We are very lucky to be related to or have friends who are painters, masons, plumbers, electricians, welders, or just general handymen. Because of this we have crossed a lot of our "House To-Do" list. So much it's worth a post! As we plan for projects and prepare financially for each one, the new job was a good reason to kick off several. Additionally, bartering has been proven helpful. You know, where the cobbler exchanged services with the tailor or the baker swapped goods with the blacksmith. I exchanged Red Sox Tickets with a mason and got this!
I also exchanged a pedicure with my electrical/lighting savy friend and had our chandelier fixed. Now all five light bulbs work and the candle sticks are back to normal! We also borrowed my Dad's trailer to make several dump runs of yard brush and dead flowers. It's hard to cut down the peonies, hostas, and hydrangeas but knowing spring is right around the corner is helpful. My brother the painter also snuck by one day and painted a portion of the front side, which was a result of this. We definitely were the "cool" house on the block. Other small projects (really can't believe this hasn't been done sooner) was drilling nice hooks on the back of the bathroom door and adding door stoppers to all the doors.
Next big project? Replacing four old wooden windows on the bottom floor. Last year, two layers of plastic barely kept the draft in. We've moved the roof replacement to the spring and hope it holds out. Although, our chimney sweeper mentioned there were a few soft spots while he was on the roof. Cross your fingers peeps! Stop by and you might see our mason (brother's-girlfriend-BIL), painter (brother), roofer (other brother) ripping shingles off our roof in the spring. :-)
The chimney is swept for nice fires; a cord of wood cut, split, loaded, unloaded and stacked; boiler cleaned for fall/winter warmth; chandelier ready for daylight savings time, walkway installed for easy shoveling; and gardens almost laid to rest for their winter sleep.
Although never complete, the To-Do list is a bit shorter these days....
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