So before I left for Wisconsin I discovered that when I turned on the faucet in the backyard, water was coming out from beneath the siding of the house. That seemed bad. I had already been looking for someone to come and check out the sprinklers, but no one was calling me back. This problem seemed to make it more urgent that I find someone to come out and help. I finally got a recommendation from a friend that worked out - he actually answered his phone when I called and he came right out to check and see what was going on.
He fixed the leaky faucet issue and did a little bit of work on the sprinklers - so happy to have that taken care of for now. He gave me some advice about what to work on in the yard to try and keep up with things. One piece of advice was to get the rest of the blueberries picked before they go bad - I got the kids right on that :)
I finally got my Disney picture canvas back and was able to put it in the empty spot I was holding for it on the wall. Loving this little spot in the living room :)
I also started a little decluttering project and am sharing it with some friends on Facebook. I haven't done as much as I usually do in the summer, but I think part of the reason is that I've done a lot of decluttering in the past so there isn't as much extra stuff around as there has been in the past. One of my favorite improvements has been the bathroom decluttering. Here's a shot of the kids' bathroom cabinet after I cleaned things up....
Another task I've been meaning to take on for awhile is cleaning out my sock drawer. I'm embarrassed to tell you how long some of those socks have been with me! All told when I had them all in one place and counted, I had 107 pairs of socks. 107?!
I managed to whittle it down to 45 pairs. I do love socks :) Feeling much better about my sock drawer now....
I've also worked on my junk drawer/closet and some other small tasks. It won't be as much as I've done in the past, but every little bit helps me feel better about the house.
We've been trying to figure out what's up with Sammie's eyes and all of the goop she gets. I took her back to the vet for a follow up appointment and it looks like her eyes just aren't making tears like they should.
The vet says we'll just have to keep giving her eye drops for the rest of her life, and keep cleaning out her eyes. The things we'd do for this dog :)
And while we're talking about animals, Ellie has been spending a lot of time with her bunny to work on getting her more comfortable receiving love. She's doing a pretty awesome job....