A day late, a dollar short…but here it is!
1. A To-Do list is a lure to retired members of my family.
My Agéd Relatives (aka my parents) hadn’t visited in months, but I casually mentioned that I couldn’t get my second-hand snowblower to start. It was like waving a stick in front of a dog.
2. Every House Has Its Troubles.
The ancient family saying (probably purloined from some other family, since it’s English) applies not just to people but a building itself. My house is in the “new” section of the neighbourhood, but the builder (who was the original owner) took some shortcuts that I oh-so-slowly uncover.
Most recent example: I asked my father to put up a new backyard light for me. Dad discovered there was no box for the existing light. In fact, there wasn’t even a recess for one! The builder had mounted the light on a wooden block OVER the siding and drilled just a hole to run BARE wires. Dad used caps, tape and outdoor sealer to jerry-rig a safer connection, but it’s still not up to code.
3. Slow and steady
wins the race demolishes the kitchen.
I’m stripping wallpaper in the kitchen. It would be a slow, tedious job if I were doing it over the course of a day. But I’ve been working on it in small intervals, like a reverse jigsaw puzzle. After a week, I have cleared the doorwall (the wall in which the backdoor is set) and part of the dining area.
I learned in my 20s that I will never have large blocks of uninterrupted time – unless I’m ill or to0 feeble to do anything. So if I want to reach a goal, I have to “eat the elephant – one bite at a time.”
4. You can’t always get what you want – unless you forget what you need.
Apologies to the famous band, but I am dazzled by a non-rolling stone: quartz.
Like other things original to the house, my kitchen needs replacement parts. While my mother was visiting, she helped me measure the cabinets, the work surface, and everything else wearing out or falling off.
Then I went to a nearby shop for estimates, which is a bit like a car-buyer visiting the Detroit Auto Show. Like the Miss Sensible Sedan who sees the Bugatti display and falls in unrequited love, I stumbled upon quartz counter tops. So beautiful! Customized colours! Shiny! Durable!
Even when the ever-so-kind salesperson explained that quartz double the cost of a re-do, I had stars in my eyes. It wasn’t until I was home and considered the budget that the dream died. I could have the beautiful counter top if I gave up new appliances. In other words, I’d have a pretty kitchen in which I couldn’t cook.