Saturday, October 9, 2010

Still putting in the boiler

We are still working on installing our Central Boiler wood burning stove. Jack has made the form (with my help, of course) for the concrete. Today looks like the perfect day to make the concrete and pour it in the form so that we can move the boiler out of the driveway.

We are still working on our wood supply, though not as quickly as we were before. Jack works an hour away and doesn't get home until 5. By 7:30 it is no longer safe to be cutting wood because it is so dark outside, and of course it's only going to get dark earlier and earlier! So we don't have enough time to drive somewhere to cut down some trees and then cut up the wood and load it before we run out of light.

As soon as the boiler is finished being installed, we can move forward with the plan of gathering wood on the weekends.

Today I woke up at about 7:30 and checked on Dixie. Cleaned up the kitchen and did the dishes and watched some Mythbusters. Jack woke up around 8:30 and has been outside working ever since. It is October 9 and it is supposed to be nearly 80 today! It's already starting to be a gorgeous day! Too bad Dixie is out of commission otherwise I would want to take the dogs for a nice long walk.

Dixie got spayed yesterday so she'll be recovering all week. My monster of a puppy is 6 months and 6 days old today and weighs 86 pounds!!! Yep, that's my little beast.

How's my uterus you might wonder? Well, I'm on cycle day 43. My normal cycles are usually around 40-45 days... with a max at 60 days. Anything over 60 days supposedly you're supposed to call your doctor to take some progesterone to bring on your period so you can cycle again. Well... No thanks is what I say. Aside from the fact that after 2 1/2 years, I STILL haven't found a doctor I trust and that doesn't rip us off; what is the point? At this point me without a period is just a convenience instead of a problem.


We are still thinking about adoption, but we really aren't there yet. Especially financially. Maybe in the next year or so we can get back on our feet from the initial shock of buying a house and fixing it up and maintaining it. I am still reeling in all that we have done with the house in 5 short months!

May 5 - Closed on the house.
Painted the ENTIRE 2200 sq ft of ceiling and alllll the walls in the whole house (MYSELF.) ($600)
Put new kitchen cupboards in ($1400)
ALL brand new appliances (fridge, microwave, stove, dishwasher, washer, dryer) ($2200ish)
New carpet everywhere ($4300)
New water softener ($1000)
New water heater (yeah that was a lovely surprise.) ($1200)
Central boiler! (Looks like it's shaping up to be about $8500)

UNBELIEVABLE.

Can't wait until next year when all of this initial cost wears off!!

$19,200. We could have bought a brand new car and paid cash!!!!!!! O.O

We did, however, go from a house that was foreclosed and looked like death at $129,000 to a house that is easily comparable to the $200,000-$250,000 houses. $20,000 worth of improvements DEFINITELY upped the value of our house tremendously.

That is the first time I've added all that up in a while... WOW that was a lot of money!! In 5 MONTHS!




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