We had a slight problem at our house the other day.
You see, we’ve been working on this remodel project for a couple of years. Yes, you read that correctly. A couple of years.
We don’t like to rush into anything.
The project started out as a main floor update. It’s turning into a main floor, basement (which we consider our downstairs), and outdoor remodel.
Now I realize we should complete one phase before we move on to another, but that’s just not my style. I am trying really hard to wait on starting the basement until the main floor is completed. But I’m getting impatient and antsy. We’ve come to a bit of a standstill on the main floor. The carpenter will be back to finish up when the weather becomes inclement and he can no longer work on outdoor projects.
In the meantime, we are working on some landscaping items.
When Tim and I were married we built a new home right smack in the middle of two acres of what had been calf pasture. We didn’t do much for landscaping. Okay, we didn’t do any landscaping. We bought trees from the conservation district because, having grown up with the woods on one side and a lake on the other side, I wasn’t too comfortable with wide open spaces. Over the years those trees have grown and now are quite stately.
They provide beauty and shade. They afford habitat for the many birds and other various critters that we so enjoy living with. They provide protection from the fierce winds. We absolutely love our trees.
Since we are at a bit of a standstill with the indoor work, we are doing some landscaping outdoors. We put in an apron for the garage. We are working on a planter by the deck, are removing some old lilac bushes and replacing them with berry bearing bushes to provide shelter and food for our feathered friends, and we will be adding a patio, but needed to take down a few trees to make room for it.
Cutting down the trees created the problem, however. Two of those trees provided a great deal of shade for my kitchen and considerably camouflaged the filth on the East window. When those trees went down, the bright morning sun trying to shine through that window made me feel, well, let me just say I was very grateful I had no company to see just how dirty that window was.
In fact, that window was so dirty that Tim and I set about cleaning it that same day. If you know the two of us at all, you’ll understand that doing anything that quickly is a major miracle.
There’s one other downside to getting rid of trees. Tim says I now have to be more careful about roaming around the house au naturel, especially after dark, if I have the lights on.