It’s the Little Things

Sometimes it’s the little things that get to you. The squeaky door that drives you crazy or the gurgle of the shower at 5 am that’s inordinately loud.

And sometimes a little tweak can make things so much better.

Moving in the week after Christmas, we have noticed a lot of things, both inside and out, that could use some attention.

The beauty of the view was marred those first few weeks by the slime-covered hand rail encircling our deck. It seems silly to even notice that detail in the midst of the panoramic view.

Green slime doesn’t belong in the same space as majestic mountains and green forests. Even a fresh dusting of snow couldn’t cover it.

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One week in early February, we had a string of sunny days. I grabbed a bucket of soapy water, a brush and some rags and went to town scrubbing away while I listened to a book on my phone. It took about three hours to get the visible side shiny and white. The funny thing is that when the girls had to guess what I’d been doing all afternoon–I gave them the hint to look outside–they immediately noticed. My mister did go out with the power washer the following weekend to clean up the sides I had missed.

It’s so much nicer to have a white touchable rail.

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The last few days have been sunny and bright, so my sweet, handsome man has made the most of it. He’s been out caulking the windows around the main floor.

Thursday, he started scraping off the chipped paint around the doorways and covering the bare wood with primer. While it’s far from perfect, it looks so much better than cracked, peeling paint.

Here’s a look at the doors outside the TV area and the hall.

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And here’s another set that have received a little TLC.

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We have siding and deck issues, but this helps our home look cared for until we have the time to fix everything properly.

Sorry this post is so late. My mister worked at home today, so I had to type this up on my phone. The guy who pays the bills gets first dibs on the computer.

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3 thoughts on “It’s the Little Things

  1. The wood and the railings look so nice and sparkly. Good job. Nice to hear you also had some sunshine. MK.

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