I Run My Household (or Does It Run Me?)
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Ebb and Flow.
Yay! Iâ€™ve been productive Â at home and I have things to show for it!
Of course, you canâ€™t tell that by looking at my house. Itâ€™s Â completely trashed Â right Â now, Â what Â with Â furniture moved all over the place and stuff stacked to the ceiling and other stuff dusty from the repair work. But itâ€™s done. The repairs Â are complete. Â The damage Â from the hurricanes, from the roofers, from the pipe burst and washing machine leak, from the lightning strike back in 1995, the patio replacement Â for the Â deck that rotted out in 2002, the replacement Â for the Pergo floor Â we Â put in back in
2001 or Â so, Â the Â trellises, Â all Â done. Â Tomorrow, Â after Â a school thing with Shannon in the morning, Iâ€™ll start on moving Â furniture Â back to where it belongs Â and putting things away. I canâ€™t wait! (or maybe I can since Iâ€™ll have to move all that furniture myself).
The ceilings are white and bubbly, the floors are gorgeous and non-wood non-leak-and-termite-magnets Â and just Â the Â way Â I want it, the Â skylight Â no longer Â has Â raw boards sticking out of the ceiling, the light fixtures have been properly wired and the old fans replaced, and various maintenance issues have been handled.
I still need to repair an outside light I forgot about and replace the doorbell with an electric one (preferably that plays â€œLucretia My Reflectionâ€ or â€œKiss Me Deadlyâ€ or something similar) but I can probably do both of those myself and theyâ€™ve been broken for almost a decade so they can wait a little longer. I have some painting I want to do and lots of yard work, including fixing some sprinklers, some steam-cleaning of the carpets, things like that.
The last thing my repair man did was rewire nine light fixtures and two ceiling fans, all in one afternoonâ€”much cheaper than the last repairman who spent twice as many hours working on just the rewiring of the lights out front. I like being self-sufficient Â and doing my own handyman-type work (Iâ€™m hearing James Taylor playing in my head here) but I finally had to admit that I needed help, especially Â with Â replacing Â the Â heavy Â fan Â in Â the Â super-high- ceilinged living room. I just didnâ€™t Â have Â the upper body strength to stand on a ladder and do it.
Okay. Yes. Fine. You got me there. Right on. Itâ€™s true: I needed a man for something. There. Satisfied?