to ponder what we can afford.
We have to take down the dead tree that was, until this summer, provided shade for the deck and the back of the house. Taking down the tree, which came up THROUGH the deck, means replacing the deck (which is old, decrepit, and not very well made) and also putting up some kind of arbor-ish structure to provide shade and for some kind of easy-to-grow yet attractive vine to attach itself to, thus providing more shade.
Then there is the bathroom sink that is to be replaced next week, which really should mean the bathroom gets redone, but I don't think that will happen, much as I'd like it to. I don't want much, really—just to get rid of the 1970s yellow tub and toilet, which sports a white toilet seat now, as there aren't any yellow ones anymore. Maybe paint it; that would be nice, but that means taking down the wallpaper, which, if the kitchen is any indication, was not sized and so takes away some of the plasterboard with it when removed.
Will all this mean there will be sufficient funds for the trip to France we are all counting on in June?? I sure hope so. In fact, I'm counting on it!