Ya think anyone will notice this?
Then our A/C went out - on a Friday night, of course. Our trusted repairman was out of town until Monday morning, so we got to enjoy the 96 degree days full on. It doesn't really cool down here at night (yet); needless to say, neither of us slept very well for three nights. I was so happy to see our repairman at my door on Monday morning that I didn't care what was wrong, I just wanted it fixed. Turns out the condenser fan motor was shot. Easy replacement, but another hit on the checkbook.
On Thursday, roofers were here, replacing damaged tiles from our trees and other weather-related damage, plus they fixed the flashing around the chimney that had never been properly done. I got to escape the noise for several house as it was my day to volunteer at the hospital, but poor Paco must have been traumatized by all the banging, as he stuck like glue to my legs once I came home. There was all kinds of stuff being tossed off the roof:
I bet it's kind of fun to throw things off the roof once you're finished with them...
I had a little bit of money set aside and we planned on putting in some much-needed new carpet and flooring, but I'm not sure there's going to be enough left to do that now. However, I can't help but be reminded of something a friend of mine used to say whenever anyone would gripe about a car repair, or having to mow their lawn, or deal with home repairs...he'd say "You have a CAR?" or "You have a HOUSE?" - and it was a reminder of how lucky we were to have these issues; due to some poor choices in his younger years, my friend spent many years living in a men's shelter, before turning his life around and becoming a homeowner. He always said things like "I GET to mow my lawn" in an awestruck way, and that has stayed with me. So I got to have my leaky pipe repaired, and I got to have my A/C fixed, and I got to have my roof repaired, and I know that I'm lucky that these are my problems.