For almost the entire month of April and most of May, we have experienced record rainfall. In April alone we had almost 14 inches of rain. This has left little time to get the spring outdoor projects completed.
This weekend we had almost two days of sunshine. The garage was in dire need of cleaning out the clutter that accumulated during the winter. Additionally, we had yet to decorate the back porch with its summer goodies.
We started with the garage on Saturday and worked into the evening, finishing this morning. Over the winter our son moved and used the garage as a holding spot from one address to the next. Funny how whenever he does that, items are always "inadvertently" left behind. There's camping gear, boxes of books and unwanted furniture piled on every side. And I have to be totally honest, I have a few projects of my own stuck in various areas. Chandeliers waiting to be restyled, miscellaneous birdhouses, small pieces of furniture and garden items waiting to be repainted.
A mountain of unwanted and unused items headed to the curb. By early afternoon today, I'm happy to report, that many of the items found new homes, taken by several passersby. Glad the items will be put to new uses and they are not going to the landfill. It feels so good to lighten up.
I managed to nab a corner of the garage for a potting bench/painting area. I took the old table that my son no longer wanted and an old dresser and created this little spot to work on projects. I had a stained glass light that I picked up at an auction a few years ago. I installed it over the work bench just to give it that little extra fluffiness I love. Sorry honey. I know garages aren't supposed to be fluffy. Notice how the painting projects have already started a pile?
We also managed to get the back porch mostly decorated before the storms hit.
We got most of what we wanted to do accomplished and then all hell broke loose. The rain started again. Not to mention the lightning and thunder. We sat in the living room with the patio door open to enjoy the fresh, cool air when a bolt of lightning hit so close we almost came out of our skin. Within 20 minutes there were 4 fire trucks and several police cruisers on our street. The bolt hit close, a neighboring house was hit and caught fire! Everyone in the house is okay, but I'm sure shaken and will now have to deal with fire, smoke and water damage.
Everything looks so beautiful sparkling wet in the golden light of early dusk. No clue as to the scary storm that passed through just moments prior.