Sunday marked our one-year anniversary in The Rambler. We celebrated by… well, to be honest, I think both of us forgot. Byron ran a half marathon that morning, and I spent the entire afternoon baking a cake. So, you know. Priorities.
I do feel the need to mark the occasion in some way, though. This is our first house, the first thing we’ve truly owned together (besides a cat, but let’s face it, that is a low-investment item). And damn it, we’ve worked our asses off this past year. I’m sure I’m forgetting some things, but from what I can remember, these are the projects we wrapped up this past year:
- Replace the old leaky roof with a new non-leaky roof (ok, technically this was the week before we moved in, but I’m counting it).
- Replace the “definitely will kill us” electrical box (done about an hour after we got the keys).
- Repair bath tub plumbing.
- Repair the “someone obviously tried to kick this in” back door.
- Paint the kitchen cabinets and the God-awful faux brick.
- Insulate pipes under the house (which still, STILL has not helped with the freezing water that reaches the bathroom early in the morning).
- Clear out The Jungle that was the backyard (which involved finding a ton of buried trash, including bones).
- Install a bathroom fan so we don’t get Mold.
- Put in French drainage so rain doesn’t run off the roof and directly onto the foundation.
- Cut down the crazy big Douglas fir tree.
- Finally, FINALLY get a new couch and trick some college kids into paying us $50 for the old couch.
- Put a rose bed in the front yard.
- Paint the shed in the backyard and start the Hammock Colony.
- Replace the old oil furnace with an energy-efficient heat pump.
- Rent a wood chipper, go crazy and install a lawn in the backyard (which, ugh, is now FULL OF WEEDS! WHY, CRUEL WORLD, WHY!).
- Fix up and paint the hole-ridden interior trim (newly finished as of Monday! woot!).
Geez. I am exhausted just LOOKING at that list. We knew the house was going to be a project when we bought it — and obviously, it has been. One project after another. But weirdly, it’s for the most part been incredibly satisfying work. Hard work, yes — most of those projects, we completed on our own (and I’m sure Byron would like me to note that he has done most of the hard hard work). But it’s really cool to see a house transform before your very eyes, from “this has potential” to “this is starting to come together.”
I have no idea how many more house-iversaries there will be — who knows, by this time next year maybe we’ll be living in Switzerland with Swiss cats and puppies (unlikely, but YOU NEVER KNOW). But in the meantime, it’s nice to see the hard work paying off. We’ll wrangle you yet, Rambler. One project at a time.