Progress on the house- Day 1 (Sat, June 11)

For our first work day, we (hubby and I, my mother-in-law, and later, my father-in-law) split up and tackled different tasks on the to-do list.

My amazing and beautiful mother-in-law took on the monumental task of trimming those monstrous hedges, in front of, and on the side of the house. She also worked on weeding out the area around the bushes, and the area around the deck.

In this picture, you can see that the bush on the side has been tamed too.

We will remove those hedges completely, because they are too close to the house and they’re old. We will need to totally redo the planters, because there are quite a few cracks in the dirt that need to be filled in. The porch will also need to be redone because it slants toward the house, and there are gaps underneath it.

My mother-in-law also cleared out the invasive vines, and other weeds, which were overflowing under the deck and over that wall.

This area was harboring masses of wasps and the like. I started out helping her rake some of the leaves on the other side of the wall, behind that trash can.

I will soon be posting an anecdote about the horrible incident that followed, but I’ll give the short story here. We both got stung, and it hurt. I got one on my knee and one on my ankle. My stings still hurt, and I had this disgusting swollen lump on my knee, which is finally starting to go down.

On a happier note: the difference between the before and after, with and without those bushes, is amazing.



My task for that day was to rip out the carpet and padding on the main floor, cut it into smaller pieces and roll it up to be hauled to the dump.

Once I finished with the carpet, I started pulling up the tack strips, because we’re putting wood floor through the main level, eventually.

These were my tools for the day

This was what the main floor looked like at the end of day 1:

My husband had the task of running various errands to pick up tools, etc that we forgot. He also worked on taking apart that giant makeshift pool cover, tearing the basement apart, and wacking some weeds out of pathways.

My father-in-law worked on getting the pool running, so that we can clean it. He got the pump working. Yay!

It was a very productive and tiring day.


  1. Sarah Hunter

    June 14, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I love this blog.

  2. GA

    June 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Goodness, you got a lot of work done!!!! Looks great.

  3. K2

    June 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I wondered what that big blue tarped thing was in the back yard. Now I know, its the pool. The house looks a lot better with some of the bushes removed. I notice the green mildew stain on the shutters where the bushed touched the house. Years ago I went to a talk about pest removal in older homes. The one thing that stuck with me was getting rid of bushes and trees that touch the house. The guy said they were a highway for rats and other nasty creatures to get in your house.

    1. Becca

      June 16, 2011 at 10:31 am

      Haha, yeah. I didn’t realize that I forgot to explain the pool. The pests and bugs are exactly the reason we wanted to take care of the bushes right away. We still need to remove them, but at least we’ve removed the pathways to the house, and we can give the outside of the house a good scrubbing.

  4. Cindy

    June 16, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Hi Becca, I just found your blog somehow and I really like it so far. You make wonderful dresses and outfits.

    This post…golly!! What a load of work! It’s just mind-blowing how much effort you have to put into fixing up and house and it is a really cute house. Hopefully things will just be smoother from here on out. I am sorry about the wasps….they scare me so much! Feel better!

    1. Becca

      June 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

      I’m glad you like it! 🙂 It has been a lot of work, but it will all be worth it. There’s still a lot of work to do. We have pretty big remodeling plans. So, we’ll be working on it for quite a while. I’m scared of wasps as well. Hopefully, now that we have sprayed the nests that were all around the house, there won’t be so many.

  5. Miriam

    June 16, 2011 at 2:08 am

    The amount of work you did makes me tired just reading about it! But wow, good job and wonderful people to help! Hope your stings heal soon. Wasp stings are no fun!

    1. Becca

      June 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

      Thanks! I’m so grateful for all of the help. Wasp stings are definitely not fun, and it has made my fear of wasps even stronger, unfortunately.

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