Yes, I skipped a week. Did you miss me?
Nothing much to report here. It’s been raining, sometimes torrentially, for the last couple of days. We needed the rain, and it brought the air temperature down significantly. Don’t even need the AC today, and it’s much more comfortable for my crocheting.
(Pictured is the “Rainy Day Afghan” in ocean blue, azure, and medium gray. I think it’s one of my favorites so far.)
The only drawback to the much-needed rain is that now I’ll have to go out and trim the bushes in front of the house again. I’m not particularly fussy about my yard, but those bushes are beginning to look like they’re attacking the house.
Speaking of houses (and may I not be jinxing anyone by writing this), our house-hunting family members finally succeeded on their 6th bid. In hindsight, it doesn’t seem so bad; they managed to find a house in just under two months – a 6 bedroom/ 2 bath in a good suburban neighborhood with excellent schools, with a decent-sized fully fenced lot, and at a price they can afford. Even in this crazy market, they were able to win a bid at $50,000 less than what they originally thought they would have to pay. It’s an estate sale and needs some updating (the decedent was the original owner and the house was built in the 1950s), but the purchase feels right. They did a home inspection, and nothing major was found – yay. We’re all very excited about it.
Meanwhile, at my own house, it turns out that we are not, in fact, done with our upgrades, repairs and improvements. Our electricity failed last week and required an emergency fix. The electrician was able to replace the main circuit box, but to be safe we may decide to replace the entire panel along with the outside wire coming into the house. Water has been pooling along that wire and into the box for the 70 years since the house was built and everything is rusted. Sure, we could simply replace circuit breakers one by one as they fail, but we’ve never been people to do things half-assed. Considering that upgraded electric is a selling point, and considering that we’ll probably only be in this house another 5 to 10 years, it makes sense to do it all now if we can afford to.
I can’t think of anything else in this house that can possibly need doing, but I’m sure something will pop up. That’s the curse of home ownership. Thank heavens it’s offset when there are good neighbors around you and plenty of room for the dog to run.
We may not be rolling in dough, but on nice days Puppy Cody can roll in clover:
Happy Weekend, Everyone!
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