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The dangers of owning a home…

Lots of stuff to fix-
This weekend it ranged from window blinds, doors, furniture, and a toilet.

Finally got that incredibly nasty window blind in the kitchen replaced, I think the value of the house went up after that was done. I’m not kidding when I say the kitchen looks twice as good with that new $17 window blind. It was almost scary touching that thing when I took it down.

Fix the garage door (unattached garage, ‘human’ door – not the overhead one). Basically the door did not locked when you closed it. After looking at it I discovered that the door lock was not lined up with the hole in the door frame. The door was crooked (slightly, but enough to make it not work).
So I discovered really quick something else – the door was only nailed in on one side. Only one side was actually connected to the garage – and it wasn’t the side with the hinges. I’m pretty sure I could have kicked the entire door in with one kick if I wanted too. So I shimmed up the door properly, and replaced some of the 1 inch screws with 3 inch ones so it actually when into the door frame… Problem solved.

Fixed up an ottoman that broke on moving day, part of the wood framing on the inside broke, nothing that a few pieces of right angle and some bolts couldn’t take care of.

So finally, after those larger things and a bunch of small stuff I get some time to relax…
Then the toilet overflows. Great.
So I get that running again… only to discover now that the darn thing never stops running.
I’m really starting to dislike this particular toilet…

So I take a quick run to Menard’s to get some replacement parts to fix the ‘always running toilet issue’ while Angie continues to clean up some of the water that was left on the floor from when it overflowed.
When I get back I discover I can’t pull in the drive way because somebody cars is in it…
I quickly discover that some relatives had decided to ‘stop by’, completely unannounced.
Thankfully they were just leaving.

So I get in to discover that not only did they just ‘stop by’ – they just ‘walked right in’ too. Didn’t knock or anything. Angie wasn’t very happy about that – and neither am I.
I even have a set of keys myself and I still call her or only come over at times we’ve agreed upon. She could have been taking a shower, getting dressed, or anything else and people are just letting themselves in the house. In any case, it hits me because I feel responsible – I left the door unlocked when I went to Menard’s.
What if that would have been somebody else?
I lost some of the since of privacy and security I had in the home today because of that.
Lesson of the day – In Appleton we don’t lock our doors because of crime; we lock them due to relatives.

I got to get nice and close to the toilet again. So I get the new parts installed, and now it has a very slow leak. Slow enough that it’s not a big worry for tonight and it can be used, but I’ll have to get it fixed tomorrow – after I take it all apart again. Joy.

I think we have a solution for the front door window (you can see approximately 25% of the first floor from that door’s window), it’s a special type of window blind that fits over the window in the door. The blind is entirely encased and it looks pretty cool.
Still trying to figure out how to cover the back door, from that massive 42 inch door you can see almost 50% of the first floor – and the neighbors living behind us have a great view. I’ll come up with something soon…


So I’m a homeowner now.
Thats still sinking in…

And I’m sick.
Managed to wake up with a sore throat on Friday morning and a fever, so if this is still around come Monday I might go in and get checked for Strep. Hurts to sallow and the fever isn’t bad – it’s just the sudden ‘dang I’m cold’… to ‘I’m really warm’ thats annoying. First time in years I wanted to wear a sweatshirt was last night!
No real headache or stomachache though, which is a good thing!

So back to the house-
Angie moved in this weekend, with the help of a bunch of her family. She said she was moving and gave a time and a place, it was like a convoy showed up. I think at one point we had 8 or 9 people actually helping to move, in addition to some people that where just ‘around’ (like her Grandma and mom, a cousin and one of her kids).
It was pretty cool to see that help.
I even had a buddy that works for the Verlo mattress company offer the potential use of the Verlo truck!
My parents volunteered to help move today – but everything is already moved! Well, my apartment is still full, but I’m still going to be living here for the next 3 months, so I’ve got 3 months to move a box at a time. I’ll end up needing a truck one day to move a few larger items (bed, bookcases, desk, etc) but thats a few months down the road.

So I’ve also started to fix things I didn’t like or minor things that bug me – like loose hinges and handles on any cupboards or drawers. I fixed the massive 40 inch back door yesterday so it stopped rubbing on the threshold when you closed it (You had to kick it, more or less, to get it closed). That’s a nice fix – and Angie loves that. Made locking it a lot easier!
Got some things in the basement that need to be fixed or taken down… the previous homeowner had some shelves hung from the basement ceiling that flat out scare me because they wobble so much – and they are already falling apart!
I need a can of white spray paint, a bunch of outlet covers (seems somebody painted a while back and left them on…), goo-gone…
And the list goes on – now I’ve got plenty of stuff to do in a house.
Plenty of stuff to keep me busy.

Don’t know exactly how I feel about it yet, being a homeowner. I guess it’ll take some time to get use to that fact! Not to mention the fact that I’ll soon be married and living in the house with my wife in 90 days!