Everyone seems to be thinking of spring. This makes me think of working outside. We haven’t done much (hardly anything) to the outside. Here is our curb appeal to do list.
Hello, I’m Rachael Anne and The Mister’s house. I’m not so cute right now.
A: Our old chain link fence needs to be replaced. It has been “patched” in a few places but it cannot be trusted. We’re thinking of putting chain link back as the posts already exist. All of our neighbors have their fences backed up to our fence. What do you think of us asking them to pitch in? What is the etiquette here?
B: We need to camouflage the ugliness that is our air conditioner. Fence? Hedge?
C: We plan to paint our house this spring. As you can see, our house is made of brick and stone. We’re thinking gray.
D: This tree is the only landscaping we’ve done since we bought our house. We found this evergreen tree at COSTCO and quickly purchased it. Now, I want another when we finally landscape (N).
E: Our house had shutters, but they were taken down before we purchased the home. We will replace them when we hang the window boxes (F).
F: I bought copper window boxes when they were on clearance at Target last year. We are waiting to paint (C) before we hang them.
G: We’re unsure how to replace the metal supports across the top of the porch. We’d like to find out so we can replace the posts. Suggestions?
H: The metal posts are leaves with acorns. They are so modern. Riiiiight. I thought about growing ivy all over the posts, but I haven’t had any luck with the ivy I’ve planted. Ivy or replace posts? Why am I killing ivy? I thought this was impossible.
I: We plan to hang a Tennessee flag on this post. However, we are having a difficult time finding a flag without gromments but a sleeve to attach it to the pole.
J: I would like our sidewalk to land here, the front of the porch, instead of the side of the porch.
K: We need to replace the tile on the porch.
L: We hung the American flag last summer.
M: This is where our current concrete sidewalk is. I’d like to rip it up and move it to the front of our porch (see J), instead of the side.
N: We need to landscape something awful. It’s embarrassing. Let me rephrase, someone should landscape. We probably don’t want it to be me.
O: I’m thinking about planting hostas under our massive tree. They are supposed to like shade but I’m fearful of trying to keep them alive. The other to do items are more important.
P: The Mister hates this tree. It produces “monkey brains” which are his nemesis when it becomes time to mow.
I’ll keep you posted on our progress. Wish us luck!