Not much going on today - it is chilly and gray. Better than yesterday - oh my it was wet. We got so much rain over Sunday night and Monday.
I figured today I would share a tip and just catch you up on what is going on in my little world.
You all know I live in an older neighborhood (built 1947). MOST keep their homes up and decent - others do not. We tend to have a lot of rentals now and they are owned by investors - so they do not keep up on things. It is very discouraging. There are some houses on the next street that are just the pits. I can see them from my backyard across the alley.
Well, last summer one burned and is boarded up. Sadly, I have to say YAY on it being boarded and no one living there (all painted white). We had the poorest excuse of people (people was not what I called them) living there. When their govt. help on rent ended last year - they had to move and by golly the A -hole set fire to the house! Yup.
He didn't realize it, but it was a favor to us all. Boarded up - so no crappy people living there - we called board of health and the entire premises were cleaned up and the city mows. Win-win in my book!
Sometimes bad things have good outcomes! P.S. - it will be demolished at some point - so a clean slate.
The house next to it - just couldn't get rented because of it - so the investor sold it. It must have been purchased for a steal - as 2 gals bought it and moved in. It was a sound looking house - just not much upkeep of the outdoors. They are doing SO much work on it and it is wonderful!!!! They have had a new fence and privacy fence put up in the past week. Wooden and it is lovely. They are having a porch and ramp put in front. They had the house 'treated' for who knows what. They have had the outside cleaned up and trashy brush and trees cut away. The property has truly improved 100%.
A house about 6 down on the opposite side of my street burned near the holidays - gutted. They are rebuilding it! They must have had good insurance. These people are replacing each and every board one at a time (keeping the same floorplan). I can only imagine the smoke smell - so they are replacing it all. They have removed dumpster after dumpster of burned materials and insulation. It will be a brand new house when done. Bless them,
The kids next door bought a house! They will be moving the end of this month! Sadly. They have been there for 5 years and the previous folks were there about 25. I hate the idea of getting new neighbors. You never know what you may get. It is truly scary. I am happy for the kids - but not for me.
Let's just say this girl is contemplating, spending a chunk of change for a wooden privacy fence here! This may be the year.
I think I will remove the ramp this year. It needs lot of work, paint and boards repaired/replaced - it just isn't needed any more. So I may remove it and just make a nice flower garden or shrubs across the front of the porch. So many things to do!
So little by little things around here are improving and good changes have happened. I sure hope it continues.
OK here is my tip! My kitchen sink has been running very sluggish every since we had that water shut-off back in Feb. The other faucets are fine - just the kitchen messed up. I figured 'gunk' built up in the filter for some reason. Well, I couldn't get that darned thing off - so I fastened a small bowl of vinegar to it!!!!
Let us just say - when there is a will there is a way. Being a gal alone - doesn't mean you can't come up with your own fixes. It may be unconventional, but who cares? It worked.
So there you have my little world in a nutshell. Little things happen, and just make things better at times. It doesn't always seem so at the time - but often it just works out.
It is going to be chilly a lot this week, with a chance of snowy stuff on Saturday! ICK. Nothing that will last, as the next day it will warm some - Oh March you are fickle!!!!! The lake out back is slowly going down - so all is good!
Hope you are having a good start to your week. Take care my friends.