Saturday, August 22, 2015
What fresh Hell have we signed on for...
Cookie is not having buyers remorse, but it is quite clear that the new house is a bigger project than we thought.
But first of all, let's address these two idiots in the illustration. They are painting metal kitchen cabinets without a drop cloth. Fools. Those metal cabinets need to be sprayed, not brush painted. And they must have been drinking because no one is that happy to paint metal kitchen cabinets.
Back to the real world. Anyway, as I was saying is that there seems to be a great deal more to do at the new house than we thought.
Cookie can work with electric and wire with the best of them. I am respectful of the power of the bus bar.
Cookie can also sweat copper pipes with the best of them, but I don't mess with gas pipe, because Mama didn't raise no fool.
But Cookie has run into things in the new house. Things that have required, dare I say it: PROFESSIONALS.
Mostly its been with the electric.
The previous owner was a retired electrical engineer, and he "dabbled" in "projects". That right there tells you that nothing is connected in a logical fashion.
So when it came time to install the fabulous 1950s pierced saucer lamp that I have been schlepping around for the past 20 years in a box until I found the right room, I called in the professionals. At first even they were perplexed by what they found. When they started removing ceramic wire connections, I poured myself a drink and let them have at it.
In any event, I didn't have $250 to pay them, but it was worth the money. The 1950s saucer lamp looks boffo. And the Ikea light that we bought $20 looks boffo in the kitchen, too. So much better than that yellowed fluorescent nightmare from the 1980s.
Still, I am worried about other electrical issues. Like four way switches that date to 1928. We have lots of them, and they are not a fast fix. These I can handle. But the electrician is coming back in a couple weeks to work on some other core issues, which include some scarey outlets with strange plugs.
Then there is the BLOB in the back yard. There is a section of yard, that is mostly swampy, that has become a blob of think, very tall, grasses. How thick? You would expect to find the baby Moses floating by in a casket. Anyhow cat has made a den in the bullrushes, so to speak and the dogs have been driven absolutely crazy mad. Poor Kevin went into the blob the other night to get said cat, and we had a serious time freeing him from it. Next week I am taking a scythe to the mess and chopping it down.
Until next time, send positive karma to me. If you happen to see Holmes on Homes, or Yard Crashers or Bath Crashers or Kitchen Crashers, send them our way as well.
Cookie needs the help...