600: Old and New

I have purchased another house. This one isn’t new, either, which means there are things that need to be fixed to suit me (and others, if I should decide that I don’t want to continue living in this place until I go to my great reward in the hereafter).

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Older homes become dated-looking. No matter how spiffy your home once was (at the very pinnacle of fashion), things change. That nifty and trendy avocado or burnt orange color scheme that was so popular once – isn’t now. Unless you want to maintain that home in the 1970’s style as a hipster showplace, there will be things to change and work to be done to bring the home into the current era. This is necessary even when the old, dated stuff is still mostly functional, especially if you ever plan on selling the home again at some future date.

Then, there are the things that some other occupant/owner of the home did in some previous iteration that you stand gazing at in absolute wonder and stupefaction, scratching your head and wondering, WTH? This includes funky things like:

  • a bedroom that can only be accessed by going though a bathroom, or, not quite so egregious: another bedroom (????)
  • a toilet installed smack in front of a bathroom door with one foot clearance between the front of it and the sink cabinet, such that it becomes a tripping hazard. Did they step OVER it to get into the bathroom previously?? And, when it comes to using that toilet, whose legs are that short?
  • a kitchen with no lighting fixtures. At all. Not even one. ?? You had lamps – in the kitchen?
  • the ever-popular favorite – doors installed so close to each other that each interferes with opening the other.
  • an elaborate, attached to the roof, shingled, installed cover for the central heat and air unit that funnels rain water right smack into the back door. In floods. Did it never rain while you were there?
  • windows that are painted shut. *sigh*
  • door hardware that does not match – literally seven different styles of knobs, hinges, and finishes in the one house. Did you buy a sampler pack?
  • exposed electrical wiring, or funky outlet placements – such as running the plug for the fridge through the side of a cabinet (all the way across to the other side) to be able to plug in the fridge. Not much experience in planning, hmmm?
  • a room the size of a closet – literally three feet by four feet – that has AV coaxial cable installed in it.   ???
  • Astro-turf (literally, plastic grass) as the master bedroom carpet. Indoor sports?? Needed that look of nature? It was the cheapest floor covering they had?

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Weird and questionable homeowner decisions aside, the last category of items you must deal with when you purchase a home that isn’t new are those things that are just worn out. This includes things like flooring, paint, siding, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, hot water heaters, central heat and air units, appliances, chain link fencing, the roof, and various and sundry other necessary (and costly, usually) things.

Still. I am sure that there have been people who have purchased homes I have owned who have scratched their heads over some of the things I did, too. Karma. Doing its thing.

112: The Fur Flood

My husband and I have to sleep with the bedroom door closed. This is because we are the parents of eight fur children. If the door is open, at LEAST one fur child is sleeping with us, usually more than one. They do  not sleep politely at the foot of the bed – they want to sleep ON  one of us, or right up underneath someone’s chin. This pretty effectively prohibits sleep for the human occupants of the bed.

So, the door is closed. This means when the door opens in the morning, there is a flood of fur into the bedroom. Everyone is desperately wanting love and affection from mom and dad – as if everyone had nightmares all night long! This morning, I had one on my chest, one on the left side and one on the right, one underneath my upraised knees (beneath the blankets), and one trying to lie down across my face.  I do not have that many hands for pets and cuddles! AAAUUUGGGGHHHhhhh!!

It does not appear to matter how late you stay up, or how early or late you choose to get up – the flood is waiting. If you tarry too long in bed, someone will meow plaintively from the other side of the door, and you will hear the determined scratching of someone who is certain that they can dig their way to mom and dad, if they only dig long enough.

In the words of Scarlett O’Hara: tomorrow is another day – and the fur flood is waiting!