While I haven’t accomplished as many projects on my list, Rome wasn’t built in a day or two years. When I think of what I have done as a singleton on a librarian’s salary, I can’t be too frustrated.
I cleaned out previous owners’ leftover junk from various parts of the house. Then, Dad power washed my drive and basement because it is quite possibly his favorite outdoor activity. I sealed and painted basement and painted the garage floor.
I hired someone to install a new garage door and garage door opener, I hired another person to install a custom-size door with a threshold and no longer worry if the back drain doesn’t drain fast enough, I’ll have earthworms in my basement. Part of DIY is realizing you can’t possibly do-it-all-yourself for a sheer lack of time, tools and knowledge.
I had the giant tree in the backyard canopied and he removed the dry-rot deck. I removed two dead bushed from the front yard (found more junk) and planted new evergreens. Dad mixed the concrete and supervised my application as I filled a giant gap along the house.
To make the house a little more energy efficient I installed a programmable thermostat, put an insulating blanket on my water heater, recycled a large magnet to cover a closed vent and put a thermal curtain on the doorway leading to the second, rarely used floor.
Yep, that’s my house. Grass grows over the sidewalk, the landscaping is more maintenance than I would have installed and I’m in a constant battle with the neighbors’ and stray cats to keep my yard from being their litter box.
It’s all mine (well, the bank’s and mine).