Today is an exciting day here at the ranch. We finally got our internet service installed and working. Funny how dependent you get on technology these days, isn’t it? I’ve felt so cut off from the world for the last week or so. I couldn’t even check the weather forecast, so I totally didn’t see that huge snowstorm coming our way Monday.
Today is also a good day because we got our new furnace installed and working. We have real heat! I’m so happy I could cry. (Mainly because of how much new furnaces cost!) But it will be nice to be warm, and to know that the furnace won’t have anything wrong with it for a lot of years to come (or at least it better not).
My Cowboy and I have taken on quite a project, it seems. Our house is a big old 1920s 2-story 6-bedroom farmhouse that hasn’t been lived in for a while, so every square inch of it needs something done to it: patching, painting, scrubbing, repairing . . . we’re gonna have a work in progress for quite some time. And right now, he’s not even allowed to lift anything or raise his left arm! I wish the cats knew how to help like they think they do!
But I’m so excited to get to make this place all our own, so it’ll be a labor of love. A year from now, please remind me that I said that, OK?
And please don’t recommend that I watch the movie “The Money Pit”. This could get depressing enough as it is . . .
In the few days we’ve been here, I’ve already learned so much. For example:
* I’m absolutely horrible at, and have no patience for, stripping old wallpaper off of walls. Any helpful suggestions for how to do this more easily are all welcome.
* My inability to make choices is seriously impeding my progress on whipping this place into shape. I can’t decide what color I want to paint anything! I think I want the bathroom to be some shade of turquoise or aqua. But then which room will I paint lime green? And where can I use yellow? And what about my favorite – red? See my dilemma? What would you do?
* Having no stove or refrigerator yet requires you to become very inventive using a crockpot, toaster oven, and microwave. And to be glad it’s cold out so that you can keep all your fridge items in the cooler on the back porch for now without a problem. We do have a working freezer, and I predict that I will be extremely tired of TV dinners before too much longer.
* And finally, living in this 2-story house will cause either one or the other of the following things to happen: I will develop a really good memory, or else I’ll get really fit running up and down the stairs because I’ve forgotten something in one place or the other!
I’ll be back soon . . . I need to let you know what the Final Countdown prizes are, and I’ll have some other news as well.