Bring It, Weekend!

I am counting down the minutes to the weekend. This one is going to be EPIC.

We have El Granto’s Mum’s SUV and a very long to-do list. When I say very long, I really mean it. We’ve started tracking our home to-do list, broken down into tasks on a project manager website called Trello. Our Backyard & Balcony lists are almost off the page. It gives me anxiety just looking at them.

However, we are making some progress! (even above and beyond our progress here.) We made all our outdoor fabric choices, and I ordered all the Sunbrella fabric for the whole backyard.  We’re talking new curtains, a daybed cover etc. As soon as the fabric arrives, we can get started sewing. Little secret… sewing was the first DIY I ever learned, and I almost went to school in Halifax for textiles. However, since we moved to the Storefront, I haven’t gotten a sewing machine out ONCE. Literally, I have not sewn a single thing in over three years. I hope I’m not too rusty, and I still remember how to make cording, and how to sew a zipper panel.

Here is what our weekend plans are:

Till backyard, and plant grass & clover seed.

Finish pathway.

Dig garden beds, edge and plant.

Buy lumber for deck pergola.

Build pergola.

Buy & install new exterior lights.

Install new door hardware.

Paint Doors.

Wash deck.

Finish this little outdoor side table project I started this week.

Bonus Project: We got a Bagster! This means we also hope to clear out all the reno debris and junk in the garage. [yeah, we still have reno debris from our kitchen reno, yikes!] We cant wait to get rid of all that junk.

Once the debris is out of the garage, El Granto can get to building a new work bench, and we can get permanent homes for some new tools we acquired over the winter (and we even added a few more new ones this past week.)

What have you got planned for the weekend? Wanna come over and lend us some muscle?

The Art of the Weekend

I love living in Toronto for about 10 months of the year. I love spring, summer, fall and early winter all the way through New Years. The problem comes about mid January. When I am wearing two pairs of socks and long johns standing at the bus stop with my hands full of groceries, hopping up and down trying to stay warm while cursing my beloved city.  I hate the end of January, all of February and most of March. I have had enough of the cold, the leaf-less trees, the shoveling, the wind, and the sun going down before I even leave work. I want to relocate to a warmer climate and say screw you to Toronto.

Then weekends like the one that just past happen, and I remember why I love this city; I love the people in it. So what did I do last weekend? Nothing spectacular, earth shattering or magnificent, I simply enjoyed the company of good friends. We had beverages, and laughs, and great food, cigars, oysters and wine. We even had a late night dance party. I had a wonderful walk in the sunshine with my husband and dog, I slept in and had mad cuddle fest with my puppy, I had not one but two delicious brunches (brunch is my favorite thing on earth!) In the midst of all that, I even managed to get some inspiration to do something around the house, and knocked two projects off the list.


So this my friends is my magnificent brilliant spectacular advice on How to Weekend:


The Perfect Weekend


*It’s math, so it must be true. You cant argue with math (or science). Except for Scientology, they just put science in the title, that does not make it true or scientific, or worthy of a couch jump fest for that matter. BUT MATH is awesome and right, and so am I. So apply my equation for an awesome weekend, no matter how horrible it is outside.

Weekend To-Do

It’s the weekend again. YAY. I am looking forward to having a nice weekend at home, getting some work done around the house, and competing in Beer Quest on Sunday.

Here’s my to-do list for these two days out of the office. Whats on your list this weekend?

Weekend To Do

  • Paint guest room board & batten
  • Paint guestroom walls, and put the room back to some semblance of order
  • Convince El Granto to let me cut a hole in the wall (more on that later, I hope…)
  • Do some small maintenance on the exterior of the Storefront in preparation for winter. WINTER IS COMING. Will also try to get a new mailbox and install that.
  • Clean up the vegetable garden (or whats left of it)
  • Oh and clean the house, cook, walk the dog, do laundry and all the regular stuff…

I am considering giving up sleeping…I hear its overrated anyways