Thursday, August 30, 2012

Home Ownership

or Alas, that's the way it goes.

Among other things, the exhaust pipe to our furnace has to be replaced.

When we first bought a house, I was overwhelmed with all of the things we needed to set up. I knew that we would need curtains and a few more pieces of furniture. However, I hadn't thought about all of the other things we would need like trash cans, rakes, a garden hose, a lawn mower, etc. I was annoyed that we had to buy all of these necessities that cost a lot of money so that there wasn't much left for fun house things. I would have rather been picking out a comforter for my new bedroom than to be picking out a new trashcan for the garage. But, alas, that's the way it goes when you own a home.

As I adjusted to spending money for boring, but necessary items, I had to adjust to spending money for repairs instead of fun house projects. For example, we had to spend money to fix the plumbing rather than  redo the kitchen. But, alas, that's the way it goes.

And this is how it went in home ownership this week. We found out that our furnace needed a couple of thousand dollars in repairs. I wasn't happy with the news because I had other ideas for that money-like maybe a nice vacation next summer. But once again, alas, that's the way it goes.

  • Ward might beg to differ about what is boring stuff and what's not. I think he much rather would have been shopping for a trashcan at Home Depot than shopping for a comforter in T. J. Maxx. 
  • Also, I may be upset about the cost of the furnace repairs, but I'm the first to admit that I would rather have heat this winter than a big vacation next summer.