How exciting is this? No, I'm serious. This really did make my day, possibly my week. In our constant push to improve upon our little island home, yesterday we had an electrician (actually there were three of them working) here to install first an exhaust fan in our bathroom (yay!) and secondly, the outlet and line for a generator (yay!)
Initially these were items on our "someday" list. They felt like luxuries. After all we have a window in the bathroom, open it and you have an exhaust vent right? And as far as generators go, the first hurricane season we were here was anticlimactic to say the least. The second year however....Irma. No more needs to be said.
Shortly after we moved here I realized that the worst weekly chore on my list changed from washing windows (really not my favourite thing) to bleaching the abathroom. Seriously. The only way to stay ahead of the mildew issue was to bleach the bathroom on a weekly basis. The walls, the tile and the ceiling especially. The walls and the tile are not that big of a deal I suppose but bleaching the ceiling became my weekly challenge. Bleaching the ceiling without ruining any more shirts became an issue. You see, working above your head means gravity is your enemy. No matter how careful I was some of it dripped onto me and therefore onto my shirt. After completely ruining a perfectly good orange tee-shirt which has now been regulated to yard work and painting I got a little smarter and changed into that shirt specifically for that task.
It is NO longer an issue. Ceiling bleaching is now OFF my gotta-do list. Hurrah! Not only is the exhaust fan amazingly effective it is very nearly silent. After my nice hot shower this morning the mirror wasn't even steamed up. It was perfectly completely and totally clear. Ain't technology wonderful? Love it.
As far as the line for a generator, at some point we will actually need to buy a generator. It's on the list. And there is no guarantee that another hurricane will even come here, ever! It had, after all been 17 years with no activity here at all before Irma came to visit. But if it does happen, this time we will be prepared and there is a certain comfort in that.
These sort of home improvements aren't the pretty things. As the DIY guy said, "it's not sexy". True words. These aren't the things that visitors see when they come to our home. It's like when we had the house replumbed or the new HVAC system installed. But it's awesome nonetheless. We are very slowly bringing our old circa 1962 home into the 21st century, one non-pretty improvement at a time. One more thing OFF the list!
Happy Weekend ya'all!!
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.