Skip to main content

Random Acts of Menards


We're slowly settling into the new place while also getting the rental ready downstairs. We had some rice krispies, marshmallows and candy leftover from Halloween, so the kids and I made some extra yummy rice krispy treats.

After not having a yard for so long and never having one for Theo, the kids aren't quite used to yet. We have to remind them that they can play outside whenever they want. One day I caught them cleaning up the raised garden beds. Also the previous owners left behind the tent and tunnel set for us. 

They left some junk, but for the most part things they left behind are quite useful. I guess, thanks?

My favorite patching compound was doing its job around the rental. I thought this small hallway would be an easy fix, but oh would I be proven wrong in hindsight.

I had to go the Menard's for the 10th time in two weeks. I decided to get this fan for our living room even though it would have to wait to be installed.  



Brooke wanted a bin for our yard waste.
 
The city will take a resauble container for yard waste, I'm over the paper bags you can also use.  And we're going to have a lot of yard waste in the next year. 

We basically turned our porch into the kids playroom. The sun warms it up during the day. 

We're gonna strip this light fixture, rewire it and put it back on the porch. First step was taking it off the wall.
 
While switching out light fixtures we're finding the old gas pipes from when the house used gas lighting.
 
I guess it was common to hang electric fixtures from the old pipe.
 
I spy a Meadow.

I needed a place to hang all my brushes and dish cloths so I added this holder above the kitchen sink.

Almost every surface in this house is covered in a thick layer of dust. Too bad that one glass globe is broken. 
 
Meadow loves having her art desk out on the porch. Only a few more warm days and then we'll have to move everything back inside.

It's been a dream having a big porch to sit on. Glad the kids are digging it.

I asked my dad about how to fix this crack in the entryway. I would like to preserve this for another 100 years.

 The kiddos have one of the raised beds all cleaned up.
 
I get that the beds were put here as this is the sunniest spot in the yard, but I'm not sure how all the pine needles are going to affect what grows. 


Scott needed to make another trip to the hardware store. We decided to come with and walk over with him. 

The previous owners left us with a Vikings key. I swear that's not only reason we went there.
 
Theo is still not used to being in public and has been super naughty in stores. He runs away from us and has to touch everything. I took the kids outside while Scott finished up.


When we got home the kids asked me to make them a leaf pile to jump in. 
 
The kids always want to play in the front yard for some reason.

I went to the garage and ended up unpacking a few boxes instead of getting the one item I needed.
 
There's a lot of random stuff that was left behind in here. We're going to have to do a major clean out next spring.  
 
 
Meadow then went back to crafting by making herself a Packers key chain.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Backcountry Camping with Kids in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Day 1  Back in May I stumbled upon Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I had no idea there was a National Park in North Dakota and that it was the northern end of the Badlands. Usually our summer vacations coincide with Scott's work trips. Since he didn't have any this summer I thought we should take advantage of actually taking a vacation. What, my workcations are always classics? I suppose a second real vacation this year wouldn't hurt. We definitely have more time than normal. As long as we took Covid-19  precautions and avoided people. We finally settled on a time to go. Blake joined us so we borrowed our dad's van so we could ride together. Scott had just driven from Michigan the day before. Blake had met my parents in Wisconsin to get the van and then drove from Duluth to pick us up. I offered to drive since I literally only drive twice a month.  I was still pretty tired from a long drive home. Don't @ me for doing this, as the kids say. Our kitty has been havin

Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway

Yesterday Scott and I biked this. That's a wopping 41 miles around the city. It has been my goal all summer to do the whole thing and I did it. I got to see parts of the city I had never seen before. I'm glad Scott likes biking as much as I do. I've been working more, but I still seem to be short on money. I need to win the lottery or get a third job. It feels weird not going to school this fall. For the first time since I was 3 I won't have homework. I'm kind of disappointed in a way. I wish I could go to school, taking a semester off was a bad idea. I'm going to be in school til I'm 30.

Beaver Creek State Park Hiking Club (with a Layover at Frontenac State Park)

After we dropped Meadow off at school on Friday morning I made some last second plans to camp in southern Minnesota this weekend. Once we picked up Meadow we headed towards Red Wing. Red Wing Brewing has some really great pizza. The crust is something special. So we stopped there for dinner. Getting back to pre-COVID life is a bit strange, but we're getting used to it.