Now that we have survived the warzone that is Lincoln, Nebraska celebrating the Fourth of July, I have a little breathing room to post and get caught up a little.
Yesterday, Rabbit and I spent the morning walking the neighborhood near my house, putting little American flags next to people’s mailboxes, including a card on the stick with my business card and one for my husband’s painting business. It was breezy out and we managed to plant 88 flags before I ran out of cards.
I did the first fifty, and that entailed squatting down next to the curb and forcing the dowel into the dirt, holding the dowel with both hands to keep it from snapping. Down, push, push, push, stand, walk, walk, walk, and then down again. Rabbit did the last 38 flags with minimal help from me.
This morning, my thighs felt exactly as I would imagine a piece of chicken feels after it’s been beaten with a mallet to be tenderized. I can barely walk, and sitting down or standing up is absolute agony. I had to show a house this morning, and Rabbit went along with me. She was very patient as I whimpered my way out of the car, and sympathetic after we got home. PC was “man-helpful” when I called him this afternoon. By “man-helpful” I mean the unsympathetic advice a man gives on how to solve your problem when all you really want is someone to listen. ”Just go for a bike ride,” he said. ”Exercise is the best thing for that kind of pain.”
He is working on a large painting project, doing the entire interior of a new townhouse being built across town. He hired one of his friends to help with the setup and prep, and another friend’s 13-year-old son is helping with simpler tasks and cleanup. We’re grateful PC got the bid, and it’s worth the money to pay the guys helping him if he can get it done ahead of schedule.
I’ve had the busiest six months of my real estate career this year, and so far it shows no signs of letting up, which is a huge blessing. Of course, my husband’s health, our house, and my car always smell money, so little disasters occurred this year that have turned out to be expensive.
We have to have a 75-foot-tall silver maple tree cut down in our back yard, and the arborist told us that the ash tree next to it (which is about 25 feet tall) needs to come down as well, since Ash Borer beetles are migrating our way. At the same time, we’re having a dwarf crabapple tree taken out because it is dying, and the hawthorn tree is going as well. I’ve hated that tree since we moved in, since the blossoms smell like rotting hamburger. The tree also has rust, so I told PC to just cut it down. The arborist will haul the three smaller trees away with the maple.
We’re having the maple cut down to a 12-foot tall stump, and PC is going to built a tree-fort on top of it for Rabbit. We will have lumber for the tree fort because we had to take the deck off the back of our house to regrade the dirt before we pour a new patio. During the recent late spring rainstorms, water got in our basement through a spot under the deck, so we have to do some work to fix the drainage problems.
Because PC is a painter, he has the chance to trade work with the concrete guy, who is one of my past real estate clients. Concrete guy has a workshop he needs painted, so they may just trade labor. Also, PC has been painting his friend Sam’s basement family room and windows, and Sam is a master mechanic who fixed an expensive problem on my car for only $19 worth of parts. That work trade things is a great resource this year.
Also, Rabbit’s cat Flower desecrated our two leather chairs this spring by soaking them with urine over the course of a couple of weeks – how we didn’t notice until sitting in them I will not ever understand, but he ruined the chairs and the floor underneath them, narrowly missing my wool area rug. So now we are on the hunt for a new chair or two for the living room. It’s been such a long time since we purchased new furniture, and I’m appalled at the price of an armchair.
What else is new? I got about 4 inches of my hair cut off. Rabbit and PC each got bikes so we have been riding the local bike trails together. I’ve become addicted to iced tea, drinking about 3 quarts of it a day. I watched four seasons of “The Good Wife” in three weeks and LOVE it. We don’t have cable any more so I caught it all on Amazon prime. Rabbit got braces on her top teeth last month, and next week she gets the bottom ones put on. She looks adorable.
Oh, and we are working on a giving project to teach Rabbit about the joy of giving instead of receiving. After that, we’re telling her about Santa.