Five On Friday: Spring Refresh

After 13 straight days of rain, THIRTEEN, the sun came out on Wednesday afternoon.  It even decided to stick around for yesterday, today, and I hear maybe most of the weekend.

This poor wind flower has hardly been opened up with all the rain. I think it’s enjoying the sun right along with the rest of us!

This was a rather odd week with the boys returning to school after spring break.  I worked a pretty full week, also.  Three whole days!  Well, maybe a half-day yesterday but it felt like a whole day.

It seemed strange to be off today and have everybody else off to work and school.  My original plan was to give the house a good cleaning.  Of course, I happened on a meme on Facebook that said something about it being “don’t do any housework day” and while I’m not sure of the accuracy, I didn’t want to take any chances and miss my chance to celebrate that one.

Instead of cleaning, I ran a few errands and picked up a few things to give the house a bit of a spring refresh.  I’m still not done but I’m sharing my progress for today’s Five on Friday, hosted by the F.A.S.T blog.

Spring Refresh:

INSIDE:

ONE:  A new mat for the kitchen floor!  This just caught my eye when I was out shopping today and I’ve wanted something like this as opposed to a rug for a long time so I went ahead.

This mat just had such a cheerful feeling to it.

TWO:  A slight Front Door Do Over.  I finally got around to ordering a curtain to block the little window in it.  It didn’t bother me much when the sun came blaring in to our house but the gaming boys found it annoying.  My husband’s solution had been to place a towel with clips on the curtain bar.  It was not a very pretty look.  Problem is now solved.

I’m hoping the wrinkles will fall out but it still looks better than a towel!

OUTSIDE:

THREE:  I also found something to put on the front door in place of my winter wreath.  It’s not the most glamorous craft project but I thought it turned out cute and it was low-cost since I only used $4 to put it together.  Have to love The Dollar Tree!

I like my new simple front door “wreath”

FOUR:   A new cushion for the bench on the front porch.  It took a lot of self-control to get one “plain” that I knew my husband would think looked good as opposed to a fun outlandishly designed cushion.

The cat has already tested it and approves of her new warm weather napping spot.

FIVE: A new welcome mat as well!  The old one is not in terrible shape so it may go to the back door. 

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My plan is to use this sunny weekend to continue with my spring refresh focusing on the outside.  I need to clean up the yard a bit, get some flowers out there (I was very tempted by some hanging baskets at the store where I bought the cushion but opted to hold off and check a few other places), and maybe fix the porch rail a certain little gray cat has been using as a scratching post.

An area in need of clean up. 

I need to add some new flowers here.

What kinds of spring projects do you have planned?

 

 

 

 

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23 thoughts on “Five On Friday: Spring Refresh

  1. Rachel D

    Your new kitchen mat is cute!

    This coming week my kiddos are on Spring Break and the weather seems to be good. I don’t think there is any rain in the forecast the next few days. I am hoping to get some organizing done inside and out. Inside I am hoping to work on the kids’ rooms. And outside I am hoping to get some yard stuff done and clean up the garage and straighten it and organize the toys, scooters, etc.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! Glad you will have good weather for spring break. Our weather is supposed to be nice as well until the weekend. Enjoy your week!

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  2. Karen B.

    I think your spring “wreath” is a fabulous idea! Different and cheap, what’s not to like? I will be heading to the Dollar Store tomorrow! Your kitchen mat is cheerful!

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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I actually need to return to the Dollar Store today as I was sidetracked by the “wreath” idea and forgot some of the things I went there to buy.

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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. We worked outside a bit more over the weekend. I’m so happy spring is finally here.

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  3. green Tomato

    Love your spring post.
    Your new kitchen mat is pretty, and I am sure the blue basket with flowers make your front door colorful! Your fence of the steps is lovely too!I enjoyed to see it.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I do smile every time I come to the front door now. Hope you had a great weekend and have a nice week ahead as well.

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  4. Rosie

    After all that rain it must feel good to get out into the garden. The new mats look good and the door decoration is very pretty. Cats will always find the softest and warmest place in the house or garden to snooze, I know mine does. Have a lovely weekend:)
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    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, it feels so nice to be outside and see the sun again. Amazing how much better everyone’s moods are as well. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! Oh my, I don’t think I could have dealt with snowstorms on our spring break (although we did have a snow storm on Easter last year). Hope some sun finds NY soon as well.

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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! We’ve actually had a nice sunny week so far. It’s been a great break from the rain but I know we still probably need more rain. Hope you find a way to enjoy the rainy days coming your way!

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  5. Tricky Wolf

    I don’t think we have 13 days of rain in the entire year here, although we could really use it to help out the garden!

    Thanks for joining in with us for Five on Friday and please excuse my lateness in getting round to comment this week!
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    1. Jean Post author

      We had a bit more rain overnight last night although it has all cleared off now. Hope you get a bit more rain to help your garden out soon! Don’t worry about being late to comment at all, thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Jean Post author

      Yes! If only the sunshine would last, woke up to pouring rain on this Saturday morning yet again. I suppose it saves us having to water the garden but I would prefer a sunny day especially on the weekend.

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