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    • Fruball
    • By Fruball 18th Jan 11, 1:37 PM
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    Preparing for Spring!!!
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    • 18th Jan 11, 1:37 PM
    Preparing for Spring!!! 18th Jan 11 at 1:37 PM
    As many of us have seen the sunshine today for the first time in ages I thought it might be nice to have a Preparing for Spring thread

    My plans are:

    To completely spring clean and declutter the house so I can laze in the garden when the weather is nice

    To organise all my veg/fruit seeds so they are ready when the weather warms up

    To de-winter the house; take off the horrible back door curtain (fleece hung with string!), put all the cozy throws in a box in the back of the wardrobe

    Get some nice houseplants to cheer the place up - preferably some flowering ones

    Change my snuggly duvet for a nice light summer one

    Sort out my CD shelves and have one shelf dedicated to all my cheery summer type music

    Start thinking of nice light recipes instead of the stodge I have been filling up with since October


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    • Lindy - Loo
    • By Lindy - Loo 18th Jan 11, 1:42 PM
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    • 18th Jan 11, 1:42 PM
    As sad as it sounds Im looking forward to cleaning the windows outside, its OH house job but he never does it, says its too cold and dark after work! No excuses any more!
    Mum, wife and dinnerlady!
    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 18th Jan 11, 1:47 PM
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    • 18th Jan 11, 1:47 PM
    Get some nice houseplants to cheer the place up - preferably some flowering ones
    Originally posted by Frugal
    I'd like to do that as well, I'm not great at houseplants though, maybe a cacti to start with

    I oftern buy flower, (get them from that garden in the summer) which look nice but obviously don't last in the same way a plant would.
    • ifonlyitwaseasier
    • By ifonlyitwaseasier 18th Jan 11, 1:58 PM
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    • 18th Jan 11, 1:58 PM
    Thank you for this Frugal, you've given me some inpriation to get my self sorted!!


    so my preparing for spring list is:
    - dejunk the bedroom
    - sort the "floordrobe"
    - gather up and deliver the charity shop bits
    - some more stuff when i figure it out

    ioiwe x
    Nonny mouse and Proud!!
    Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience
    !!
    Debtfightingdivaextraordinaire!!!!
    Amor et metus. Lac? Sugar? Quisque massa vel duo? (stolen from a lovely forumite!)

  • BitterAndTwisted
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    • 18th Jan 11, 2:01 PM
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    • 18th Jan 11, 2:01 PM
    I don't wish to sound like Eeyore but I can't feel like spring is around the corner until the days get much longer and February is finally behind us. I have a horrible feeling that the icy weather is going to come back with a vengeance sooner rather than later.

    Still, I've got plenty of time to get those grow-bags in from B&Q to start my balcony-gardening and I've drawn up a mental-plan of what I'm going to germinate on the kitchen window-sill.

    This bright sunshine is a lovely tonic, even if it's only today.
    • beemuzed
    • By beemuzed 18th Jan 11, 2:10 PM
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    • 18th Jan 11, 2:10 PM
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    • 18th Jan 11, 2:10 PM
    Sadly, I suspect BitterAndTwisted may be right in that we haven't yet seen the back of this winter - but I really love the idea behind this thread - just what the doctor ordered! It's good to keep in mind that we are now steadily seeing the days inch into slightly longer ones, the bulbs are just beginning to appear above the surface and so we can remind ourselves that spring will arrive eventually. Today, after a really wet start in the early hours, is cold but bright, so lovely after the grey and damp of the last few days.
    I'm going to start my list of things to do in a notebook ( and yes, window cleaning will feature!) Not so sure about changing from the snuggly duvet just yet!
    Great idea, Frugal!
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    • Fruball
    • By Fruball 18th Jan 11, 2:17 PM
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    • 18th Jan 11, 2:17 PM
    Thanks ioiwe and beemuzed

    I suffer really badly with SAD and as usual I have really struggled since November but a bright sunny day can really lift my mood and motivate me, reminding me that despite the fact it is still freezing cold and I am also sure that we will get more snow and ice, Spring IS coming. We are nearer to it each day and we are much more than half way thru the winter.

    Hopefully this thread will help motivate others and we can start getting all those jobs done that means once Spring does arrive, we can enjoy it
  • frugalbrunette
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    • 18th Jan 11, 2:30 PM
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    Oh wow, thanks Frugal.

    I have seen a lift in my mood today with the sunshine and although it's blimmin' freezing I've been out digging myself some borders to replant my redcurrant and strawberry plants, previously potted they were not doing very well.

    Getting as much fruit planted in the garden is my priority as it costs me a fortune to feed my fruit loving kids.

    Also I want to think about planting up a selection of herbs for cooking.

    As for the house, well to take down the fleeces from the windows will be fab, bubble wrap off toilet windows and door curtain down. Can't wait, think they'll be in place for a wee while yet though.

    Great thread.
    • ifonlyitwaseasier
    • By ifonlyitwaseasier 18th Jan 11, 2:41 PM
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    • 18th Jan 11, 2:41 PM
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    • 18th Jan 11, 2:41 PM
    Thanks ioiwe and beemuzed

    I suffer really badly with SAD and as usual I have really struggled since November but a bright sunny day can really lift my mood and motivate me, reminding me that despite the fact it is still freezing cold and I am also sure that we will get more snow and ice, Spring IS coming. We are nearer to it each day and we are much more than half way thru the winter.

    Hopefully this thread will help motivate others and we can start getting all those jobs done that means once Spring does arrive, we can enjoy it
    Originally posted by Frugal

    i know what you mean about a sunny day making a smile appear

    even my cats perked up today (not that they need perking!!)
    Nonny mouse and Proud!!
    Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience
    !!
    Debtfightingdivaextraordinaire!!!!
    Amor et metus. Lac? Sugar? Quisque massa vel duo? (stolen from a lovely forumite!)

