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JUST FINISH IT BEFORE I DIE!

JUST FINISH IT BEFORE I DIE!

I was excited when H pulled his tools out and stated he was going to actually put up that closet door in the Philadelphia room. Oh, good! When Andrew comes home he won’t feel as though he’s sleeping in the closet, since that’s the room he likes to sleep in.

Two weeks later when he finally began the task, I was even more excited. You’ve got to understand. H doesn’t get in a hurry when it comes to working on this house.

The closet door had been leaning up against the wall in Andrew’s room for about three years and was going to finally have a place to call home. A friend had replaced some doors in her house and asked me if I wanted it because she knew we had begun renovating this small house. Of course I wanted it! Doors aren’t cheap and this one came with the frame and all its facings.

H asked me why she was replacing that door with another one because there wasn’t a thing wrong with this one. I told him I wasn’t sure. “People with money replace things and upgrade even when it’s not needed. They get a hankering for something new.” So from that whim, we benefitted, and have a free door to hang.

The door opening for our closets go all the way to the ceiling and it’s too expensive to have custom doors made to fit so we have to fill the top portion in with sheetrock and finish it. I wanted transom windows above the closet doors, but H didn’t like that idea because he said it would look like the men’s bathroom at the bus station! I think he just doesn’t want to tackle that project.transom-window

Now, it’s a week later and the door is up – sorta. The facings aren’t  yet attached and we had to make another trip to Lowes today to get narrower facings for the inside of the closet. I could go into Lowes and buy three pieces of wood and some finishing nails in less than twenty minutes, with one cash register lane opened. H can do it in just under two hours. It’s fair to say I’m the winner in this race. Where’s my prize?

While I stuffed inserts into four bolsters – which isn’t an easy task – H stood and contemplated for forty minutes about what the next step was going to be to put the facings up.

When I whined about it taking him so long to do that door, he said, “I’m not a woodworking kind of guy. I have to think about what I’m going to do.”

In that case he should just step back and let me do it myself. I do believe I could hang a door. It’s a lot like sewing and I’ve gone through the process before of building a house – just not with him, so he doesn’t quite believe I know what I’m talking about when I give him my handy-dandy construction tips.

When I complained some more about all the repairs and remodeling we had to do in this house, he said, “Why do you get in such a hurry?”

“Because I’d like to enjoy it finished for a while before I die!”

~Elle

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. I really like the way transom’s look. To me, they add a really nice touch to a room.

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  2. I can relate. Mine is not a handyman type, which is surprising since he’s a Bob Vila fan and watches home improvement shows. He did refinish a set of stairs recently, but I have to hire out for most stuff. Good for you that you are skilled!

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  3. Aaah, I feel your pain. Since we moved in to this new-to-us house in November of 2015, my H has been fixing/replacing/painting almost nonstop. I think HE worries about dying before the place is “done.” Our struggles come from the fact that while our to-do lists MAY match, the order of the items–as in what to do next–doesn’t match. A bit. He keeps tinkering with things that aren’t a priority for me. So the sensors for the garage door and front porch lights that let him know via text message on his cell phone if it’s open or left on? Let’s just say that was WAY down MY list. But he does keep moving forward, bless his heart.

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    • That would be waaay down on H’s list. He’s also not a high-tech sorta guy leaving that subject up to me. Now, I’m more attached to my cell phone. Those sensors would drive me crazy until I had them working right!

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