Tearing Down the House

Written by David Leonhardt

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If tearing it all down took so long, how many hours will it take to put uprepparttar new walls, includingrepparttar 100176 wall overlookingrepparttar 100177 staircase? (Did I mention I'm afraid of heights?)

How long will it take to cut and placerepparttar 100178 trim (baseboards, casing, crown molding, and a new window sill – I brokerepparttar 100179 old one trying to pry loose a lathe strip)?

How long will it take to hang a new door? To sandrepparttar 100180 old floor? To clean uprepparttar 100181 big mess? To liftrepparttar 100182 wallboard torepparttar 100183 second floor? To return torepparttar 100184 store for more nails or to replace lumber I wreck or to pick up a few dozen items I forget? To replasterrepparttar 100185 corners I plaster wrongrepparttar 100186 first time (andrepparttar 100187 second andrepparttar 100188 third and ...)?

I sat my wife down for a heart-to-heart. "Honey, we have a business to run, a toddler to nurture, family members to help, a house to clean on occasion, and a jungle that will need mowing one of these days. We need ductwork to thaw our bedroom this winter,repparttar 100189 foundation needs crack-filling and this nursery would take Hercules many long days of hard labor to complete. I don't know if we can find time for all this beforerepparttar 100190 baby is born."

"Maybe we should put something off," my wife suggested.

"Great idea!" I said, looking at my agenda. "Now, let's see. How long do you want to delayrepparttar 100191 delivery?"

I ducked just in time.

The easiest thing to reschedule turned out to be my sleep. Right now I have a house to upgrade. There'll be plenty of time for sleep next year. That is, if I don't grow too old inrepparttar 100192 meantime and need to be torn down myself.

The author is David Leonhardt, The Happy Guy. To receive his column weekly in your inbox, sign up at http://TheHappyGuy.com/positive-thinking-free-ezine.html or sign up for Happy Class at http://TheHappyGuy.com/self-actualization-happy-class.html . Visit his home page at http://TheHappyGuy.com .

Decorate your Outdoor Space without Breaking the Bank

Written by Debbie Rodgers

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Debbie Rodgers owns and operates Paradise Porch, and is dedicated to helping people create outdoor living spaces that nurture and enrich them. Visit her on the web at www.paradiseporch.com and get a free report on “Eight easy ways to create privacy in your outdoor space”. Mail to debbie@paradiseporch.com

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