In my mind, every other Wednesday I should provide you with an update on the progress of the White House for Wayward Women & Children. In my mind, we should almost be finished. In my mind I should also wake up with photo shoot ready hair, makeup and wardrobe. Alas, a mind is a terrible thing to waste, so let’s step back into reality. Progress in the kitchen is actually happening, it’s just not visually stunning . . . or interesting. But please don’t tell Kevin I said that. He’s spent a great deal of time in there over the last week or two.
Most of the baseboards are up and his biggest dilemma was whether to leave a wall intact or knock it out and create the door that will lead to what will someday be a deck and patio. Notice how I said someday? That patio is nowhere on the immediate to-do list. I’d much rather focus on the rest of the first floor, even the side porch where we actually sit now, before cutting a whole in the wall for a door we won’t use anytime soon. But don’t tell him I said that either. Instead, I dropped subtle hints, hoping he’d realizes it’s not really important right now. Guess what, I came home one day and he’d replaced the baseboards on that wall. Winning!
He’s also spent much of his time repairing uneven walls. Our house is almost 100 years old, so all the walls are plaster which makes for a tedious repair. Were it drywall we could simply replace an entire portion if needed or cut out where repairs are needed and replace with another piece. No such thing with plaster. He’s applying joint compound, sanding, reapplying, sanding again, you get the picture, but I know it’s worth it to do it right, I’m just bored with the process. And so I started another project, because when you’re me, that’s what you do!
When we first moved here, I loved the bushes out front. I felt they added a certain grace and character to the house and honestly, I couldn’t imagine what the house would look like without them.
Then this started happening more often, trash and litter caught underneath the branches. We rarely use this entrance so I’m not outside during the cold months sweeping and cleaning like I am during the summer, and then at second glance, it’s a tad boring. No flowers, no color . . . Nice, but I think we can do better. And so I started cutting . . .
And then Kevin wanted to join in the fun, so he started cutting, but he’s a bit more adventurous than I am!
And so, over the past week, we’ve done an awful lot of cutting.
I’m wondering why it took so long for me to do this because I love the results. Getting rid of those bushes allows you to really see the house and hopefully in two weeks I will have an update on not only the kitchen, but also the front as I spend the next week fertilizing and figuring out what to plant!