Yesterday’s post was all butterflies and rainbows as I wrote about my top ten loves in our forever home. It really was great to vocalize all the things I appreciate about our home, both expected and unexpected.
BUT what fun would life be if it were happy all the time?! :) Everyone needs a little Debbie Downer, Negative Nancy action, right?!
Well, never fear! Today I get to share all of the things that drive me batty about our forever home. And, well, let’s just jump on in!
1) Water softener issues.
I grew up living in the country. I’m used to hard water turning my blonde hair a lovely orange-red, my white t-shirts fading to a nasty yellow, and having to scrub rust stains off of tub drains. However, I’m also used to a working water softener that, while still annoying, at least combats these issues.
Our upstairs bathtub after one of Tatum’s baths. The water was so yellow I would have thought he peed in it if I didn’t know better. Disgusting.
We do have a water softener, it just doesn’t work regularly. Corey has to press the reset button on it every so often and it’ll work for a few days and then die again. And even sometimes when it’s working it doesn’t work as well as I think it should. Obviously we should just call someone to check it out, but we’re pretty sure we just need to replace it since it is pretty old, and we really just don’t want to spend that money right now. So that means we just ignore the issue and our white clothes don’t get washed very often! :) P.S. Don’t comment on my red hair either! :)
2) Having a big backyard.
Yep, one of my loves is also a hate. Why? You have to mow all that yard! Ick. Plus we have a couple of mostly dead trees we really should take care of and I won’t even mention all the weeding I haven’t done. I know, count my blessings and we signed up for it and all that, but it still stinks sometimes!
3) Our power company
Our area, if you live in the country, has two different power companies. You don’t get to choose which one you get, unfortunately. We got stuck with the crappy one. Since moving in our power has gone out at least three times that I can think of off the top of my head. And it’s not like we’ve had bad storms or anything. Plus, the company we have has higher rates than the other one. Granted we knew this all when we moved in, but it still is something I’m not a fan of!
4) Bad cell phone service.
As in dropped calls almost every single time bad. It gets really frustrating! We’ve never had a landline, and I don’t really want to shell out the money for one since we really don’t make many phone calls, but it is really inconvenient. If we go on the back porch the reception is great, but inside the house is D-E-A-D. Sometimes we get lucky and can go on the front porch to make a call, but it’s about a 50-50 chance it won’t work too. Bummer. I don’t think I’ll enjoy this one at all come winter!
5) The awful carpet and paint choices made by the previous owners.
A close up of just three of the gems we were blessed with!
The carpet… Ugh. I knew I’d hate it when we moved in, but truly it’s awful. Corey and I agreed to wait to replace it until we can do hardwood floors throughout the whole downstairs, but we have other projects that have to be done first. In fact, it might end up being a couple of years of waiting. Bleck. Maybe if we wait long enough the style of the ’90s will come back and I’ll love it?! Please, no!
Luckily paint is easily changed, though let me tell you I am so sick of painting! Plus, apart from the areas that were sponge painted, the previous owners had really crappy painting techniques. And I think they painted over wallpaper in some of the rooms. Fun stuff, I tell you! I definitely can’t wait for the day we get to pack up the roller and brushes and not get them back out for the next painting project a week later!
6) While I’m talking about bad choices of the previous owners, have you seen some of our light fixtures!? Yep, that’s my sixth hate- the light fixtures.
There might be two I don’t hate. I completely made that number up, so it could be more. It also could be less. In fact, I’ll find out in a bit… I’m going to take a field trip around our house and take some snapshots so I can make a collage of my lighting inheritances! :)
Give me a couple minutes…
Some of the downstairs lights- I even saved you from having to see some of the beauties! :)
And just some of the lovely fixtures upstairs… Again I spared you from viewing some!
So there might be more than two that are okay, but I don’t think any of them are ones I would pick by choice.
7) Mismatched doors, trims, and vents.
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it drives me crazy that we have some gorgeous, original, two paneled hardwood doors right next to cheap, crappy, hollow unstained doors. It drives me crazy we that we have beautiful, original, hardwood trim next to popular in the ’90s oak stuff. It drives me crazy that literally in the same room we have detailed old antique vents beside plain old normal ones. So frustrating! Granted in some ways it adds character, but there is a lot of it I want to change and bring back to the original glory.
8) No coat closets.
Right now this isn’t a huge issue since I don’t even know where all of our coats are, but come winter… Eh. Apparently the previous owners didn’t have coats. Or just stored them in their bedrooms or something. I’m hoping to make our laundry room more of a mud/laundry room combo so I can have a place to put our coats and winter gear, but I’m not sure if that’ll make the to-do list by winter. I guess we will see what happens!
9) Lack of electrical outlets.
Oh, the joys of owning a old house. I think we have two outlets in the living room. Not exactly set up for modern TV, DVD, yada, yada, yada. Luckily the kitchen was updated so we have plenty of outlets there. And really, it’s not a mega deal or anything… Just occasionally frustrating! :)
10) Tiny, awkwardly laid out bathrooms.
The downstairs one we have plans to change, so I don’t have to feel like I’m hugging the shower while using the toilet for long, but the upstairs layout is pretty much stuck as-is. It’s not awful, but the tub is smaller than normal and the ceiling is really low, even for a family of short people. But we do have two bathrooms and for that I am thankful!
And really, even with my “hates” I love our forever home. Sure there are things we will change or that I will whine about, but we are so blessed! And I like having a good reason to change things anyway! :)
Speaking of changing things, tomorrow I’m posting about the top ten projects we’ve accomplished so far! I think it’ll be good to see a little progress report so we don’t get too overwhelmed by all that still remains on our to-do lists! :)