All the usual signs of Spring are here: Esther's daffodils are blooming (a little early this year, I think), robins are hopping through the yard, my favorite rose bush is leafing out, and I've swept the front porch and set out the wicker furniture again.
But the best and surest sign of Spring is this: Marion shows up at my door with a big goofy grin on his face and asks, "What are we gonna do this year?" Then we both start talking at once, words tumbling out and falling over each other's sentences, and we laugh and roll our eyes and throw up our hands while we walk around the house, inside and out, and make grand plans.
So what are we gonna do this year? Well, for starters, there's the roof on the 1910-or-so addition to the house. It's flat, it leaks, and it's getting worse. Marion thinks maybe we can just get up there and spread a big can of Henry's sealant all over and it'll be fixed. As usual, I'm both ridiculously optimistic that this will indeed fix it, and terrified that it won't. That's the necessary thing that's not much fun.
The other thing that needs to be done is the side porch, and that's a lot more fun. We intended to get it done last fall and then...well, Marion and I are good at lots of things, but we're best at procrastinating. I think it was two years ago (but it might've been three) that I salvaged the bottom rail, top rail, and spindles from a house across the street. Last summer Marion made a supply list and I was supposed to have been buying things in bits and pieces all winter, but I lost the list. He says we can finish the porch in just a couple of work days...once we get started.
Last but certainly not least, there's the rest of the exterior paint. Folks, I've been saying since this time last year that I'm thiiiiis close to finishing the outside of the house. Right before I wrote this I walked around outside with a notebook in hand and wrote down every little thing left to do. That list is one page long, double-spaced. Pretty exciting.
So here's to another year of working on
my house! I can't wait to get started and bring y'all along with me.