It always looks worse before it looks better.

We’re having the wall around the house and yard repaired and re-painted.  It’s looking pretty disreputable.  We also have a corner of the planter wall next to the neighbor’s driveway that’s been damaged repeatedly.  I can’t believe that people drive so badly that they hit that corner.  I would guess that the damage to their car was greater than the damage to the wall.

I know that especially in the past 20 years, the do-it-yourself movement has really grown.  However, I also know that there are people who do it themselves who should never do it themselves.  Ask me sometime about the extension cord we discovered that had been hot-wired into the light switch…  We’re having this done by professionals.

The good news is that whenever we have a big project, I know not to get discouraged.  It always looks much worse before it starts looking better, whether it’s putting up new wallpaper, cleaning out the storage building, or having the boundary wall re-painted.