Because it’s exam week, I haven’t had the time to do a real walkabout, so I just walked outside my front door. It was quick, it was easy, and it was seven steps, which (to me) constitutes a walk.
And what I saw wasn’t pretty.
Dirty, ugly, nasty…
In a nutshell: embarrassing.
So I decided to do something about it.
First, I swept all the crapola off of the stoop and steps. We have a broom named Thurman that we use for this job. Thurman was a broom we found at an estate sale, and he had his name written on him. I’m not sure if he was named after Thurman Munson (my catching hero, may he rest in peace).
The next order of business was to clean the shakes with Oxiclean (I LOVE that stuff; and it’s not just for laundry, peeps!) and warm water. I used a scrub brush from the Dollar Store for this job.
Even the face that keeps watch on the front door got cleaned up!
I bought the cute little cart on the porch at a yard sale. It was priced too high, so I offered her something a little more reasonable, thinking she wouldn’t take it. But she did! And it looks cute in the front.
The planter got two pencil hollies and some pink begonias.
I made some pennants to hang on the railing…
…tutorial coming soon!
The next thing added was a new doormat to replace the nasty one.
(This is what we do at our house. We live pretty happy.)
The last thing I did was put a chicken wire memo board on the front door, which is kind of silly. But I had one laying around and I didn’t want to get a new wreath until I know what I want, so I hung the “Welcome to Brandywine” slate on it and some little pennant flags and a fake hydrangea (which doesn’t look like the real ones, but let’s pretend.)
So there’s my walkabout Wednesday, on a Wednesday when I didn’t actually get to walk.