Oh my goodness! It’s been a busy week around here now that the sun is shining and home maintenance is calling. My husband works a lot of hours and it seems we spend most Saturdays doing home maintenance and yard work.
Once you start out there, the jobs seem endless. I want to use my husband where it really counts, doing things I would not want to do alone. Things like putting in additional cinder block raised garden beds and sod cutting. Yep, those intimidate me a little.
In order to have time to do it all, I took on spreading a half yard of bark, mowing, and power washing this week.
Boy, let me tell ya, put a power washer in this girl’s hands and I want to wash the world! I may have taken a little paint off the house too. Uh-oh!
Okay, so it was a rainy day but I’m hoping you can see the difference. Yes, I power washed in the rain. I’m one tough cookie.
Look at this curb though. I wanted to do the whole neighborhood but time, energy, and hose length were all factors.
Isn’t it pretty? I’m feeling awfully smug. Come on neighbors, keep up, power wash those curbs!
Our grass, now that’s a different story. It’s gotta be the worst in the neighborhood. Moss seems to be the issue in the grass and on the roof.
Did I really just show you that? How embarrassing!
You Gotta Know When to Hold’em, Know When to Fold’em
You’re singing it, aren’t you? How can you not? The Gambler by Kenny Rogers refers to the popular poker variety of Texas Hold’em. When you fold your cards, you give up. What it means is you should know when to keep trying and when to quit the fight.
For some reason, this was going through my head as I spent hours power washing. This was doable. It was something I could take on myself. Hard work, sure, but I was able. I borrowed the power washer from my dad, wore my husband’s rain boots, and, for the price of gas, I got ‘er done.
Funny story alert…
I had to pick kids up from school in the middle of these projects. The boy, Jack, asked me to pick him up at 4:00. I hopped in the truck in all my glory. Nope. Didn’t freshen up or change a bit. Guess what? Jack was nowhere to be found. By 4:20, I was knocking on the school door to track down that boy. I talked to the secretary, one of his teachers, and a few parents and students before I found the boy and we were on our way. Now I knew my clothes were covered in mud but when I saw myself in the mirror, I just had to laugh. I had mud splattered all. over. my. face. Lol! Of course, the day I was at my best was the day I got out of the car.
When so much needs to be done, you gotta know what you can handle and what you need to hire out.
Spreading bark, mowing, power washing, no problem.
Roof maintenance, house exterior paint, thatching, not my gig.
In a perfect world, you might hire it all out. We don’t live in the perfect world so we do what we can and decide what’s important enough to hire out.
I’m thinking the roof is our next move to hire out.
Building those raised garden beds, we got that!
What home maintenance do you hold and handle yourself?
What home maintenance projects do you fold and hire out?