Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Accomplishments

At the beginning of the year, I posted this list, noting that someone once told me to make a list of 10 home projects for the year and expect to accomplish half of them.

1. The first item on the list was to remodel the upstairs bathroom.  We had no idea it would take us almost the whole year, but I can now proudly check that off the list. 

Let's revisit the old bathroom again:

And the new:


2. Strip the wallpaper and paint the adjacent bedroom and hallway.

Well, almost.  We hope to finish that today. Or maybe tomorrow.  I'll let you decide if that counts.

3, 4, and 5. Repair the hole in the kitchen ceiling, add recessed lighting, and add moulding above the kitchen cabinets.  Done, done, and done. 

It might not have been fair to list those as three separate projects, but I'm glad I did, because it gets us over the half-way mark.

6, 7, and 8 involved repairing rebuilding and staining our back deck, which is a rotting mess, staining the shed and painting the trim, and staining the front deck and painting that trim.  Matt did stain the front of the shed, but the rest of that list is being pushed to 2013.  (Let's keep in mind that one of the items not on this list was growing a human being, which rendered me pretty useless over the summer.)

9. Dig another small vegetable bed:

Check!  This is where we grew most of our tomatoes this year, which unfortunately succumbed to late blight.  Next summer we're going to try squash and cucumbers and hope we have better luck.  All in all, we were happy with the space we created.

And, 10 was to build a stone walkway to the front door, which will also be added to the 2013 list, and we'll see if we get to it.

It was a pretty good year, I'll say, and I'm looking forward to the challenges of the next one. 

Wishing you all a safe and happy new year!


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