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Well, the rotorooter guy has come and gone and taken a chunk of money with him. It took four and a half hours for him to get the lines running to the sewer cleared. They haven't been cleared in 10 years -- and when they were, it was with the water jet. The water jet doesn't remove the roots; it just blows everything downstream to the sewer line. So we now have a squeaky clean line.

Unfortunately, the guy who does the drain doesn't do the plumbing. So a second guy came out to fix the pipes that had separated (and alerted us to the problem) under the laundry sink. He's gone and taken more money with him (but not as much as the first guy). But we can now do laundry!!!!!!

Sometime soon, Julia or I need to go down into the basement and put bleach water on the floor to kill all the germs from what backflow we didn't catch. Yuck!

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Well, we've just now having to get our first major home repair done. We have a leak in the basement. The laundry sink is leaking through the drain. Unfortunately, we are also having some backup in the outflow pipes, so water backflows into the sink and leaks onto the floor whenever we use water. Grrrr. I'm hoping it's covered by our home warranty.

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The house painting is going well -- finally. They got started in earnest a week late -- the owner got sick (and still seems to be under the weather), the son's daughter got sick and he was having trouble getting childcare, then the son got the daughter's virus. So they are working this weekend to try to catch up. I think the company is also having some cash-flow problems -- the painting season got off to a late start because June was chilly and damp (and the economy sucks). So we've been buying the paint and picking it up instead of them buying it and billing us. This suits us just fine as we can pay for the paint on credit and spread out the payments.

Today they did the bulk of the white on the house. There's some touch-up areas and trim they need to do in white, then they can start on the color. Tomorrow they plan to finish the touch-ups and some spraying, then start on the trim. I think they will also stain the side deck, so we can get the plants out of the kitchen. Hopefully by mid-week, they'll be done and we can send pics to the insurance company!

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The front yard is, er, was clean. I spent a couple of hours today raking up the pine needles and maple leaves. I didn't even get finished before there were leaves all over the place again. I did the best I could, but am left wondering why. Probably because I got tired of the yard looking like nobody loved our house (even though it was just cleaned up two weeks ago).

And now all I have to show for it is nothing but some very SORE shoulders and neck.

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Last night after we got home from the grocery store, I decided to do some laundry (I love having my own washer and dryer!!). As I was opening the basement door, I heard some running water. I turned to ask Julia if she started some laundry and I didn't know it, then I realized that the water was free-flowing!

A pipe leading into our laundry sink had broken free. It hadn't been broken too long -- at the speed it was flowing, we figure no more than an hour or so before I wandered down. We turned the hose off, opened the downstairs door to air the basement out (no drain, no pump -- that's going to change), and set off to find a plumber. It wasn't an emergency, so we had him stop by today. Got off a lot cheaper than expected -- less than $200!

Fortunately, I had moved the camping gear away from the work benches because I wanted access to the benches. So the benches got wet, but the tent and sleeping bags were higher and stayed dry.

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Sigh

May. 13th, 2007 06:39 pm
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I overdid it yesterday. I had trouble going to sleep last night because my *legs* (not my arms, not my back, not my shoulders, but my LEGS) hurt. I was gardening for crying out loud, so why did my LEGS hurt???? Actually I was sore in my right arm and shoulder but it was joint pain not muscular.

Today is more of the same, but damn it I was baking cookies!! It was cool out and a good way to heat the house. Besides my Kitchenaid did all of the real work; all I needed to do was add the ingredients and use the cookie sheets. So I'll take them to work tomorrow so Juliana and I don't gobble them all up and get as broad as the house.

Work seems to be settling down after the chaos of the last week. I've gotten everything I can get done until I get some pics from Shreveport and the new artwork. I don't have anything more to do on their manuals because they are going to review them and update them. So this gives me a chance to work on our on-line help manual and other machine documentation. Maybe even catch up? Naw.

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I finally re-ordered the pottery that got shattered when shipped from PA to WA. The potter wasn't making the creamer/sugar bowl set (but did each separately) so I opted for a bread and oil platter. I did get the soup tureen. They probably will be more purple than blue, but that's okay -- I want a variety of colors.

We've had our first casualty to the stone floor in the kitchen -- Vandal's insulin!!! Fortunately the vet was open late, so we were able to replace it pretty easily.

