07 June 2008

Yard Sale Saturday

Ya'll, it is seriously like a billion degrees outside right now. Okay, not quite a billion but it is at least 106 according to my car. And that's pretty dang hot considering 2 weeks ago it was pouring rain and like 60!! I was just *not* prepared for this! I mean I grew up in South Carolina where it was hot as all heck for about 8 months out of the year. I moved to Maryland almost 2 years ago and I'm just not used to the scorching heat anymore. At least not until sometime in August but by that time I've had the whole summer to get used to it!

Anyhow, due to the heat (and the humidity!) I had to forgo my usual Saturday ritual of yard saling. When I came downstairs this morning at 6:45 to let the doggies outside, I noticed all the windows in the house were fogged up. I'm guessing because it was seriously like already 90 degrees outside and about 65 in our house! That moment I realized I wasn't leaving the house to go yard saling- not when it was already that hot outside.

Instead, the husband and I went to Lowe's to pick up some things for our new-to-us house. Our lovely little home was built in 1930. We bought it back in the middle of April and we've still got so much we want to do. Luckily, the man we bought it from had just purchased it 3 months prior and he came in and redid everything! Well, almost everything. We had to go out today and purchase ceiling fans for all 3 bedrooms and the living room. Now, I don't really like the way ceiling fans look- I think they are sort of ugly- but they are a necessary part of life. Especially on days like today, where every little bit helps. Besides, this will be our first summer in the new-to-us house and we aren't sure yet how well this place is insulated. And with the way everything is sky-rocketing in price, including all of our utilities, it just seemed like a good idea to go ahead and get some fans. Hopefully it will allow us to keep our thermostat set a little higher while still keeping the house cool.

I really wanted to go ahead and purchase window boxes for the front porch and the flowers to go in them but then I thought about it and realized I'd be stuck outside in this heat while I was planting flowers and well, let's just say I'll go back later this week and get all that stuff.

While we were at Lowe's the husband and I also picked out a new paint color for our shutters and front door. They are currently painted burgundy which I suppose matches well enough with our pale yellow siding but I. HATE. BURGUNDY. So, I picked out a nice dark, almost navy-ish blue and that will be getting changed out ASAP!

Also on the to-do list:

* pressure washing the rockers and then painting those white

* locating cushions for the rockers and the other 2 chairs on the porch

* also locating new buntings to hang on the porch and below the windows on the front of the house

That's just the immediate list. We still have tons of other stuff we need to do to the house like expanding the small little back porch and turning that into a nice sized deck, waterproofing the basement and then finishing that off, and also putting down some sort of walkway front the front porch to our parking area. Right now it's just grass and it's a mess!

So, while I didn't get to go to any yard sales today, as you can see I've stayed quite busy! I'm hoping the weather is better for next weekend and I can get out and find some good deals.

1 comment:

Swampgirl said...

Thanks for visiting the "swamp" and the tip about the mist. When I took the letter to the museum I thought he might offer to help with something like that....but -no. He did not seem as excited about the letters as I was! We are on first name basis with the folks at Lowe's! We just got back!