Y'all, this has been one stressful period in my life.
I never knew I could enjoy life so much and have so much going on!
It seems for every high there is an equal and opposite low that occurs. Is that a universal law somewhere? If not, I want to coin it. “Gwen's Law” has a nice ring to it!
This house side hustle is probably the hardest thing I've ever done to myself on purpose. Yes…… that includes basic training.
I'll set the scene for you: Me, lying in bed after a long day at work, relaxing and reading a book. I roll over to check my phone and notice……… a cockroach. Just chillin' on the side of my bed like I was chillin' on top of it.
Two thoughts ran through my head:
1. IS THAT A ROACH?
2. That is it! My tenant has to go.
I know that even if I'm not the best housekeeper on the face of the planet, I keep my place neat enough that cockroaches should starve. So if I'm not the gross person inviting them into the house……. who is?
I didn't have to look far. My tenant across the hall is gross. He is a bachelor in his mid-30's and his unit reflects that. (I also know guys that live alone and are neater than me but my tenant definitely reflects the bachelor stereotype). He lives alone, but I should've started to charge him rent for his roommate: The Stank. His unit REEKS. Now I know why my parents always bugged me growing up about changing my sheets and doing my dirty laundry on a regular basis. It is this thick, cloying, sour stench that hits you in the face when anywhere near his side of the house- inside and outside. It's not quite as bad now as it was this winter when his windows were closed and he wasn't indirectly airing it out.
That's not the only odor that drifts over to my side of the house. He smokes. And not just cigarettes, no. I know he also smokes marijuana, and I'm also fairly sure he smokes other illicit substances.
I'm also fairly sure he deals from the house in addition to said usage. This attracts a certain kind of people around my house that I would prefer go elsewhere. Yesterday a man was arrested right outside my house for slapping a woman walking down the sidewalk. I have no idea the background of the situation, but it's never a great thing when there are cop cars directly outside your house.
At least this time I didn't call them!
I was informed on all these happenings by the contractor working on the exterior of the house. That is going……. ok. It looks tons better than before (and I will share pictures when it's all done!) but I am pretty sure the work isn't being done correctly.
Actually, for some of it, I know it's not being done correctly. I have cedar shake siding on the top of the house and clapboard siding on the bottom. Before putting on the new paint, the contractors didn't scrape or spray the siding. Nope. They just swiped at it with a broom and then rolled the new paint on it. Tell me everything wrong with that statement.
I had to paint my parent's house when I was a teen so I'm somewhat familiar with what you're supposed to do. There was no scraping at all. The result is that the nice new paint they rolled on, not painted with a brush to push it down into the cracks, is now starting to peel off. Because the old paint is peeling.
I had to confront the contractor about that “little” issue so hopefully that will get addressed. If not, I'm either going to have to scrape the damn thing myself or hire someone else to do it at additional cost.
My neighbors have been keeping an eye done on the work being done and have informed me of all the issues with the work so far. They were the ones to bid on it at the beginning, and have offered to redo the work when this set is done. Based on everything they've told me about what's going wrong, I know it will get done correctly but it will take additional time and money.
On the other hand, I won't have to redo it in a few short years.
Or months, in the case of the porches.
The front porch was “redone” as part of this project. I used quote marks because she did not do it right, even though she went through 20 gallons of gas and endless amounts of water trying to spray the paint off the wood. Having to use that much water made the wood fuzzy and she didn't sand it down before sanding it. She also did not replace the ends of the porch like I asked, so I will now need to include all the wood porches in a project this spring instead of just the back stairs and deck.
So, as you can imagine, I am more than a little stressed out right now about spending all this money and not getting what I clearly stated needed to happen.
I just need someone to give me a hug and tell me I'm doing the right thing and that everything will be ok.
Fortunately, I have someone to do so now! I've started dating someone and he's pretty amazing.
We met online through mutual friends. Since we're not too far away, he invited me over for a party he was having. I went to have a good time and meet new people…… but somewhere along the line it turned into a date as we just clicked.
I am thrilled we did! We have a lot of fun together and really balance each other out. Not only that, we inspire each other to be better without even really trying. I live my best life and he lives his, and we both just so happen to be spurred into action by the other. I know from my point of view that I am encouraged to let my bad habits go in favor of other better habits (reading books to improve my life and keep learning instead of napping after work, for example).
I'm looking forward to getting to know him better and seeing where this goes for us!
If you see my food/entertainment/gas budget go up the next few months, this would be why! However he is more frugal than I am, so I doubt they'll go up too much 🙂
How has your life been going lately? Got any advice for us?
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