2013 has been an interesting year—a lot of “long-term to-do items” have been checked off my list not by choice. The “universe” has set things in motion several times this year that has forced me to get some big (and some not so big) tasks done.
For example, the insurance company gave me a choice of getting a new furnace oil tank and a new roof or they wouldn’t insure the house. Huh. I opted for the new oil tank and the new roof – a steel one.
Just as the new roof was finished, the weather changed and our furnace came on for the first time since the new tank had been installed. A new part on the furnace that came with the new tank had a faulty seal or something and our basement was flooded with furnace oil. And so I had to clean up the basement, throwing lots of stuff out and bringing bins of stuff upstairs while the floor was getting cleaned.
And then, because we tracked furnace oil up the stairs and into the hallway we had to rip up and replace the flooring in our back hallway. That meant hauling everything out of the hallway and temporarily storing it in the living room, where there already was boxes of stuff from the basement.
And then… the oil fumes had settled into the living room carpet somewhat so what the heck—- we might as well rip up and replace the living room flooring. And that meant moving all of the contents and the stuff from the hallway and the boxes from the basement into the dining room. (Oh, and it also meant working around the propane fireplace, which got damaged in the process—still have to get that fixed.)
Well, with two-thirds of the carpet gone, why stop now? Might as well rip up the carpet in the dining room…. and while we are at it, let’s switch the living room and the dining room so we will be “living” in the “warmest room in the house” and “dining” in the not-so-warm room.
And that brings us to today. The “hallway furniture” is in the hallway on our new floor—looking wonderful .. along with living room furniture waiting for its new home and boxes of “stuff” waiting to go somewhere. The dining room furniture is 1) in its new home or 2) still waiting for its move. The living room furniture is still in the old room, along with the pieces of dining room furniture that has been moved, along with the boxes of “stuff”.
The dining-room-to-be has half the carpet ripped up, revealing a beautiful old hardwood floor with “worn paint” on it – love the look. And has half the room yet to be done, covered with the un-moved furniture, boxes from the basement, furniture from who-knows-where and a whole lot of work to be done.
The kitchen is the temporary home of all the rest of the boxes of stuff and furniture that doesn’t have a home and has been moved (in some form of the following): from the basement to the hallway, to the living room, to the dining room, to the kitchen.
Let’s just say, “I’m looking forward to 2014 when things will all have found a new home” and .. “I’m so grateful for that seed catalogue that came in the mail.” It gave me a reprieve from the chaos and visions of getting back to normal, planting, tending, harvesting, and preserving.
just a few more days of 2013 and then—Happy New Year!! I’m on the count-down.
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)