I’m having a hard time realizing that it is almost June! It has been really wonderful working outside in the yard and garden (more about that in a later post!), filling up my flower pots and setting out a few hanging baskets. For Mother’s Day I got a power washer! Is that amazing or what??? It was a pretty big investment that we’d been talking about for a couple of summers, so this year we decided it was time to take the plunge.
We thought about renting one for a day, but the cost of rental for the amount of time we would need it was just about as much as buying one. So off we went on our adventure of pricing power washers everywhere we could think of. In the end, after checking about six different stores, we came back to our local Tractor Supply store and there was the very first one we looked at. Except, the first time we looked at it, they were having a sale, and now it was back to the original price.
No worries! Our Daddy is pretty good at getting a great deal, so he asked the store manager if they could honor the sale price from the previous week and he said . . . Yes! We are pretty frugal so when we finally decide to make this kind of investment, we are really paying very close attention to the $$$. As soon as we got that beauty home we set it up, hooked it up to the garden hose, and that was my entertainment for the past two weekends!
It is amazing to see all last summer and autumn’s dirt and plant debris go sailing away in that powerful blast of water. Of course, our water bill will probably be a gajillion dollars in June, but we did get the sidewalks, driveway, and deck clean as a whistle. Now the next step is to patch the concrete where there is a serious crack and then paint the whole deck, along with the shutters, the gazebo, and the picnic table and chairs. Doesn’t that sound like a nice, relaxing summer?
These are all projects we wanted to do this summer anyway, but with a high school graduate planning an open house, it just gives us a bit more motivation (or should I say stress and pressure?) to get it all done sooner rather than later. At least we are having fun – we also started the adorable window frame flower boxes I had planned, but time ran out and we will have to finish up that project later this week.
I had two OLD windows that someone gave me a couple of years ago that I had been wondering how in the world we could use them. When I saw the idea for attaching a flower box to the bottom of the window frame and then hanging it on the side of a garage (or in our case, the garden shed) with pretty blooms and vines, I just knew that was what we were going to do. After searching for a couple of weeks (on our jaunt around all of the hardware and home improvement stores looking for the power washer) I found the perfect flower boxes. And guess where I found them . . . . Tractor Supply!
I can’t wait to get them finished and filled with red and white impatiens, some pretty variegated vines, and hung on the side of the garden shed, which is a very pretty blue with white trim. I hope to have that project wrapped up soon, along with patching the concrete (not a very creative or glamorous job, but it has to be done). The hardest part of this window frame flower box project for me – hanging around the hardware store searching through a bazillion (I think that is actually more than a gajillion) little drawers filled with every size and shape of screw, washer, bolt, and whatever else they use to attach one thing to another out in the garden.
Me, I would rather just sew things together with a needle and thread, but apparently when making something as serious as a (FREE) vintage window frame flower box, it requires highly specialized equipment. But I can tell you one thing, it will be strong and sturdy and it will also look really pretty once those flower boxes are hung on the side of the blue shed.
For today, I’m still recovering (way too slowly to my way of thinking) from bronchitis. Thought I had been fortunate to have missed a major illness during the winter and then BAM! along comes springtime and the kids brought home the germs. We all got sick, but I’m the only one who had to go to the doctor for an antibiotic. It was pretty bad for a couple of days, so when it landed in my lungs and I couldn’t breathe, it seemed like visiting the doctor was the right thing to do. Much better now after five days on the antibiotic, but still I need a nap! Which is what I’m going to do soon, and then get right back to work on all the other spring projects on my To Do list.
Here’s one of my projects that I love to do every month – the June 2019 calendar is here for you to use on your blog or website. I like to print one out each month and put it in my art journal (another one of my creative projects that has been on hold while I’m busy getting ready for the graduation open house). You can also find the monthly printable calendars in every issue of RUBY magazine. The June issue should be available later this week, or the beginning of next week. Depending on how long of a nap I take!
Hope you are enjoying the beautiful spring weather – although I guess I should qualify that with the reality that we had a tornado warning here last night. Most of the time it has been beautiful, but way too much rain around here for our farmers, so we are praying for a few days of quiet, dry weather so they can get the crops planted. And pray that there are no more tornadoes in the near future – it was pretty bad last night over in Ohio, but all of the really dangerous weather went south and east of us. Stay dry and safe my friends, and I hope to hear from you soon. Have fun with this pretty printable calendar!