Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday Confessions 4-17-16

The United States of Becky
I confess: I didn't feel like fixing my hair and putting on a bra to do a video.

I confess: Warmer weather has meant more yard work. Though, my booty feels sore so that means I got in some squats I wasn't aware of. 

I confess: I feel like we keep doing so much work, but it doesn't look like it. We took down another tree and discovered it had termites. So I feel less bad about taking it down. Eventually I will be planting new trees, I super promise Mother Nature!

I confess: The upstairs toilet has not been working properly, so we decided to buy a new one since we were going to do that anyway. Why spend money twice... Or really our motto is: Why spend money twice when you can spend all of it. And then some. 

I confess: Last night I was getting so frustrated with the noise the toilet was making and said ugh I wish there was a way to unplug it. And my husband said, there is, there is a valve on the bottom. DUDE. Why did I not know this information before. Finally a good nights sleep! (And yes, we have both tried to fix it on our own, but it needs new parts, which are cheap but again, our motto.)

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  1. Manual labour does work dat booty! I cleaned the oven last week and felt like I'd run a marathon the next day! I rent but anytime something breaks our landlord just buys a new thing, appliances are not worth investing maintenance in nowadays - my Mom spent like $200 fixing her washing machine and I was all "Crazy lady!"

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    1. I tell my husband that I don't feel like the house is clean until I'm out of breath, he says I'm crazy ;)

      Yeah, it does seem like its usually better to buy new than repair! But I would have wanted to repair if we were going to keep this toilet, a new toilet plus install is a bit pricey. But the old one has a ring that will not clean so always looks dirty. In addition to not keeping the tank full.

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  2. Okay, I didn't know about the toilet thing either.
    I don't know why, but for some reason I never thought about termites eating trees, only houses. I mean, dumb, I know. Obviously termites existed before houses. (Oh god I hope I don't regret putting this into print someday when I get famous for some completely random never-saw-it-coming reason). Anyway...so yeah. I'm sure there is plenty of termite damage in this area, I'm just much more aware of the woodpeckers...which, when I think about it, eat termites, right? Oy.

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    1. You know a home is going to be sold or has been sold once it's been tented! We had to tent this house for a little termite problem on one side. My moms house has termites in her doorway right now, hopefully my brother will deal with the problem soon. This is partly why we want to try to get the yard as clean as possible, to try to get rid of all the food supply for them. The termites also got into the wooden box I had my plants in the back, and now I'm afraid of what other trees they may be in. I will have to look into ways to prevent this when I get new ones!

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  3. Incidentally, I had lunch with my aunt & uncle who live part time in California, and I mentioned the termites/woodpecker thing, and they got all wide-eyed and were all "oh my gosh, termites are such a thing out there!" They mentioned how you see tenting on a fairly regular basis but you never see tenting in Michigan and you pretty much never see termites in Michigan, but we do have lots of woodpeckers (so it's not all in my head) and apparently Michigan woodpeckers just like to eat lots of other bugs, too. So: point - Michigan.

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  4. I hate it when I've been super busy and feel like I've done a lot of work and then I turn around and you can hardly tell what I've done. That. Is. The. Worst.

    I did know about the toilet thing, but my dad is a master carpenter and I grew up on construction and home remodeling sites - also Den and I have had more than our fair share of home maintenance DIY kind of projects (whether or not we wanted them), so there's that, too.

    We have what a friend of mine refers to as a "trash tree" in our very tiny front yard. It's really just an overgrown bush that was trained to grow tall like a tree. It's big and doesn't look bad, but I really want a fruit tree and the only place to put it would be in that spot - but I just can't quite bring myself to chop down a perfectly healthy, well established bush-tree. I clearly need to get over this because I would be replanting something I love, but I just can't.....

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    1. You do seem pretty confident with tackling home projects! I'm not, at all. I should be because my dad did a lot of stuff on his own, but also on his own, you know? He is a perfectionist, and I... am not. Lols. Measure? What? My brothers are way more handy and thankfully my younger brother comes over and helps.

      I feel like my house is a project that got a great start and then... nothing. Even though we have been putting money into it every year! But it's not obvious stuff. Like insulation. Or new toilets. Who notices that.

      Trash tree, lols! Aw. I feel like you can't cut down something with a name like that. I'm lucky that Neil has no sentimental attachments to the trees and just takes them down. So maybe your husband could do that for you. I mean, after you already know what you want, so you can put it in right away so you don't feel so bad. Cause that's how I feel right now. My view from the kitchen now is avocado tree-less.

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    2. Yeah, we've been putting plenty of money into improvements that basically go unnoticed here, too.

      Your avocado tree is the one you took out?!? I mean, if it had termites, that's a good thing, but unless I knew it was sick/infested I don't think I'd cut down a fruiting tree! I also can't seem to get an avocado pit to start growing, so I may just have avocado jealousy.

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    3. don't worry, it wasn't a great breed of avocado, so not like the kind you buy at the store. thinner skin, more fibrous/stringy... just not great. so not too sad about it.

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