Unfortunately, Baby (the purple Cavalier) may have finally died. Julia tried to start her for work on Friday. She started, died, but continued to make a noise like "an industrial-strength weedwhacker." Julia said the noise went on for over five minutes -- she was alarmed enough that she went to get the tool box so she could disconnect the battery (afraid of the car catching fire). Since we are replacing her in a few months, it doesn't make any sense to spend hundreds of dollars to repair a car with fatal problems. There's a good bus between here and EWU, so the car is more convenient than necessary.

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This weekend was filled with house stuff. Yesterday we unpacked several boxes of books and reorganized the library somewhat. The fiction is almost all put away. In addition, we think we have places for all the heraldry and scribal (the herbal/gardening/cooking stuff is already in the kitchen), but we need to sit down and figure out how to organize the rest of the books. Most must go into Julia's study. *sigh*

Today was getting the lawn mowed for the first time since we moved in! Mowing is Julia's job -- I take care of the rest. We needed to get a new mower; the old one isn't running. It's probably just a matter of getting fresh gas and oil in the mower, but we don't have anything big enough to take it for service. In addition, I really wanted to mulch the clippings, so I wanted an electric one. One of our friends is willing to put the time and effort into fixing the old one, so I think we're going to give it to her. I aerated several areas of the yard that were sort of brown or not growing well. I also pulled more weeds from the garden, and found a flower bed underneath foot high grass!! Wow! I think they actually had had herbs or somesuch but the grass had thoroughly choked them to death.

Needless to say, both of us are sore-shouldered and tired this evening. But we both feel that we got a LOT done this weekend. Unfortunately, there is still a lot left to do. I can't really start on the formal garden till we have a grasp of how much time what landscaping is already here will take.

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First week

Apr. 29th, 2007 05:27 pm
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We've spent our first week in our house. It's been great!

Today we planned to mow the lawn for the first time this year only to discover that the mower that was left behind doesn't seem to work. We've got a couple of solutions to try this week; if they don't work, I guess we'll be buying a new mower. *sigh* Starting up a house has a lot of expenses you don't have with an apartment.

We finally have a curtain up at the sleeping porch. We had some privacy in so far as the sleeping porch is about eight feet or so deep, so you couldn't seen in from the street and seeing across the street isn't terribly easy. But I'm happier with the curtain. Julia is happy that I now use a sleeping mask because we could get white curtains and she won't feel like the bedroom is a cave.

The cats are settling in nicely. Vandal seems to have decided that this isn't a huge, multi-level hotel room, but he still isn't exploring too much. Sable is not only exploring, but losing weight we think. I suspect this is because she spends much of the day downstairs while the food is upstairs. She gets so busy people-watching out the picture windows she forgets to eat (or isn't eating out of boredom).

I am settling in nicely as well. I only have one more box of kitchen stuff to unpack and most of what is unpacked has a place to be. Unfortunately, I overdid it yesterday between finishing moving, cleaning the apartment, and cleaning the yard up. I am SORE and having spasms (which have responded well to only one dose of meds). Tonight I am cooking a REAL DINNER in my new kitchen. I love the dishwasher -- not only will my pots and pans fit, but I don't have to run it after every meal to keep up!!!!!!!!! And the dishes get clean!!!!! Bliss!!!!!!!!

The next rooms to finish are the bathrooms. They are relatively quick unpack jobs, so I'll probably get them done after work this week.

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Home!

Apr. 25th, 2007 07:53 pm
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The trip to Louisiana went well. The people who were supposed to be at my disposal weren't, the machine that was supposed to be ready to be photographed wasn't, and the weather that was supposed to be warm was. One out of three isn't bad. We had a crawfish lunch on Wednesday (YUMMY!!!!!).

We have finally moved into the house!!! Yeah!!! We still have a little more to move, but we are sleeping, eating, and doing all the things people do in their houses!

We had several people from Julia's department helping with the move. Five guys and one woman helped Julia pack and unpack the truck and one woman unpacked books. At least half our books are already unpacked!!!! Not organized, but it's a start.

