This weekend the weather suddenly went from winter to spring — and it was marvelous! I noticed that the tulips are starting to come up out front — a sure sign that spring is here. Even though we are supposed to get another blast of cold winter weather tomorrow, I’ve convinced myself that it will be the last blast.

I spent the greater part the weekend finding excuses to be outside — taking Leo for walks and trying to do a little yard work. Yes, I said yard work on the last day of March. When your yard needs as much work as mine does — you have to try to get the jump on it every year.


I had a casualty of winter — as you can see on the left of the photo — the larger of my two lightweight cement planters broke with the freeze and thaw. Drat. What you should also notice, is the grass growing so far over the patio and sidewalk — which is what I tackled today.


Above — the “after” looks much better!


Here is a “before shot of the patio — again so much dirt and grass had reached over the patio that it was not allowing water to drain off the one side and run down the hill. There are constantly large puddles and ice slicks over on this end of the patio…


… but no more! You can actually tell that the patio is oval now instead of some scraggly shape. Much better!


I have to remind myself that I am gearing up for the master bathroom remodel —  and not make myself feel overwhelmed by the amount of work that is needed in the yard — however my other goal for the summer is to set up the patio and make it more inviting so I can sit out there and have camp fires in my retro red fireplace. One step at a time, right?



7 thoughts on “SPRING IS IN THE AIR…

  1. You’ll get there! When I have house projects, I just jump on into it. Maybe it’s not the best approach, but for me if I get elbow deep in something then I just have to finish no matter what. Go big or go home right? I’m not sure that applies if you’re already at home, but you get the point.

  2. I have to remind myself to stay on track, too, when it gets warm outside. We’re supposed to be tackling our basement bar but with the sun finally out, and the temperatures a little warmer, it’s hard not to start thinking about all the things I want to do in my yard.

    • I think the key is to try and take one thing at a time to not get overwhelmed — but at the same time, make sure to enjoy the season while you can! No one wants to spend all summer in the basement working when they could be outside. Balance is key! 🙂

  3. Hi, I just found your blog and I think It is great, make me feel better than I not the only crazy who loves this old style furniture. I have a question for you, if I may, do you know a way to erase water marks on furniture. I just found a nice brasilia buffet but it has some water marks (many) and the prices is over $400, so I guess I will have to find someone to refinished it and it will be of course, more expensive, I wonder if its worth the price. Suggestions are welcome thanks!

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