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Productive & active weekend

Monday, February 4, 2013 by  
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February
4
2013
Here's the front of the house and the paver driveway after cleaning. My neighbor's sidewalks and gutters are about due for a cleaning, too.

Here’s the front of the house and the paver driveway after cleaning. My neighbor’s sidewalks and gutters are about due for a cleaning, too.

I spent the entire weekend working on outdoor projects. I worked from sunrise until sunset on both days, and I accomplished a tremendous amount of work.

Both mornings started of pretty chilly, but after an hour or so the sun warmed things up and my jacket came off. I couldn’t have asked for better weather: pleasantly cool, crystal clear blue skies and lots of sunshine. It’s February 4th, and I now have a pretty nice suntan. 🙂

A couple of days ago I posted a list of outdoor projects I was going to work on this month, and after this past weekend I can cross off a few of the big ones:

  • Pressure wash the paver driveway and walkway
  • Pressure wash the sidewalks and street-side gutters
  • Pressure wash the house and the rain gutters
  • Pressure wash the backyard fence (front side is done, I still have to do the backyard side)
The sidewalk from the back of our property. I also got the fence cleaned. Almost time to trim the Crape Myrtles. The bushes along the fence are Azaleas, and they will soon be in full bloom!

The sidewalk from the back of our property. I also got the fence cleaned. Almost time to trim the Crape Myrtles. The bushes along the fence are Azaleas, and they will soon be in full bloom!

Our home is on a corner lot, and so the amount of sidewalk and street gutter I have to keep clean is extensive since it runs the entire length of our property. I estimate that I had to pressure wash about 2,000 square feet of sidewalk and gutter, plus the paver driveway and walkway.

Even after doing all this work, I was still feeling motivated after the sun went down, and so I cleaned and organized the pantry… Which reminds me, the list I posted a couple days ago is just the outdoor projects. We’re also doing a complete spring cleaning inside, and that’s always a lot of work, too.

My goal is to have everything done (inside and out) before mid-March. All this work will cut into my cycling and mountain biking time, but that’s OK, it needs to be done.

Speaking of March, I’m probably going to take a week off in the middle of that month: it’s looking likely that my mom and her best friend will be coming to stay with us for a week.

I’m going to go hit the gym and grab a quick workout before work. Today’s workload is not looking too bad, I managed to get completely caught up last week! Of course now that I said that the network gods are certainly chuckling and figuring out which piece of critical equipment they want to mess with…

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11 Responses to “Productive & active weekend”
    • Yep, that’s algae you see growing on my neighbor’s sidewalk, curb and gutter. The long, hot and humid Florida summers create ideal conditions for algae growth, and so pressure washing the sidewalks, gutters and fence is pretty much a must-do yearly chore. The HOA in my subdivision is really strict, and they go after after people who don’t bother to do the cleaning; it not only looks terrible, it is slippery when wet and creates a safety hazard.

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        • I like our HOA, they enforce the rules that everyone agreed to before purchasing a home here, and that keeps our neighborhood looking great and property values high.

          I never understood why some people complain about HOAs. Don’t like the rules? Don’t move there.

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          • It wasn’t the rules for me, it was the mismanagement (probably fraudulent, but couldn’t be proved). The mis-allocation of funds, doing project A when project B was more important or pressing, etc.

            And when it came time to sell and I needed a few things from the board, it was clearly not high on their priority list and I waited days sometimes for trivial things like a signature.

            I guess it’s like anything, run properly and they’re good. Run poorly and they suck. Kinda like the government. 😉

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  1. Looking at those pictures it appears you keep a fair amount of distance (several inches?) between the grass and the stones surrounding your flower/tree beds. How do you accomplish that without the grass creeping towards them? And the edging around the curbs/sidewalks/driveway is marvelous. Do you use an actual edging machine or just the weed whacker turned upside down?

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    • Hey Dan, I trim the areas along the continuous concrete edging (found surrounding all of the various garden beds) with my gasoline-powered Echo string trimmer. I also trim the Asiatic Jasmine ground cover (seen in the long bed, second shot) with the string trimmer. I’ve been using this method for about 7 or 8 years now (started back at the old house in 2005), and the technique definitely took some practice to master.

      The grass bordering all the sidewalks, street curbs and the driveway are edged using an Echo gasoline bladed edger.

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  2. Cool, thanks. In case you haven’t noticed by my incessant question asking, I totally envy your yard. And this summer for the first time I have a yard to manage, so I’ve been taking notes.

    I think I’m more impressed with your dedication and effort towards your house and yard than I am towards your health and body! Lol! 🙂

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