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I am so excited!  This is the summer of home improvements – in our first home.

We moved into our house in October, so it was too late in the year to do any gardening, and too cold to do any real improvements to the inside (most of the inside work involves stripping wood or painting) or outside of the house.  But now it’s spring.

David has started going through a [rather long] handyman list.  He’s got some sort of schedule for the summer and has started going through it this week by:

  • Installing screen doors onto our deck from the dining room
  • Replacing the light fixture above the sink
  • Hanging MANY picture frames
  • Getting someone to build steps from our deck down to our yard (we had a small set at the corner, but now we have a deck wide set across the entire front)

I’ve been working, but I try to jump in and contribute, too.  I’ve started a couple of things that will take a while to complete:

  • Stripping the wood in the bathroom (painted a hideous dark yellow – over GORGEOUS wood)
  • Brushing rust from a second-hand wrought iron table/chair set

Also, we’re spending a lot of time outside – which makes me insanely happy.  I love the spring and summer!  We’ve had people over for cookouts, we’ve done some gardening (David doing the heavy duty weed digging and tree chopping, me doing the weeding and planting), and we bought shampoo for the dog.  David says it’s silly to spend money to have someone else wash our dog.  =)  After having done it once myself, I’m not so sure he’s right.  I did enjoy the experience, even if Jake HATED it.  It was funny – very funny – but I ended up SOAKED, and smelled like dog shampoo for a long time.

Anyway, the reason I’m not posting much is that I’m enjoying outside.  I spend all day in front of a computer – it’s good to get outside while the weather’s great.  =)

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  1. Avatar June 7th, 2007 at 5:27 pm tom Says:

    The key to dog washing (in my limited experience) is keeping a hand on them at all times. I’ve mostly washed them inside (just about everywhere outside was so dusty it would have been a wasted effort). The only way to keep them from shaking was to always keep a hand on their back. None of my dogs ever liked bathes and they always gave me that “why don’t you love me anymore” look. Luckily, they were mostly clean dogs (Boxers) and couch potatoes (which means I didn’t really have to specify Boxers a moment ago if you’ve ever known one) so I didn’t wash them very often.

  2. Avatar June 8th, 2007 at 8:50 am Tara Says:

    Boxer, Rhodesian Ridgeback – both can be described as relatively clean couch potatos. =)

  3. Avatar June 9th, 2007 at 12:17 am tom Says:

    Rhodies! I LOVE them. My favorite breed (next to Boxers of course). To me they are like the “formal chic” dog. That little pin stripe on their back and uniform color gives them this sort of “I’m on my way out for a nice dinner” look at an upscale (but not TOO upscale) place. I’ve only known two. One was probably the coolest dog I’ve ever met and the other was completely neurotic. Of course, of the Boxer’s I’ve known, the same could be said.

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