You ever see those Home Depot commercials? You know, the ones with the happy, assertive, can-do couple knocking down walls and putting in fixtures like pros. In thirty seconds they have this perfect room with perfect paint and do it yourselfers across the country feel inspired to say, “Let’s spend a fortune at Home Depot and make our house look amazing!”
This is not my experience.
Two years into the home remodeling process at our house, we’re happy with the job we’ve done. However, the process is way messier than they make it look on TV. Add to that the whole having a job that leaves one of us on call 2/3 of the time, it makes finishing projects interesting.
For example, this last week we poured concrete for new sidewalks in front of the house. I took the morning off work to do the pour on Friday. But before that, we had to get the old sidewalk broke up and forms put up.
Seems simple, right? Well, here comes the trouble. Being that it is October, there is only a couple short hours of daylight after work to work outside. So we run home from work, and try to hammer out the digging and the forming before daylight runs out. If we don’t get an emergency call, which means one of us is running back to the the clinic. No more progress that night on the project.
This didn’t seem like a big deal when we didn’t have a timeline. But when I scheduled the concrete to come in, that deadline made finishing everything essential. So still covered in manure and other unmentionable fluids from the day’s work, we would run home and start back at the concrete process.
On the other hand, did I mention that my Carolyn is one tough cookie? She spent all day working calves, making bulls into steers and stuff, and then came home to swing a sledge hammer. All I can say is you probably don’t want to pick a fight with this gal.
Well, it all worked out in the end. I finished the last of the leveling five minutes before the concrete truck arrived. With a little help from dad and mom, we got it all finished. After this rush, I’m ready to take a break before tackling the next project.