Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Photo: A window in my house. Notice the wooden shims holding up the second pane of glass so there's no open space between the plastic molding of the storm window and the top of the windowframe.
You know you're a homeowner (of an older house) when...
--you think wooden shims are the bomb.
--and you have hundreds of them throughout the house, in use (like in the pic above) and in storage.
--you've just spent $45 on steel wool, window insulation and caulking.
--you spent an hour walking through the house, studying the perimeters of your windows and doors to see where you need to use that stuff.
--and you've spent an hour or so stuffing steel wool into the gaps between the just-now-rotting wood of your shed and the cement of the shed floor.
--and you've recently spent an hour or so stuffing steel wool into the gaps between your garage doors and the cement floor of your garage.
--and you've done that more to keep out the damn mice than to keep in the winter heat.
--you start saving money in the beginning of the fall to pay for the winter heating bills.
--you actually pay attention when someone prophecies how warm or cold the upcoming winter will be.
--you feel damn proud of yourself for cleaning out just enough garage space to get your car in there.
--you're happy to hear that two dead mice were found in your shed because last winter they ate your backyard work gloves to shreds and pooped all over the second and third shelves.
--you sing the praises of house spiders because they kill smaller bugs--but they also let you know where the unseen drafts are in your house. (They'll build their webs there, and you'll see the webs shimmer slightly in the draft.)
--you have a handyman on speed-dial.
--and your landscaper, too.
--and the guy in charge of the water heater and pipes, too.
--and the guy in charge of the heating oil, too.
--you make sure you can pay the mortgage before you think about the next food shopping bill. (Because you know the old ladies across the street will give you enough bagels, crackers and cheese to hold you over.)
--you realize you're a wood hoarder. (I have more wood than you'll find in many small forests.)
--you can write a long-ish blog entry about the idiosyncratic things you do when you own a house.