There's a lot of reasons why we have several ongoing works in progress at any one time - mainly there's the question of which side of the page the job goes on....necessity or luxury. Take for example the gazebo that will eventually house the hot tub.........
It won't get done this year either....the cost of gas and groceries, two adult children still needing some help from us, two cars needing emergency repairs, a trip to SC for a beloved father's surgery, a trip to Georgia for a beloved son's senior recital and well you get the picture!
It will eventually get done so I don't really sweat the lack of progress; the state of the hot tub cover has put this job on the necessary side of the page for next year. The wind and the rain around here have rotted that cover...it went through two hurricanes in 2004 remember? We have the new cover in one of the eaves.....so once we actually get the metal roof on we're set to go...(screening it will probably stay on the luxury side though for a year or two).
And then there's the front porch brick work....in every garden we work around here, we find old bricks...Some of the bricks are from the old chimney that was removed by our previous owners; some of them are from the old cobblestone road that used to run near here. The farmer Across The Street said that when the county put in the new road, they tore out the cobblestones and all the area farmers went and salvaged as many bricks as they could. Those bricks are being found around trees now in our yard, buried under years and years of dirt.
We've found evidence that there used to be a path leading to that ditch....each February and March a line of snowdrops come up in an arching line to the ditch...this year we trenched either side of the blooming bulbs so that we can follow that old pathway as we lay our bricks. But, as you can see from the unfinished state of the work, this project goes in the "luxury" column because it got put on the back burner when we began this springs "necessary" projects.
And our new old screen door.....it's got its latches and its spring to keep the wind from tearing it out of your hands....but it still needs a new paint color and a new screen in the top section....that's supposed to be done this week.
And that brings me to the fence we put up this spring.....one gate is up and has a latch....one gate is up but is still being tied with a piece of rope, and one gate is leaning against the place it will eventually be put up....that is supposed to this Thursday's project.....but we'll see. The boat may actually need to be put in the water for the first time this year :)....and since the dogs can't get out of the fence then those gates are technically, for the moment, actually a luxury aren't they? uhmmmmm
The first two will eventually look like this:
when they're finished that is!
Oh, I almost forgot....see the paving stones in the photo below? We're making them stone by stone...and eventually they will be laid the width of the house, with a path to the gazebo and hot tub....we chose to do a back patio this way because it looks "old". And I love the way the grass grows through the stones.......
2008 Spring Fling at our house - David was told by co-workers that we were having this party..it was great fun! That's our Murphy sharing the photo op with us...he's guarding me as usual. Photograph by firstname.lastname@example.org
Inside, there's always a project or two that just about completed......here's Hunter's room with its new paint job this month.......
That's Hunter's arm in the photo....he likes to jump into every shot taken...
he really is a shy kid..until you bring out the camera.
Its hard to get a photo of his whole bedroom at one time....
P.S. .....note the mirror in the corner? That still has to be hung above her bed, sideways. And I won't mention the fact that I still haven't made it to the paint store to finish Hunter's ceiling and Dallas' bedroom walls and ceiling (you walk through D's to get to H's)...but this is a post about unfinished projects, isn't it?