Thursday, May 26, 2011

Oh, hail no!

We had a little storm roll through last night. By little, I mean somewhat large with the threat of a tornado.  Adam and I camped out in the closet under the stairs for a bit and waited for the storm to pass. Luckily, we only had hail.

However, that was where our luck ran out. The hail was quite large and did a fair amount of damage. All of our window screens look as though Freddie Krueger tried to claw his way in. The screens probably saved our windows from far worse damage, like this one: 
And this one. The transom has a hole in the lower right hand corner.


Still, it isn't anything our insurance can't handle, and unlike may others this spring in Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma and across the midwest, we're fortunate to still have a place to call home.

Here's hoping this crappy weather comes to an end soon. Rain, I'm over you!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Drip. Drip. Drip.

That's the sound that came from the family room whenever someone took a shower in the master bathroom.

Fortunately, plumbing issues are covered under our home warranty.

Turns out, it wasn't a plumbing issue, but a home maintenance issue. The caulking in the shower was so old and grody that it had cracked and separated where the tile meets the shower pan. This left an exposed gap that just happened to be right in line with the stream of water coming from the shower head.

$120 later, we have a hole in our ceiling, all for a problem that could have been prevented with $5 worth of caulking.

Home ownership is glamorous!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


The house did not come with a fridge. This wasn't really a big deal to us. In fact, we were pretty excited to buy our own. We were both excited to buy a cool new appliance (pun intended!) until we realized how underwhelming it really was. We checked out several different stores, but nothing really stood out as being THE fridge.

We were going to commit to a closeout model at Best Buy, but it would take a week to be delivered. I didn't love that fridge enough to wait that long, so we stopped at Sears. There it was- the one. The fridge of my dreams. What made it the fridge of my dreams?


 It's  an interior water dispenser. I didn't want a through the door water or ice dispenser. I could just picture Adam making a huge mess. This tiny little button sold it for me.

The space inside is wonderful! 
We're already loving the french door functionality. I don't think I could ever go back to a conventional fridge again!

We also went to a few garage sales in our new neighborhood and snagged a few things for Adam. He's loving the new train table we picked up for $20. We also bought an outdoor playhouse that looks practically new for just $20. He's loving all the space he has to spread out and play now. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


We're homeowners again. Closing was uneventful and as smooth as could be.

We've been busy.

The wallpaper borders are coming down.
The mirror in the mini wheat room has been removed.
Paint has been purchased.
Cabinet hardware in the kitchen is halfway replaced.

We've discovered a few quirks, too.
Adam's room smells like a cat litter box.
The dishwasher doesn't drain.
And the bathtub in our bathroom leaks through the family room ceiling.

It's been an interesting few days around here, but it's already starting to feel like home.