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Another spendy week coming up

August 5th, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Last week seemed like a spendy week and this one, well more of the same. We did find out where our leak came from and fortunately it wasn't the roof, but a PVC pipe in the attic. It has been fixed, but we now have to repair the ceiling. We have that popcorn ceiling all over the house and there are a few areas where the nails have come through in other rooms so we figured we might as well have the person give us a bid on fixing the family room ceiling and those little areas. We do not want to go through the trouble and expense of having it all scraped off. Personally, I can live with the popcorn ceiling, although all the HGTV folks would probably have a fit. Guess I'm showing my age -- it doesn't bother me that much and why pay to have it all taken down?

I have had my ongoing struggle with our normal plumbing company. A couple of years ago we wanted the water spigot moved. For whatever reason, the builder had it inside the garage. So, if you wanted to use the hose or water something, you had to either squeeze between the wall and the car to get to it or move the car. I asked a plumber, he said he could do it for less than $300 and I said fine, when? He said he would call me. Four months went by and in between I called and asked again and was told he would call me. He didn't. Long story short, a friend of his mom's told the mom and finally it was done. A week ago Friday I had called and said I had two jobs in the same bathroom and would they please come out next week. I was told they would call us. I hate that. Why not say, such and such day either morning or afternoon? Well, this Friday I called a different plumber and the guy offered to try and work us in that day and I said no, Monday would be fine. So hopefully the new plumber will show up and do what we need done. We have a small leak in our toilet and we need something fixed on our shower. I just want it done. Sheesh. I've concluded so many companies don't want to deal with small jobs anymore -- they want big ones.

Our local Bergner's is going out of business like all the others in the country. We stopped by yesterday. I did wind up buying a couple of things at 70 percent off. I bought a new nonstick skillet, a new Dutch oven, and a new cutting board. So this morning after brunch I went through and got rid of 3 pans and I'm throwing out my very well used cutting board. I do feel guilty for spending the money. It's not like we don't have the money -- we do. But DH said as much as I cook, I should get decent pans. I haven't had a new pan in over ten years. I try to take care of what I have, but eventually, many things wear out. Except my cast iron. That will probably outlive me.

I found a small amount of green beans on sale. I canned them. They will be part of a birthday present for a friend. I also made some spaghetti sauce this week.

And, DH and I went to see the sequel to Mamma Mia -- the locally owned theatre has what is called "Tightwad Tuesday" and ran the show for $5 each. We enjoyed it. We haven't been to the movies in years so it was a nice treat.

7 Responses to “Another spendy week coming up”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Sorry for all those expenses. We had a leak similar to yours at our last house. The ceiling would get slightly damp once or twice a year. Roofer couldn't find a problem. A handy man was so awesome checking the roof, getting in the attic and yes in the end it was the PVC vent that had a leak at the joint. I will always remember this as a possibility if I ever have a ceiling leak again.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    CCF, we were blessed to have called honest folks who first checked the roof and then immediately checked the attic and diagnosed it. When the plumber came to fix it, he took one look at the ceiling stain/leak and said he knew immediately what it was and what to do. Never had it before so it was news to us, but far better than having something wrong with a two year old roof!

  3. StressLess Says:

    From what I've heard, it's best to leave the popcorn ceilings alone, rather than trying to scrape it off, as they contain asbestos. We have it here in a couple of rooms.

  4. Wink Says:

    Your purchases sound like good deals to me! Sometimes we just need to buy some new things, and for as much as you cook it's nice to get some new kitchen gear.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Thanks for the validation, Wink!

    Stressless, I never thought about that, but you might have a point.

  6. snafu Says:

    I threw out worn out fry pans and am researching replacements. I wonder what you chose for new pans. While my Dutch Oven is still in good condition, in spite of age, I was lucky to buy a couple of smaller Rubbermaid sauce pans that mimicked Le Creuset when they went out of production. I'm looking at the steel/ceramic, copper colored pans and wondering about the hype. My friend bought ceramic type and they already look stained/ugly but she likes them.

    There was a brief discussion a few weeks ago about people who had a history of frugal, careful, well thought-out spending and their difficulties spending on treats or 'splurges' as retirees. What do you think?

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Snafu, my pans are copper colored and were a brand name, but I can't think of it. They aren't very heavy and I don't think they will last forever, but at this point, I needed something to replace what I had. One skillet my mom bought me years ago and she's been gone 12 years so who knows how old it is.

    I think I read the discussion about well thought out expenditures and still having difficulty thinking it is OK. I was fine with the new driveway when we paid for it. We had the money saved for it, but ti was an "us" thing and I guess anything for me, I second guess myself. Plus, I grew up poor with my folks with the Depression Era mentality and it makes it tough for me to get rid of stuff. Maybe i worry spending the money will come back and bite me later.

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