wrong.  After getting home a bit after 3 p.m. I decided it was time to go outside some and enjoy the nice (above freezing) weather.  If the kids were going to play outside, then I may as well make the most of the nice weather and get something productive done.  I considered breaking up tree limbs from the work done so far on Project #12.  However, I knew that I wouldn’t have time to also remove them from the yard.  Then I realized that if it was warm enough, I could paint the post in our from yard (Project #4).  So that is what I did. After gathering paint, sandpaper, steel wool, and a wet rag I went to do battle.  The air was quickly let out of my balloon when I realized the project was much easier than I was making it.  I didn’t need the sandpaper or steel wool, actually as the rust was very superficial.  I wiped down the post and painted it.  Looks brand new.

Now, this is something others may not notice but which I enjoy knowing looks so much better.  In the grand scheme of things, it probably doesn’t add a lot of our curb appeal.  At least it no longer takes away.  Also, it is part of a larger plan of mine to work more on the outside of the house this summer.  This plan began last fall with the reduction in the front flower bed, in hopes of having an actual flower bed rather than a week bed.  The post was the second step.  Step three is most likely getting a load or two of wood chips to spread around the bushes along the walkway and in the beds in the front yard.

What is in store for today?  Good question.  This is definitely going to be a family day.  A visit to a farm will begin the morning and the afternoon will see a larger meal being made at home.  A meal that will include ribs, potato salad, shredded carrot salad, corn on the cob and cookie cupcakes with raspberry fluff frosting.  I’ll let you know how it all goes.  As for projects I think it will be the day to work on some of the “in progress” projects. 

Lists of my 21 Projects:

  1. Spackle stairway walls
  2. Prime spots to be painted (from previous replacement of door and window frames)
  3. Paint spots around door and window frames
  4. Repaint Horse post by street
  5. Strip vent covers in bathroom and kitchen
  6. Repaint bathroom and kitchen vent covers
  7. Seal pots and paint with chalkboard paint (to be used with herb plants on the deck)
  8. Add outlet cover for washer/dryer
  9. Add outlet cover for outlet on front porch
  10. Check credit report
  11. Replace light fixture in stairway
  12. Remove weeping cherry (to create a place for blackberry bushes) – work in progress
  13. Put out a bird bath
  14. Buy new kitchen trash can – work in progress
  15. Organize and label kitchen pantry
  16. Move clothing totes to back of crawl space (instead of right in front), add shoe rack and rod to hang winter coats
  17. Divide out future clothing sized into clear totes, label
  18. Put camping stuff in tote(s), label
  19. Clean bathroom grout
  20. Seal bathroom grout
  21. Make and freeze 4 different soups, 3 months worth each – work in progress.  3 soups made.
I’m not sure how it is, but it feels as if there is so much left to do.  Yet the list proves that so much has been done already.  9 projects completed and 3 are works in progress.  That is 12 out of 21 projects worked on.  Why is it I am seeing the glass half empty today?
Is anyone else having trouble staying positive about their list of projects?