After a very rainy week, today the sun has finally popped out bringing the warmer (and drier) weather with it. The whole week is going to be like today. What a perfect time for us to start our spring time projects!
We have a list of ‘must be done’, as printed below. There is a back up list of things we’d like to get done but they are not an emergency nor necessary. For example, I would love a 10 X 10 shade covering over the center of our deck. Not going to happen. Too expensive. So, I opted for a 9 ft red umbrella at $99. Slash that. I’m down to a 7 ft umbrella BUT it’s been put on a waiting list. Let’s see how the spring expenses go. In the interim, my 10-year-old 7 ft umbrella can still get through yet another summer!
I’ve been wanting to paint our front and side entrance doors for ages. It’s time. I’m sticking to the Colonial Red I started with 17 years ago (gosh, has it been that long?) Also, our kitchen needs several touch ups from several remodeling episodes over the year. Now’s the time to do it. I’m also going to go around the house, with my trusty angle brush and touch up all the white trim in the kitchen, hallway and living room (I already have this paint & related brush) Paint doesn’t come cheap anymore. These two quarts plus assorted brushes totaled $43.23. Gulp.
Another thing we are replacing this summer season is our old, original gas grill. Each season hubby had to buy several replacement parts for $65. Granted that’s better than replacing the grill with another $165 Weber. This year, for $99 we bought a brand new grill. It’s perfect for the two of us (and the occasional guests) and comes with three gas burners. Hubs is putting it together now. (I don’t hear any cursing, so it must be going well. LOL)
Lastly, if you remember my past episode last week dealing with my two rat-pack, hoarding daughters, I managed to solve the problem. I dragged their stuff over to the basement shelves, loaded up a section with the crap neatly piled high. I counted the units. All in all, they dumped another 21 packages in my basement, in addition to the two closets each they have in their bedrooms.
I sent them one of my infamous emails telling them they had 7 days to remove the crap out of my beautiful, neatly, organized basement (that hubs and I worked on last spring). Failure to remove gave them two choices: they now must pay me $100 a month storage fees (just like other storage companies charge) or their crap was being hauled down to Goodwill, so that other, less fortunate children could be helped.
In less than an hour, my SIL is driving up here, going through the stuff for both girls and relocating it up on the second floor into one of their already cramped closets. What doesn’t fit will be brought back. In any event, I won’t have to deal with this nonsense anymore.
This whole experience put such a damper on my psyche. I’m sure, you the reader are bored with it by now. I was so upset by this experience that I went on a purging encounter. I was up till 4AM last night, going through each and every one of my draws, cabinets, closets pulling out stuff I no longer needed or wanted. I am so into minimalism, it’s beyond belief. I’m into owning ‘just enough’. If you own less, you live more! You have to ask yourself ‘what do I really need? What are my values? What is my purpose in life?’ It certainly isn’t 27 pairs of shoes for a three-year old (yes! my daughter had one vacuum sealed package filled with 27 pairs of shoes!)
Anyway, it’s over now. Peace and my core balance have been returned to my life. And if not, I’ll be $200 richer each month!
Here is my new idol. My new guru! Live and learn: