I have lists of knitting, sewing and DIY projects that would make Martha Stewart’s crack team of project managers whimper. But the kids’ social schedule/events + puppy training + my commitments + my husband’s classes = no free time to do much of anything, except wonder how far behind I am and if I can fit in a load of laundry.
Even though May is overbooked, it really would be the perfect month to tack on one more item to our DIY “bucket list” — the insanely long list of projects you know will take you until the end of your days to complete. Behold our eyesore:
Isn’t it horrible? I took that picture before the twins and I weeded it, but it’s still awful. We have landscaping issues all around the front of our house, but this little garden, hidden from the street by a half-wall but placed right by the front door, bugs me like nothing else. Every year we say we’re going to work on the landscaping. And every year we’re so busy or it’s too rainy until it becomes too hot that we let it fall by the wayside.
Underneath the weeds and mulch is a bunch of rocks. I think at one time one of the previous owners thought it would stop the weeds. Clearly, that didn’t work, but it did make it next to impossible to plant anything new.
The ancient railroad ties — the ones that hornets chewed up to make an enormous nest in the tree at the end of our driveway — need to be removed. And the downspout draining into the driveway makes me crazy, particularly in the winter when it freezes up into a little skating rink.
What to do? Right now I’m leaning toward replanting the irises somewhere else in the yard and setting pavers or flagstones to make a little front patio. Of course, it looks like the first chance we’d get at it would be during the heat of summer (because May is spoken for).
Any suggestions? Or should I just slap some more mulch on top of it and knit a sock instead? What’s on your DIY bucket list?