Yay for me!
After publicly admitting my sloth yesterday, I got the ole rump in gear, gathered the courage to enter the "Belly of the Beast", a.k.a. the under-the-porch, full basement storage room....which is PACKED full! Of course, all of my fall decor was stored at the very back....where else would it be?!
Anyway, I moved out TOO many boxes of Christmas decor (you know, the last ones used so the first ones I could reach?)....I got out my autumn accents and started lugging them upstairs.
I cleaned off the front porch, placed all summer seasonal accents in plastic bags and boxes for storage in the little barn. I removed all spent flowers, took flower pots to the back, spruced up the plants still on display for now, and set out pretty lilac mums in the flower boxes. (TIP: When selecting mums, always pick lush green ones with the fewest blooms and most buds. That way, you will get to enjoy more blooms for a longer time period.)
I used the leaf blower (as best I could since it would not stay running and the feller is not here to work on it). I finally resorted to a regular broom which kills my back. But, I got all debris off the porch...funny how much collects considering it is a covered porch. I then cleaned the windows and sills and the front door with side panels. I even used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on the door and it looks freshly painted! Those little eraser thingies are great!
I changed all the wicker cushions and pillows over from summer pinks to more fall-ish colors. Well, almost all of them. I never finished sewing as many as I need. (Today, I have washed the cushions in preparation for storage.)
Then, I started adding my fall decor. I love scarecrows and pumpkins and have used that as my main decor theme. I really don't do Halloween and haven't since my daughter was very young. I like pumpkins but am not crazy about the whole witch/jack o' lantern/ghosties stuff. It just feels too pagan to me.
Anyway, I am quite pleased with myself since I really need to work (ebay is a never ending, hungry monster!) but I never seem to just putter to make me happy. So, that is what I did although it was unseasonally warm for this time of year and I was stinking sweaty by the time I finished. I took a long, relaxing bath with some of Ms. Peggy's goat milk soap in my favorite scent, White Diamonds. (hiddenhavenhomestead....go visit her...buy Ms. Diva's soaps...they are divine!)
I had a good day, wore myself out, but am quite happy when I see my pretty fall porch. I took these pictures this morning since Feller wants me to send him some pics as soon as his internet is connected. He is slightly homesick......already.
Now, if I could only get the house done.....**sigh**