Home Sweet Money Pit

Today’s regular review has been pre-empted by a plumbing emergency that started on Sunday afternoon and still isn’t resolved. However, in the immortal words of Tim Gunn, “Make it work.”

While I tossed and turned in my hotel bed on Sunday night, I realized that the answer to the question “When was the last time you had your septic tank cleaned?” and my blank puzzling for a date/time could be resolved by none other than pen and paper. This morning, when we stopped back at the house, I grabbed a trusty Leuchtturm 1917 Hardcover A5 Metallic Edition. I also approached the file cabinet of doom, and grabbed the extra thick “House” file and took it with me. Today I have been busy building a journal of my house’s greatest and shittiest events (see what I did there?) so that I have dates and repair companies and what type of work was done.

I’ll see you again when indoor plumbing has been restored.


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  1. Poor you, how awful!

    But I’m definitely going to copy this very smart idea.

    Wishing you speedy repairs for less cost than anticipated.

  2. That’s a great idea. And I feel your pain — when we had the super cold snap in 2021, my house was 55 degrees, despite the thermostat being set at 70 and running all night long.

  3. I SOOOO feel your pain! Your story brought up FLASHBACKS to the infamous Water heater EXPLOSION of 1996 !!!

  4. I have a list I keep like that too! I also add the contractor’s phone number and whether we wanted to work with them again. It has been so useful.

    Best of luck getting everything back to normal!

  5. I can so relate. While I don’t have a septic tank, I used to live in an historic home. The exterior had to be maintained in the original historic manner. This means an all-wood exterior. It had to be painted, often – using up to 7 different colors (all that gingerbread trim, ya know). It also means wood rot being discovered on a regular basis. I felt like we were constantly running around with hammer and paint brush all the time. Talk about a money pit.

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