Expensive Weekend (darn basement floor drain!)

Well, I haven’t written on the blog in a few weeks because there was a lot of stuff going on and I wanted to wait for it to be over so I could just write about it once.

First our washer died – in mid wash of course. Shannon was doing his laundry (I know – shocking that he got around to it – he has a tendency to wait well past when he should be doing it) and the washer was full of water and went into the spin/drain cycle when it decided not to drain out the washer and just plain died. So Shannon left the items in the full of water washer and there they sat till we got a new washer which arrived yesterday (Saturday). Yep that is right – they stuff in the washer sat for two weeks! Ugh, boy did it stink. Shannon should have taken them out of the washer when it broke and “finished” them up in the bath tub then put them in the dryer. Oh well, that’s ADD for ya. I ended up doing them in a laundry load for him.

He was just going to leave the clothes in the washer untill the repair guy came (one week after it broke) but the washer was un-repairable. Actually it could have been repaired but it would have cost $700. A new washer is far less! Shannon went shopping for a new washer that same day the repair guy was at the house (Monday). He bought a new washer for around $500 (a Whirlpool) but it would not be delivered until the next Saturday (yesterday).

Our floor drain next to the washer has been flooding and creating a nice pool of black gunk about 4 to 6 foot in diameter each time the washer would go into the drain cycle. So since we got a new washer and had cleaned the floor under the old one and around the drain – I called Roto-rooter and had them fix the floor drain so it would stop flooding. We apparently need to do some preventative maintenance so it will not happen again. So I bought their jug of stuff to pour down the kitchen drain once a month to help eat all the black gunk out of the pipes and keep the water flowing. Roto-rooter cost $200. Ouch!

I was so happy to get my laundry done yesterday and not have the floor puddle up with nasty water. And while I was doing the laundry I put together the heavy duty plastic shelving I purchased on Friday for the basement. We seriously need to get stuff up off the floor and onto shelving to save some space and clean up the basement. I bought 5 shelving units that consists of five shelves each. I put them all together but made them into “four” shelf units which made an extra shelving unit out of the unused shelves. So I bought 5 and ended up with 6 shelving units!

Today I want to start going through the mess in the basement and getting them organized up onto the shelving units. I’m going to take before and after pictures of the basement. It is really scary looking right now. Everything is piled up on the floor to waist height and there is a ton of junk that could just be thrown away!

What’s going on with me…

Well, I have been lazy with the blog posts. That’s very evident. I also have not painted on the house since the last post. We are experiencing a heat wave now, so painting the house is not a good idea. Before our heat wave it was rain, rain, and more rain. Oh, and guess what we are to get tonight and the rest of the week? Rain. Yep this is not going well.

I am also trying to get out of a Budget hell. I am living paycheck to paycheck and just barely making it. I am tired of this and researching how to get out of it. I have found some software called Budget that offers a free trial (yea, free!) so I can see if it will do the job before forking over $20. It’s based on the “envelope” theory which is similar to how I use to budget myself when on Consumer Credit Counciling years ago. I think I need to drop some of my bills if possible. Look for ways to cut back on the spending. All sounds fine and dandy till you try and implement it. It would really help if I got a “Cost of Living” increase at work. We haven’t gotten one ever and the piddly little “raises” in our pay just get ate up by our increased medical insurance costs… which means no increase to the pocket book. I think I’ve figured it correctly and if so I get a .73 cent raise each year (what I make now minus what I started at divided by 15 years of work).

Jaki got her rabies shot last weekend and I got her licensed with Raytown for $5.00 on Thursday. I will have to do that every year now, they just put it into law. Before they didn’t require dogs and cats to be licensed – she always got her rabies shot – just not licensed with the city.

Shannon may get a promotion at work. They want him to apply for it but he doesn’t want to – because it will be a pay DECREASE but more responsibility. That’s Walmart for ya!

Our tomato plants are big but none of the blooms are producing. They just drop off before they produce. What is wrong with that! Our sweat corn is only about a couple feet high and looks more like grass blades. We are learning what works in the garden this year I guess! The herbs are doing great though!

Well just thought I should make a blog post to fill everyone in on a bunch of nothing! LOL I will try to be more current with the blog posts in the future.

House Painting Project

Will my house ever get finished being painted? I don’t have the energy to paint it after work so I have been trying to do it on the weekends and that’s when it rains the most.

The back of the house is all primed up and ready for the real paint but the other sides haven’t even got primer on them yet.

I am a little worried about the front of the house because it needs the most repair work done to it and I don’t know how to approach the repairs. I am also completely broke and can’t afford the repairs (and probably won’t be able to afford them for quite a few months). So that is the big stall in priming the front of the house. Fear.

Once I do get done (hopefully this year) I’ll post before and after pictures.

House Hose job

I took off early today and hosed off the outside of the house in preparation for Primer Paint tomorrow morning! I am kind of excited that the house will finally get painted! I really thought it was never going to happen.

Before I hosed off the front of the house I took off the ugly shutters that were there. Under the “plastic” one next to the bathroom window there were about five old (very old) wasp nests. I’m glad they were old ones and not current homes! That could have been a very bad situation! I had to bust up the plastic shutter to get it off – someone used screws and stripped the heads putting it up.

All the other shutters were wood and quite rotted and only up by two nails each. My little mini crowbar did the job just fine.

I picked up the sticks in the yard and tidied up the area in preparation for Saturday’s painting festivities. I also cleaned the outside and inside of the garage fridge. It was looking kind of nasty. Someone with dirty hands had been opening and shutting the doors and there was mud all over it.

I think this was a good use of a half day of vacation. I’ve even done my check book and paid the bills for next week. Since that stuff is what I usually do on Saturday morning and I will be painting instead. I’ve taken some pictures today and will take more Saturday during the process and post here on the blog.

It also made up for the crappy day Thursday. I feel much better.

Birthday Shopping Spree in May?

Shannon gave me a gift card for Bed Bath & Beyond on my birthday (back in January) and I finally got to spend it! I raked in the goodies too. Here is what I bought: a towel bar that hangs on your kitchen drawer front, a collapsable microwave food coverer, black plastic folding step stool for the Honda Element (hard to get the top of the car cleaned at the do-it-your-self wand car wash and will work great for my folks to get in and out!), set of 4 cutting boards (each with a picture on it to tell you what type of food to use it with Veggie, Chicken, Meat, Fish and they are silicone), and lastly a shower caddy to hang from the shower nozzle. Our corner shower caddy that went tub to ceiling bit the dust (or should I say RUST)!

After Bed Bath & Beyond I went to Lowe’s and did some pricing. I got the prices for Primer (need to paint the house and gotta start somewhere). I also got all the prices for door handles. I want to replace them all and go with the brushed steel lever style rather than the current brass knob style. I also bought a new shower head ($12.00!) to replace the one I bought about two years ago. It worked great at the beginning but just doesn’t cut it anymore. We have very low water pressure so it needs to be able to handle that. I hate a weak shower, I want some pressure there! So I found this very inexpensive shower head that says it works great in low water pressure situations. We will find out soon enough! After replacing the shower head I had to clean the tub from standing in it and to get all the rust stains off of the tub walls from the old shower caddy.

So my birthday gifts actually are for the house and both Shannon and me! I had fun buying it all and spending very little of my own money!