Monday Randomness: Falling for Vacations, Cabinet Painting, and the State of our Front Porch

So apparently I have I started a tradition of falling when on vacation which I am going to attest to the fact that I become so relaxed that my legs just decide not to work.

And when I say “fell,” I don’t mean a little trip. I mean head and body on the ground (or riverbed).

I fell when we were in MI this summer (in a river no less), and then again over the weekend.

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Both led to sore ankles and bruises (both pride and body parts).

Last Sunday while walking up to the cute bed and breakfast we stayed at I miss stepped in my 3 inch wedge shoes (I mean really, who wears heels on vacation).

My husband was still unloading the car and didn’t see me, but one second I was walking along and then next I was laying prostrate on the ground.

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So much for trying to appear like sophisticated people staying at a B&B.

Anyway, we came back to the reality on Tuesday and I immediately started painting cabinets again after work on Wednesday. I am on coat three of the cabinet frames.

I am hoping that three coats will do it. Hoping, crossing my fingers, looking for four-leaf clovers (got my St Patrick’s Day reference in), and wishing upon a star.
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And then I will start on all the doors and drawer fronts.

And while I have been working on the cabinets, my husband has been doing a lot of maintenance stuff outside, cutting overgrown tree limbs etc.

And we thought he would be building a new front porch here in the next month or so, but we got the quote back for the composite decking(option #1) and the concrete/brick work (option #2).

Composite decking -$3,500 in supplies, no labor included

Concrete/Brick porch -$3,100 gravel, brick, poured concrete and all labor

So we have decided to go the concrete route because #1 they will do all the work and #2 they will do all the work.:)

But seriously, I would not have believed that the brick work would be cheaper than composite decking materials.

And we actually preferred the look of a brick porch similar to the one below except on a much smaller scale.

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I am so glad we did the research before we firmed up our plans.

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So we will be pulling out the over grown shrubbery, and tearing down the rotting/sinking deck, working on the water drainage problem that causes the sinking deck, and then the masons will come in and do their thing.

I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL IT IS ALL DONE! I think our goal is to be done before summer, hopefully beating the heat.

Do you have any spring projects going on?

 

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One thought on “Monday Randomness: Falling for Vacations, Cabinet Painting, and the State of our Front Porch

  1. I’m glad you’re okay, Rene’. :)

    Wow, you guys are knocking a lot of things off the “to-do” list. I’m envious — but we’re slowly getting there. Our Spring project will include tearing down a 100 year old storage building in the backyard and hopefully tearing down a wall inside the home as well. Yeah, we’re all about tearing down! lol

    I look forward to seeing your finished masterpieces.

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