On Friday we took Kramer for a long walk..got some ice cream even though it was freezing and walked by the orange library. The library was closed, but we walked through the parking lot and on the way through stopped at the discount section (its outdoors so always available) where all the books are 10 cents each and you pay on the honor system basically! I got the absolute cutest, sweetest book...a book of old love letters by Beethoven, Washington, etc.
kramer was tired and happy after his walk
Saturday was fight night..I made a taco bar & we watched two girls beat each other up...it was awesome! women in UFC is so much funner than just men!
Sunday was chore day. We went to home depot to stock up
& we borrowed some tools from my dad to get the backyard cleaned up...the plants are sooooo crazy and overgrown because we don't have a gardener or a landlord who does it regularly. So we finally had to bite the bullet and do it. The wind made it really hard that day because leaves were blowing everywhere, so we saved the cleaning up portion of the day for this weekend when the winds have died down. We did trim the stuff along the fence..
we sprayed some weed spray, cute down a completely useless shrub by our bedroom window, and got the fallen branches out of the trees. Like I say in almost every post about the backyard, theres still LOTS to do, but we definitely made progress. As you can see, the tent is somehow still standing! its totally torn up but we haven't removed it because we have no idea what to do with that little cement area back there. We are sure how it will be used best. I'm kinda liking the idea of a nice dining set out there so we can use it as basically a dining room over the summer...this one is SO CUTE but its $600 from ikea=( but I love the wood and white together.
We are also considering getting a new gazebo. I dont really like how it closes off the space, but I do like the shade it provides in the summer. If we got one, it'd definitely be a neutral color with mosquito netting like this
The last option is no tent, just a small seating area outside. I love the way this one looks, and it would be pretty easy to copy since I already have that same outdoor rug (i got it last summer on clearance for $10!)
I saw these outdoor chairs at home depot when we were there and i fell in love with the shape and the light minty blue color. I love everything about them, except that they were almost $40 each. Thats just dumb, but I'll keep an eye on them and see if they go on sale.
We will stew on it for a while just to decide whats best for us and that space, but at least we have options.
A few other little things we did on Sunday...we added a Y light thingy to the kitchen pendant so it gives off more light than just a single bulb. Doesn't look as good, but it gives off the best lighting. We also replaced all the bulbs with energy efficient ones.
Everything in this place is so old and so ragged....so we have to do a fair amount of maintinence just to keep it semi decent looking. The sink area was so ugly, all the caulking was yellow and no amount of bleaching helped. So we got some silicone caulking and re-caulked the entire bathroom....the tub and everything.
I'm dying to change that hideous, too low, stained, rusty faucet...but that's going a bit too far for someplace that isn't even ours! If I can find one miraculously for $10 then I'd do it, but otherwise the hideousness has to stay.
The weather is going to be so nice this week so I wish we had the backyard done already so I could enjoy it, but at least its getting there.