Recently we received our State and Federal tax refunds. We immediately deposited them in the bank and waited for them to clear so we could start on the 101 home improvement projects we have waiting for attention.
The Federal check cleared at once. The funds were available within a couple of days. The State one, as in California, well, we’re still waiting for it to clear.
I can remember when California ran out of money and had to issue IOUs. This does not give me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.
Oh boy. Most people have a dream that recurs when they are under stress or in a particular situation. Mine is being lost at school, not being able to find my class, nor my locker, missing my homework, etc. And it is always my math class. I had that dream last night. Sigh. And I have no trouble figuring out why.
Math class. No homework. No locker. Can’t remember the teacher’s name and I can’t find the room. It’s about numbers, or more specifically, money. Sigh.
Yesterday the guy that is doing a lot of our window coverings put up the outside blinds. I came home to them being done, not even knowing they were ready.
Back story here a bit. Our library and my office both have angular windows that are hard to fit. Here are some of the ones in my office and if you look through the French doors you can see the same ones in the library. Well as you can imagine, the sun is pretty strong in there.
We have new double-pane windows but still, the glare is bad. In my office it shines right on my monitor and in the library it shines right on the TV which is placed across the room from the windows. When we first moved in we thought about putting shutters up there (there are plantation shutters in the library on another window you can’t see) but the cost to do both sets of windows was going to be <gulp> $6K. Since we had just spent $12K on the double-pane windows we decided to hold off for a while. Then the window covering guy said he had figured out a way to use the outdoor cheap blinds and have them cut and roll DOWN instead of up so we could to them outside. We figured “cool” and that it would be an inexpensive solution we could live with for a few years until we decided to spend the money on the shutters.
Another back story, the window guy just ordered $3K worth of woven woods for the two patio doors and the other big window in my office so there’s been a lot of money exchanging hands to “pretty things up” and mostly for me, and I always have a hard time with that.
So yesterday I go home from work and as soon as I walk in the the house I notice the outside blinds are up. And they look, so-so. Okay, I knew it wasn’t going to be great but I figured I could live with it. Then I got closer and there were holes already in the blinds. Holes that are a result of the inexpensive blinds. Holes that can’t be fixed and make the two most dramatic rooms in the house look horrible. Absolutely horrible.
Window cover guy wants to get paid for the inexpensive solution. My bad here. This was one of those things that sort of evolved over the past year without (gulp) a written estimate. I was expecting about $500. He was expecting $1,000. YIKES! $1,000 for something I can’t stand to look at????
Window cover guy is now ordering shutters for both sets of windows, at his cost and I am dreaming about math class. Which means I feel really rotten about spending that much money to make things “pretty” (okay, and reduce the glare.)
Thing is, I have no trouble at all spending money on my kids when they need. And while right now I would have rather spent the money getting started (at last) on the landscaping, at least we have the money to spend.
So why do I feel so bad?