It's not so much an improvement as it is a maintenance project, but this year is a year for doing all the exterior painting and staining. (Well, the interior could use a color update as well, but that will have to wait.) Ken and I have managed to get the stain on the pool deck and around our back porch and back step rails. We still need to stain THE BIG ONE. That is, the horse barn. Plus there is some paint work yet to be done on the inside of the back porch, the front porch and around the windows. Problem is, we have this varying chance of rain quite nearly every day anymore. I t doesn't necessarily rain very much, but only enough to mess up the twenty four hours between that we need. It looks like the pattern for the summer, too; and not a bad one if we weren't trying to paint and stain. Sooner or later, though, I'm sure we'll get a break.