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The fence is going to have to wait for next year

Friday, June 14, 2019

The budget is busted. I placed the order for the fix to the balcony, and leveling the patio again, too (did this 15 years ago or so, it needs doing again).

The work won't happen until August, in two sessions. So I have a little belt-tightening, saving room between now and then, but yeah, that's probably double the budget for house fixing this year, between the plumping, the garage doors and these two new projects.

Welcome to retirement, huh? More time on your hands and since you're home more, you notice more things that need fixing up! Add a grand-dog playing in the yard, and priorities start getting adjusted.

Nice young man, reputable firm, he has a solution that involves something called "smart jacks" and new footings for that balcony stack. And once the patio is again lifted/leveled and sealed, my outdoor space will be more livable. Week by week, as Carl visits, I'm deforesting (again, I have to do this every year)... but a few more Mondays of work and I'll be able to just put my folding camp chair out on that patio in the shade and enjoy.

Reminder to self: up the budget allotment for allergy meds. I made the tactical error of throwing open the windows in the coolness that has been this week, and found myself sneezing more... yep, not cured. Whyizzit we think we are when we've had a lessening of symptoms due to avoidance of irritants? Oh, yeah, that would be the upbringing of denial! emoticon emoticon

Here's hoping y'all have a Sparking good weekend, nurturing your body, mind, and spirit as best you can, whatever your current situation! And Happy Flag Day, US folks! emoticon emoticon
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    Always something to fix around the house whether you work or retired.
    Sounds like you will have the forest gone soon so that you and Carl can enjoy the backyard.
    Hope you had a good day.
    123 days ago
    Ah, the joys of home ownership. I am enjoying the rental life since my divorce. If something breaks, contact the person responsible for fixing it! Also, no lawn care or snow removal, except for 2 feet in front of our garage. We'll see how the Fargo winter treats us. For now, we are enjoying the shaded underground parking.

    124 days ago
    I can totally relate. Last year we did a "walk through" on our home and came up with a list of several things that need to be redone (we have lived here for 25 years). Prioritizing where to start and then how to pay for it all is major mental work.

    Oh well! A saying we Beckers are familiar with emoticon
    125 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Ho-MOAN-ership is not for sissies. Spouse was retired six months -- then back into the IT world to cover household repairs and modifications for my health issues, i.e., walk-in tub, drip-irrigation system for lawn, etc.. COBOL programmers are in great demand in these parts so he is thinking one or two more years commuting to the office downtown, then short-term, high-paying contract jobs to supplement our retirement incomes. We both turn 70 this year.
    126 days ago
    It's a good thing to take care of those pesky things as soon as you can afford them. It would be nice not to be bothered with allergies oh it would be nice indeed!
    126 days ago
    I can relate to seeing more and more things that need attention. Oh, well. Grateful to have a home, even with its deficits. Best wishes on living comfortably in your space!!
    126 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Think I read somewhere that decks need to bee replaced every fifteen years.
    Found this on deck safety with a checklist:

    There is always something to suck up our emoticon
    126 days ago
    ah yes, the fun of owning a home. emoticon Wish you the best... emoticon
    126 days ago
    Never stops does it? I have that added hole in the yard I throw money into every year!

    126 days ago
    We are contemplating retirement. Thanks for the advice.
    126 days ago
    Reading the comments, PENOWOK;s mention of the jacking process jogged my memory. As I read your blog I thought I was familiar with this process. I am!

    Following an earthquake our childhood home shifted on the foundation and the entire house had to be lifted and moved to get a realigned on the foundation. Following the jacking and realignment the home was bolted to the foundation which is now standard practice. It was not standard practice when our childhood home was built.

    126 days ago
    OMG! You got me laughing with this one … "Whyizzit we think we are when we've had a lessening of symptoms due to avoidance of irritants? Oh, yeah, that would be the upbringing of denial!" emoticon Bwa hah hah hah

    Not laughing at you, woman. Laughing because I relate!!!

    Glad the balcony and patio will be repaired soon. Sorry the budget has been busted.

    126 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I have lived in older homes before....loved them except the discomforts you describe and money issues. But you always take good care of your things and know you will be so happy when done!

    126 days ago
    I've seen that jacking process. It's good...should do the trick! I have a friend whose wall separated from the ceiling because all of the rain has shifted her foundation. No basement. Tough to deal with! Yours should be a much easier fix! We still have so much to do here, but patience on my part is critical because I am not alone and don't make the decisions independently!
    126 days ago
    Our old house is a money pit . . . and everywhere I look I see something MORE that needs doing!!! Gahhhhhhhh!!!!

    126 days ago
    OH I feel your pain -- our has been the HVAC system and now the driveway.

    good luck!
    126 days ago
    OUCH on the balcony … but then it will be fixed for years to come.

    Can son do a "patch" job on the fence to ensure Carl stays put???

    Avoidance of irritants? You would think that us smart capable women would learn. Maybe it's the Cinderella in us that everything is going to be wonderful.
    126 days ago
    When you own a home, there is always something that needs fixing. Good luck with your plans.
    126 days ago
    Ah, the joys of home ownership. Glad you're enjoying Carl this summer.

    126 days ago
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