These weekend warriors are worn out!
When I left here on Friday, I was both anxiously anticipating and thoroughly dreading a weekend filled with working on my house. I was excited because it was a chance for Mr. Speedy and I to continue to personalize and settle into our new home, as well as get some much-needed maintenance out of the way. I dreaded it because, well, I spend my days in front of a computer (as does Mr. Speedy). Manual labour is more than a little bit out of my realm. Plus, it's often dirty and difficult — so given the choice, I'd opt for brunch and mimosas any day.
But, of course, we want the best for our home. So, we braced ourselves and settled into a weekend of work, complete with four (yep, that's twice a day) trips to the local hardware store. And, it was certainly a busy one!
For starters, despite the bad weather, the garage roof was stripped, with the new shingles going on this coming weekend. I can lay no claim to this accomplishment, barring some moral support and the delivery of food and beer. Much thanks to Mr. Speedy and my father-in-law, both for the hours of hard work and for not falling of the roof.
I was, however, useful in other tasks, I promise! For example, I learned what spline was (beyond being a funny word, it's also the cord material that holds the screen into the frame) and even purchased my very own spline, along with a screen repair kit, which was installed during one of the weekend's many rain storms. Take that insects!
Plus, I replaced the knobs on my wine cabinet. Yes, it's a wee task, but it made a huge difference, taking it from granny-style to contemporary in five minutes flat. Plus, I used wood filler to cover up the extra holes — surely that gives me some DIY cred? Next up are the hall closets, which I'm totally ready to tackle!
I (yes, me, with just a little bit of supervision!) tackled patching the main floor walls, eliminating all those pesky nail and screw holes and moving dings. Then, after a bit of a paint matching mishap (or disaster, if you asked me yesterday. It doesn't match. At all. So I've got to repaint everything anyway. Arrgh), my mother-in-law offered up a lesson on cutting in, and we got the repainting started. Hopefully, we'll get the rooms done soon, so I can share some finished shots! (When I find my camera cord, hopefully tonight, I'll upload the photos of the wine cabinet makeover!)
And, last but not least, the basement was surprisingly transformed from a scary cave to a proper living space, through the very cheap fix of a working overhead light. I'm thrilled that it no longer looks like a place for trolls and spiders to lurk!
So, after two tough days, it was time for takeout and loads of sleep! We're still recovering, but all of those tired muscles should be back in fighting shape in time for round two this weekend!