Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Operation: Don't Look Like White Trash

Most normal homeowners have one specific goal in mind: don't trash the house. We are not trying to "Keep up with the Joneses" or anything like that. We just want to be a step of classy above the neighbor who has a pit bull tied to a chain in his front yard. Also, why create eye sores and property devaluation for ourselves and the kind people around us?

The people who lived in our house before us TRASHED the place. I mean, there was trash everywhere. And we found countless mouse nests to prove it. Let's just say it took a lot of bleach before I felt comfortable putting my possessions in any of the cabinets (it should also be noted that there were inappropriate symbols drawn in crayon in many of our cabinets).

One leftover piece of trash was the screen door which was installed by the previous owner. Not only is it unattractive...

But it is also broken...

I suspect the previous owners had a cat, and that said creature caused the rip in the first place. For a while, we enjoyed giving the animals the freedom to go in and out whenever they wanted. However, the cat was dragging a lot of random stuff inside, and she decided to make herself a little obstacle course. After watching her dash in and out six times in an hour, and after finding dozens of dead dragon flies in her litter box, I decided enough was enough.

So we went to Home Depot (Lowe's was sold out) to get a new and improved screen door. We also had to make sure our little devil didn't ruin the new investment. This meant getting the protector shown below.

Yay! Much less trashy.

Except the old door is still on our back porch, along with a bit of rubbish from the new door. So we are still trashy.

AND, I was feeling a surge of non-mono energy on Memorial Day, so I planted a few pots to go along the rail of the back deck.

Still trashy, but not quite as bad.

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