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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Room for Projects in the House of Love?

Room for Projects in the House of Love?Even a small yard is a wonderful connection with nature and the outdoors. On a breezy summer day, I’ll watch the lawn stretch to the sky and drink the rain. The kids run around barefoot and Col and I relax at the patio table. Trees breathe life into our love and the birds sing to our souls. The driveway is our launch pad for adventure and the grassy alley is our meandering path to the corner store.

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Room for Projects in the House of Love?

By Evan Nehring

The Land Down Under... 

The best thing we ever bought for our basement was a set of heavy duty storage shelves on West Wausau Avenue. I was going to build shelves but when we priced materials they were almost as much as the sale price on some pop-it-together shelves. Then there are plastic bins that fit two to a shelf and there’s about zero wasted space.
 
Basements and garages are about projects, organizing and ambition. They tend to be out of the way and the last areas to receive attention. Sometimes those areas are an indication of the ambitiousness of your marriage.
 
Photo Credit: Chris Campbell on Flickr Creative Commons
 
Colleen and I are very average with home projects. We both work full-time in jobs we’d just as soon not have, so evenings are spent recharging or finding something meaningful to accomplish. At this moment, I’ve got bins downstairs that need attention, but I’ve also got a quiet hour which pulls me to the laptop to write. It’s complicated, but projects, priorities and ambitions are part of a marriage, too.
 
One of the drivers of my ambition is my vision of where I see myself and the family in a few years. The more vivid I paint that picture, the less I want to sleep and relax. Basements aren’t first priority, but they’re an indication of whether life is moving forward.

...and the Great Outdoors!

We’ve had some great yards, but we’ve enjoyed none more than our current home on Augusta Ave. There’s no question that we’ve invested more into this yard than any other. We’ve taken down bushes. Storms have taken down trees. I made a curved cobblestone pathway to form a garden on the front of the house. We built a sandbox and a big tree fort. I’ve used the Scott’s multi-season lawn program and Colleen has planted annuals and perennials.
 
Even a small yard is a wonderful connection with nature and the outdoors. On a breezy summer day, I’ll watch the lawn stretch to the sky and drink the rain. The kids run around barefoot and Col and I relax at the patio table. Trees breathe life into our love and the birds sing to our souls. The driveway is our launch pad for adventure and the grassy alley is our meandering path to the corner store.
 
On our tenth anniversary, we rented a cottage in northern Wisconsin in snowy mid-January. I don’t regret spending extra for those two nights. A good wood fire in the log cabin helped us linger over a decade of memories. We were pretty exhausted, so the down time in the woods was refreshing. Nothing renews like Creation.

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