Monday, 11 April 2016

Clean Up by Susan L.

  Between the unusually late snows this spring and other obligations, yard clean up ground to a halt. Spending a couple of hours here and there means most of the yard is cleared of broken branches. There's only a dozen bigger pieces that would be easier to cut with a chain saw. The ditch is mostly organized into little beaver hut brush piles except where the branches are buried in snow, frozen together or frozen to the ground.
  Roll on spring! Please! 
  Between huffing and puffing over the bow saw and pruners some time was spent looking at the front deck. Since the patio was put in the back, it isn't used very often. The front door has only been a portal for moving in large items because it opens directly into the living room. Still, it isn't very welcoming or pretty.
  Now comes a need for learning. I'd like to have the stairs come out at a forty-five degree angle which I don't know how to do. There's a couple reasons. Having the new hydro meter at the front means installing a garden and some bushes for camouflage. Hiding the meter means moving the walkway. To do that means moving the stairs. It would also make the front of the house more welcoming. As for the rest, the skills are already there thanks to other build/reno projects.
  Note to self. There will need to be an access door to get underneath because of where the pipe for the septic system runs. That's also why the stairs can't come straight out from the door.
  These are only preliminary musings but a pleasant change of pace. Other thoughts need some time  but those are a different type of steps.
  "Clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart." 2 Cor 3:3


  1. I agree that having a welcoming front entrance for guests is another way to make a house a home, not to mention probably increasing property value. The idea of stairs coming down at an angle would be very attractive!