Cinco De Mayo

I’m sad to say that this fantastically fun day came and went and I didn’t (for the first year) do anything to celebrate. I’d love to hear what any of you did!

I did however get a lot of great real estate accomplished today. Also, we got to see our nephew and play a bit of hockey w/ him, then had a delicious dinner w/ my mother-in-law, nephew and fiance. Actually, I did celebrate it a bit by having such a wonderful time w/ the above mentioned people. Even got my nephew to strike a pose. No, I’m not holding up a gang sign, that is actually a “W” I’ve been working on to stand for my last name, Williams. Can you see it, sorda, maybe?

Come to think of it, it was a magnificent day. My kind of perfect day–about 16 Celsius and 61 Farenheit for all my American friends. I did an interval session on the treadmill (1 min at 6.7, 1 min at 8.7, 30 sec at 6.7 and 30 sec at 9.3) totalling 3 miles. This always starts my day off right, great cardio in just over 20mins. Then, we spent the morning outside. This is one of the first days we could really exit our caves (houses) in a long while.

We started to pick weeds out of our flower beds. Let me back up. Until last August, we didn’t have flower beds. Here’s a few pics, you’ll be able to figure out the before and after. First, MG and I made a decision last summer to do a full overhaul on our outside. When we purchased our house, the previous seller had fully re-done the inside, but the outside was not very nice at all. Just plain grass, old concrete patio and sidewalks. We brought in Tumbleweed Landscaping (owner is a close friend of MG, but does the best work of anyone I’ve ever seen). We started off w/ a few small things we wanted to do. It turned into a 3mos long ordeal, and everything was done, even the front and back grass was completely removed and put back down. We added flower beds, widened our driveway w/ interlock, did interlock down both sides and back patio, built a cabana, put tall wooden fences on all 3 sides, made a bubbling fountain. Basically, you name it we did it. Phew! This went from June-Sept 10′. So, we really didn’t get to enjoy it much last summer. If there’s one thing I learned, its get it all done at once. I am so glad that there is nothing left that we want to do. It’s so nice to go outside and everything is done. All we have to do is maintain it. Two, we know landscaping helps bring buyers to your home, but they aren’t going to pay more for it, generally. So, enjoy it while you live there.

Best feeling in the world right now to go outside after months of being inside and see all the fully done landscaping. Even better is that our flowers and things are starting to grow again. I just love spring and all the new life that comes with it. I’m having a hard time w/ not having Stryker and Tazz around though. They were always running around outside w/ us, going for hikes and knowing that soon they would be going to the beach for a swim almost every day. I’m really having trouble dealing w/ this first spring without them. On the flip, I’m enjoying my first spring as the “new” me. I’m really taking it all in now. I am appreciating life in general and every opportunity it gives us. I have a whole new meaning to my life after this last year and all we’ve been through. I’m looking forward to what awaits us!

 “Make It A Great Day–Go Inspire!”

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