It Didn’t Take Long to Run into Issues


Door waiting to be installed

The first night of home ownership was wonderfully celebrated and shared on this blog. Today was the first day of really digging into the place. It started out great. Chris and I headed to Lowe’s and looked at exterior doors.  I need a new front door but the real pressing issue is the door between the kitchen and the garage. It really did not look to be a major problem but it did need to be done as the door split from the door frame Tuesday night when Chris changed the knob. For some reason the previous owners had replaced the door but the frame is the original and the door was too heavy for the original frame. Second on Chris’ agenda – install the garage door opener that he purchased on Friday. Easy, peasy.


Bedroom wall color with signs of the previous paint. I love aqua but this was like frosting with a bit of sparkle.

I have been thinking about what colors I wanted in the house. Yellow in the main part of the house, teal for the front door and something special for my bedroom. I have some cloth for drapes that I used in 1984 for my bedroom in San Jose. I have been carrying it around for over 30 years and I love it as much today as I did back then. I picked a wonderful tan color that has the slightest hint of peach. To pull out the flowers in the fabric, I am painting the bed frame that a friend gave me a deep rosy peach. It should be completed tomorrow. I was feeling pretty good. The aqua wall with sparkles is gone and I can start moving in my bedroom furniture.

About this time of euphoria, Chris asks that I help him get the door up into the opening which he had cleared of the old door and frame. Oh, no! The door does not fit because the flooring put in by a previous owner makes the opening too small. Not a problem. We can cut out a bit of the floor. But the flooring goes under the cabinets! And the orignal kitchen flooring is under the newer flooring! And it looks like it is an asbestos based vinyl! Can a put a row of exclamation points? Should I add a bunch of unhappy emojis?  A removal of the flooring and a wall are already planned but not for a long time and we were hoping to not replace the whole kitchen.


Threshold into the kitchen

Change of plans – cover the door with a plastic sheet and get the kitchen ready for me to make Christmas dinner. We knew that the garbage disposal did not work and that the dishwasher was not attached to the cabinets from our home inspection. Did I mention that everything is dirty and things still in some drawers? And the upper shelf of the dishwasher is full of dishes? Chris pulled the drawer under the oven out to look for clues as to the flooring and we can’t get it back in due to it having been bent and screws missing. I think that I will call a Frigidaire repairman and have him totally check it out. I feel like I am in a HGTV show and just got the first call!

Today I am going to get the bed painted before I do an open house at 1312 Gold Way in Rohnert Park from 1 to 4. Chris plans to get the garage door opener installed and get the kitchen to where we can run water and do dishes. This is a setback but I am going to merrily go forward in the holiday spirit and plan for Christmas.


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