Sunday, May 25, 2008

Home Maintenance

It's spring. Just about summer. And we've actually done some cleaning. I did some carpet cleaning last weekend. Also re-stained the deck, and converted the bird bath over to the summer configuration. In the summertime, I have a modified trash can with a filter basket sitting in a hole in the top ... there's a water pump in the bottom, and I have an overflow with a chute from the bird bath that empties into it. This keeps the water moving in the bird bath to keep mosquitoes from breeding in it, plus it keeps the water filtered and increases the effective volume of water in the bird bath. I even have it hooked up to the automatic watering system on the deck to keep the reservoir full.

I got some hanging plants from Strawberry Hill Nursery, and put the plants from last summer that have been kept alive in "the cave" over the winter out there, plus those that wintered in the living room. Oh, and I got the vegetable garden planted and tarpapered over to keep the weeds down. I need to get the auto-irrigation system all hooked up yet for both the garden and the deck plants.

This weekend we put a sil on the top of the half-wall at the top of the stairs. Vicki touched up paint all over the hallway and kitchen. I repaired one of the hanging lamps in the kitchen, and hacked back the grape vine.

We also managed to squeeze in dinner at Murry's this week with the Williams, and babysat for Trenton Friday night. I think we'll be seeing him again tomorrow. Hopefully he'll be a little happier than he was friday night. The kid was tired but he refused to go to sleep until physiolgoy gave him no choice.

Looking forward to Aunt Pat and Kaity coming to visit tomorrow evening. Going out to Mom & Dad's on Saturday for the Mothers/Fathers day shindig and a general family get-together with Aunt Pat and Kaity. Then Sunday go pick up Cassie & Q to stay here a few days while Mama & Papa go get Grandma Lee from California and move her to Kansas City.

Yeah, it's busy around here.

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