Last week I mentioned that a series of unfortunate events left me scrounging around for pennies in the dusty corners of my house emergency fund, and listen, if there’s one thing you need when living in a 150 year old farm house, it’s a sizable emergency fund. At any given time I have the feeling that the boiler could literally explode with the force of a small nuclear bomb and blow this house into orbit. Around Mars. So, you know, I like to have a little extra cash on hand… just in case I need to rent a spaceship to retrieve my house from Martian orbit.
So I decided I really need to buckle down on my spending over the next couple of weeks, until I’ve got a little cushion in the emergency fund again. As it turns out, a not insignificant amount of the money I spend on the house goes to “home improvements”…
Sometimes these are necessary expenditures, and sometimes it’s just me indulging in the need to buy new tools more often than I buy food. Eh, what can I say? We all have our vices.
Now, right at the moment there are a ton of things I would like to be spending money on for the house (new light fixtures for the office, fabric curtains to replace the closet doors, bookshelves for the parlor, and bench and cubbies for the mudroom all come immediately to mind) but none of those things are actually critical to day-to-day life here on the farm. What is critical to my well-being, however, is that I still have projects to keep me busy. So I took a look around my house and realized that I have a ton of potential projects around here that I have all of the materials for already, and just haven’t gotten around to because who wants to spend hours rewiring outlets when there are desks to build?
So, it’s time to take care of all of those little straggler projects before I start something new. Here’s a little look at what I’ve got going on…
Outlets and switches… everywhere.
I’ve got boxes of these things waiting to go in, and just have never taken the time to do it. The parlor, dining room, mudroom, and office are the worst offenders.
I still need to do touch-up paint in the office and parlor, and there’s a whole section of baseboard in the mudroom that never got finished. I have all of this paint laying around and just need to get to it.
I’ve owned the towel bar and TP holder hardware for this bathroom for, oh, six months. And yet I continue to keep it classy by just setting the toilet paper on the window sill… maybe I should take care of that.
Yeah. In my defense… most of these are books. But, you know, I think I’m going to be staying here for a while. Maybe it’s time to finish unpacking.
Odds & Ends
In the last year I’ve amassed a small mountain of little tables, dressers, lamps, chairs, and other things that I’ve always intended to do something with, and that time is now.
This is just a small sampling of some of the little straggler projects I plan to tackle over the next couple of weeks, but I’m still bound and determined to get the stairwell and upstairs hallway under control, so I did splurge on two gallons of paint and a set of angle brackets (for my workbench) so that I could still cross a few items off my current list (and actually show up for the Dueling DIY update tomorrow.)
Oh, and if you’re jonesing for more little donkeys, I have a gratuitous Monday donkey post coming up later this afternoon. (Mondays are always better with more donkeys.)