A starts her vacation today, and tax season is DONE! Her birthday is next week, and so we always try to take the week off – but this year, she is taking Friday as well, so things will be different around here – no taxes, no sitting on the couch knitting the day away, no hours lost in the craft room. We are going to rock and roll!
A wants to go to Bangor to begin the research about how much our garage will cost to build. This was always on our long-term planning list, but this winter moved it up to the top. 🙂 It won’t be attached to the house, it won’t even be particularly close, but it is far easier to dig a path (or tramp one down) than it is to continually shovel out the whole driveway and clear off the cars, move them, then clear up the resulting mess. Every day. I plan to consult with the plow guy to make sure we build things so that he can do more clearing than we do. 🙂
Anyway, that means making our rounds at all the lumber yards to see what they have for kits and plans, and see if we can start to get a feel for things. I think we have finally agreed to give up the idea of an apartment attached to this building, at least in the foreseeable future. As long as we pay attention and make sure we don’t do something to make that hard or impossible or expensive in the future, I think it will be OK. Now we get to do our work together on sorting out our two visions and how they can work together. Always fun!
I’ll also get some knitting done as we drive, so that part is fine. I think we might catch up with sister-in-law L for lunch, if she is free, and then we will wander home. No craft shopping planned. That doesn’t mean none will happen, you just never know what I will find at a lumber yard /hardware store to do something with. 🙂
Other chores – fill the bird feeders, empty the squirrel trap, re-bait it (hopeless cause, I know, to eradicate mice and squirrels from around the house, but I can try, right?). I was going to screen off the phoebe post this weekend, but darned if they aren’t already back! I spotted those bobbing tails Wednesday morning, and saw one fluttering into that favorite nesting place of theirs. Birders – can you answer me this – will they find a new nesting place if I shoo them out now and block it off? They haven’t laid their eggs yet, have they? A had plans to screen in that area under the deck to let the cats out – I want the phoebes gone before that happens, but not sure I can convince her to wait all summer. So – are they settled in yet? Will moving them harm them irreparably if I do it soon?
You might be able to tell – spring is here! Still some isolated snow piles (the one we have a bet on is still there. I expect (hope) to lose the “ice out” bet – I chose 5/1, A chose 4/24. I sure hope she wins, and the snow is gone by then)
I also want to get a new clothes line so I can start hanging clothes out – which means relocating the bird feeder, which has been hanging on the line all winter. I will put a shepherd’s crook down in that area so the birds don’t freak out that their food is gone. But the clothes line sure was handy all winter, because I could reel in the feeder. 🙂
It won’t all happen, but it’s good to have plans, right? 🙂