I was about to give up. Contractors have a weird way of vanishing just when you think you’ve got a deal. You have the money in hand. The house awaits some long-awaited repairs. Which is when your contractor slips into the mists of time and disappears. What happened?

But not this time — or at least I don’t think this time. We have a date. I have the money. If we don’t get typhoon-level rain for all next week, we’ll have a fixed side of the house and a repaired (and hopefully freshly painted) front door.

The deck Dutch door won’t make this year’s repair list. We’ve run out of time. The weather is turning, so that job will have to wait until our next not-winter. I would say spring, but spring is usually winter, but wetter. So the next time after the regular winter when we have weather in which a carpenter can work … like maybe May or June, the Dutch door gets fixed. Along with the rot around it.

I am thrilled. No, really. I know there are too many other things going on about which I seem unable to do much. So I send $5 to Elizabeth Warren and fill my bird feeders which somehow doesn’t seem nearly enough, but it’s what I’ve got to offer and I figure it beats nothing by a little something.

Oh, and I switched to all wind-powered electricity. Yes, I know it costs more, but I figure it’ll be maybe $5 a month … well, with Owen coming back and all his stuff, probably more but he’ll pay his way, so it should be fine.

Meanwhile, Garry is feeling better and Bonnie seems to be barking less. She now seems to require a biscuit from both of us. We have to both appear and bribe her and then she goes back to sleep. Don’t ask me. I don’t get it either.

I’m just really happy the house is getting 2/3 fixed. We didn’t really have the money for the Dutch door anyway, but I was going to try to “make a deal.”

Something I read today — I think an article in the Washington Post — the author said that by Friday, she can’t remember what happened on Monday unless she goes back and reads her notes. That’s just how I feel. By Friday, this world has whizzed around its axis about 48 times. I sometimes forget the morning news before lunch.

But at least I am getting a couple of major items cared for. So in case the world survives, I’ll have a great front door and won’t have that rotten side door anymore.

This song was written by  Tom Paxton, but I can’t find a copy of him doing the singing. This singer’s okay and he plays the guitar well. So he will have to do!

In case you may be wondering why, despite the fact that the door that opens onto the deck is not getting replaces, it’s because I simply love that door. I love being able to open the top and have the air blow through the screen in the door. It turns out that Dutch doors are well-loved and wildly expensive. I could probably make a fair bit selling it, but I just love that door.

Scrabbling Junco feet!

Today we had two rather hungry looking squirrels, our usual chipmunk who is beginning to become a teenage chipmunk … and a lot of woodpeckers. I wonder why the woodpeckers are so fond of our feeders? We have a woods full of trees and a fair number of them are old and hollow, so there ought to be plenty for them to eat … but maybe we serve a better meal?

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17 replies

  1. We too have had a hard time getting repairs done on our house and we always pay in cash. The very wet winter has meant that contractors can pick and choose. I am very fond of Dutch doors – I hope you can get yours fixed. Best of luck.

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  2. So glad you are able to repair the side of your house before winter and before it falls in!

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    • I wish I could do all of it, but there’s not enough time. It’s already getting cold …. very cold at night and the rain has been ceaseless. This is what I can get done, and it’s a lot better than NOT getting it done at all. But finding a contractor and getting him to actually start AND finish the job … These people must have an awful lot of money put away!

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  3. Oh Marilyn, what a lovely post! I could relate to so much of it.

    And the song!! One of my all-time favorites. Please enjoy one more version of it, by long, long-time friends of mine, Ginny Reilly and David Maloney. (This song doesn’t quite capture their wonderful vocal talent but it’s such a great song.)

    a couple more Reilly and Maloney tunes, for your enjoyment…

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  4. When our younger son and I went into the catering business we hired a plumber to do some repairs on our rental unit. He took the up-front payment, removed the toilet then disappeared for a month while he went on vacation in Florida. We later sued him in small claims court. He was unlicensed and claimed he was. No matter how careful you are there are always some bad guys out there.

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  5. Delighted that you are able to refurbish parts of the house. I always makes me feel good when I can afford to have something around the house fixed. I love Dutch Doors, too. We have one going from the dining room to the den because once that was an outside door before my relatives had two more rooms added to the original house. Relax and enjoy.

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    • It’s going to take a while, but saving this on door is worth it. It’s oak and I’m pretty sure it’ll survive repairs. The area around it is messy but there’s simply not enough time to fix it now.

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    • I am hearing Julie Andrews (and Christopher Plummer) sing the lyrics “…nothing comes from nothing..nothing ever could. So, somewhere in my youth and childhood, I must’ve done something good”. One of my favrorite things from “Sound of Music”.
      Nothing comes from nothing…sounds about right, regardless of how you try to spin it.


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