Have you ever heard the phrase “ants in your pants”? Usually, it means you can't sit still and look like you have ants crawling up and down your legs.
For me, it's not just a phrase.
I literally have ants in my pants. And in the cat's food bowl. And water bowl. And crawling over my bed. And anything else touching the floor.
It's been raining heavily the past 8 days straight. Gray skies, puddles and mud everywhere…. not fun. All this rain is soaking the Earth and making it waterlogged. The ants have been driven out of the ground and out anywhere they can find…… which just so happens to be my nice, cozy, dry, warm apartment.
So off I went to get some ant hotels. They are busily eating the bait and ferrying it back home, so hopefully that will be solved soon. Laying on your bed reading a book is supposed to be relaxing. Not so much when you find ants crawling over the book.
Speaking of things that I hope will be over soon…..
I got a new oven!
The previous oven was from about 1978 and had more than one mouse dropping fall out when I opened it. Not being a fan of pizza with mouse poop overtures, I got a new one. A new, new one. From a store. Free delivery, set up, and they haul the old one away. For $700, I hope I will not have to deal with any issues from this guy again until at least 10 years from now.
Of course, it's caused me enough issues already that I think I'm storing them up for the next decade. After we got it installed, they tried to test it and turns out, there was no gas in sight. I've had to call the utility company to come out and look at it. Hopefully it's nothing more than the gas was turned off and needs to be turned on again. At least it looks pretty until then.
As soon as I finished getting the oven, another appliance issue reared its head. My tenant across the hall from me let me know his fridge was on its last legs when he gave me the rent check. Great.
This time, instead of paying through the nose for it, I went searching on Craigslist. I found one nearby for $425. It's a few years old but seems to be in good shape and it's ready to go immediately. A big plus when my tenant has a fridge and freezer full of food he doesn't want to replace if he doesn't have to. This includes delivery! It's a bit pricey as it includes delivery, but hey, I didn't have to haul a fridge up 2 flights of slippery stairs in the rain. Next time I'll find a cheaper guy but for now this will work.
I found another guy that came over to take away the old one for free! The first set wanted to charge me for it. I don't think so. Double win in my book. The labor section of Craigslist might just be my new favorite section! The guy moving the old fridge didn't look anything like below though hah!
In and around all of this, I lost my wallet. This has caused me a fair amount of anxiety on top of all the other issues. I have one credit card with me, but I'm in the process of cancelling all the other cards and getting new ones.
It's a pain, and means I have to go through the agony of sitting and waiting at the DMV for a new driver's license. I want them to take a new picture – my old one was terrible. Maybe there is a silver lining to that after all. Update: I found my wallet!! Turns out I dropped it on my date last week. Yikes! So happy to have it back!
Frankly, I've been too exhausted to let all these worries keep me up at night. I'm not going to sugar coat it though – this process has been one of the hardest things I've ever done. Fortunately I know a lot of people who've done this before and let me lean on their shoulders when I just need someone to vent to. They also let me know it's perfectly ok to crawl into your closet, hang out in the dark for awhile while petting the cat, and have a nice cleansing cry.
I suspect I will look back on all these piddly little problems and laugh, but right now I'm still way too close to all this and incredibly new. As my friend B reminded me, I was warm, safe, dry, and well-fed. Everything not impacting one of those qualities can be considered minor. To put things in an even more respective light, at least I have both working knees…. unlike one of my tenants who got into a motorcycle accident and turned his leg into mincemeat. That's not say my problems aren't bad to me, because I certainly have a lot of things going on right now, but that I am grateful they aren't worse.
Shout out to J, B, and M for letting me borrow your shoulder!
How's life going for you? Any wins to celebrate or losses to commiserate?
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