Well, I’ve caught it. I knew it was only a matter of time. I guess I am fortunate that I escaped it this long. Yep…I have remodeling fever. Three and a half years in on my West Fargo house and all the newness has long worn off.
When I first purchased the house I painted and changed a number of things and I was content for a good long time with that. But recently I have been feeling a malaise with the status quo around here. I am disenchanted with the comfortableness of it all. I have the three and a half year itch – I feel the need for some excitement.
I think my daughter Sarah is the carrier of this fever. She is constantly doing a remodeling project at her cute little house. Since she has lived there she has essentially remodeled every room at least once. Witnessing one cute project completed after another at her house causes me to look at my house differently. Remodeling is like dating someone new I think – everything is new and fresh, not tired and static. Who doesn’t want that feeling?
I have had 24 hour remodeling fever before but it passed quickly and at worst has only resulted in new paint or new furniture. Typically, I am content with rearranging furniture, a new candle, and a new throw. This year though the fever is enduring and I cannot seem to get rid of it. Everywhere I look I see room for improvement – built-ins, new cabinetry, wall additions and removals, flooring options, closet expansions and additions remain at the forefront of my mind as I am doing the mundane business of housework. I look longingly at flooring ads and I suddenly feel drawn to home improvement stores. This is serious.
This is the season of my discontent. I think there may be some linkage to the impending winter season; perhaps my immunity is low and there is a subliminal recognition that I will soon need to seek more excitement from the inside than the outside. Perhaps I should have spent more time outside over the summer so that my house would seem more fresh to me come the fall. Alas, it is what it is now. I have the fever and it is showing no sign of abatement.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to accomplish anything on the remodeling front right now. I am far too busy to have my house disrupted and in disarray, although there is the counter-argument that my mind is being tortured in the meantime (so the disarray is still there). Do you know how many different ways you can conceptualize a kitchen remodel? I do…3,765. If you were thinking it was just a few choices to do with cabinets, flooring and appliances take two aspirin and call me in the morning when your 24 hour fever is gone.
I will just have to endure this sickness and try not to spread it to others. In the short-term I guess I could try another candle and throw…maybe a couple of new throw pillows as well…and maybe just one small closet expansion.
Day seventy of the new forty – obla di obla da