I think “The List” has become a sentient life form! It started as a punch list of 100 items when we purchased the house. My beloved whacked it down to 75 before he fell ill and died. I have continued to hack away at the list. Friends, family and sometimes hired help have helped me to whack some more off the list. It was at 28 this morning but I allowed myself to add to it. I have found myself arguing to avoid any additions, to just finish what we originally listed. I lost the argument today and added eight window replacements. They are all poorly hung, leaking, single pane windows. Only one should be a problem replacement because of its location. Three I might be able to do by myself, if Dahve will assist in the selection process. Who knew there were so many different flanges to windows?
The List now sits at 36 with seven items to be completed before December 31, 2016. The total estimated cost is between a conservative $10,000 to a possible $13,200. “The List” is the reason I may work freelance for a few hours after I retire. I have a couple of post retirement offers of work. I will be fine with Social Security if I keep the income under $17,000.
I didn’t get any work done on the loft room or any of my could of, should of, or would of’s. I did get the tool shed painted and is ready for winter and the sprinkler system is finally repaired. The connecting pipes were disconnected from the main pipes. The general belief is this happened due to the tilled soil settling and/or running over them with heavy weight. We deep tilled the soil before installing the pipes due to the problems in the yard with chunks of debris buried in it. We removed several truckloads of trash and concrete before the yard was ready for seed. I would rather repair the sprinklers than have toxic trash and bits of concrete work their way to the surface, ewww. The side yard was not tilled and I am still digging out trash from inside the house six years later! Six heads repaired or replaced and my dead lawn is good to go again.
I feel like this was a good weekend. Sprinkler system repaired, shed painted and a great talk on Sunday from Andy. No Elvis impersonator this Sunday, but a great version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. My take away this week is to love on purpose, to think before I speak and to bear with those irritations in life. (Co-workers come to mind, 468 days to retirement!) More positive thinking and positive talking! I also spent time with the beautiful daughter, son-in-law and my stolen son’s daughter. The four of us walked through IKEA, (g-daughter and I did it twice) so daughter could get design ideas for their new house.
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