Each weekend we get a little more done. Sometimes it is mainly yard work, which over the past 4 summers has turned into more and more prolific flowers and well, the same amount of weeds. 🙂 But our lilacs are unreal this summer. Sometimes, though, we get a few more bits done inside and out, amongst raising toddler Will and middle-age Heidi.
This past weekend we hung a new storm door on the side, and I planted hyacinths and phlox. It isn’t much, but those little changes add up a lot. Our home is becoming more and more comfy and family-like.
My sister asked me recently what we are going to do next. Well, honestly, I don’t think well tackle any large projects. We’re saving money after buying another new vehicle this spring, and I’d like a bit of travel this year, too. So we are conquering smaller things. We’ll paint more and adjust more. We might scrape down the garage and resurface the drive. We’ve discussed putting in a carport and even a shower in the downstairs bath. But I’m just not sure.
Recently we had the house appraised for a refinance. Unfortunately, the appraiser said the house was worth about $140K, which feels low to us. He also said that it only matters how many heated square feet we have and how many baths and bedrooms. He said it didn’t matter that we had the exterior painted or the floors redone. It didn’t matter that we’ve put in all we’ve done, it only matters how much square footage we have. He even said that a kitchen is just a kitchen and that a $100K kitchen is the same as what we have. ????? So, I’m pretty discouraged about putting any money into our house.
But at least we’re making it nicer for ourselves at this point. So, that is why I’m gardening and doing smaller things. The refinance will likely go through at the end of the month and give a few more dollars per month to put towards things that do matter — like ice cream. 😉