The Gnome and I – Adventures in First Time Home Ownership
Chapter 14 – Spring Surprises
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The long cold Winter had finally ended. Spring brought some surprises. The bulbs I had planted in Autumn had sprouted! The crocuses (croci?) were the first to bloom. Followed by daffodils and tulips. Having always lived in rentals, I never had the opportunity to plant anything outside. So I was happy to see that the bulbs had bloomed even though I had not planted that many.
Henri was excited as well and set his swing amongst the tulips.
A rather interesting phenomena had occurred; my front door was slowly turning into a dragon.
A town mandate required me to post a warning. Which probably accounted for my mail and deliveries being thrown onto my porch from a safe distance.
Some surprises were wholly unwelcome. One of the walls in the kitchen developed a large crack. As did the ceiling. Apparently the person who installed the drywall did not tape and finished the seams properly.
The paint on the woodwork all over the house was beginning to chip and crack, revealing varnished wood underneath. Even a novice such as myself knows painting latex over varnish is a disaster waiting to happen. The varnish either needs to be removed completely or at the very least, an application of primer before painting. There was no chance of removing the paint and varnish now that my things were here. So my only option was to continue to paint over the cracks. My Summer to-do list was becoming extremely lengthy!