Since I decided to retire (nobody wanted to give me a job!) I've been putting all my efforts into my house to maybe win back some of the depreciation from the economy crash. Inside, along with a thorough cleaning, I am replacing all the screens with pet resistant material, I took down my bedroom curtains and washed them, removed the old (dirty) white 2-inch metal blinds that came with the house and replaced them with 1-inch dark walnut wood blinds, and put the curtains back up. It looks like a different room. I still need to get someone in to steam clean my couch and love seat. The floors are either hardwood or ceramic tile, so the rugs I can clean with my little Bissel machine.
Outside, I am removing all the grass as soon as I can figure a way to get a good sized roto-tiller home from the rental place. Then I will be laying down weed barrier fabric and some red bark ground cover. My plans are some flowering shrubbery, a Zen garden in one corner, maybe a water feature, but definitely a nice, big flowering cherry tree right smack in the middle and a meandering stone path through it all. In the back yard I only have an eight foot by 30 foot grass strip, so that will be small fruit trees, maybe 4 of them. My neighbors have 3 lemon trees that they said I can pick any time I want, so I'm thinking navel orange, peach, plum, and maybe pear.
I don't know what I'll be doing next week...
Life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party - Jimmy Buffett