Home Improvement Anxieties and Gratefulness


It’s 5:34, and I’ve clocked out of work. Most of the renovation activity is done for the day except that my electrician has arrived and is rummaging around in my hot, stifling attic. Her name is Annie, and I swear that she has more patience for home improvement idiots (ahem…that would be me), than I could imagine.

Here’s a home improvement tip, and I can’t stress this enough…always start with the electrician. Have the lights, light switches, ceiling fans and any other electric thing you want in your finished room put in BEFORE everything else gets done, as best as you can. That will be one less person you have to make sure to schedule between other professionals while the main work is going on. When everything electric is pre-placed, the other guys will know exactly where it put it back when it’s all done. Also, if there are any wiring anomalies, you can have that taken care of before hand, and avoid any problems that way.

Here’s something you don’t want to hear any home improvement professional (plumber, carpenter, electrician, etc) say: “Now why the heck did they do it THAT way?!” I’ve heard that now about three different times, and it always makes my heart start racing while I wonder what extra thing will have to be done before progress can be made. But, I’ve been lucky. The next thing that I have heard is, “well, I suppose we can do X, Y or Z, and that ought to fix it.”  Whew… It helps to have competent people working for you, and I feel so lucky to have had that all the way around.

Another person I am really grateful to have helping me out around the house is my Dad. Today he came over, again, to look at the eaves troughs on the back of my house. They are malfunctioning something fierce. He’s done some reconnoitering and now has a plan for what needs to be done.   My Mom doesn’t get over here much with all the construction going on, but she is someone I’m also grateful for. She invited us to stay at their house while our bathroom is being done and has been so supportive. I don’t know what I’d do without either of them.

Now…if I could just get the painting going. I hate waiting!

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