Repairs and Updates

When we brought our current home we're living in three years ago we bought it with the expectation that we would be spending money on at least three majors areas.

 

Our first priority was to fix the roof leak permanently. Back when we were looking at this house we've noticed and the home inspector noticed that there was a roof leak where the front porch was added onto the house. At the time the homeowner ” fixed” it enough so that we would be able to pass inspection.

 

About five months ago during spring, and before the summer rains came we invested about $3000 into patching the hole where the roof meets the front porch, and there was a smaller hole where multiple satellite dishes were over the garage.

 

Additionally we had one of the back buildings reroofed, to match the shingles on the front house. All in all, it was a worthwhile investment as this summer we've had extremely heavy rains. Without the roof repair we would have to have a bucket to catch all the rainwater that would be coming in one of the front bedrooms.

 

 

 

Our next expenditure was replacing all the windows. The Windows that were originally in the house were regular contractor grade windows. They did not keep the heat out and they were just plain ugly.

 

 

Our home sits where it meets the sun in the morning in the East and in the afternoon we get the afternoon from the west. Much like our home previous to this one we get direct heat all day long from the sun. I love the new windows! They let in all the light, but not all the heat!

 

Next on our list to repair was our drainfield. Our house is on a septic tank/ drainfield and when we bought the house, we knew that the original drainfield was on borrowed time. It finally gave up the ghost last week and we had it replaced as well.

 

 

Nothing like a big hole in your front yard, right? The field passed inspection and is all covered up. We need to put down some grass seed or sod and get it back to an all green yard.

 

This week, there will be priming and painting of the bedroom that has the roof leak. All the drywall has been replaced and now we can move forward on that room too.

 

There are a few more projects to complete before the end of the year. The porch also had a leak, but that drywall has been replaced. It needs one more coat of mud and then we can paint that too.

 

Oh, I almost forgot! We have a brand new AC system setting in the garage that will be replacing the original AC of 23 years. My husband can install it by himself, which saves a ton of money. He is waiting on cooler weather before he does that. So far, the original AC has been holding up pretty good. And yes, we still have our AC running. The temps during the day are in the night 80's to low 90's.

 

  • What have you had to replace in your home this year?
  • Have you upgraded your windows and did you notice an improvement in the power bill?

 

  • Septic or sewer?

 

 

 

Will they survive?

The Christmas cactus, that is.

 

I have a Christmas cactus that was given to me about 5 years ago via a secret Santa event at work. This plant is the most resilient plant in my home. It has survived no matter how much I neglected it. I am not the best plant caregiver.

 

 

It has been my goal to get the cactus replanted into a bigger and better pot. I have been waiting to find a couple of nice clay pots at a thrift store or garage sale.

 

 

 
Last weekend, I found four pots ( only three in this picture) for $1.00. Such a deal!!

 

 

 

The original Christmas cactus was root bound. I separated it into pieces hoping like heck that all the pieces will survive the transition. Fresh pitting soil was added to each pot and the pieces of cacti were planted and watered.

 

Will they survive?? Oh, I hope so!! I love the flowers that these plants produce.

 

It has been a week since the re-homing of the cacti. The plants pretty much still look the same. Fingers crossed!

 

 

Another Home Improvement Project

We have been working on our punch list of home improvements. The latest project is the replacing the windows in our home with new and more energy efficient windows.

 
The windows were original to the house and they did nothing to help our energy bill.

These new windows are suppose to be very energy efficient. As soon as they were installed we could tell the difference. Our house sets with the front facing the east and the back facing the west. There are some shade trees, but they only helped a little bit.

What is the next project? Replace the central AC. We are hoping this one makes it through this summer. Fingers crossed :-)

 

Now What?

Now that all the momma drama is over, that is a question I ask myself almost daily. “Now what?”

 

Here is what I am doing for now. I am enjoying each day as it comes. The stress of taking care of mom and dad, and the the drama that followed with settling their estate pretty much took the wind out of my sails.

 

Now, I am learning how to be good to myself. Do things I want to do when I want to do them. That is a hard concept for me, as I am use to taking care of everyone else. Last week, my daughter and I had a “couples” massage. We got our Zen on..

 

I work diligently on my eBay business. This challenges me and makes me happy. It is work, but when you tell people what you do, they will say ” So, when are you going back to work?” Listing, researching, cleaning, and packing is “work”. That's okay. I can see why they don't get it.


I volunteer at the local animal shelter on a weekly basis. The dogs and I go walking or I help another volunteer photograph the dogs for the shelter's website.


 

So for now, life is pretty good. I am happy. Each day is a gift.

 

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