This morning finds me still at home, waiting for a plumbing company (All City Plumbing) to call me at 8am. Hopefully they will be able to come over, assess the damage, and provide me with a reasonable estimate and timeline for a repair. I’ll probably try to get a second estimate before having the work done, but I’m really anxious to get this house back to being a “fully functional” house so that I can use it as I pay for it, and someday dream of selling it.
[Update at 8:20am] Damn, the plumbers won’t be able to make it here until sometime after lunch today. Now what to do? If my office were nearer I’d hop in the car and head into the office until 1pm and then head home. But is it really worth driving all the way to Perimeter Mall just for about four hours of work?
Mow, Mow, Mow, The Lawn, Gently In The Breeze
I had two options last night
- Rush home, repair the chainsaw, tackle some of the bushes in the front of the house
- Rush home, mow the front and back lawn
I went with option #2, and miraculously managed to also get the chainsaw chain back in place last night so that I can either tackle the bushes either tonight or tomorrow depending on what time I head to the office today.
In addition to all of that nonsense I managed to spray some weed killer, kill an ant infestation in my garbage, and clear out some of the junk in the utility room so that the plumbers can look at the pipe.
And yet I still ended the night depressed, mostly because of all of the unfinished business in my life. Dangen.
Money Comes In, Money Goes Out
After mowing the lawn I strolled to the mailbox and found that it contained a check from the Federal Gubment. Yep, two months after sending in my tax forms my Federal Income Tax refund has arrived, and just in time to put it in the bank so that I can write a check to the plumber, the guy I’m hiring to fix and paint my soffit as well as repair my gutters, and the credit card companies that allow me to buy the additional raw materials needed to keep this house from caving in on itself.
Household Tip: Air Circulation Is Good
Last night after cooking dinner (nothing fancy, I just heated up a couple of sausages) I decided to clean out my cast iron cookware. I fired up the burners to cook off the little bit of food stuck to my surface so I could re-oil the surface.
If you plan to do something like this, you may want to be smart than I was… You should open windows and/or doors, and turn on fans so that the smoke generated doesn’t activate your smoke detectors. At least I know that (some of) my smoke detectors work, right?
Watching The World Get Older
I’m back from a five minute break during which I got some (strong) coffee that I’ve brewed and watched, with marvel, some young mockingbirds. From their appearance and awkward maneuvering I gathered that the two birds who chose my deck on which to land were fairly young. Balance, preen, squawk, fly a few feet, and repeat. And then an adult mockingbird arrived with a mulberry plucked from one of my backyard trees and fed it to the young.
The light was beautiful and the interactions were things that I’ve never witnessed at such close range. Now, if only my camera had been handy…
Stats & Goals
Current Mood –
pensive really nervous and hating my house because if it’s not one thing it’s something else; wishing I had breakfast.
Current Music – listening to Leo Laporte’s “The Tech Guy” podcast
Website Of The Day – Some days I think I should give up, knock down my house, and put up a Dwelling Shed.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car (planned)
Exercise (b)Log – yard work
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 9 (9)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 18
Marta Rides – 0
Whoops, I didn’t even consider this. Perhaps something will be here on Monday.
– Reduce my weight to 190 pounds (today’s weight was 199.5 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalapeño Beach SmugMug account I opened the other day.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C (iPhone development) and Ruby on Rails (Black Sheep web page concept)
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem