Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I Live In A Lemon

Let's start this blog off with a small desclaimer ... I'm not whining nor complaining about the place in which my wife and I call home ... and scene

So my wife and I moved into our 2 bedroom 2.5 bath townhouse in September of 09. In November we noticed that at the peak of our upstairs ... the carpet was soaked and our A/C wasn't working correctly. Called our landlord about it, and a day or so later the small puddle at the top of our stairs was sopped up and the drainline from our A/C unit was blownout and fixed!

December our Garbage disposal wigged out on us, and decided not to allow any water down the drain. I did all that I personally could have done to try and correct it myself, but not being a plumber ... it was limited. So dialed up the landlord (God bless him) told him our issue and low and behold it was covered. Day or so later, awesome repairman comes by and assessed the issue ... which then turned into issues ... he was able to see that the problem want' JUST in the disposal and the pipe but in the dishwasher (who would have thought that right? ... well ... a plumber I guess) ... spent a few hours correcting the problem and with a hardy handshake was done and out of there!

Everything was fine over Christmas break ... BUT. Halfway through January our plumbing decided to get clogged .... in the bathroom NO ONE USES!! (insert epic suspence music here) I, again, attempted to fix the problem with my unlimited knowledge or plumbing art ... and the internet, and to no avail. So called the landlord and like clockwork ... a day or so later, here comes the cool handyman guy with this HUGE scary looking plumbing thing (that's the technical name for the tool btw) and fixed the problem (at least for a little while)

For the next month and a half things were good ... we enjoyed our townhouse. Windows open, letting the lovely cool air circle through the house. Baking cookies (and pizza) often because it fit with the mood of the house! It was such a wonderous time in our house, I wouldn't have been surprised if spring lillies starting sprouting from our living room rug!

April came ... and ... and ... We decided to get an indoor pool, well kinda. One morning, in the wee hours before heading to work, I mosied downstairs to get ready and to check on the cat (stupid). When I saw (forgive the graphicness of the next comment) a hairball in our sun room area. As I walked closer ... I noticed said hairball ... was FLOATING! Our water heater exploaded during the night and filled an area of about 12X8 with water about 3 inches high. Probllem. So as I calmed the wife and told her it would be ok, I just need to call the landlord, we proceeded to go on with our day. Called the landlord, and later that day A PLUMBER! (I'm seeing issues with plumbing) As I swept the water our of the area and cleaned the tile, the plumber set up a new water heater, hooked up some new breakers that blew and headed out!

May 3rd, it had been a week and a half ... with no A/C. Something happend to our A/C. We've changed out our filter regularly. We are carefull with when we use it and when to open the windows (electricity ;)) So we were baffled when it was 90degrees in our home. Called the landlord ... PLUMBER!! (seriously these guys do everything) Assessed our 15 year old A/C unit was out of some kind of cold gas ... went to pick some up and hooked us up ... FIXED!

I've been joking with my wife, since moving in, that our house doesn't like us. But in all of these mishaps and inconvieniences it's shown us, young married inexperienced couple, how to handle things with better care, how to be responsible with your living conditions and how to adapt .. and not complain ... My wife and I are STILL unbelievably greatful for our home, problems and all!

Until Next Time,



  1. Good thing you can call a landlord....and one that doesn't blame you for the problems! As a homeowner, that mess woulda/coulda been devastating.....there is something to be said about renting...or you'll end up blogging about all the projects you have to I just did! Glad you are staying thankful, because the stuff/house, isn't as important as each-other. ;)

  2. VERY VERY TRUE!!! ... It's frustrating at times, and uncomfy ... but being able to just BE with one another despite those things, out weighs and out lasts

  3. By the way, Kris...the cold gas used in A/C is called Freon. :-) In a lot of ways, my car is like your home (only I own the thing and there is no landlord on it ).