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1. Yesterday we bought a new refrigerator. At last. After much teeth gnashing and worrying over the colors and sizes and whathaveyous. Got home from ordering it, remeasured, and the built-in that we have isn't as deep as what we bought. It will stick out into the pathway several inches. Instant crash and burn for me. We were going to cancel it but the built-in built-ins are $7K to $8K. Unreal! And less space and less feature and poorer ratings. So we are going with the original choice and will now have a fridge sticking out into the narrow pathway. Hey, it will match the microwave that sticks out on the other side of the kitchen. Remodeling the kitchen is such a pipe dream compared to all the other things that need doing around this house that I need to accept that what is, is. It is on its own wall, at an anle. We can't push it back any farther unless we want to remodel the bathroom and take out the countertop. Which we do, but not right now.

2. We went to multiple stores yesterday looking for a decorative but HEAVY chain to hold up the antique chandelier we bought, oh, a year or more ago. We can find heavy chains that will hold the heavy chandelier but they look like the ones you use to tow a car. And I am sure that when the electrican goes to hang it he is going to find more a problem in the ceiling. It's just the way it goes with this house.

3. The bird bath in the backyard overflows, which is good, to water the fern/wetlands area near the patio. However it does not flow the direction one would think, as in down the steeper incline. It flows toward the patio so much so that we now have a bog. Which is not good. We have played with multiple solutions and while they MIGHT work, none of the strike me as ones that WILL work for sure which is realy frustrating.

4. We have lived in this house for over two years now and the living room still does not have any furniture or a purpose or a hint of a purpose that would help me figure out what to do with it. It's a funky design that makes it even more difficult. So basically you walk into the house and see a junky room which is, let's face it, rather depressing.

5. I am trying to find a handyman or a carpenter or someone to build us sturdy garage cabinets, ones that don't have particle board shelves that will warp as soon as you put a can of paint on them, but they don't seem to be anywhere around.

6. Okay so those are only five things that are frustrating me but it frustrates me that they are bugging me so I'm counting that as number six.
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July 5th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Someday I must show you around my house. You won't believe some of the things we've lived with for pushing 20 years! The whole two-story back porch is problematic thanks to the idiocy of whoever added the second story at an unknown time in the past (Bexar County records are hard to search and I can't find the mechanic's lien for the job). The peculiar problems of the chimney. The holes in the sheetrock, the painted plank walls that I pick the paint off in damp weather, the asbestos siding, the heavy clay soil and all that goes with it, the worn wooden floors, the old stovepipe holes, the antique wiring with the paper insulation and glass things...

I love this house. Passionately. Three-quarters of the crap we have to deal with is the result of previous owners doing half-assed things with it, so I'm not fixing things until I can fix them right. What I really want is someone I can trust to walk all over the house with me and help me figure out what is possible and what is practical. What I get is people coming in and telling me what half-assed thing they want to do instead of what I want. I once had three electricians in during the same week about the rewiring, and none of them would bid the same job or answer a straight question.

All of which means I spend a lot of time looking at all there is to do and thinking: "Yup, lots of stuff to do." All you can do is the best you can do. Start with the things you can do. Work up to what you can't. When you're worrying about something, you're not solving the problem.

July 9th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
I know you're right Peni but some days it is all a bit much. That's where I was this weekend. :)
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

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