I'm trying to decide what I like most about having my own house. Is it:
A. Not needing to worry about the noise I make in my own kitchen (my previous neighbor's bedroom abutted our kitchen)
B. Not needing to wait in line because I have my own washer and dryer
C. Not parking on the street because I have my own driveway
D. Space in my own home
E. All of the above

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We finally found spring! We had the first really nice weather of the year. Friday was mid-60s and sunny. Yesterday was 70s and SUNNY!!!!!! Today should be 70s and cloudy. Then the temps drop back down to the 50s and rainy -- just what we are supposed to be getting.

I spent Friday morning at the house, unpacking kitchen stuff. Then I did a little yardwork -- getting the pine cones and branches picked up. Yesterday we bought a rake so I can get the pine needles (probably ponderosa pines). They'll put too much acid in the ground for my garden.

I am falling more and more in love with the house. Just being able to unpack the kitchen and have dishes clatter against one another without someone pounding on the wall to complain about the noise (our neighbor's bedroom abuts our kitchen and of course she put her bed against that wall) is absolutely wonderful. The dishwasher cycle is incredibly long, but the dishes do get CLEAN!!!!!! I've even cooked our first meal in it yesterday. We spent most of the morning and much of the early afternoon there unpacking and doing other stuff, so we had lunch at the house.

Then we played hooky! There's a park along the river in downtown that was built for the 1974 World's Fair. It's quite lovely. There's a gondola ride that goes out past the falls and back. At this time of year, the river is running high, so the falls are quite lovely. The spray was coming into the gondola car and we were several hundred feet away from them (that's okay, the spray gets onto the bridge that crosses 50 feet over them too). We walked around the park and then drove out along the river and back. *contented sigh*

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Nothing much has been going on. We took a carload to the house, but it kind of looks funny. It's a big house with rugs in the bathroom and kitchen, two boxes, a TV and DVD/VCR. But it will fill up.

Vandal decided to be pukey kitty last night. Poor guy vomitted 4 times in three hours. But nothing after 9:30 p.m. Now he's willing to eat again. So no vet visit.

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We're now official homeowners!!! The purchase was funded and the title recorded today!!!! The realtor is bringing over the keys tonight.

Now the fun begins!

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I know buying a house is stressful, but I didn't expect it to be this stressful. Thursday I got a call from our mortgage broker about some paperwork he needs. Friday morning I called him to find out if getting it Monday would be okay and still allow us to close next week. I am told by his partner in business that he will be out of town for a few weeks due to a "family emergency!" When I express disbelief because I had talked to him Thursday evening, I discover that the "family emergency" involves a neighbor, broken jaw with 3 inches of exposed bone and emergency surgery Fri morning. Yes, my mortgage broker now has his jaw wired shut. His neighbor attacked him at home (and the partner -- his wife -- didn't say why).

His wife is taking over his client load, so our closing shouldn't be affected.

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The mortgage broker called this evening. He is moving forward with the paperwork so we should be able to close on Tuesday. Cool!

I'd actually be jumping for joy if I weren't so tired. Last night was not meant for sleeping -- at least my cat didn't think so. First was the getting under the blankets and swishing her tail against my bare legs. So I had twitchy, itchy legs. Kicked the cat out of bed (literally -- she wouldn't go any other, gentler way and it was 12:30 already), which helped the twitchiness. Got rid of some blankets which helped the itchiness (overheated, oversensitive skin). Then, just after I had fallen asleep for real, she wriggled under the blankets again, but not under the sheet. So she got a little panicky when she wanted out and started wresting the sheets at 2:00. *grrrrr*

So I got less than 4 hours of contiguous sleep and less than 6 hours total. To top it off, I was having some strange dream about Doctor Who and these plucked bird-like critters with penises instead of heads. Eewwww! Not a restful night.

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Originally we were tentatively scheduled to close on the house today. That didn't happen because negotiations over the house inspection took so long.

We had a little excitement today. I called the insurance company to reschedule the start of our policy only to find that they didn't have the information about our mortgage or mortgage broker that our agent was supposed to give them. Turns out they had called her and she told them she didn't have the info but they never noted that down (they thought they were still waiting for a callback). Neither of them called me to let me know that there was an issue. *sigh*

I talked to the mortgage broker myself today to make sure he gets the info to the insurance company. I also asked him when the appraisal would be done -- by Wednesday is his guess. So things are really moving.

We expect to be on schedule to close for early next week. Whee!!!!!


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