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We've been working on the goal of Making Room lately. It's hard to not feel overwhelmed, we bought this house from a family of hoarders, and while they removed a lot of stuff, they didn't get rid of it all. One of the ways we have made things manageable is to have smaller goals. One is to fill the trash bin every week.

We did fail to do this the week we both had the flu and it was sub-zero temperatures outside. I really wanted to do it every single week, but hey, either one of those things would justify a week off of going through old, dirty stuff.

But otherwise, we have succeeded in throwing a bunch of stuff away every week. We have also been designating stuff that's still usable to be donated to The Restore or one of the local thrift stores, and metal stuff that's not usable (or not worth cleaning up) to be sold as scrap.

It being winter, we had been piling the scrap metal by the back door, mostly blocking the corridor that leads to the room that used to be a bathroom down there. Who wants to carry old dehumidifyers, broken pipe, and other heavy, rusty stuff out to the car in snow and ice? We could go sell the scrap metal in the Spring, I thought.

Then I started draining the bathtub and headed down to do laundry and my ears were assaulted by a soft, but very unwelcome sound. I really didn't need to hear falling water back there! And it was totally inaccessible. It was only 3 or 4 years ago that we replaced a bunch of those old pipes, so we didn't expect to need to mess with them again already. But we didn't replace all of the old pipes, just the ones that were leaking, so...lucky us. Time to take the metal away.

This morning, we filled the car with what turned out to be about a quarter-ton of old crap. It netted us about enough to go have lunch or a movie, not exactly a good payday for the work involved, but at least the metal will be reused instead of rusting away in a landfill. We'll need to make another trip soon, since the hallway isn't clear yet, but we can now go around the remaining stuff to get to the room where the pipes are leaking, so at least we can find out how bad the leak is and maybe get a bucket under it. I remind myself that slow progress is still progress.

In other news, I've had a lot of fun writing up One Card readings for people. In light of the need for plumbing repairs, I haven't yet closed the window for free requests (though I plan to limit free requests to whenever I head to bed tonight); I will keep the window for paid requests open for a few more days. If you haven't stopped by yet, you're welcome!

Tomorrow, I hope to have a bit of flash fiction (as yet unwritten), and this weekend is Sketchfest and the Torn World Muse Fusion, so I'm planning to put creative things to the forefront for a couple of days. Hopefully I'll see you around!

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queenoftheskies
Jan. 23rd, 2015 05:33 am (UTC)
Oh, no! So sorry to hear about the plumbing problems!
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 23rd, 2015 05:51 am (UTC)
Thank you!

It's an old house, and that plumbing was in terrible shape, so guess it's to be expected. But still, I so didn't need more bathroom problems.
gothtique
Jan. 23rd, 2015 06:13 am (UTC)
Water is insidious!
It manages to escape the paths we have carved for it.
I am thankful for my new roof and a dry basement.
FEMA may think I am in a flood zone, and the bank demand insurance for that reason alone, but my basement has always been dry!
Living at sea level, this is something to be thankful for.
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 23rd, 2015 06:19 am (UTC)
Yes, indeed, water is insidious!
seekerval
Jan. 23rd, 2015 12:47 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Sorry to read of your continuing home repair issues. These old places do tend to need more TLC than the average budget can easily absorb. Good luck with it.
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 23rd, 2015 01:03 pm (UTC)
ALL houses have this kind of problem, really. The details are a bit different depending on the age of the house, but entropy, it sneaks up on us all.

Thank you!
msstacy13
Jan. 23rd, 2015 12:59 pm (UTC)
So...
we could say you're plumb tired?
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 23rd, 2015 01:04 pm (UTC)
:-p
red_trillium
Jan. 25th, 2015 06:28 am (UTC)
That isn't good! And a big bummer that you had a lot of stuff to take to scrap and didn't make much. I think that is one thing that puts people off recycling, too much work for no financial pay-back. Most people like yourself would do it for the environmental benefits but there are people that if they can't make a decent buck at it won't bother.

I hope the pipe repair job is a small one & not one that takes a lot of money to fix.
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 25th, 2015 09:41 am (UTC)
Thanks for the good wishes.

As to not getting much, it's better than nothing.
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