Old House Burn Out…..

I have just not been motivated lately to get a project going or to keep up with my blog.  😦  I am apologizing more to myself more than to you.  I need to get off my tush and get it together.  It seems though, that when you fix one thing, another breaks.  We should have been tipped off early when we first bought our house that this would be the norm.  Right after moving in, in the middle of winter, the heater died, we had to buy a new HVAC unit….our plumbing sprung leaks, our dryer died (ok, this one had nothing to do with the house) and it all adds up.  Not that I thought I was going the cheap route by buying an old house…are you crazy?  You have to have a love and a passion for these old things.

Sigh…   When we first moved in, we were plied with offers from our friends to help paint or “whatever you need”, but those offers are becoming scarce these days — if not totally extinct.  My brother used to plan his vacation days/weekends around coming to help us out.  I guess we burnt him out too!  He got tired of me saying “Oh, one more thing”…”Can you put this up too?”  He especially hated “that’s crooked, where’s the leveler?  Can you redo it?”  🙂  Usually after that he handed it all back to me and wished me luck.  (I love you Jonathan!!!)

Anybody have some tips to get motivated again?  Its fall time, so I know that the winter blahs are about to set in.  Sigh…..  An old house is just like a child.  You think you finally get to a point where you can safely skate through a few days, and then your whole world comes tumbling down when it sends you an unexpected curve ball.  I guess I am just tired of trying to work around the bad floor plans, the cast iron vent stacks imbedded in the bathroom walls, the staircase behind a door that leads up to the second floor, no laundry room, no closests for storage — and no easy solutions to any of it.  Sigh…

My biggest problem is having to start on the inside first.  I much rather would have given the outside a facelift and add immediate curb appeal.  However, since winter is approaching, we will not be able to get to that portion until next Spring.  Being a woman, the outside of my house and how it looks is just as important to me as the inside.  Many people pass by my house and I want them to think how wonderful my house looks rather than see the pink (yes pink) painted trim and the rotted boards and feel sorry for me living in such a dump.  Hahaha…..

Anyway, I guess I am done feeling sorry for myself.  I am going to get up now, kick myself in the tush, and start on a project.  More pictures of the progress to come….

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