When my day job gets busy, it’s easy to let household maintenance fall by the wayside. Sometimes it takes a really long catch-up weekend to right the ship.
We started off by picking up some new 24×24 inch paving stones – which had to come in at a good 80 pounds each – and laid them out in the backyard. On the one hand, I’m glad we only bought six. On the other hand, I’m a little sad that I shed far less tears ten years ago when I installed a whole patio’s worth of heavy pavers (I must be getting older).
Next, we tackled the car. The quarterly interior clean-out of the MDX. This one was easy. Although it’s quite the battle trying to vacuum up all the dog hairs. I think we’ve resigned ourselves to the fact the some of these hairs have found a permanent home, woven snugly into the automotive carpet, never to be disturbed.
If our neighbors hadn’t mentioned they were having sump pump issues, I might not have thought to inspect ours. I threw on my trusty headlamp and peered down into the narrow six foot abyss that is our sump pit. Wouldn’t you know it, ours was broken, too! Sitting in about three feet of water was our ten year old pump. It just sat down there, quite and helpless like an old shipwreck. No sense trying to figure out what’s wrong with it. The thing’s old, fairly easy to replace, and a new one only costs around $140. Thankfully, we have the money for a replacement set aside in our House Maintenance and Repairs budget envelope.
Finally, the big kahuna – the mulch. Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “How hard could it be to spread a few shredded cedar sticks around the yard?” Well, it’s hard. You start off with a three cubic yard pile in your driveway, which, if you’re not familiar with cubic yards, appears to be about the size of a Smart car. Next you have to shovel the mulch into a wheelbarrow and cart it about 50 yards to the backyard where you dump and spread it. Then, you throw in the fact that the mulch pile was moist, which adds some weight to each load and some frustration to each attempt at cleaving a manageable portion into the barrow. Finally, you add to the mix an element of time. We were trying to beat the rain storm that was due to arrive within the next two hours. I think we may have discovered a new workout program. We just need to find a few people who are willing to pay us to “personal train” them, A.K.A, move our mulch for us.
Do you ever get caught up in big house maintenance catch-up weekends?