Diane Keaton plays J.C. Wiatt, The Tiger Lady. She is the quintessential career girl who inherits a baby from a distant cousin and is, of course, completely unprepared for the role of motherhood. In effort to make a better life for them both, she ditches her
Once there however, like many new homeowners, she realizes she has bought a fixer upper and is confronted with a myriad of unexpected and expensive renovation nightmares.
“Lady, you need a new roof.”
“Lady you need a new boiler.”
This money pit keeps burping up problems until J.C. can take it no more and screams at the whiskered and plaid covered plumber in a state of complete hysteria, “I just want to turn on the faucet and have water, I don’t want to know where it’s coming from!”
She then promptly passes out.
While I really enjoy the entire movie, I particularly love this scene. I can watch it over and over again and keep on laughing. I guess the reason I find it so funny is because it is so relatable.
The fact is, no one really wants to pay attention to the inner workings of a house, we just want them to work and when they don’t it can be maddening.
When we moved into our current home, we knew it needed a lot of work. It didn’t matter to us, we loved the style, the property and most importantly, it just felt like home. It was built sometime in the late 1920’s and only two families owned it before us. Neither had done much updating.
Rumor has it at one point some guy with a monkey lived here…I shudder.
Anyway, along with the lovely kitchen addition we were planning, we had to update the cesspool, the heating system, the plumbing and the electrical. The house needed insulation blown into to walls and a support beam in the basement.
We spent thousands of dollars that no one will ever see.
As someone who is very particular about the aesthetics, every one of these concealed expenditures killed me.
Of course, everything I mentioned needed to be done. The money was well spent. I mean, above all a house needs to function properly and be structurally sound…but it doesn’t mean I have to like it! I wanted those dollars to spend on furniture, paint, fabric and accessories, maybe a pool. Those are the fun home purchases, the ones you dream about when you buy the house. No one is dreaming about insulation ratings or cesspool overflow tanks.
Well, no one I know anyway.
With most renovations safely tucked years behind us, last night, I stuck my dry hand in the cabinet under the bathroom sink to get some tissues and that same hand came out wet. Uh-oh. I quickly turned the water valve off, mopped up the mess and told my husband he’d be having a long fixer upper kind of night. He’s very handy, so by 9pm all was well, if not damp - a minor renovation ripple in the day, no big deal.
Now, I am certainly no geologist, but it is my understanding that aftershocks are usually smaller than the original quake.
Apparently, this is not always the case.
This afternoon I was in my kitchen when out of nowhere there was a loud bang, followed by water rushing everywhere. A pipe had ruptured under the sink and water was pouring out all over my wood floor. Our plumbing was rebelling in nearly every room.
By the time I made it downstairs to turn the main off, there was an actual tide in my kitchen.
The tsunami waters had also made their way through the floor to the basement and were raining down on both my carpet and couch. This time my fix-it husband was at work far, far away and I was left to clean it up on my own, which of course included the expense of a plumber, not whiskered but plaid clad nonetheless.
Tonight as I sit amongst the sopping towels and rattling dehumidifiers, I suddenly have more respect for the guts of my home.
While I am still not thrilled to throw dough at these invisible improvements, I really do just want things to work when I turn them on. After all, no one is paying attention to pillows and window treatments if they can't shower.
So the next time people come to my house excited to see my new spring accessories, they will be getting an enthusiastic tour of my new copper piping instead.
There really are some pretty spring and summer updates though...like these!!
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