Actually, the goal is to make things nice for us. I am just using the excuse that my friend Tim and and his family will be staying with us in a couple weeks so that I can finish some loose ends in the basement. After several hours of scrubbing, I was able to remove all of the glue from the vinyl wall coverings from the walls at the basement stairs. I can now prime and paint. I have a bunch of areas where I need to figure out how to add trim but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Once I am finished with the stairs, I can begin tackling the basement bathroom.
Since all of the scrubbing has gotten me dwelling on the things that I hate about restoring, I thought I'd add some pics from the garden to help cheer things up. The flowers look nice. The ones in the front are a bit sparse but also look nice. The rabbits didn't eat the crocus this year so even they look good.