I’m probably making way more out of this than I should be but I keep worrying that Boots will mess around with the freeze dryer and cause issues. I’m thinking he might chomp down on the vacuum hose, which I think sits on the outside of the machine, and if he bites a hole in it . . there’s no more vacuum!
I thought about putting the FD in one of the closets. One of them is 8′ x 16′ – plenty big enough but, there’s no a/c vent in there and it will need air circulation and if I leave the closet door open . . Boots can get to it. So, I asked Vince . . could you take the closet door (which is like a regular 36″ room door) off and put up a screen door? You would think I had asked him to build a whole additional building! So . . heck . . I’ll just ask . . Can we build a whole new building?
Who wants to guess how that went over? Anyway . . I’m hoping the builder can get here in a day or so and give me an estimate. If we’re staying here and we probably are because we can’t figure out any place we’d rather be . . then I want a garage, a new laundry room, a bigger bathroom and I’ll give Vince my old sewing room for his exercise room and 3D printer room and re-loading room and whatever else he wants to do and I’ll just get me a whole new room and it will be about 6′ off the front porch and Boots can come live with me in my new room!
I know it won’t work for everyone but if we’re using the bathroom in the new room, then most of our dirty clothes will already be in that room and most of our clean clothes will need to be in that room and it will still be closer to wherever we are than it would be if we had 4,000 square feet in one house! The laundry room we currently have could still be used as a laundry room if someone wanted to . . the hookups will stay the same but I’d make that a walk in pantry/coat closet/place to put a vacuum cleaner. I have no place to put the vacuum cleaner now and no coat closet.
I’ll have a decent sized laundry room with a/c vents and that’s where the FD will go. There will be a sink and countertop in there and a door I can close to keep the noise out and a return air vent.
And, the a/c still wasn’t working right in the sewing room. Remember that it went out before we left to go to MO. The a/c guy came from Brady and they got it to barely limping along to keep Boots cool enough while we were gone but we’ve been back going on two weeks and the a/c still wasn’t fixed so yesterday when I said “new room”, Vince got himself fired up, got the guy out here and they got the parts replaced in the a/c in the sewing room and it’s blowing COLD air once again.
And, we went to Home Depot last night and looked at screen doors for the closet. We picked one out but Vince has to go back in the pickup to get it. I’m wondering why we didn’t just take the pickup last night and get it but . . that’s above my pay grade!
Yesterday, I was ready to cancel the FD order til we got some things worked out around here but today, I’m feeling more confident we’re going to get the closet ready so the FD can be safely out of Boots’ reach. Having the a/c fixed in there has made it so much easier working in there this morning. Texas in June or July or August is not where you want to be without a good working air conditioner!
Ahh . . retirement . . some days are better than others. I know I give too many orders. I think of things that need to be done way faster than they can actually get done. I will have a conversation like this with Vince: “We probably should change out those GFI outlets and a screen door on that closet would allow air circulation.”
What I’m really saying is “Can you please change out the GFI outlet and put up a screen door instead of a full door for the closet?” but what I’m really thinking is . . Can you have it all done before dinner tonight?
I think all Vince hears is “She’s thinking about asking me to change the outlets and change out a door!” and then in his mind he concludes “Whew . . she was just thinking about what needs to be done but she wasn’t actually asking me to do anything.”
So, after a couple of weeks when the GFI outlet hasn’t been changed and the closet door hasn’t been changed, I’m kinda getting frustrated that Vince isn’t doing the things that need to be done and he’s still thinking how nice it is that I haven’t asked him to do anything yet!
But, when Vince says “I wish we had a chocolate cake”, I almost always bake a chocolate cake! Or, when he says “I bought Italian sausage today. Remember that good soup you make with Italian sausage?” I always make it .. he so rarely has to ask if I know he wants something.
Maybe it helps that I like to cook and he doesn’t like to change outlets and doors. I don’t know . .