• Stephanie Gillett

Back to Work on The Writing Pad

Updated: Jun 22

It's been a while since we talked about home renovation, and that's because it's been a while since we did anything. I last wrote in February when Ernie was being a good canine citizen and reading with kids at the library. Then, all hell broke loose. COVID.


You'd think we'd have gotten something done around the house, wouldn't you? Hell, we hardly even cleaned it. Like everyone else, we sat wide-eyed on the couch, wondering what was going to become of our world.


But then the weather got warmer, we were finally able to go out and get some supplies, and we're back to work.

I wanted to get some landscaping done in the front, something that would add a little color. I figured we didn't have a lot of time to get plants, so we went down the road and looked at the bush selection at a place on the corner. Well, there wasn't much, so we headed over to another place and I found some hydrangeas and some black-eyed Susans (my favorite!). I purchased some geraniums from the library fundraiser.


I also called Curtis Excavating and had them drop off a "bucket" of dirt. Seriously, they drove over with their tractor and dropped a scoop full of dirt in the driveway. We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto.


It only took a couple of hours to get all the dirt in - Mitch was amazing with our new wheelbarrow - and then we planted our new plants and watered the crap out of them. Now, a week or two later, I've followed up with mulch. I think it looks pretty good!

In the meantime, Mitch is working on windows. It's his plan to refurbish the wood windows, and he built a couple of storm windows last year before the weather got cold. Those kept us warmer than we would have been (though there is so much wrong with them it was only a minor improvement). Some storm windows already existed, but they were in horrible shape.


Similarly, only a couple of screens existed for these poor old windows, so he's building new ones.

You can see below that the screens fit in quite nicely - and they're all painted so neatly. I can't wait for the whole window to look like this!


We also haven't painted the dining room yet, so we are getting ready to do that. We keep putting it off because it's going to make our lives a mess for a couple of days! But stay tuned for more updates soon, there are even board and batten shutters coming in Fruity Sangria! YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!




Mitch's handiwork (see how nice the inner frames are? The whole window will look like that soon!):





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