Saturday: Or, Friday Night’s Flapper

I bought a house and moved into it three weeks ago. The first week, I was dealing with a tough personal situation while trying to work and get the rest of my stuff out of my old place. Then I went away for almost two weeks, with the kids, to visit my parents.

I’m finally home. I have spent some time unpacking. My lawn looked like hell, because the maple tree out back has black tar fungus and it’s dropping leaves. I couldn’t mow the lawn until I raked up and disposed of all the leaves. I didn’t have time this week until today. So, here’s my firstĀ real Saturday as a homeowner:

6 a.m.: Woke up on couch (oops). Went upstairs to my bed until 8:30, when I finally considered that I had a very full to-do list and had better get started.

8:30: Drank a cup of coffee. Raked back yard.

9:30: Went for a run. Stopped at town farmer’s market. Learned about local organizations, volunteer opportunities, the cultural council, fitness options. Bought bread, ran home. Drank more coffee.

10: Biked to hardware store in next town. Bought new supplies to fix my toilet, as the “universal flapper” I bought last night conflicted with my float, leading to a sub-optimal flushing situation. Also bought black Rustoleum, gloves (a 5-pack for $5! What a deal!), and black bags for the leaves. Biked home.

Lost track of time. Bagged leaves. Raked front lawn. Mowed lawn. Weeded flowerbeds. Ate some leftovers.

Made kidney beans in the pressure cooker.

Laid out about 1/3 of the rusty wrought iron metal fence thingies for my front lawn and painted them.

Moved a lot of furniture and finally put down a rug and set up the spare room as a playroom as well as set up my home office (which is in the dining room).

Returned to hardware store to return Friday night’s flapper (hey, that will be the name of my band if I ever start one) and buy more paint and a bigger dropcloth.

Stopped by local humane society, fell in love with two kittens and a dog, and filled out an application.

Ran other errands.

Cleared out most of the brush pile (that’s where the chicken coop will eventually go!).

Made chicken in the pressure cooker. Ate it standing up while prepping soup.

Cleaned hamster cages.

Currently: Am making French onion soup in the pressure cooker.

Next up: Dry and set up hamster cages, shower.

After that: Collapse on couch w/ French onion soup and a remote.

Tomorrow’s agenda: NOTHING. Ideally mountain biking and kayaking. Who knows?

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