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.
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.
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.
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.
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.