Stardate log, sometime this month

If you know me, I may be sparse for a little bit.

Between foundation repair (hey, did I mention, we now have attic insulation falling through the gaping hole between the addition and the house?  And the floor is an excellent illustration of wave action?), plumbing repair (yes, it’s exploded again), electrical repair, window replacement, job interview, lesson planning, and the lawsuit airfare, we are entering new realms of budgetary tai chi.  Not gonna hit the road much this fall, as vacation will be completely wiped out by mid-September.

On the other hand, I may be just plain twitchy as a twitchy thing with twitch sauce.  I’ve already been out in the yard cutting logs with a sledgehammer, so who knows?


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  1. Do you ever think about tearing the house down and building a new one?

  2. Anna

     /  August 15, 2006

    Every week, Chris, every week…:-)

  3. It’s my house. Why can’t I burn it? 🙂

  4. You can’t burn it; you can only ask another to burn it..

    Really though given how cheap houses are in that area, there’s going to be a point with all this where you’re better off cutting your losses..

    Especially if you rebuild it as something spiffy .. Two stories.. with an armory..

    And a pool..

  5. It’s starting to sound like a good idea, no question.

  6. eowyn

     /  August 15, 2006

    Superbiff – Don’t forget the shooting range, bowling alley, and cask room in the basement.

  7. Would you believe I actually have a plan for a basement that will survive blue shale?

  8. Hey I was being serious.. A bowling alley runs about $25,000 per lane so you can rule that one right out (I looked into it for reference b/c I love bowling)..

    There’s kits for ‘dig your own pools’ for $10k that come with all the pumps and everything..

  9. Yeah, but here we have a real problem with digging basements… the whole area is on a clay shale combo called “texas gumbo” that will literally cave a basement wall into a “C” shape if you don’t radically build up the wall.

    But in theory, it could be darned handy.

  10. BTW, the Bunny likes bowling, too. And she can get her ball to take a curve, unlike moi.

  11. eowyn

     /  August 16, 2006

    Who says I wasn’t being serious? You only need one lane, and the shooting range takes up the other half of the room (as long as you’re making one long room, why waste the space?), and a small cask room at the back… because if you’re bowling, you need some damned good beer.

  12. Currently, my big-ticket item of lust costs a lot less than that, but about half the current foundation-repair bill. (The Avacore people have finally come to market)

    But on these tiny lots, you’d have to tunnel, shore, and reinforce for at least three houses’ lots, maybe a fourth. Hrm… have to get somebody to buy that house on the corner…

  13. celogomama

     /  August 16, 2006

    happy crow said: have to get somebody to buy that house on the corner…

    Ooh! Pick us! Pick us! LOL

    There are so many days I wish we lived in your neck of the woods. We went out last night and ran into some friends from before my illness. I swear I felt like a stranger in a strange land. But around you guys, that is never the case, even if it has be ungodly long since we’ve actually seen you.

    Good luck fixin’ up!

  14. It’s going up for sale, Celogomama. Seriously. You’d be a little bit of a tight fit in there, but if the commute didn’t kill your vastly taller half, we’d definitely help you swing hammers or something.

  15. Mike

     /  August 16, 2006

    Now to cement my image as a right wing, gun toting, survialist freak.

    How about a Bunker? Sorry, I meant thick, concrete walled and roofed basement that is tornado proof (along with some other things proof)? Put in a nice thick bank vault door, sorry, I meant a sturdy steel door and you will be safe from any tornados that come through.

    And some other things as well.

    You are lucky, I couldn’t build a basement in Nebraska with the high water table, you can dig.

  16. celogomama

     /  August 16, 2006

    Wishful thinkin’, I’m afraid. We are where we’re gonna be for a long time. Better get used to it. It’s just weird to realize time and again that all our very best friends live within a few miles of each other, and here we are. Blargh, as my better half would say.

  17. Yah. Blargh.
    Mike, we can’t dig here b/c of the clay. It’s whacked. But if you CAN, I have the idea for how to do it… just gotta get some posts, and a vacant lot, and a post-hole digger from hell…


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