From Spring 2012 to Spring 2013 My little saga of the Potting Shed

Sunday, May 05, 2013

It’s been a busy weekend. I really enjoy blogs and v-blogs so I thought I should participate a bit more and this seems to be my perfect opportunity to tell a story about my new potting shed.

Last spring we decided to buy a shed. This didn’t turn out to be a ‘run to the local Home Depot or Lowes’ to buy a shed. As I researched sheds, I found that what I wanted was more of a custom look. Due to the placement of the shed, I thought it needed to look like it reflects the style of our home. Sometimes, I just think that I over-think things too. I’d like to have a dollar for every time someone would remind me to keep things in perspective; “It’s just a shed!” they’d say.

So, as I said, this quest started last spring. I’d travel far and wide to look at sheds. What I decided on was a potting shed that could store a lot of the tools, dirt, pots and items I use...also some big things, like my Roto-tiller.
I finally found what I wanted one day when I was out driving around, so I stopped to speak with the owners of this shed shop. I spent over an hour with them and walked away knowing that this is what I wanted, since they could match our shingles to our house, our shutters and our siding. I was SOLD.

A month later, I finally get my husband to take a look at the sheds. After some ‘thinking’ time, he decides that I am RIGHT, that this is probably the best way to order the shed. Our next visit before actually ordering the shed was to create a list of special order items. I wanted a pre-hung metal door vs the door that came standard with exposed hinges. I wanted window boxes, a loft and a peak with an extra window over the m ain entry. We had everything worked out, but I found out that we can’t have it made and delivered just yet. Our lot isn’t level. This means renting a Bobcat! Holy cow, I never thought it would be this complicated! Not only does the ground have to be dug up, and a retaining wall installed but now it has to settle. Next, we had to go and select gravel, which had to be delivered. More delays. By this time, I was NOT enjoying the process (and this was only a shed). I can’t imagine building a house if this is how long it took for things to fall into place for a garden shed!

After the gravel was delivered, not only did we have to wait weeks for it to settle but now we had to have it tamped down. Can you understand why I thought for sure that my husband was simply stalling? I really thought he was trying to throw every trick in the book at this project.

Finally the day came to have it delivered. And guess what day this happened to be? ...a snowy Christmas Eve, 2012. emoticon What started out as a Spring 2012 birthday present for me, got delivered on Christmas Eve 2012. I’m happy.

Now it is spring again.. emoticon Spring 2013, my shed is here and finally warm enough to get in there and fix it up. Of course, I realized that I can’t fix it up, I can’t pot any plants or create any projects until the floor is sealed. I was told that we can’t just buy any sort of paint, it must be porch and floor paint, and at 60 dollars a can, I had to wait on a sale.

Can you see how this project has been: Hurry up and decide what you want, and Hurry Up and WAIT for what you want.
Thankfully ~
The sale was on Friday ~
This magical weekend is finally here! I picked out my color and gave it 2 coats of paint. Now, I had to wait on it to dry...tick tock, tick tock, tick tock..... Would you believe I finally got to begin to work in my little potting shed TODAY!!!???? I am so excited! emoticon

After 2 days straight of painting, hauling, planting, cleaning and more, my legs are so tired. My body is so tired. Every leg muscle is so sore! I’m wobbly sore. I don’t think I can walk a straight line right now. I’d love to know how many calories I’ve burned this weekend! emoticon

Now that’s my saga about my new potting shed. I’ll include some photos but not sure how to attach them with my story within a blog, but I’ll give it a try.

That was my final photo for now, but this is just the beginning. I really think that one of the best ways to get to good physical and mental health is to find ways to get outside. emoticon I'm loving my new little potting shed! emoticon emoticon
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