Friday, July 10, 2009

How I'll get in shape this summer

When we bought this house we knew that for a period of time there were a lot of things we were going to do without. For example, the house did not come with a stove or a refrigerator. So we took the mini fridge from the studio and put it in the house. It does not hold a lot but it keeps our milk, beer and butter cold. We bought a grill because it was summer...and who really needs a kitchen when you can grill out every night? It's fine. It really has not been too much of an inconvenience. We plan to completely overhaul the current kitchen so we've been putting off buying the needed appliances. We gutted the whole house...all but one bedroom (where all three of us sleep on two mattresses lying on the floor) and the bathroom. While it is rather dated with a bright blue toilet, sink, tub and tile (very 50's) it is clean. We were not going to rip it out and redo it right away. When you're living in the house you are renovating you have to do things in steps. Yesterday, however, near the front porch, we smelled gas...a lot of it. We called the gas company, they came, told us we had a leak in the gas line and shut off the gas. Now we have no hot water. :(

It turns out the gas line leading from the street into the house is the original gas line. The house is old...built in 1910. I'm not sure how old the gas lines are, but they are as old as they can be for a house built in 1910..and they're leaking. To make the repairs you have to dig a trench 2 feet deep from the street up to the house where the gas meter will sit. You can pay someone to do this. It's called excavating. Or, you can decide you want to have the arms of Paul Bunyon and do it, this week we're going to start digging because I can do without a kitchen but, call me high maintenance, I have no patience for cold showers.


  1. Look at the bright side, it could be December! We've had our apartment (here in Pittsburgh) for almost 5 years now and still don't have a stove! But we do have a high end toaster/convection oven, a crock pot, and a grill. I once found a refrigerator on Ebay for my daughter and paid $15.00 for it. Happy digging!

  2. I'm really looking forward to photo documentation of the "ground breaking ceremony" perhaps with ceremonial ribbon and champagne. Those of us from NYC have an archetypal fantasy about drilling in the street (it's where all the gold is hidden...). Apparently the plans for NYC's water system were destroyed in a fire, so it's always a treasure hunt for Con Ed once they get down there. Tags: Gold, Fire, Water, Treasure, Jung...

  3. We actually played around with the idea of a tiny drawer fridge (the price, though!) for our kitchen. It becomes a wasteland of unwanted condiments and yoghurt cups. Some of my happiest days in our house were before we had much furniture or a tv or proper beds. It was freeing and I miss it. Congrats and best luck always!


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