My house can probably be classified as a “fixer-upper”. For most of its existence, including my occupancy of it, the small house has been rental property. That means it has received minimal maintenance and updating because my former landlord wished to optimize his income from the property. Now that I’m paying the mortgage on the house, my goals are to optimize its structural integrity while improving its over-all appearance.
Due to budgetary restraints, this will be an on-going, DIY project. I am approaching the repairs and improvements as a learning experiment. I’ll do what I can practically do myself, yet hire professionals whenever a critical repair beyond my capabilities and knowledge require it. In a way of thinking, this will be an “enhanced hobby” project.
Outside repairs are the main items scheduled for this spring and summer. Windows have priority because they have not been painted for about 25 years. Two windows have serious dry rot issues on their sills. I’ll need to fabricate repairs with epoxy resin. These repairs are not complex, but will require skillful application and shaping within short time restraints due to the chemical nature of the resin. I have a dozen main windows and three basement windows plus both entry doorways.
These projects will entail a major, temporary lifestyle shift from inside to outside functioning. There will be much more time spent doing things outside. I’m actually anticipating this lifestyle change with pleasure. Could my life be enhanced by the act of improving my home? I think so.
“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment.”–Vietnamese Buddhist monk and activist, Thich Nhat Hanh
During most of my life, the outdoors has been something to avoid. There have been practical reasons to stay inside and made-up excuses not to go outside. There comes a time in our lives for balance. Now I have the opportunity to balance inside and outside life in new ways. It will be interesting to see how my outside coping skills redevelop. I’m also curious to discover new age-appropriate, practical home maintenance skills.
“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”–character development speaker and author, Earl Nightingale
I’ve been lucky throughout my life. The luck has continued at this seemingly mundane, unremarkable, yet new turn of events. I plan to take Earl Nightingale’s advice.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes motivational speaker, Les Brown. “If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.