Cleaning the roof of the Casita was a bust. The mildew had mildew and the vinyl was really brittle so we've opted to throw it out and create a new roof. Celina had a great suggestion (see Friday's comments) about where to find fabric that might work well for this.
For anyone who was wondering what this looks like check out this link to get an idea. Ours is a round one. We've actually decided to put the screens away until next summer. With only two weeks of summer vacation left, it doesn't make sense to rush to get it all set up. Now if only I could find a little space in the garage to store it.
Thinking of our overcrowded, moderately disorganized garage actually brings me to a little project I've been thinking about. We've got a lot of stuff that the boys have outgrown. I don't mean clothes. I'm thinking more of outdoor toys and things like small lawn chairs. You know the type, cute little ones that now make the boys look like grasshoppers when they sit on them. There's also a plethora of other rather abstract stuff. Lamp fixtures that we no longer need, field hockey sticks that are too short to be used, bikes that have good frames and not much else you get the idea. I'm tossing around the idea of having an everything is a $1.00 or less tag sale.
In our area there are online tag sale sites where you can advertise your upcoming tag sale no charge. Knowing that I can avoid the fee of running a newspaper add makes this idea plausible. Of course there's the time commitment of a tag sale but I've been informed by Jim that there's enough yardwork to be done at home to keep the whole family outdoors until December. Based on that, manning the tag sale shouldn't be a problem. It seems to me that this might be a good way to clear out some clutter and make a little spare change.
I should point out that the rules of our local Freecycle & Ecycle sites forbid the reselling of items obtained from them. I totally agree with this and any items that were obtained through these sources will be offered for free or donated.