Making Do

Leaky toilet, a long standing issue around here is being fixed. The stained flooring that I have put up with is also on it’s way out today. A dripping kitchen faucet that has somehow soaked the counters and floor for over a year is scheduled for repairs later today. Non-existent bathroom screening will be installed so I can open the window for ventilation during taking a shower without squirrels, birds, bugs and bats crawling in to join me. There are a few little repairs I might squeeze in once these more important things are done. Despite the cost, which will be reasonable, I am happy.

When I do my home reno projects they take time and of course money. I put up with the broken, the leaky, the outdated and the dreadful until I just can’t take it anymore. Usually this takes years. Then I start thinking about how to finally deal with fixing whatever needs it the most. Some trips to the home improvement stores, some home repair magazine browsing and some creative banking later I call up my retired Mr. Fix Anything and Does it Well and he gives me an estimate on the repairs, buys the supplies he needs, picks out the materials after we discuss colours and general likes and dislikes and somehow finds the time to do the work, cleans up beautifully and is on his way.

In the whole scheme of things you can put up with a great deal of broken, run down and leaky stuff for a very long time but it is pure joy to have the darn situation finally fixed. An old, old, old house lends itself to the aggravations, despair and desperation of many restorative repairs. If I had a reality television program on my lifestyle it might be called Broken, Rundown and Leaky but Grateful.

 

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