The purchase anniversary of Ballardia in September was a good time to revisit what we've done in the year of Ballardia living, but the advance of the New Year is a good time to figure out Where We are Going. Which to be honest, I probably wouldn't have done had I not stumbled across the 'What are your plans for 2008' discussion on houseblogs.net while trying to live vicariously through other people's house projects.
Lest I be overwhelmed with the depth and scope of the list, I'm going to break it out by the Greek Elements:
- fix the broken basement window pane which we have temporarily taped over with cardboard, and by "temporary", I mean at least 4 months and counting. This totally belongs on a Wall of Shame somewhere.
- weatherstrip the basement windows
- insulate the garage
- Seek and Destroy the source of the basement water entry
- Deal with stormwater runoff from the back downspout
- Extreme Chaos Project: Bath Edition. Replace the Tub Faucet, Replace Ugly Yellow Plastic Tub Tile with Subway tile
- Stop the flow of tears every time I look at my to-do list.
- fill in and sod the bare patches left by the Side Sewer Adventure in our greenish, lawn-like groundcover
- prune raspberries, fruit trees, roses
- note the complete lack of "other gardening" in this category.
FIRE - or rather "flammable materials":
- replace rotted back steps with a Ginormous Deck and french doors with the nonexistent money spent on the side sewer instead
- paint kitchen, hall, bedrooms, all doors and trim ('Antique White' be gone!)
- nail in base shoe on main floor where trim doesn't meet hardwood floors
- epoxy paint cement basement floor
- grout kitchen tile (a stretch, I admit), as I don't know whether grout burns). Another candidate for the Wall of Shame, since it's been waiting over a YEAR now.
- Get rid of the Trusty Fisher Wood Stove. I know, that's practically asking for a power outage.
- Finish the network termination project
Happy New Year??? After looking at the list, I think I'll open the champagne early. Or maybe start with something stronger.