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Vacation Duration Tribulation Deprivation Consideration Transformation & Restoration

Photos taken in October and December 2022.

You know how they say “Things always come in threes”? Who are they and why are they saying that? Well, it would seem that despite our best efforts on home upkeep, we have had a series of unfortunate events, numbering way more than three over the past 4 months.

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Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

15 thoughts on “Vacation Duration Tribulation Deprivation Consideration Transformation & Restoration

    1. Agreed. Many would ask “why me”. However, I pay no condo fees and my rent never increases. Right now, there are real shenanigans going on with rent increases, so in some ways, we would pay for the repairs anyway. Thanks for reading this series of unfortunate events Lyssy. Have a great day. Allan


  1. Oh my goodness, what a mess! Glad you were able to get everything repaired in a (semi) reasonable period of time. Hopefully nothing more breaks for the foreseeable future.

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  2. I am sorry to hear about all your series of unfortunate events, Allan, especially about the leak. When things and appliances break in a house it can be frustrating, especially if it happens – and it always does – unexpectedly. We had a leaking ceiling in the last house where we lived and it took a plumber weeks to fix it. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned while he was fixing it – a plumber isn’t obliged to tell you it’s an easy fix.

    As homeowners, we are dreading the day our appliances would break down as this can result in heavy fixing costs and engineer call-outs, and that’s why we have plenty of tools now just so we can fix ( and I know that not everything always is) what’s needed by ourselves. Thanks for sharing and fingers crossed that nothing needs to be fixed in your house now. Aiva 🙂 xx

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    1. Thanks Aiva. Things seem to come in threes. In this case it was 2 groups of 3s, in 2021, it was 3 groups of threes, health and home maintenance. Yes, our appliances are getting old too. So far, since I retired in 2014, I have been able to fix the washer and dryer and many other things myself, but there are some things I can’t fix. Thanks for reading Aiva and have a great day. Allan

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  3. Jesus H, Allan, what a series of unfortunate developments. And what a greeting to return home to. Glad all’s well that ends well, as they say. I guess we have all this to look forward to if and when we eventually become home owners.

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    1. They don’t call home ownership “the money pit” for no reason. Despite the fact that we had two different people doing house checks while we were away, neither one looked up to see the leak. Not much they could have done in any case. Hoping for a calmer year. Thanks for reading Leighton. Allan

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  4. Did the bathroom company repair the leak in the first floor ceiling? That’s kind of amazing. Sucks that it all happened, though. It often does come in spurts, and your house isn’t as young as it once was. You won’t regret the walk-in shower. A piece of our heating system went in the coldest spell (of course). We have 5 of these – the last one was $465. The price is now $779. That’s quite a difference in 3 years. And that’s just the part and not the installation. Oh well, that’s why we put money away.

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    1. I was very lucky with my contractor choice. One fellow did all the work, except for the glass door install (demo, plumbing, wall board, tile, grout, drywall and paint. If I had needed a separate contractor for the ceiling repair, it would have cost a fortune if I could even get someone for such a small job. What gets me now is that a service call for a plumber or furnace tech costs a minimum of $135 just to come look. Thanks for reading and commenting Bernie. Allan


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