As 2016 came to an end and 2017 began, many of us felt the heart- and gut-wrenching from elections and losses of celebrities. Some looking forward with extremes towards happy or sad or angry. For our family, we were ecstatic about becoming home owners. Little did we know exactly how much joy that change would bring.
Through December, we worked through the process of inspections, bank paperwork, the checking ‘yes’ or ‘no’s, trips to the DMV, the bank, downtown, uptown, and pretty much anywhere else in between. We were amazingly lucky to have found an outstanding realtor that we happened to meet by chance at another home viewing that didn’t exactly charm our pants off (The house, not the realtor) to hold our hands through the process. Long story short, we absolutely loved her directness and attention to detail while she maintained a warm and genuinely caring character. If you EVER plan to buy in Juneau, message me. I’ll send you her number; she’s that wonderful.
It had looked like we were going to be able to close on the house early. As you can likely guess, there is always a catch somewhere. A week and a half of fighting kinks to beat the clock because the seller was heading out of state, we managed to close one day late. We were a little flustered, but hey, we just bought a house! (Insert Happy Dance Here)
Oh but wait… Back up an inch or two. The morning before closing, we had scheduled a walk through. We got to the house an hour before we are due at the bank, and lo and behold, the heat was out, and the pipes (which we’d been told were heat taped) are on the verge of freezing, topped off with the alarm going off on the security system. Fun times! At the time, we mostly wrote it off as dumb luck. Once all was taken care of, we were off to the bank to sign the last signatures we’d need before we could call this little fixer upper ‘Ours’!
I should add that the state in which the house was left was less than what most would consider clean. If it had been a rental, I can fairly assume there would be mass deductions from the deposit for the cleaning needed. That being the case, our lovely, lovely realtor insisted the sellers return that afternoon to do another sweep. And so we managed to move one load into the house and head off for the night as the sellers returned to finish cleaning.
The next morning rearing to go, we loaded up the in-laws’ truck and our car. It took about three loads that day to finish with our downsized belongings. Then after was grocery shopping and a few furniture pieces to fill in a few gaps. Upon our return, we’re pretty sure that the only cleaning done the night before was just enough to make it look like they accomplished their goal so long as you didn’t look too close. There was still grime in the refrigerator, the microwave caked in who know’s what. I shrugged it off. At that point I was simply happy to be in ‘Our’ home. I could handle the clean up as it was fairly safe to assume our cleaning standards were much different than the previous owners.
From there it was a rather interesting ride to find the quirks throughout the house that we had missed or the engineer, we had paid, completely missed. In the kitchen, we knew there was something wrong with the floor that would need to be addressed. When we had asked about the dishwasher, we were told it kept dry, and as far as the floors went it was likely just an issue from the previous flooring. They had laid laminate over linoleum rather than pull up the previous floor.
We quickly learned that there was an issue with the dishwasher as the first time we ran it, it began to leak like a sieve. The leak turned out to be a simple fix in re-adhering the seal. Secondly, when the cycle was finished, there was a lot of water left in the bottom. Upon inspection by my father-in-law, he found a penny and several bits of plastic caught up in the bottom, not to mention bits of food pieces from lack of rinsing, and a thorough layer of some greasy substance.
At this point I’m laughing, ’cause who puts a penny and plastic in a dishwasher? And to top it off, I felt a bit foolish that I didn’t manage to see the problem myself. The trick here became to let the cycle run, press the ‘Cancel’ button to let the drain trickle, and repeat about 5 times until the water was completely empty. In an effort to flush out the machine and rid the food and grime from the inner workings, we used a commercial cleaner where you put the bottle in and just let it do it’s thing while the dishwasher runs through a full cycle. This still brought no relief to our drainage issue. We were again bummed, but it was our house, and we would replace the dishwasher if we needed to.
As I’ve mentioned before, last year I had fallen head-over-heels for Young Living. One of the products I most adore is the Thieves Household Cleaner. The stuff is magic in a bottle. To give you an idea, it is the ONLY cleaner I use because during a certain little boy’s nap time, I can go through the house to clean my floors, counters, bathrooms, kitchens, windows, walls, mirrors, and freshen my furniture and carpets (Just 2-3 capfuls to a large spray bottle of water).
So one day when we were about to give up on getting the dishwasher to drain on a normal cycle rather the need to hit ‘Cancel’ and let it drain, I had the curiosity to add this miracle cleaner to a cycle. I loaded her up, tossed in the Thieves Dishwashing Powder, and before closing the door, I tossed in 2 capfuls of straight Thieves Household Cleaner. And you know what? The left over water was clear (improvement!). This time I only needed to push the ‘Cancel’ button 3 times! Okay, so something knocked loose. I might be able to save this machine after all! I continued this for about a week moving from 2 capfuls to 1.5 to 1 capful added to a load of dishes. By the end of the week, it was hard to tell if I needed to hit the dreaded ‘Cancel’ or not, so I did and do for good measure.
Things were looking up. We were figuring it out and started to fall into getting settled… boxes were being unpacked, things were getting cleaner, the furniture we purchased was coming together; but then…
~To Be Continued~
All my Love,
Phillipians 1:9-11 NIV
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
P.S. I’ll leave you with this video, cause; while we haven’t truly hit the point of Tom Hank’s character, Walter, we can certainly relate!