I have been quite the busy bee these past few days, as my Grandmother used to call me. I did a lot of general house work, cleaning, decluttering, etc. Basically all (or most) of the tasks that have been put on the back burner. I just haven't really been home that much because of work and trips away etc so I'm happy to say that many of the things that have been bugging me for some time got done and I feel quite accomplished as I type this albeit full of muscle aches because of the yard work, but they're good aches if you know what I mean.
For me personally gardening is more therapeutic than running because I tend to think a lot about my problems and what I have to do later in the day when I run whereas with gardening all I'm focused on at the moment is what I'm doing with my hands so my mind just turns down the volume, if you will, and relaxes. I know I got a good workout because boy was I sore the next day..
I'm quite embarrassed to be showing you these before pictures because my yard, although small, really needed some work...I mean REALLY ...
So I put on my gardening gloves and started weeding...and weeding some more. I initially wanted to call a gardener to do the dirty work for me but it was a beautiful day out and I thought to myself, why do I have to pay someone when I am perfectly capable myself? Plus, it'll be good for me! So I rolled up my sleeves and got to work.
Why did I let it get this bad you ask? It's just not an area of our house that I'm particularly happy with I guess. I don't do anything to the yard in the winter months and I wasn't home enough to deal with it since Spring arrived. I just finally got around to it now. I am definitely more of a flower person and when we moved in there were already all these fruit trees and its not like I want to uproot them but unfortunately there's not that much room for flowers so this is it for the time being. I guess this little area is still a work in progress. So for now... I just pulled out all the weeds.
And it looks a whole lot better :-)
While I was weeding, I did however find either a really thorny weed or a wild rose bush. So I just left it there. Who knows, I may get some flowers after all in my garden!
On another note, my kumquat tree is full of fruits! Don't really know what to do with them so I might just make a pie or some jam. We shall see.
That pretty much covers the yard area. Now let's move onto the patio which I am quite happy with.
We brought out the patio furniture and I stained the bench just to freshen it up a bit since it was looking rather weathered down. Here it is before.
And after two coats of stain voila'!
It looks much better now as the stain matches the other outdoor furniture. I also planted some beautiful red roses that I bought. I love adding flowers to the outdoor space but I'm not the best at watering so I just hope they don't die... Mental note: I need to be better at keeping my plants watered.
Then I added some white geraniums by my front door and I love the look. Now that's a flower that doesn't need much TLC! Geraniums smell beautifully and if you forget to water them once or twice they won't mind too much. So you know I stocked up on those LOL.
Here's my little helper holding down the fort :-)
We put up the gazebo but still have to get around to covering it. I can't wait to eat outside more now that the weather is nicer.
Aren't those flowers pretty? Not too sure what they're called but they are gorgeous. I know they need a lot of water because by the end of the day they were already starting to wilt a little but as soon as I gave them some water they perked right back up. So I need to make sure to water them every day.
Another project I've been putting off for way too long was deep cleaning my oven. I took care of that as well this past weekend and am super proud! The glass on the front door was BAD. I would scrub and scrub but the grease and grime would just not budge!
I found some tutorials online for removing the oven door and it really wasn't that hard. There are two little clamps at the bottom that you unlock and the door just comes right off.
I was always so embarrassed about my dirty oven door and didn't even know where to begin on how to clean it thoroughly. I happened to have a can of this stuff lying around that I think my aunt bought me and it was fantastic.
Here's a close up of the dirty oven glass. I am telling you that stuff was NOT budging no matter how hard I tried.
So I followed the directions on the can and let the stuff sit for about an hour.
I tried it without turning on the oven the first time but it didn't really work too well. So I redid it again with the oven preheated and that's when the grime really started coming off.
When I finished wiping everything down with a damp cloth, some water got in between the double glass door so I just took a yard stick wrapped with a clean towel and got in between the glass through the bottom and that took care of any streaks that were left in between the glass.
I love how it turned out and it actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Now I know exactly what to do so I'm not going to let my oven get so grimy.
It feels great to get so much done and while sometimes all you want to do is sit on your bum and veg out other times it's good to roll your sleeves up and do the dirty work! I also find that it's much more rewarding if you do it yourself.
Hope all is well with you all! Be back soon.