8. November, 2005 - election day

garage, painted
garage, painted
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sidewalk behind house
sidewalk behind house
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Yesterday was a darned nice day. I headed outside and ran the lawnmower over the leaves that had accumulated in the yard fairly early in the morning (about ten am). Only about half of the leaves on my trees have fallen, but I wanted to mulch up the ones that were already on the ground about as much as I just wanted to be outside enjoying the weather. Just as I was putting away the lawnmower, the guys showed up to finish up the landscaping around the new sidewalk. Since it was beautiful out, I spent some time supervising while they worked. I’m really happy with the results.

step on side of house
step on side of house
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front steps
front steps
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In addition, I got out the paint and painted the wall of the garage where the shed had been attached, and apparently I’m pretty good at matching colors, because I couldn’t really tell the difference between the old color on the garage and the new one. That surprised me, frankly. I also got out and took pictures for you to look at. Don’t I just rock? There’s still a little work to be done. They’ll be out later in the week to put in the railing on the front steps, and hit the patches of bare dirt with some grass seed. By spring, things should be looking pretty good, just in time for more stuff to get torn up as I put in a patio on the back corner of the house and a retaining wall across the front of the lot.

front sidewalk detail
front sidewalk detail
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And I’m not the only one who thinks so. I got complimented a few times over the weekend by neighbors and the pizza-delivery guy. More compliments yesterday while I was outside working. It’s pretty neat doing a project like this in a neighborhood where everyone stops by to check things out. I haven’t met any new neighbors in the process, but I’ve had a chance to talk to the ones I know a lot more lately.

Finally, remember that today is election day. Here in Minneapolis, it’s just local elections on the ballot, but I see that as a bigger reason to get out. At the local level, you might actually be able to help keep someone bad out of office. I do wish our mayoral election wasn’t just a case of tweedledee and tweedledum, but hey, what are you gonna do? The people have spoken.

Copyright 2009, Dave Polaschek. Last updated on Mon, 15 Feb 2010 13:59:52.