It was two months ago today that our old house officially went on the market. It’s been a crazy couple of months, but things are starting to settle down a bit now. Our dog is back to her old frisky self, our furniture is mostly where it belongs, and we’re making good progress at getting everything cleaned and organized.
My husband is in the middle of installing a new dishwasher, as the one that came with the house wasn’t working. He went to Home Depot and talked with a sales person about the various models available. The salesman pointed out that the $300 dishwasher has most of the same features as the $600 models, but that the more expensive ones have more insulation and are thus quieter. So my husband bought the $300 dishwasher, along with a sheet of foam insulation. He spent this evening installing the new dishwasher, and reinforcing the almost non-existant insulation that it came with. He added the fiberglass blanket that was on the old dishwasher, and lots of styrofoam insulation. He even unscrewed the front of the door panel and added more insulation between the panels of the door. I’m excited to run a load of dishes and see how quiet it is. He’s a good husband. I think I’ll keep him.
I put our little guy in the jogging stroller today and went for a run to the library today. It’s a bit further from the house than our old library was, but it only took about 20 minutes to run there. After working in a huge suburban library for the last several years, the library here feels tiny. But it’s cute, and I like it. I browsed around and found a book that seemed fitting for our new life here. It’s called Farewell My Subaru, and it’s written by Doug Fine. I discovered his blog because of the book, and I’m finding myself very inspired. He did this on a much more grand scale than we’re doing it. He bought 40 acres in the middle of nowhere, and his homestead includes livestock. So far our only plans are for fruits and veggies, and we only have 3/4 of an acre. But it’s the same basic idea, and I’m loving his book.
I’m feeling very successful today, as I tackled a project that had been on my list since we moved in. The bathroom sink drain was blocked, and also had a leak under the sink. I knew that it was a hair clog. Which is gross. But it’s even worse when it’s someone else’s hair. Today I decided that it was now or never, and rolled up my sleeves. I opened up the trap under the sink and found a huge disgusting hair clog that I had to dig out of the pipes. But now it’s all gone, the pipes are clean, and I tightened everything up when I put it back together, which fixed the leak. So now we can use the bathroom sink. Life is good.