Month: June 2017

Bigger Sidewalks Lead to Summer Parties with Neighbors and Lots of Fun

The big project for last summer was to reseed the lawn and get new sidewalks. We had renovated inside and out, and now we were getting new sidewalks and a driveway done by a concrete contractor in Nassau County, NY. We were having the contractor cut into the yard space up front and beside our home to widen the sidewalks to make them more spacious for us and our neighbors to use. The kids play on the sidewalks here, and the extra space made it better. We live in a neighborhood where everyone gets along for the most part. The big sidewalks turned out to be a hit as our neighbor next to us hired the same contractor to make their sidewalks bigger too. It was not long until the whole block on one side had all new sidewalks.

I like seeing the joggers, dog walkers, kids on bicycles and others go by on our wide sidewalks now. No more crowding even during the busiest times. We now have sidewalk sales, and we have even had a few sidewalk barbecues. We have never made so much use of our front lawn and sidewalk areas before. This was a new trend, and we were enjoying the time spent with neighbors. Our new driveway is still clean and new looking even after the winter weather it endured. The concrete sealing done after the project cured sheds the water and the grime. In the summer you will walk over chalk drawings and chalk-drawn hopscotch boards. There are flowers and hearts and stars drawn in colorful chalk everywhere. The kids have a blast.

It is amazing how we come up for uses for spaces where we can gather for some fun with neighbors. I had never been to a sidewalk party before, and the impromptu ones we throw kind of just pop up at the last minute.

Started to Plan the Wedding

Started to plan the wedding the other day, but of course right now we are just roughing out what it will cost and trying to figure out exactly what it is going to cost us. There is a great deal of things that you have to pay for. There are the small things, which add up quickly and then there are the really big things. A wedding photographer is the sort of thing you have to have. It is not something you need to scrimp on, you need to find a person who is capable of doing the work the way you expect it to be done. That is fairly obvious. You can not get your half witted cousin Vernon and his half drunk buddy Earl to take photos with their cell phones. Of course you are going to get plenty of those at any rate and some people can do a fair job of taking pictures with their phones. You need a video too, probably one that is of high quality. At least it seems as though you would want to have it done well.

The big deal is the stuff like the venue and the catering. If you have a small number of guests you can save on that, but it looks as though we are not going to be able to keep the guest list to a reasonable number. You obviously have to put a halt to it some place, but we have to avoid hurting the feelings of a lot of people. There are all sorts of aunts and uncles and cousins and tons of friends. All of them get a plate of food to eat and every plate is going to cost you. It is probably going to be around forty dollars a head, for around a hundred and forty people.

I Wanted to Have a New Kitchen

I did not have any idea that I would be remodeling my house until this last year. Even though my house was nearly 40 years old, I still thought that rooms like my kitchen and bathrooms looked okay. That all changed when my mom had her kitchen remodeled. When I went to her house for a three day visit, I was shocked at the difference. I knew then that I wanted to have my kitchen redone too, so I did a search for kitchen remodeling in bergen county nj when I returned home after my visit. I looked at several companies, but I ended up going with the one that had excellent references and one of the lowest quotes. I also liked that their timetable in getting my kitchen completely done was a week ahead of the competition’s own timetables. The main difference was that I wanted to have an island put into the center of the kitchen. I have a large kitchen, but the majority of it was just open space. I really liked how my mom’s center island made everything cozier, and it was a lot easier to get meals prepared too. For me, I was looking forward to having lunches there with my husband. It is just the two of us at home now, and the dining room table is so large and lonely unless we have our own kids visiting us. The island that the kitchen contractors built us is large enough for four people to sit at comfortably, plus there is room on the other side for dishes or even meal prep. I also had them put in a window over my kitchen sink, and that has to be my second favorite spot in the kitchen now! It looks so nice now, and I am even thinking of having my bathrooms remodeled now too.