I know my house doesn’t actually ‘decide’ anything. It is an inanimate object. My house is 30 years old….exactly. I think house years are probably like dog years….each year is worth more time than a human year. It probably depends on how many kids have lived in it, colored on its walls, spilled on its carpets, slammed doors, dented its baseboards, and dirtied up its bathrooms. It probably also depends on how many pets have torn up its carpet, scratched up its wood floor, chewed on its walls, put their wet pet noses on its windows, and spread their dander & other (ahem…..gross stuff) throughout its rooms.
I think inanimate objects have personalities….just like people. I name my cars according to their personality. I had “old girl” for a 20 year old Mitsubishi, and I gave my Mazda the name of a fictional demon character from one of my favorite authors books. She is a beast…..my Mazda that is.
I like to think of my house as a being a grumpy old man. Worn out in some places, dry wall patches here and there, a few cracks in the walls, scratched windows, barely operable slider doors, and missing Soap & Toothbrush dishes…..thanks to my elbows (my funny bones were NOT happy).
As I see it, he (the house….lets go ahead and call him ‘Grumpy Old Man’) has the right to be pissy. I mean we raised 2 kids here. We’ve been here since they were 2 and 3 years old. Four dogs have lived within his walls…..3 are here now. There have been cats aplenty, a gerbil, some red belly frogs, and about 15 Beta fish.
Yeah…with all the dog barking, stinky children, kids yelling, messy rooms, burnt dinners, roof damage from hurricanes, and torn up carpet I’m surprised Grumpy Old Man didn’t spring a Bigger Leak sooner.
Well, I guess he’s finally had enough. We’ve gone and pushed him over the edge. About a week ago we started hearing a noise, similar to the “Ah they must have just flushed the other toilet” noise. Turns out…..No one was flushing…(well they were….or eeeeewwweee that would be gross) but no one was flushing when we were hearing that weird Swooshing noise.
Damn it, Damn it, Damn it !!! We have a leak. It is no where to be found. No water leaking onto the floors and no obvious wet spots on the walls or under the cabinets. That leaves the dreaded ‘Slab Leak’. Yup it is probably a leaky pipe in the house foundation/slab. I have a bad feeling that my water bill is going to hit the TRIPLE digits this month. LOVELY.
Well, try to stay cool and I hope all of your “Ah they must have just flushed the other toilet” noises……are truly flushes. 🙂