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Porcine Lipstick and Reality

July 14th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I just got off the phone with DW. She's met with our financial advisor, and of course sent me forms to sign and instructions to follow. She said it might rain today, so we'll save a few dollars on watering the new sod we put in.

DD2 and SIL2 have started the structural changes in their new house, and found that one of the walls she wants to pull down contains the risers for the plumbing upstairs. She's bummed, but they're going to do an archway with support beams (rather than just a stand-alone column to conceal the plumbing) instead of only the breakfast bar with no verticals. I'm sure it will look fine.

The Bank of Mom and Pop has extended the credit line to DD2 and SIL2 to accommodate a new fence. SIL2 had great plans to put in a new fence by himself, but I'm not surprised he's not doing this one. I've done fences before, and even using a two-man auger, postholes are a pain in the butt to put in. He's not all that mechanically inclined, so they got a bid for others to do the fence. The old one is already torn down and the new one should be going in as I type.

DW asked why parts of our house are cold and other parts are not-so-cold. I told her it's because it is an old house, and DD2 doesn't run the ceiling fans, closes all the doors, and blocks all the air flow from the registers back to the inlets. I told her to just leave the doors open and all the ceiling fans running and that things would moderate. DD2 cannot be told anything that doesn't agree with her preconceived notions. She thinks that air conditioning should work according to her desires and not according to physics. I can't wait until she starts seeing the results of her ideas in her new place. Remember that I've done thousands of dollars in energy updates in my 1950's bungalow. She refused to do the updates in her 1970's Brady Bunch place.

The puppies are loving the yard, still. I, on the other hand, mopped the floors this evening. I miss the vacuum cleaner aspect of those two.

5 Responses to “Porcine Lipstick and Reality”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm sure you will miss your pets. I notice I miss mine when I'm away from them.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh! Lipstick on a pig! Now I get it. At first, given where you live. I thought you were going to write about haram problems with cosmetics. Wink

  3. baselle Says:

    No doubt your DD is getting stars in her eyes with those house porn sites (houzz, better homes & gardens, etc), They are poisonous for a new house owner because the best things to improve generally are as unphotogenic as can be.

  4. Wino Says:

    Baselle, she's a designer by trade. She knows all about efficiency and even a lot about codes (which is why the purlins and stairway were done first). She just likes pretty things and wants them now. DW and I are constantly amazed at her champagne tastes on her beer budget, but we'll help them get started, regardless. Many of the improvements are not "only" for looks. The wall removal, afore-mentioned staircase, and new fence are all requirements that will improve their quality of life and not just appearances. I guess I just like to complain too much. That, and she ripped out perfectly good floors for no real reason other than preference and vanity.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Your post reminded me of a commercial run a long time ago with some guy standing on his front porch stating he was air conditioning the outdoors with the door wide open. I don't even remember what the commercial was for, but laughed and said he'll think that's cute until he gets the power bill!

    Most youngsters want everything pretty now. We watch some of the HGTV shows like House Hunters and Property Virgins and are aghast at how they want all the upgrades on their first house NOW. But, guess that goes along with society and instant gratification.

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