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Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Bumps of our Magnificent Money Pit

our adventurous abode
Why didn't anyone tell me!?!  I had no idea that owning a home could be such a potholed endeavor?  Is this normal?

Our home is 10 years old, only 10 years!   We bought the home 5 years ago, but, since then, we have had multitudinous (yes that is a word) home--bumps.

This is our newest investment bump--we found out the water heater is corroded--"that's normal --water heaters nowadays only last an average about 10 years" my plumber neighbor told me.  That's normal!  
Our woeful water heater

On an exciting tangent, I did make a grand windfall off my blog ads yesterday--$3.13!   That's way up from my normal penny a day average. Despite our impending water heater investment, I am throwing caution to the wind.  I am planning to make a lavish trip to the dollar store and spend, spend, spend!--at least 3 dollars.

Back to my money pit.

Here is a sampling of our latest home adventures:
Our newly finished basement has flooded-- twice!-- due to a rebellious window well that we just can't seem to fix.  The first time it happen was amazing!--I have never seen the kids so excited in my life!  Our basement had become a splash pool--what could be more fun!?!

Then there was the time we found out our back cement patio was floating--really floating!  Almost all of the ground underneath had receded and there was a vast cavern of empty space.

And, our fridge recently gave up the ghost, spoiling all of the food.  Then, as you would expect, our new fridge also died two days after we bought it and all of our new food spoiled.  There is a bright side to this story--I now am the proud owner of a refrigerator ice maker--this has been the highlight of my year!

Oh the bumps and benefits of home ownership. 

And another tangent, there is my sad barren home interior.  A contractor recently visited our house for the first time and and commented, "Did you just move in?  Because it looks like you just moved in?  There's just no decroations-anywhere"  I have been meaning to decorate the house for the past 5 years, but our funds always seem to be needed other places-repairs, kids, kids, kids.

And, this may shock a lot of people, but--I AM NOT CRAFTY!  Maybe it's just a Utah thing, but everyone here is crafty--really crafty.  I would like to be and I do try my hand at a good kids level craft every now and then, but usually my ADD kicks in after 20 minutes.

 Over Christmas I went a little crazy and had my first decoration splurge ever--I bought this lovely homemade craft on etsy.  Doesn't it look like I expertly made it myself!--that was my secret plan--now I fit right in with all the crafties.

Look how crafty I am
And now I conclude today's rambling by adding that I am sincerely grateful to have a home.  I am grateful my husband has a job right now that can keep us in the home.  For all of my grievances, nothing could ever put a price on the joys, laughter, and happiness we have experienced here.  A home that is a true place of unconditional love...usually.

Grumpy Mom Goal of the Day and Every Day:  Count my blessings.

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At February 10, 2011 at 6:45 PM , Blogger andreaestes said...

Thanks for stopping by my site. I just posted a pic of the Irish Soda Bread thief (my dog)! I am following your blog. I look forward to exporing it further.
All my best,
Andrea Riegling from

At February 10, 2011 at 8:11 PM , Blogger Utah Mom said...

I'm not crafty either and my walls are pretty bare. I finally painted some walls after some peer pressure. I'm sorry you've had so much trouble with your house lately. My house is coming up on five years so I think I better sell it now. :)
I'm looking forward to reading more on your blog.

At February 10, 2011 at 8:25 PM , Blogger MeLi said...

OMG, you're complaining, but if you saw the house we just bought, you'd cry!!...I am happy ge just got toilets today! lol!....but yeah, any house, old or new will chew through $$$ like nothing!...just treat things tenderly, keep up with the maintenance the repairs and your home will make you happier more than regretful ^_^

At February 11, 2011 at 9:45 AM , Blogger Bocci said...

Following from the Tips for Green Friday Hop. I enjoyed your "not so grumpy" post on your home-it looks beautiful, by the way:-)
Hop over to Bocci's Beefs when you get a chance-we'd love to have you as an official Follower!

At February 11, 2011 at 11:52 AM , Blogger Donna said...

I'm not crafty either! I decorate my house with wonderful store-bought pictures and things instead. :)
I can totally relate to the money pit that a house can be. Our house in Connecticut was over 30 years old and was the biggest money pit ever! Our house here in Iowa is less than ten years old and a few weeks ago the dishwasher stopped working. We'll see what's next!

At February 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM , Blogger heather said...

just thought i'd let you know, i'm pretty sure you're my new favorite blogger.

At February 12, 2011 at 3:25 PM , Blogger said...

So, I'm commenting twice. It's nice to find a fun and interesting blog. I'll be sure to come back. I'll click a few ads for you too!


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