Small patches of (dormant) grass have started to appear in our back yard. What contradicts all these signs of Spring is mainly the fact that, it's freezing cold outside and, as we write this, it is snowing big fat flakes on top of the tons of snow still covering the land! We heard that this February was the coldest ever recorded for Amherst and that Boston experienced record breaking amounts of snowfall. (The locals are sure a record was broken here as well but we have enough space for it not to be quite as horrific.)
But we started our countdown to spring 2 months ago to pick up our spirits and we are still determined to keep our attention focused on the upcoming seasonal change. Along those lines, we had a meeting with superhero tenant Ben, who we discovered is also a gardener extraordinaire.
The Spring To-Do Wish List is several pages long, divided into what we can do, what our sensational builder Ryan Regan-Ladd can do and what our phenominal electrician Marc Bussiere can do. Additionally, we already got bids in for the pool repairs, an efficient heating/cooling system and a complete cleaning and repair of the ductwork.
The DIY list for our upstairs (personal living space) is extensive, but we have high hopes of getting ALL of this done while windows can be opened -
1. Scrape and paint the ceilings
2. Refinish the kitchen cabinets
3. Repaint all the walls and woodwork
4. Replace the porch screen
5. Paint/seal the porch framework and floor.
We promise lots of before, during and after pics...and, of course, plenty of dramas, traumas and giggles along the way.