* So, my weekly Kudzu Must-Do 52 enewsletter shouted it out about fixing outside hose bib for leaks. (Hose bibs, that’s what they’re called. I had been calling them spigots. I learn so much from Kudzu.) And, guess what? That’s one of the things that got fixed during the total-of-three visits by the plumber. And another guess what? The leak not only wasted water, attracted mosquitoes, and made everything in its path wet, but it also indicated what could have been a huge problem. So, yes, get those hose bib leaks checked and fixed. Good call, Kudzu!
* Another reminder in this week’s enewsletter is to prepare unheated decorative ponds for winter. This means moving the fish if you don’t want frozen fish on the menu! I, however, interpret “unheated decorative pond” to mean that mud puddle that used to form after every rain on the side of my house. Since it has rained the last four days (after no rain for a month), I am going to involve you in a real-time investigation right now. I am going to go see if the “solution” I devised for that mud puddle this past year actually worked. Hold on–I’ll be right back. Okay, I’m back and I can confidently report . . . success! And what did I do, you ask? Well, I added wheat straw paths, wood chips (not up next to the house), soil, compost, and various plants, plus I even grow what’s called “cover crops” so that I can cut them down and add yet more “organic matter” to that area, thus building it up so it absorbs more water. This effort has not only improved my water-puddling situation, but has provided me with more square footage for my vegetable garden as well.
* All in all, I am winding down on the chores, chores, chores for this year. The wood rot guy, a small cracked window, and the broken doorbell are all that’s left on the list. (It’s not all that’s left to be repaired, but it’s all I’m going to worry about this year. Enough already, right?) After October, I’m shifting gears to holidays, house guests, and maybe even a long, lazy Saturday here and there when I stay in jammies and watch movies rather than do home repairs and errands. Doesn’t that sound like bliss?
* Okay, so now, let’s get as far away from the humdrum of home repairs as possible. I love this infill house, featured on Inhabitat. Not only is it totally eco, but its small footprint means there’s a whole lot less to repair. And that means more Saturdays watching flicks. I can dream, can’t I?
Want to get out of the home repair business all together? Find service pros on Kudzu who are in the business and can take care of things for you. Like my plumber (whom, yes, I found on Kudzu.)