Did you know that a furnace costs about $3000? I do now. For that kind of money you think I could at least get it in a nifty color like ochre or maybe zebra print. But nope, it had to be replaced because the replacement guy was all, "Well, it has to stay disconnected so that means no air conditioning and if you plug it in you risk blowing the place up," etcetera and so on.
I tell ya', it's this kind of things that force feeds me three big helpings of flaming bitch and puts me in such a mood that even Satan won't screw with me.
So yeah, there goes some of my flooring budget. Not sure how I'm going to work that out anymore, goddamnit. This is nothing to say of the surprise duct work that needs to happen and the discovery of the totally broken under the seal guest room window. (We'll be buying cheapest vinyl window I can find. It will be made of old The Monkees records.)
Remodeling is stressful. So much I just don't have the energy to rant about it, which greatly reduces the amount of f-bombs the Internet has to Iron Dome itself from.
But let's talk about some of the positives I have discovered. Most of it edible.
First, we have a Bing cherry tree. We get lots of fruit on it and I was surprised by this. Normally, you need a male and female cherry tree. We have the male, a neighbor two doors down has the female. In fact, every model of our house has a cherry tree of differing sex so we all get cherries. Yay for competent city planning.
The dude who lived here also planted potatoes everywhere and we keep tripping over them. Sadly, most are too old to eat now, but it's a novel discovery.
Grape vines line and crawl up every fence post and into every tree. We've been beating with a machete and I half expect to uncover Incan ruins deep beneath the underbrush. I'm not sure what variety they are, but now after a thorough and heavy-handed pruning I hope we'll get some plump and hardy grapes.
In addition, the back yard has an orange tree and a kumquat tree towering high and breathing the clouds. It's a pleasantly unexpected citric bounty and I foresee a lot of marmalades in my future.
We plan to put in a lemon tree, lime tree, variegated apple tree, and a pluot tree. Blueberry bushes have been planted as have tomatoes, chilies, eggplant, and tomatillos.
Demo Update: The broken pipe is fixed. We have a front door. The floor are ripped out. The garage is not longer a rotten mess. Oh, and I have a new $3000 non-zebra print furnace. Grr.