Saturday, June 26, 2010

Finding Time

Lately, I've had so many projects going on in my head and unfinished on the guest bed. I can't seem to find the time to work on them for more than ten minutes at a time. My mother has been back in the hospital with some mysterious illness, Little Man is sickly, and the heat is exhausting even if you don't spend much time in it. 
One thing we did finally accomplish was getting the back porch cleaned and the chairs and table (in its current state) out there.

The list of what I have left to do it a bit frustrating, due to the lack of time and energy.
1. Paint a second coat of light taupe on the braces and posts.
2. Paint a darker coat of taupe on the floor.
3. Figure out what to do with that table top. It's NOT going to work like that. And it's not very attractive right now.
4. Paint the tray I bought for that table top, then decided not to use it, and hang it up to the right of the door.
5. Get some hanging baskets up.
6. Make pillows for the chairs.
7. Figure out some kind of landscaping around the bottom of the porch, that SR and I can both agree upon. I suggested some kind of ground cover, but I don't think he's in love with that option. Another is to get concrete edging and make low beds with mulch. And since the ground is hard as concrete too, it would have to be potted plants set in the mulch. Not the best idea, but better than nothing. 

You see....SR is opposed to gutters. I don't know why, unless it's the thought of having to keep them cleaned out. So, where the rain (which we have seen only one time since the roof went on) runs off the roof, there is a deep gash in the ground. That can't continue folks.

It will all come together eventually and that gives me something to look forward to. In the meantime, I've been eating my breakfast out there in the mornings. Listening to the birds, smelling the last blooms of the mimosa tree.

Looking at the purple blooms of the plants Mr. S gave me last Spring. Still don't know what they are, but they have pretty little blooms.

I don't have the fanciest place on earth, but it's mine and God has given it to me. So, I feel blessed.


Erin said...

i love how your porch is turning out! looks great, and how nice to have breakfast out there in the mornings. i'm jealous.

Y said...

The porch looks so peaceful & pretty. Steve is right on the gutters, UNLESS you put covers on them. I'm used to the west coast where trees come at a premium (literally!). They don't get clogged up with leaves and needles there. Here...without the covers they are a huge mistake. Major maintenance cleaning them out and if you don't keep up with it you'll get water damage to the house. You could put flagstone or pavers around and put pots, out of the way of beating down water off the roof. Ground cover might grow between the stone or pavers to green it up. What ever you come up with it's going to be beautiful 'cause you're most of the way there now!

Y said...

PS I believe your purple blooms are phlox. Mine are a hot pink color and super fragrant. They came from the old home place at Crossroads.

Belinda said...

Thanks Erin!
Y, the pavers are a great idea! It would take a bit of work to level things out, since there is a definite sloap, but it would be just the thing.

Phlox huh? Well whaddya know. They do have a light fragrance. I'm told they will multiply quickly. Is that true?

Y said...

Mine have spread out and then they quit blooming after a couple of years. I don't know if it was the soil, not enough sunlight or what, but I dug them up, divided the clumps and moved to a sunnier spot, then I got more blooms. I dug mine up in Arkansas, grew them in California, dug some up and moved them to Georgia. So, yeah. They multiply pretty good and if I didn't kill them they must be pretty hardy plants! :D