The garden is way more overwhelming than I anticipated. Actually, I don't know how I can even say that because really, I make the Mister do
As for renovations - there has definitely been a halt in progress. The garden and yard upkeep is so time consuming... but I have been working on my ideas! I bought foam and fabric to make a cushion for a built-in bench by the fireplace. I guess the bench is actually for storing wood but when we start making fires in that fireplace I'll just move my cushion. So far in one year we have not used that fireplace at all. When you have three you can be kinda choosy so I am choosing to make that the decorative fireplace. I also spray-painted a mirror black and Mister hung it up for me in our front hall. The little touches do make a big difference. I am working on acquiring more to hang up on the walls because I think that will really help. For my birthday I am wishing for many gallery frames to fill up my upstairs hallway with family photos and such. I think it will look really great when I get it together but even still I am feeling very very very proud of myself.
It's been a great first year :-)