Let’s just say that you wanted to do an outdoor project but you have a nearly 8 month old infant. Oh, and it is February at roughly 45 degrees latitude.
If it is sunny and dry, bundle him and throw him on the ground!
Liam helped us build a fence over the weekend. The deer here are absurd, made worse (depending on your point of view) by a next door neighbor that feeds them. So they troop through our place and eat everything they find. They don’t care if the nursery uses the deer proof tags or not 😉 So, if you want to have any plants outside you need to protect them and there are a couple ways of doing that. Changing the deer’s route across the yard by creating an obstacle course can make them avoid some areas, but not the tastiness of a garden. Motion sensing lights or sprinklers can work but I don’t think either is realistic here. We decided to do the good ol fashioned fence it method. We hope this keeps the deer out and the baby in.
I wanted to have a door on the end so that a wheel barrow or rototiller can gain access. We went to the Habitat Restore location here in Bend and picked up this great door. I think that it is hilarious that it says ‘Men’ on it and look forward to having our buddies laugh at it and possibly use it at summer time, back patio events.
We also built this shed skeleton to keep a stock pile of precut fuel rods (firewood). Andrew and I have learned a lot about construction in the last couple of years. It is pretty satisfying to be able to do something like this.
All in all a productive weekend BUT one that has left me worried. These 2 things represent the barest examples of our ideas for improvements to our home. What if we go for it and do all this work? Will we ever have fun again? Is the trade off worth it?
Some days, I find myself wanting to move back into town where walking and biking daily to work and stores mean that you get exercise on accident. And the place does not require massive amounts of up keep each week. The acre of lawn and couple hours a week of lawn care gets old fast when what you really want to do is go on an overnight camp trip to any body of water.
So, the big question is. Do we improve this house? We wanted to upgrade the communal living space with some changes to kitchen layout and removal of walls (all span trusses so it is all possible) and increase the number of bedrooms with a change to the footprint of the house. All would be worth it in terms of ease of living here AND re-sale. But what about our summer? What if we were to give up great summer fun in pursuit of those benefits? I think i need a vacation to think about it. Please comment if you have something to add. I love hearing from friends & family and enjoy (to an extent) outside perspectives.