Home repairs

Our homeowner’s association is painting next month and we’re having some repairs done. I’m finding this something of a trial as home has increasingly been a sanctuary for me. Having people walking on the roof and knocking things down and just in our space in general is unsettling. There is a huge pile of crap on the patio where the patio cover used to be. The cats got out yesterday afternoon and I was sure that they were going to sprint up the pile and hurdle the fence. Given a few unattended moments and I’m sure they would have.

Poor Spud the tortoise has been trapped indoors as well. It’s easier to deal with the cats than it is with him. The cats are at least aware that there are strangers about and things are being done. Spud has been trying to get out of his pen for the last 2 days. Doesn’t help that it’s been bright and warm. Finally I decided that he should probably go out into the atrium. Good choice. He’s found himself a sunny corner and is happily grazing on dichondra. It could use a mowing.

Parsimonious

Since I am now out of work I’ve been trying to cut spending. First I decided that I would turn in our aluminum cans in. Then I thought, better yet, stop drinking soda. Soda serves no purpose at all. It doesn’t nourish us. It’s often actively bad for us. It uses a lot of environmental resources to no good purpose at all. The best thing it does is taste good. On that point I haven’t been able to give it up entirely. I’ved cut back some. Sometimes. It’s a work in progress. Maybe I could try having one every other day, then every third day? I’m starting to think they put something in it to make it addictive. In my case it’s probably the caffeine.

Saving is good, but not always easy. Car repairs and dental bills and other unavoidable expenses. Then this Sunday our washing machine broke. It’s broken before, but the Wonderful Spouse was able to get it going again. This time it was just no go. We talked about getting new ones, but the thought of spending the money to get them just made me cringe. Maybe we could get it fixed?

So I went to the manufacturer’s web site. Entered the model and serial numbers and the problem we were having and scheduled a service call. The guy showed up on time and in less than hour it was fixed. At a cost I could deal with.

I’m starting to understand how people can get compulsive about saving money. It’s very satisfying. Especially if you have something you’re saving for, in this case, “The Farm.”

It would have been a whole other storey had it been the refrigerator. I would have had a new one delivered by now. Ours leaks onto the floor from someplace and the door below the icemaker is rusting through from the inside.