Sunday, May 5, 2024

A lot going on

2024 is shaping up to be the year of big projects.

For starters, once winter eased off it was time to finish off the raised vegetable beds I started making last summer. Now they’re filled with soil and irrigation drip lines attached, all we have to do is erect supports for beans and raspberries and start planting.

Of course, getting all the herbs and veggies started needed somewhere under cover, so Easter weekend was spent assembling the greenhouse we ordered from Amazon.

This was all work we’d planned to do, but a cluster of things around the house needed urgent attention all at the same time. Our water heater started playing up in January, and we already knew the ancient furnace was long overdue for replacement, so we bit the bullet and hastily arranged for a heat pump and new water heater.

The carport roof had been leaking and slowly collapsing for a couple of years. The builder friend we’d spoken to back then finally had a gap in his schedule at short notice, so a major replacement took place at the same time.

On top of all this, we’d finally resumed work on landscaping at the front of the house and realized how badly the front steps were crumbling, so these are in the process of being replaced.

Yes, it’s all go! But at least this year, after several years of various medical issues, we’ve now got the energy to put some TLC back into the property. I just hope nothing else unexpected crops up.

And alongside all this, I’ve just finished the first draft of The Videshi Dilemma and am getting stuck into edits.



Karen Jones Gowen said...

Work is never done for a homeowner, is it, and the change of seasons always brings extra work.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

What Karen said. Always something that needs repairs. But beats paying rent on an apartment any day!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Ian - you really have bitten the bullet and set yourself up for a clear run ahead - with lots of helpful repairs ... presciently thought. Love idea of the veggie beds - enjoy them ... all that work will be worth the relaxation due later in the year. Congratulations to you and Ali - cheers Hilary

Botanist said...

Karen, that's so true.

Alex, home ownership has its costs, but also benefits.

Hilary, I'm hoping for a quieter time to enjoy all the hard work!

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