End of summer projects seem to be everywhere. I had a few things I wanted to get done this summer. The following are things I have not done yet that need to be done before it freezes. So these are getting transferred over to my autumn list of tasks to complete.
Project one is the car. I keep a little trashcan in my car, it makes it easier to clean. There was a time when I didn’t keep one in the car and the kids would toss things on the floor of the car during road trips to the doctors’ that were out of town. It became a pain. The floor of the car needs to be vacuumed out though I think that will wait until after the bulk of the leaves have fallen.
Now that it is not as hot and humid out I need to sand down the rusty spots on my car and repaint. I would hate to see how much bigger those spots will be next summer if I do not take care of it now.
The second project is for my mom. She has a swing in her yard. It used to be that you could find my parents sitting on it in the early morning hours with a fire going in their fire pit. They have not used it at all this summer, I assume it is because of the burn ban we had earlier in the season. My mom has expressed a desire to have the swing repainted. She has had it for three or four years. The weather has worn away at its finish. My Quin volunteered to help me with this task. He wants to paint it to resemble our flag. While my brother had suggested that I pick up some glow in the dark paint and create a 3D alien sitting on the bench. Not sure my parents would appreciate that.
The third project will probably take the longest. My parents have a decent sized place in town. Their lot sits on a corner so they have more sidewalk space to take care of than other people. Half a block on one side and a quarter of a block of sidewalk on the other side. This means shoveling the walk in the winter takes longer.
A few years back my dad shattered his wrist when he hit a patch of ice. He was off work for a long while and had to do rehab after the surgery to fix it. To this day it still causes him some pain. That winter my older brother would go over to shovel the walk. He worked for a landscaping company the city paid them to take care of city owned walks in the winter. While the guys were over using the snow blower on a city sidewalk he would rush over with his shovel and quickly do the sidewalks for my dad.
Last summer that brother moved out of state. My Quin decided he wanted to help his grandpa. We drove down a few times after it snowed for him to help shovel. The times we did not make it down there was a little path cleared from the house to the car and the rest was left.
Quin and I decided that will not happen this year. We will go down more often. All of that to tell you about the project.
Clearing the sidewalks. Right now the sidewalks are getting overgrown with grass. It is coming up over the sides and through the crack between each square. This makes it a pain to shovel in the winter. Before the freeze comes we (my son and I) will be going down there to scrape back the overgrowth.
Writing projects for the summer. I finished Christmas at the Zoo. All the illustrations are done, thanks to Quinlan Schroeder. It is up for pre order on Amazon and will be out October 13th of this year. That was the only project I had planned to have finished this summer.
I write a lot more in the winter months. I already have a project set aside for Nano but that is another post.
Is there anything that you want to get done BEFORE it freezes?