    • clarabell13
    • By clarabell13 18th Jan 11, 2:43 PM
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    What a lovely thread which has cheered me up no end!

    I agree there will almost certainly be more cold stuff to come, but how fab to think that spring really IS getting nearer with each day. I need to think about herbs too - went to pick some thyme last night and it really is in a sad and sorry state. Dejunking first though - it's been too long since DDs and I had a good go through our wardrobes, so that can be the first thing.

    Thanks for the mood lift!!
    • dollydaydream07
    • By dollydaydream07 18th Jan 11, 3:03 PM
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    thanks for this Frugal,
    we need a mood lifting thread now that our regular one has been moved to the arms!!

    for now the throws are staying put, as is the bubble wrap but i am slowly cutting down on the heating, although if it gets really cold then it will be back on a fair bit!!

    if the weather stays dry this week then i will get the garden weeded - would LOVE to cut the grass but it's far too wet

    windows will need washing inside and out

    clean out all the kitchen cupboards and have a good sort out of them

    declutter everywhere that needs it(most rooms/drawers)

    the fence in the front garden will need a coat of varnish, the back garden fence and the shed will get a coat if i have enough varnish left

    2 internal doors need glossing

    the kitchen worktop needs to be resealed as does the sealant round the bath

    the last 2 things on the list have been needed to be done for well over a year so i NEED to get those done........... so maybe i should move them to the top of the list
    • Fruball
    • By Fruball 18th Jan 11, 3:16 PM
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    <Frugal changes straight out of pinny and pops on a pair of trendy jeans and wanders off to The Arms>



    ahhhhh well, might meet some hot guys in there
    • mama67
    • By mama67 18th Jan 11, 3:38 PM
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    thanks Frugal,

    I have had the kitchen towels and t-towels out on the line all day today as although frosty first thing has been dry and bright.

    I have also had the bedroom windows open to get a blow thru the house as it has been a bit stuffy the last few nights.
    2 adults, 2 boys ( sportsmad-big eaters) (21 & 18)
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    • starsandmoon
    • By starsandmoon 18th Jan 11, 3:42 PM
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    Had two days of sun here and feel quite Spring like. I need to clean the outside of my windows for a start. I only have a small yard but there is a sort or raised bed of soil in a sunny spot so Im thinking of growing something edible but dont know what. Its not very deep so spuds may not be good. How do you keep slugs away?

    I tidyed my daughters room up and decluttered a bin bag of rubbish and bag for charity. Its not quite warm enough for t shirts but a lot of the sales have t shirts and summery stuff really cheap. I got 2 vest tops for 2 in one shop. The assistant was most impressed when I said I was preparing my summer wardrobe.

    I think the end of Feb is when Spring gets going. I carnt wait for better weather so I can get my laundry fix of hanging washing out!! Love it (sad I know)
  • frugalbrunette
    What's the betting this thread gets moved to Greenfingers

    ooops very naughty of me.

    Frugal you're in bother as I've been looking at my window sills and not only do my window frames need a good spring.. wesh! but the window sills need a paint and the wall underneath plus the skirting board needs a gloss and the carpet needs a clean. 'Tis all your fault you know

    Nope a good spring cleaning list is what I need to do. plus I like writing lists
  • frugalbrunette

    I think the end of Feb is when Spring gets going. I carnt wait for better weather so I can get my laundry fix of hanging washing out!! Love it (sad I know)
    Originally posted by starsandmoon

    oooh not sad at all. I have pulled my (retractable) line out and hooked it all up and washed the line down today. I cannot wait either.
    Last edited by frugalbrunette; 18-01-2011 at 3:50 PM. Reason: spelling
    • Chipps
    • By Chipps 18th Jan 11, 3:58 PM
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    It was nice to get some washing out today in the sunshine... but even though it's sunny, its soooo cold! I keep putting off going out to get the washing in!!! (got to go, can't put it off any longer... will put the kettle on first so I can have a cup of coffee to cuddle to warm my hands when i get back in)
  • modern millie
    Frugal, great idea for a thread (and very timely!). I've been getting desperate here with the constant rain/gloom. My Spring aims are:

    More decluttering - I want to be ruthless

    Garden tidying and de cluttering - finally get rid of those pots with unidentified contents

    Window cleaning and put up curtains I made last month - pale cream background, very Springlike

    Buy paint for outside jobs

    Get outside and enjoy it! Did this today, first decent day for ages, and feel better for it.

    Look forward to following this thread.
    • starsandmoon
    • By starsandmoon 18th Jan 11, 4:11 PM
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    Oo I need to get some wood stain for my garden furniture and yard gate and get them tarted up ready for having a nice brew in the spring sunshine!

    I need to get the outside of the house painted too this summer, will start getting some estimates, no way am I going up a ladder!
  • irenee
    I'm feeling springlike today as well - sure it's the glorious sunshine we had this afternoon

    When I brought wood in for the stove I was less worried about how much it has dwindled over the last 6 weeks - after all soon be time to stop using the wood stove

    To do list includes -

    - Sorting out my husband's summer sweatshirts for the Charity shops - nearly 18 months since he passed away - time to let go

    - Springclean the spare room - the bed is in there somewhere

    - Clean out kitchen cupboards and the fridge freezer

    - Gather up tools and put away in the garage - that's what tool boxes are for!!

    - Clear garden beds of accumulated leaves - the cold snap caught me out

    - Get friend with circular saw organised to coppice hazel - part of next year's wood supply

    Stop listing now before I scare myself and not dooooo anything
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