I cry for mercy! This has not been the best of months at Holiday House. First world problems, to be sure, but as I said on Facebook last week, "I haz poltergeist."
And he does not like electronics, or machines, or maybe it's just me he dislikes...
First it was the tv. Kaput. Then it was the washing machine. ( I may have called The Poltergeist's attention to the washer's frailty when I mentioned it in my "I hate Samsung" post. Darnit.) Then it was the garbage disposal. And then, wait for it...both water heaters.
"Why do you have two?" you ask. Hell if I know. I just turn the tap and shimmy in the hot water, I ask not where it comes from.
Until that hot water is orange. Then I start asking questions.
Sooo, silly me had a plumber come. $700 later I had a working master bath faucet (hooray, that only took 6 months), another pressure valve thingy (the banging pipes are gone again, but, yeah, I'll withhold judgement for a few months before I call it "fixed"), and a diagnosis of "water heater(s) gone all to hell." Cue plumbers number two and three and a bill that hovers near the laughably large. In some ways it's a relief that it's so big that I don't even have to think about paying it out of my personal checking account, you know? Like if it was just $700 I'd feel guilty tapping into the savings account. Hah! Tap away, tap away.
As we drove to work, leaving plumbers 2 and 3 (kind of a young Ben Affleck type, actually) to do their thing, JWH says to me, "there goes your sunroom." Indeed. So, the list I shared with you in January is already crap. This time, crossing off means "not gonna happen" rather than done-dealio. Oh, the pain!
- Get a plasterer to smooth the ceilings in the dining room and living room
- Remove the old smoke detector bracket on the stair landing and spackle the holes
- Fix the giant crack in the master bedroom ceiling
- Repaint the ceilings in the LR, DR, stair landing, and kitchen (this is kind of an obvious follow up to the items above)
- Refinish the antique desk
- Fix the gutters (we had them looked at, and they need minimal work, but I'd like to get it done!)
- Repair and touch up the trim up at the eaves of the house (again, we have a quote, just waiting for spring!)
- Replace the mailbox
- Add landscape lighting to the walkway
- Remove the space heater from the back hall wall
- Finish the vanity project in the hall bath - DONE
- Sunroom to mudroom conversion Hahahaha, maybe I can get the windows replaced as a starting volley. Maybe....
- Re-tile the 2 bathtub surrounds
- Put a new toilet in the hall bath
- Replace the window in the dining room
Might as well revise it now and deal with reality. Much in the way that JWH did when he called of plans for his new BMW and decided to rock the Volkswagen.
Holiday House: known for thrift.