Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Here's Your Stupid Sign, Sarah!

Yesterday I was working my tail off in my yard. I cleaned out flowerbeds and bought some new stuff to plant. I cleaned so much stuff out of them that I cannot lift the trash barrel I dumped it all in, and it is still sitting out by the street.

So needless to say, I was one ripe girl! I was so excited about taking a shower and washing all the grime off of me. Well, when I got in the shower, I noticed the water wasn't getting hot. I was desperate, so I just took a very COLD shower. I was praying, "Lord, please let this be a cheap fix! Home Depot already has all my money!"

Once I get out of the shower, I call my handy man extraordinaire, Jeff Gearhart. He, Amy, and the kids came over last night to assess the situation. He tried to light the pilot, but it just wouldn't light. We were talking about all of the things that could be wrong, when Jeff asked "Have you paid your gas bill?" I said no because I hadn't gotten one. Then he asked "Did you ever have the gas turned on?" It was then that it dawned on me that I didn't even realize I had gas, and no I hadn't had it switched over in my name. Jeff went out to the alley to check the meter and said there was a lock on it.

So for the past month, I have been living off of the previous owners' gas. It seems like I remember talking to them about what their expenses ran and I vaguely remember them mentioning gas.

I called Atmos last night and put in a request for the gas to be turned on. The man came over today and turned it on and lit the pilot. The hot water has returned!

Sigh! Thank you Lord for making this an easy/inexpensive fix! Sometimes I wonder where I leave my brain! If you find it, can you please return it to me?!?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

My Very Own Home!

Well, I am in my new house, but far from settled in. It is a lot more work than I ever expected. I thought I was just going to have to repaint a few rooms, but I am finding that every room in the house needs a fresh coat of paint. One of the most annoying things is that all the baseboards are painted the same color as the walls. I am finding places on the ceiling where it wasn't taped off and there are paint streaks on the sides of mirrors, showers, tile, doorframes, etc. How hard is it to tape things off? Oh well, it keeps me busy!

I have painted my dining room, and living room. I am taking a break from the hallway painting at the moment. Home Depot has given me a frequent buyer card and have made me a shareholder in the company because of how often I have been there! They are getting my life savings it seems like.

I have taken pictures, but cannot find the plug to connect my camera to my computer. So unfortunately, I have nothing visual to give you. I guess that just means you'll have to come visit me! And if you do, wear your paint clothes, because I'll put you to work!